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“I’ve been homesick for countries I’ve never been, and longed to be where I couldn’t be.”

We can wax lyrical about our island and give you a 1001 reasons to visit but the fact that you are reading this indicates that your heart has perhaps heard a call to visit the land which legendary explorer Marco Polo called the finest island in the world. And he should know … he explored the world.

But if you are still unsure of whether to listen to your heart, we urge you do not doubt or have second thoughts. You will not be disappointed. Sri Lanka is an amazing country. It was in the past, it is right now and we hope it will remain so in the future – for she has natural resources and riches that are beyond measure and which her people are again learning to cherish and treasure.

A long long time ago in the 12th century – a long time before conservation of water became a world cry- a wise ruler of Sri Lanka, King Parakrambahu 1, concerned lest one drop of water falling to the ground should go waste, built a tank (lake) so huge it was called the Parakrama Samudraya or Sea of Parakrama: it was so large you could not see the distant shore.

This tank and the excellent irrigation systems he built in Polonnaruwa remain an engineering marvel to this day and is just one numerous other monuments and archaeological remains of a civilisation that traces recorded history to the 4th century BC. The ruins of Anuradhapura, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the Cave Temple in Dambulla, the Palace of the Tooth in Kandy, have all been declared World Heritage sites. So if you have a thirst for archaeological, cultural and historical heritage of civilisations this is one good reason to visit Sri Lanka.

Or you can go further back almost to the dawn of time and follow the trails of Ramayana or even the ‘Balangoda Man’ an acknowledged anthropological remains of Homo Erectus man that dates to a pre-historic period of around 37,000 years ie just following the Stone Age. One can truly dwell in Sri Lanka exploring for a life time and that would still not be enough.

But this is in the past. If you are interested only in the present, we can still give you a 1001 more reasons to follow your heart. We will tempt you here with just a few: sunny beaches and cool mountains; deep sea diving and rock climbing; surfing and hiking; whale and dolphin watching at sea, elephant and leopard safari on land; wilderness of the Sinharaja Rain forest juxtaposed with tamed carpeted mountains of green tea; the sacred and the secular: pageants with elephants in Peraheras (religious processions) and fire-walking and/or shopping, wining and dining; Gems and jewellery, spices and tea. Cricket and golf or snoozes under a palm tree. Luxurious nights in boutique hotels or camping under the stars with fireflies for company; Drum beats and temple chants vying with the call of the birds and trumpet of elephants. And Sri Lanka’s people: Sinhalese, Tamils, Burghers, Malays, Moors … Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Hindus … and many many other. Warm smiling friendly faces that forms the splendid palette and fabric of this Pearl of the Indian Ocean, the Wonder of Asia and indeed to many a wonder of the World!

What Kenneth Grahame wrote (in Wind in Willows) can surely be applied to us for we have a diversity encapsulated into this small piece of paradise called Sri Lanka that is unparalleled anywhere in the world.

“Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow (or the next hour.) Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that’s always changing!”

We at Experior Travels invite you to come, “travel the world in Sri Lanka.”©