“Srilanka”. the name rolls off the toungue like a wterfall tumbling from lush mountain slopes. It has the rythm of a primitive drumbeat and the refinement of a cup of fine tea, the sparkle of a sapphire and the spice of a savory curry. Like the land itself, the name is as colorful as a market bazaar, as mysterious as a Buddhist chant, as awesome as a skewered fire-walker.
Here is a nation where the full gamut of history can be surveyed in a single day’s journey. primeval jungles teem with wild leopards and Elephants.Wondrous ruins testify to great civilizations of ages past. Vast rural stretches reveal a diverse race of people whose dedication to the land is exceeded only by their devotion to their varied religions. In the urban center, Colombo, Western progress and technology are superimposed on the frenzy of a traditional Asian metropolis. Modern beach resorts, meanwhile offer visitors unspoiled sands and 20th Century luxury.
few places on earth, if any , have packed the variety of experiences available in Sri Lanka into such small area . This fascinating land is only 270 miles long and 140 miles across at its widest point -smaller than Ireland and only slightly lager than the American state of west Virginia. It is this compactness that makes this island, once known as Ceylon, an ideal travel destination. A road and rail network connects all corners of the country, and a variety of accommodations will suit all tastes and pocketbooks. Add to this the unbridled hospitality of the Sri Lankan people, and the country truly becomes a traveler’s paradise, a Serendipitous” pleasure.
Long ago, this island was called Serendib.An 18th Century English writer had Srilanka in mind when he coined the world “serendipity” the faculty of making happy and unexpected discoveries by accident.
But Sri Lanka is no accident. It is an experience. Discover it for your self.