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Ayubowan.! (may you live long) ...

 

Situated just off the southern tip of the Indian sub-continent, for millennia Sri Lanka has been regarded as special - a jewel in the Indian Ocean. Neither is the description "jewel" merely metaphoric. On the contrary, through one of its ancient names "Serendib", Sri Lanka gives rise to the English "serendipity", the happy ability to make joyous discoveries by accident. From time immemorial, the earth of Sri Lanka has yielded gems stones of exceptional quality, prized by all from the great Ming emperors of China to countless other merchants and traders, who have left their own distinctive marks upon the fabric of the country. Such material riches have a resonating echo in an island of outstanding and often wonderfully unspoilt natural beauty - from sparkling seas and endless miles of pristine beaches, to jungle environments rich in wildlife to spectacular mountain scenery. If nature has richly endowed Sri Lanka.

Man has complemented such natural endowments with layer upon layer of mythic, cultural, religious and architectural wonders and delights. From amongst these, just a few that may be cited are the mighty fortress rock of Sigiria, the magnificent archeological remains at Anuradhapura and the sublime Buddhist carvings to be found at Polonnaruwa. To all of this, add a graceful people, warm, hospitable and generous, a spicy and delectable indigenous cuisine and an entire spectrum of accommodation for the visitor from simple but clean small hostelries right up to five star hotels, and you have a heady mix calculated to intrigue, entertain, interest and captivate the visitor.