Being a tropical island Sri Lanka is a well known tourist destination in South Asia. Strategically located in major sea routes in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has been prone to foreign invasions in the past. In its history of over 2,500 years Sri Lanka has been under the rule of Portuguese, Dutch and the British before claiming independence in 1948. Also known as Ceylon, the island is quite famous for its fine spices and tea. Today Sri Lanka is also popular for its spectacular beaches which you can find all around the island. You can engage in a wide variety of aqua sports including swimming, snorkelling, diving, and jet skiing while visiting the island.
Dambadeniya is an ancient city which is a must visit if you are travelling along the Kurunegala – Negombo road. This was the capital of the island in the 13th century and you can still see the ancient ruins which made up this proud kingdom. This kingdom was found by King Vijayabahu III and reached its peak during the reign of King Parakramabahu. Archaeologists have excavated a two storied temple where the tooth relic of the Buddha was placed during the time. The time of the Dambadeniya kingdom is also known as the Golden Era of Sinhala Literature as the Kings of the period were patrons of the written arts. You will be able to understand the rich history and culture of the island when you visit the ancient Dambadeniya kingdom.
Sri Lankan cuisine is heavily influenced by South Indian culinary arts and thus can be quite spicy. They also use coconut for most of the local dishes. Kottu Roti is a uniquely Sri Lankan dish which is a fine blend of roti made out of flour and a mix of vegetables, fish or meat depending on your choice. Most of the hotels in the country also have their own international restaurants as well so you can indulge in international fare if the local food is not your first preference.
When it comes to beach hotels Sri Lanka has a host of options to choose from. In the beach town of Marawila hotels can easily be found to suit your budget and preferences. Club Palm Bay Marawila is one such option where you can enjoy the pampering hospitality or go on a water sports adventure or even enjoy a game of golf while having the perfect vacation.