Located about a 100km south of India is the island of Sri Lanka. Commonly referred to as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a remarkable island containing an incredible variety of locales and geographical attributes. It is probably the only island in the world featuring sandy beaches, lush tropical rainforests, cold mountain landscapes and even barren desert all in one place. The island has become a highly sought after tourist destination and if you’re looking for adventurous tours, Sri Lanka has a bounty for you to choose from, with providers such as Aitken Spence Travels.
Sri Lanka’s history is one of the island nation’s most noteworthy factors since it goes back thousands of years and features many enigmatic and highly advanced civilisations. There are many ruins and architectural remnants to explore in the form of temples, fortresses and palaces. The Sigiriya Fortress is one of the most frequented of such relics and is located on a rock with a height of 200m. The fact that a fortress of such magnitude was constructed in the 3rd century baffles archaeologists to this day, and attracts countless tourists.
The wildlife of Sri Lanka is also remarkable and features an extensive range of endangered species. Of the seven species of sea turtle in existence, all of which are endangered, five of them can be found within the waters and shores of Sri Lanka. Interestingly, this is the only place in the world where you can find elephants and blue whales, the world’s largest land animal and sea animal respectively. There are various national parks in Sri Lanka to embark on an intense off-road adventure into lush tropical environments to witness the many incredible species the island has to offer.
If you’re looking for an adventure like no other, filled with intrigue and beauty, then the enigmatic and captivating island of Sri Lanka should definitely be worthy of consideration.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+