Pearl of Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka
Year-round sunshine, sparkling shores, aromatic teas, elephants munching on the roads casually, incredible mountain views, distinctive food – What more do we expect from travelling?
Despite it’s breathtaking vacationing and exciting qualities, The magnificent island is very less travelled and underrated. This island nation hooks the traveller’s attention with its unequivocal charm and compels them to visit it again.
Though it is a tiny island, Sri Lanka has got 8 UNESCO recognized World Heritage Sites. No matter, whether you want to enjoy your coffee amidst the beautiful plantation or trek a mountain or relax on a beach, pristine Sri Lanka has got something to offer for everyone.
With lovely beaches and year-round sunshine, spicy cuisine, extravagant nature, serene Buddhist tradition, enchanting mountain views, grand culture, exciting history, this magical island has got everything to be a perfect tourist destination.
“Sri Lanka is more of an experience than a mere travel destination.”
“Country’s documented history spans 3,000 years, with evidence of prehistoric human settlements dating back to at least 125,000 years. It has a rich cultural heritage and the first known Buddhist writings of Sri Lanka, the Pāli Canon, date back to the Fourth Buddhist council in 29 BC.
Its geographic location and deep harbours made it of great strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to the modern Maritime Silk Road.”
Etymology of Sri Lanka
In antiquity, Sri Lanka was known to travellers by a variety of names. According to the Mahavamsa, the legendary Prince Vijaya named the land Tambapanni (“copper-red hands” or “copper-red earth”), because his followers’ hands were reddened by the red soil of the area. In Hindu mythology, such as the Ramayana, the island was referred to as Lankā (“Island”). The Tamil term Eelam was used to designate the whole island in Sangam literature.
Ancient Greek geographers called it Taprobanā (Ancient Greek: Ταπροβανᾶ) or Taprobanē (Ταπροβανῆ) from the word Tambapanni. The Persians and Arabs referred to it as Sarandīb (the origin of the word “serendipity”) from Cerentivu or Siṃhaladvīpaḥ. Ceilão, the name given to Sri Lanka by the Portuguese Empire when it arrived in 1505, was transliterated into English as Ceylon. As a British crown colony, the island was known as Ceylon; it achieved independence as the Dominion of Ceylon in 1948.
The country is now known in Sinhalese as Śrī Laṃkā (Sinhalese: ශ්රී ලංකා) and in Tamil as Ilaṅkai (Tamil: இலங்கை, IPA: [iˈlaŋɡai]). In 1972, its formal name was changed to “Free, Sovereign and Independent Republic of Sri Lanka”. Later in 1978