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Sri Lanka enjoys a tropical climate with varying temperatures depending on location. Coastal or upland areas benefit from cool mountain and sea breezes all year round. Monsoon season, which varies from South & West to North & East is the only season as the country enjoys a close proximity to the equator giving it year round temperatures on average of 27 degrees celcius. With such diversity you really get to experience the history, culture, archaeological and natural treasures whilst not forgetting the beautiful beaches you really will discover why Marco Polo described this as “the finest island of its size in the world.” Distances are not often so large as first thought, so even you are limited on time in Sri Lanka, you will be able to experience many things and take home many amazing memories.
The tea industry in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) is over 150 years old. It is a traditional industry commenced by the British when Ceylon was a colony. Vestiges of the Colonial heritage are still evident, particularly in the tea growing regions. Meet tea experts and scientists at the Tea Research Institute and learn about the latest scientific discoveries. Sharpen your tea tasting skills with experts. One of the most well known tea figures in history, Sir Thomas Lipton, started a factory in 1890 and it can still be visited today. You can even stay in a converted tea factory and pluck your own tea!
Home to a vast range of wildlife, Sri Lanka is proud of its natural beauty and the species that roam the island. With over 20 National Parks, there are many opportunities for spotting elephant, leopard, deer, crocodile, jackals, mongoose, colourful birds, buffalo and reptiles. Guides on safaris are very knowledgeable and with an eye for wildlife, they will be spotting animals quickly.
Golden sands are met by blue ocean and are accessible at many spots. Arugam Bay is the best place for surfing, but if you are just wanting to flop and drop on a tranquil bit of sand, that is also easily attainable. A string of fine beaches from Negombo, Kalutara, Beruwala, Bentota and Hikkaduwa in the west to Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Passikudah in the east.
Offering an impressive eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and in a relatively small space, you’ll be learning about ancient capitals, historical relics, fabulous temples and archaeological wonders.
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