Sri Lanka - Beach
Posted: 04 November 2016
From beaches lined with palms to the mist shrouded forests and tiered tea plantations of the interior highlands, a luxury holiday in Sri Lanka comes defined by sheer tropical beauty. With Elegant Resorts delivering high-end Sri Lanka luxury travel, you can experience this Indian Ocean isle at its very best—including the many hidden gems awaiting off the beaten path.
Stroll down to the seashore from one of the glamorous beach hotels in Sri Lanka — say, the Amanwella in Tangalle — to meet with the surf, and you’ll enjoy the perfect, blissful introduction to the teardrop-shaped island’s natural splendour. The country boasts a remarkable array of national parks that rightfully take their place among South Asia’s finest. A safari in expansive Yala National Park, for instance, might commence on its wild beachfront and conclude among its sunset savannas. Relish the lush depths of Sri Lanka’s lowland rainforest in Sinharaja Forest Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), marvel at the elephant herds and bird flocks of Udawalawe National Park, hunt a glimpse of the regal Sri Lankan leopard among the groves of Wilpattu National Park—or leave dry land altogether and snorkel over the corals of Pigeon Island National Park, a hotspot for sea turtles and reef fish of every description.
A great Sri Lankan tusker emerging from the tallgrass, a stately congress of painted storks beside a shimmering wetland, a reef shark outlined against the sunlit surface—there’s no question Sri Lanka’s wilderness takes your breath away. It’s well matched, however, by the richness of island culture and history. No luxury holiday to Sri Lanka is complete without admiring some of the remarkable venerable houses of worship that populate this spiritually diverse country, including world-famous Buddhist landmarks such as the long jungle-shrouded Sacred City of Anuradhapura and the Sacred City of Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth Relic—two of six cultural sites in Sri Lanka given World Heritage status by UNESCO. It’s little surprise that the natural and the spiritual intertwines in Sri Lanka: Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians alike, revere the mighty cone of Adam’s Peak in the verdant Central Highlands.
Grand secular monuments abound, too, among them the Portuguese-built Galle Fort on the southwestern seacoast and Colombo’s Independence Memorial Hall. And then there are the fabled tea and spice plantations of the Sri Lankan countryside: Our luxury journeys can reveal the time-honored cultivation still underway, for example, among the tea estates of the Bogawantalawa Valley (aka "the Golden Valley of Tea"). You'll also have plenty of opportunity to indulge in a ‘history lesson on a plate’ that is island cuisine: a culinary fusion of Indian, European, Middle Eastern, and other cultural influences.
A Sri Lanka luxury holiday introduces you to one of the most enigmatic destinations in all of South Asia: a gorgeous, biodiverse island that’s long combined indigenous tradition with elements of colonisers, neighbours, and immigrants to express its own unique and multicultural spirit. Treat yourself to the most exclusive experiences and the unrivaled hospitality from the top hotels in Sri Lanka, with the bespoke services of Elegant Resorts.