Sri Lanka Holidays
Historical background and natural
Having shown your interest in Sri Lankan art
designs, perhaps you might want to learn more about Sri Lanka itself, and even having a holiday in Sri Lanka!?
Learn more about this beautiful island and its historical background.
Sri Lanka was formerly known as British Ceylon or
Dominion of Ceylon, being a British Crown colony between 1815 and 1948.
Sri Lanka could be described as one of the most
beautiful islands around the world. It is situated just off the southern Indian fringe at about 600 miles north of
the equator in the Indian Ocean. There is strong evidence that human civilization has existed in this tiny island
nation for over 2000 years now. The island's teeming natural beauties, a great legacy of its historic events, and a
well-admired ability to host the outside world have always been applauded by travelers. Those who love examining
ancient worlds, the serenity of nature and going through the excitement of life will always want to be part of Sri
Lanka holidays. Travel companies selling hot deals, including those of holidays to to Sri Lanka, can be found
organizing trips from all major countries across the globe.
Beautiful palm fringed beaches abound in Sri Lanka,
providing an excellent
holiday escape in this untamed country (Image by
Until gaining its independence in 1948, Sri Lanka
had remained part of the British Empire for roughly about 150 years. The island’s control was gained by the British
East India Company during the late 18th century and it was fully commissioned as a British colony in the year 1802.
It never got integrated with the neighboring British India however, and was finally declared independent soon after
the end of Second World War. Native Sri Lankans had already been exposed to the influences of modern education and
western living style before being granted complete independence. One could still witness imprints of that British
era, while traveling across Sri Lanka’s terrain in the modern days. It makes the Sri Lanka Holidays even more
attractive therefore, especially for those hailing from the UK.
The British hierarchy in Sri Lanka had begun
growing tea, coffee, sugar, rubber and cinnamon from the very beginning of their stay and brought many Tamil
workers from India to help speed up the whole exercise. They did not only construct modern schools, colleges and
roads, but were also the chief architect of a unified Sri Lanka. There were three separate kingdoms existent across
this island before the British finally arrived. The highlight of an ancient Sri Lanka apart from its British
heritage includes the 5th century rock fortress at Sigiriya, the fascinating ruins of the ancient capitals of
Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the royal legacy of Kandy, the cave temples at Dambulla and many more similar tourist
Wall paintings, such as the above Heavenly Maidens
frescoe, can be found at cave temples at Dambulla (Image by
It takes only about nine and half hours to fly
down to Colombo from London. Several types of Sri Lanka holidays are there to choose from, if one desired
travelling to this fascinating land. The region carries one of the best sea beaches and resorts found anywhere in
the world, and its hospitality is well admired by travelers from across the globe. There is a rich variety of flora
and fauna, water falls and adventure activities available for those who might desire to have some exciting moments.
Going on holidays to Sri Lanka is the best way to get to know this beautiful island country and for getting unwound
from one's hectic daily schedules.
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