In Sri Lanka, a drum beats, an elephant trumpets and a mysterious Buddhist chant fills the air – all in one little moment. With all its elegance and its complexities, this captures the essence of a mystical island country. Here is a land that traces its lineage back to the dawn of time, and here is a nation in which so much needs to be explored and experienced. The remains of ancient civilizations are testimony to a great history, while modern day scientists continue to be amazed by human-made tanks belonging to centuries long gone. Wild leopards live in the jungles and the seas are overflowing with dolphins and whales. In the midst of traditional practices and customs, modern fast-paced cities, technology and culture, beliefs and creation. This little island continues to amaze and keep travellers captivated by the variety of possibilities available, even in the 21st century, in such a compact space. A tropical climate, apart from the two monsoonal cycles that impact opposite sides of the island, makes it warm and sunny throughout the year.
Visit Sri Lanka and experience first-hand its inhabitants, places and customs. The Kandy Perehara is an annual procession-cum-festival of temples, consisting of, to name a few: fire-dancers, elephants, drummers and even stilt walkers. The palace of a suicidal king was the 5th century citadel of Sigiriya, often considered to be the 8th Wonder of the World. On the outskirts of the capital, Colombo, the busy Bazaar of Pettah is the place to experience Sri Lanka-style shopping. The Unawatuna and Passikudah beaches mirror paradise, while in a small English town, the hills of Nuwara Eliya are reminiscent of a colonial period. Your senses will be tantalized by the delicious local rice delicacies and some spicy curries, rotti, biriyani or lamprais, washed down with some home-made ginger beer or thambili.
The greeting rendered in soft voices with the palms folded, much like the Indian Namaste, goes much beyond the normal ‘Hello’ or ‘Welcome’…Ayobowan in Sinhalese is actually a blessing, ‘May you live long’. And that’s what you feel as you traverse through the island country… blessed to be in a land which celebrates contrasts, diversities and breath-taking natural beauty.
Sri Lanka has something to offer for every kind of event. Described as a tear-drop shaped island in the Indian ocean, Sri Lanka packs quite a punch despite its small size. This island has the ability to deliver the kind of unique experiences that can inspire and incentivize people long after the trip is over. The inherent hospitality and friendliness of the Sri Lankan people and the island’s varied landscape and natural beauty have fascinated travellers for thousands of years.
Lush forests, tea plantations, heritage hotels and golden beaches all jostle for the visitor’s attention into this warm and friendly country.
Sri Lanka is a country that is mysterious, diverse, engaging and uplifting and is able to constantly deliver that ‘wow factor’ that will not only impress your clients, but have them dreaming about coming back for years to come
The Pearl of the Indian Ocean” is perfect for MICE – be it a meeting, incentive or a team building meet-up – all its landscapes from the beautiful beaches, natural forests, tea estates are all within easy access thanks to the compact nature of the island. Throw in the plush resorts, heritage hotels and a truly warm hospitality and you have a MICE must-visit destination.