Sri Lanka Luxury Yachting Guide

From its palm-studded strips of glittering coastlines to the luxuriant hills of deepest emerald, Sri Lanka is a true island paradise. Steeped in mystery and sultry atmosphere, the vibrant culture of this deeply Buddhist republic is as complex and arresting as the scent of spice in its markets.

Famous for exporting Ceylon black tea, this tear-shaped island is actually an archipelago that is home to nearly 21 million people and has one of the highest per capita incomes among South Asian countries. Its rich cultural mix and gregarious inhabitants make this gorgeous patchwork country a joy to explore.

From the friendly inhabitants to the deliciously spicy food, the republic of Sri Lanka is a gorgeous adventure waiting to be discovered and enjoyed to the fullest.

Arugam Bay
Arugam Bay is an easy-going beach village offering Sri Lanka's best surfing, great lagoon trips and a variety of wildlife-spotting opportunities: at any time of year the surrounding region offers some superb opportunities for viewing birdlife, crocodiles and elephants. Arugam Bay is the perfect place to unwind, eat seafood and enjoy a mellow party scene.

Naturalists will love the rustic village of Ella: nestled in a tranquil valley, visitors to the area can look through Ella Gap to the plain nearly 1000m below or across the coast where, on a clear night, you can see the Great Basses lighthouse. Ella’s surrounding area is that of picturesque hills perfect for walks through tea plantations, temples and waterfalls. Also, a visit to Yala National Park offers a prime opportunity to see herds of wild elephants, leopards, reptiles and exotic birds.

Hill Country
Intrepid travellers will want to head into the Hill Country, where the residual heat of the plains fades into the lush, rolling hills of the tea plantations. Trekking parties frequently take 4-wheel drive vehicles into the well-maintained national parks in order to photograph elephants, monkeys, crocodiles, leopards and rare bird species.

More sedate activities also take place on the island, none more beloved than cricket, the Sri Lankan national sport. Comparable to the European passion for football, the Sri Lankan love for the sport propelled the cricket team into the World Cup 2007 finals, and has the cricket world viewing them as a force to be reckoned with.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

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