SRI LANKA, formerly Ceylon, is an island nation in South Asia, located about 31 km (18 miles) off the southern coast of India. Sri Lanka lies in the Indian Ocean, to the SW of the Bay of Bengal and to the SE of the Arabian Sea. It is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait.
Sri Lanka is a land of primeval jungles inhabited by leopards and elephants, wondrous ruins of the great civilizations of ages past, and a modern city. Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, is where western technology meets the frenzy of a traditional Asian metropolis. As Ceylon, the island became famous for producing the world’s finest teas. Bright fragrant spices, sparkling sapphires, and the colourful trappings of a variety of ceremonies and religious festivals make this a most rewarding destination for those who keep their eyes and ears open. Colombo is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood.
Yet, in some parts, the old-world charm is retained; a 100-yr-old clock tower and several colonial buildings are still to be seen in the city. And thanks to its multi-cultural society, so too are both Hindu and Buddhist temples. Colombo serves as your gateway to the rest of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia and has been a centre of Buddhist religion and culture from ancient times. Famous for the production and export of tea, coffee, rubber and coconuts, Sri Lanka boasts a progressive and modern industrial economy.
The natural beauty of Sri Lanka’s tropical forests, beaches and landscape, as well as its rich cultural heritage make it a world famous tourist destination. Sri Lanka is a popular stop for superyachts en route to the Red Sea from Asia. It is a good departure point for cruising the Maldives, Chagos and the Seychelles. The popular port visited by most superyachts is Galle on the island’s southern tip.