We warmly welcome you to the paradise island of the Indian Ocean enriched with the beauty of the Mother Nature and a cultural heritage full of diversity. Here’s a sneak peek into what Sri Lanka has to offer for its visitors.
Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon until 1972, is an island in South Asia near south-east India. Lying within the Indomalaya eco zone, Sri Lanka is one of 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world! Although the country is relatively small in size, it has the highest density of biodiversity in Asia. A diverse and multicultural country, Sri Lanka is home to many religions, ethnic groups, and languages. It is famed for its stunning ancient Buddhist ruins, while its flavorful cuisine reflects its history as a maritime hub and a cultural melting pot. Well known for its natural beauty, Sri Lanka has stunning beaches all along its coastline, great wildlife, biodiversity, rich culture and heritage dates back several millennia.
Sri Lanka is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including several Buddhist and Hindu temples. According to the World Tourism Organization, Sri Lanka has the advantage of having 49 sites classified as unique attractions, 91 as rare attractions, and 7 world heritage sites, and 6 of the 300 ancient monuments in the world.
It has 1,585 kilometers of coastline, with Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna are well known for excellent scuba diving. Mirissa has become famous for viewing of whales and dolphins, while Tangalle is being promoted as a diving destination. Meanwhile, Trincomalee is known for its natural harbour and has two relatively unexplored beaches. A few hours’ drive into the central hills of the country let you experience a dramatic climate change from hot, humid to cool and refreshing atmosphere and will soothingly purify all your senses.
As a result of this unique mixture of golden beaches, rich cultural heritage, diverse landscapes, and a significant number of wildlife, Sri Lanka was named as the top destination to travel in 2019 by “Lonely Planet”, one of the top travel guide book publishers in the world.
Studying in Sri Lanka offers you a great opportunity to get a first class education while enjoying the benefits of a beautiful, historic yet modern and progressive island.