Sri Lanka

A lush tropical island off the southern tip of India, Sri Lanka remains one of Asia’s overlooked gems – a status that is slowly but rightly changing. Called Taprobane by the Greeks, Serendib by the Arabs and Ceylon by the Europeans, it is a land of stunning natural beauty whose fabled riches and strategic maritime locale have combined for a captivating history. Over the centuries, the parade of boldface names that has visited its shores includes Ptolemy, Marco Polo, medieval Chinese admiral Zheng He, as well as the Portuguese, Dutch and British empires. Literary luminaries include Paul Bowles and Arthur C. Clarke (both made Ceylon their adopted home) and native Michael Ondaatje.

Today, after a period of internal conflict, a new era of peace and stability reigns and Sri Lanka once again beckons visitors with fantastic beaches, ancient World Heritage ruins, superb highlands trekking, national parks full of elephants, birds and other wildlife, and first-rate hotels. From the cultural heartland of Dambulla (home to Sigiriya, the massive 5th-century “Lion’s Rock” fortress) to the lush tea fields of Nuwara Eliya; from Kandy, the last redoubt of Sinhalese kings, to colonial ramparts of Galle, Remote Lands invites you to discover Sri Lanka with us.

A lush tropical island off the southern tip of India, Sri Lanka remains one of Asia’s overlooked gems – a status that is slowly but rightly changing. Called Taprobane by the Greeks, Serendib by the Arabs and Ceylon by the Europeans, it is a land of stunning natural beauty whose fabled riches and strategic maritime locale have combined for a captivating history. Over the centuries, the parade of boldface names that has visited its shores includes Ptolemy, Marco Polo, medieval Chinese admiral Zheng He, as well as the Portuguese, Dutch and British empires. Literary luminaries include Paul Bowles and Arthur C. Clarke (both made Ceylon their adopted home) and native Michael Ondaatje.

Today, after a period of internal conflict, a new era of peace and stability reigns and Sri Lanka once again beckons visitors with fantastic beaches, ancient World Heritage ruins, superb highlands trekking, national parks full of elephants, birds and other wildlife, and first-rate hotels. From the cultural heartland of Dambulla (home to Sigiriya, the massive 5th-century “Lion’s Rock” fortress) to the lush tea fields of Nuwara Eliya; from Kandy, the last redoubt of Sinhalese kings, to colonial ramparts of Galle, Remote Lands invites you to discover Sri Lanka with us.

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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.

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Surf and Sand: Four stops on an East Coast Sri Lanka Roadtrip

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Zinara Rathnayake

With seaside, ancient stupas, rustic rural hamlets, and abundant wildlife, Sri Lanka’s east coast is a holistic island experience.

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Dozen Dream Destination: Sri Lanka for the Diversity

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With its sloping palms, history, and ecology, travelers will be spoiled for choice in Sri Lanka, whether they want a relaxing beach stay, tea retreat, or a wildlife adventure.

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Unearthing Jaffna: 4 Things to Do in Sri Lanka’s Northern Capital

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Zinara Rathnayake

Ramshackle heritage buildings dot the cityscape, a large market dominates the busy town, and Palmyrah leaves are weaved into a cadjan fences in houses. This is Jaffna.

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3 Unmissable Sights for Instagramming Sri Lanka

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Jordan Hammond

Sri Lanka is nothing if not photogenic. Whether it's mountain fortresses or empty beaches, this island nation is a magical land for Instagram-happy travelers.

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Chasing Waterfalls in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

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Zinara Rathnayake

There’s a lot to see in Sri Lanka, from Sigiriya to leopards, but there’s something to be said for a long hike to a waterfall. Central Sri Lanka's unique topography gives it some very interesting cascades.

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A Day in Galle Fort: Exploring Sri Lanka’s Colonial Heritage

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Zinara Rathnayake

From the 17th century architecture of the luxury Amangalla to some of the best seafood in Sri Lanka, a day in Galle Fort is for history lovers, epicureans, and shopaholics alike.

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