On this page our visitors will find the best photos of Sri Lanka, its monuments, sights, tourist attractions, museums, temples and beaches. This is the fastest way to get to know Sri Lanka and what this beautiful country has to offer. Browsing through the photos you will have a unique chance to, just in a few minutes, get to know Sri Lanka and get an idea of the tourist attractions that may interest you.
On this page, you will find all tourist attractions in Sri Lanka in one place. The tourist sites on the island are so diverse that international visitors will have hard time choosing from untouched jungle, numerous safari parks, spice gardens, tea plantations, elephant orphanages, forts from the colonial period, picturesque train rides and many others.
The Sinhalese are believed to have come to Sri Lanka for the first time in the 6th century BC. Several centuries later, always from India, Tamils came to Sri Lanka and settled mainly on the northern part of the island. Today, Sinhalese make 75% of total Sri Lankan population. Their religion is Buddhism, which is considered to have been adopted as an official religion in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. Tamils make 24% of the total population. Their main religion is Hinduism but there is also minor Muslim community among Tamils (approx. 7% of total Sri Lankan population). First European colonialists came from Portugal. They have built several fortresses along the island and also formed the city Colombo. In XVII century came the Dutch forces who fought with Portuguese for predominance. Even though the Dutch colonialists won this battle their rule lasted till the end of the 18th century. The British forces showed up as their kingdom was expanded onto the entire India. They occupied all Dutch colonies in Sri Lanka and proclaimed an island as part of the British empire. Sri Lanka was also known as Ceylon during the rule of the British colonialists. This name was the official name of the island till 1972.
Sri Lanka is a special place on earth that looks like no other. Picture perfect nature, incredibly polite and smiling people, rich cultural heritage and history and a string of fascinating jungles are the main characteristics of Sri Lanka.