Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka scores high on our must-visit list, so plan your trip and choose be­tween a charm­ing tea trail re­treat, a wild sa­fari ad­ven­ture, or a re­lax­ing sea­side es­capade

Portfolio - - IN THIS ISSUE - BY AN­TON D. JAVIER

Sri Lanka scores high on our must-visit list, so plan your trip and choose be­tween a charm­ing tea trail re­treat, a wild sa­fari ad­ven­ture, or a re­lax­ing sea­side es­capade

It was the tail end of our trip to Sri Lanka when I came across a pas­sage from a 19th cen­tury book (re­pro­duc­tion, not orig­i­nal) in my room in Cape Weligama, which per­fectly de­scribed the coun­try:

“It is lit­er­ally smoth­ered in ver­dant lux­u­ri­ance, which heaped, massed, and jum­bled to­gether in in­de­scrib­able pro­fu­sion; is barely re­strained within its nat­u­ral lim­its by the en­vi­ous waves of the op­pos­ing ocean.” Sri Lanka, as you can tell, is teem­ing with life. Fur­ther away from Colombo’s frenzy, the coun­try is a vi­sion of green, with gi­gan­tic an­thuri­ums and cal­a­di­ums, tow­er­ing co­conut trees, and vast fields of tea bushes ev­ery­where you look. All this is framed by the In­dian Ocean, of­fer­ing both res­i­dents and vis­i­tors ac­cess to some of the best sea­side views in the world. But be­yond the seem­ingly end­less green and blue hues, a tech­ni­color Sri Lankan ad­ven­ture awaits if you know where to go. To­gether with lux­ury tour op­er­a­tor Lightfoot Travel and Re­splen­dent Cey­lon, a com­pany that man­ages lux­ury prop­er­ties in the coun­try, we dis­cov­ered that Sri Lanka has some­thing for ev­ery­one — whether it’s a re­lax­ing stay up in a tea plan­ta­tion, a wild sa­fari, or a sea­side es­cape.

High tea with a view

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