Lonely Planet Publications. Marco Polo thought Sri Lanka was the finest island of its size in all the world - and we agree. Explore the majestic ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya. Stretch out on secluded palm-fringed beaches. Follow the glowing strings of lights on the pilgrim trail up Adam's Peak. Ride through hillside tea plantations in a rattling train. GET THE LOWDOWN our dedicated Snapshot, Culture and History chapters are your ticket to understanding local life. GO ON SAFARI get up close to Sri Lanka's birds, elephants and leopards: our detailed national parks information shows you how. DON'T JUST LIE THERE we tempt you off the beach with Sri Lanka's best diving, hiking and surfing. KNOW YOUR KITUL FROM YOUR KIRI BATH our Food & Drink chapter will help you gobble your way through the island's celebrated cuisine. FIND YOUR WAY easy-to-read maps show you where to go.
Footprint/NTC Publishing Group. 288 pages. Size 4?"x8?". Includes color photos and maps. Hardcover Totally packed with up-to-date information including highlights of virtually every town and site. Also includes money-saving tips, advice on staying healthy, and anecdotes on local history, culture, customs, and etiquette. Indispensable!
Size 5?"x7?". Includes a cultural quiz and glossary. With this guide, you'll never feel intimidated and awkward about the customs and etiquette of Sri Lanka. You'll learn to see beyond the stereotypes and misinformation that often precede a visit to this foreign land. Whether you plan to stay for a week or a year, you'll benefit from an understanding of such topics as the rules of driving and monetary systems, religious practices, and social customs. There are tips on political traditions, building friendships and business relationships. Packed with practical, accurate, and fun-to-read information, this guide will make you feel `right at home' even before you go.
Pilot Guides/Globe Trekker Video. Two of the most extraordinary tropical locations lie off the southern tip of India: Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean, and the thousands of spectacular islands that make up the Maldives. Traveler Megan McCormick begins her journey in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka, She travels to the east coast to surfing paradise Arugam Bay, visits Ratnapura and Sigiriya, before driving to Kandy. Flying to the Maldives, she ends her trip with a diving safari around the maze of idyllic uninhabited islands. Features: "Toddy tappers" at work in the tops of coconut trees; visit to a tea plantation; climb the impressive fortress built by King Kasyapa, in Sigiriya, fifteen hundred years ago; visit Ratnapura, the city of gems, where mines give up ink and blue sapphires; attend the Kandy festival of Esala Perahera, the biggest in the country, where hundreds of elephants are paraded around the city for ten nights. 50 minutes.