For generations of travellers Sri Lanka has conjured up often dreamlike images. White dagobas curving sky-ward create a starting skyline, serene carved stone buddhas lying in permanent silence and elephants in parades glittering in gold. The islands wonderful landscape is invitingly lined with pure white sand. Diving, snorkelling, or just soaking up the seemingly endless warmth and sun are reward in themselves. But beyond the beaches and their waving coconut palms there is much to explore. The ancient temples, shrines and palaces of the northern kingdoms, the tea estates and hill stations of the central hill ranges – culturally rich and scenically beautiful, Sri Lanka’s diversity is all within easy reach. (Footprint Sri Lanka)
Best for first-time travellers to Sri Lanka
Lonely Planet Sri Lanka is your passport to the most relevant, up-to- date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Laze on a pristine, undiscovered beach, wander lost cities and ancient ruins, or hit the markets for a rainbow of exotic fruits and rich spices; all with your trusted travel companion.
- Full-colour maps and images throughout
- Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
- Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
Footprint's Sri Lanka Handbook will help you travel beyond the tourist trail, from Kandy's Temple of the Tooth to the remote, lagoon-fringed shores of the east. It features great coverage of the top activities and sights in the country, including whale-watching, ayurveda and snorkelling. It’s loaded with information and suggestions on how to get off the beaten track, from Jaffna's abandoned islands to spotting elephants in the wild inland national parks, as well as accommodation, eating and drinking listings for every budget. A full-colour planning section will inspire you and help you find the best experiences.
Marco Polo Sri Lanka Handbook offers expert advice and is aimed at travellers looking for in-depth coverage of a destination – from detailed cultural information to Insider Tips – in an easy to use format. Whatever your mood or interests, Marco Polo Handbooks are the perfect travel companion.
- Innovative infographics condense large amounts of data into a format which is easy to understand.
- Fun suggestions help you to experience the variety of a destination, whatever your personal preferences and interests.
- Specially created tours combine the best and most interesting places to see, with tips for exciting stops along the way.
This is the ideal guidebook for anyone travelling to Sri Lanka with a tour group who doesn’t need the coverage the other general guidebooks have on accommodation, transport and other logistical information. What it lacks in those details in makes up with stunning photography, detailed 3D cutaways of landmark buildings and sites, and informative illustations. In addition to information on what to see, the book has insightful features to make your trip ever more meaningful.
- Tailor-made itineraries
- Walks, scenic routes and thematic tours
- Over 550 stunning colour photographs
Best for travellers on a tour group
Like the DK Eyewitness gudiebooks, this Insight Guides book is lighter on logistics than the likes of Lonely Planet and Rough Guide, but its a heavy-weight when it comes to background features and stunning photography.
- The Best of Sri Lanka: Editor’s Choice includes the best wildlife, the best Buddhist temples, the best cultural experiences, ther best food, and more
- Informative and comprehensive history feature
- Features on the people, religion, feativals, art and architecture, food and drink, and wildlife
- Folded road and tourist map of Sri Lanka at 1:450 000 scale.
- Places of interest, national parks, and beaches are all highlighted and shaded-relief colouring clearly depicts the topography.
- The map includes insets of Colombo, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Galle Fort, Hikkaduwa, Negombo, Polonnaruwa and Unawatuna.
- 1470-word dictionary
- Guide to pronunciation and grammar
- Fail-safe small talk
- Practicalities - how to catch a train or ask for antibiotics