Sri Lanka, the tropical paradise with its endless beaches, timeless ruins, hidden heritage, famous tea trails, welcoming people and sumptuous cuisine, commands a
potpourri of influences - Indian, Arab, Malay, Dutch, Potuguese and English. The treasures of Sri Lanka's 'Cultural Triangle' with the ancient capitals of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy, the three corners make it every bit as the golden triangle. Most of the island is a biodiversity hotspot with over 140 species of endemic plants, animals and reptiles. One of the little-known wonders of the world is the Elephant gathering at the eancient manmade Minneriya tank, where hundreds of these lovely beasts come together. Major whale migration paths surround the island and therefore the International Whaling Commission has declared it as the protected zone. Some of Sri Lanks's most breathtaking scenery lies in the 'Central Highland' called 'Tea Country', characterised by lush greenery, waterfalls, dramatic ravines and gorgeous blue skies. From luxury colonial villas to secluded beach retreats, Sri Lanka offers a wealth of accomodation options to choose from, some bristling with individuality, some with a location to die for and some which simply ooze style.