In this new edition, British resident of Sri Lanka for over 33 years, Royston Ellis, explores the incredible diversity that Sri Lanka has to offer now the entire country is open to visitors, in an easy-to-read narrative packed with entertaining comments and sound advice, based on personal experience.
"An engaging written companion with practical information of the sort only a resident could impart."
- Book magazine for librarians
"The definitive gazetteer to the island"
- Chris Haslam, Wanderlust
- Daily Telegraph
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate and seasons, Natural history and conservation, History, Politics, Economy, National flag, People, Language, Religion, Tourism
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, How long?, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies and high commissions, Getting there and away,
Health, Security and safety, What to take, What to wear, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Food and drink, Public holidays and festivals, Time, Shopping, Arts and
entertainment, Photography, Media and communications, Business, Buying property, Cultural etiquette
PART TWO THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Colombo
History, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Nightlife, Internet cafés, Shopping, What to see
Chapter 4 The Cultural Triangle
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Kandy, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Giritale, Habarana, Mihintale, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Yapahuwa
Chapter 5 The Hill Country
History, Getting there and away, Ambewela, Badulla, Bandarawela, Belihul Oya, Ella, Haldummula, Haputale, Hatton, Kotmale, Nuwara Eliya, Pussellawa,
Chapter 6 National Parks and Interior Towns
National parks, The interior towns
Chapter 7 The West Coast
Getting there and away, Beach resorts
Chapter 8 The Deep South
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Resorts
Chapter 9 The Eastern Seaboard and the North
Trincomalee, Passikudah and Kalkudah,Batticaloa, Arugam Bay, Jaffna
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Glossary
Appendix 3 Further Information
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Travel writer Royston Ellis has lived in Sri Lanka since 1980. He is the author of 60 novels, guidebooks and biographies and also Bradt's Maldives.