This is Sri Lanka, the land of Serendipity – of pleasant surprises!
Let us take you on an exploratory journey to the pristine interiors and to the picturesque fringes of some of the most fascinating spaces that Sri Lanka has to offer. For those who may not be aware, the island nation boasts of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, incredibly numbering eight, all ensconced within its smallness!
Contemporary Sri Lanka is a land of sunny smiles that come from the heart and the beginning of the most extraordinary hospitality rooted in its people. When this meets with sun-warmed tropical climes and gastronomic delights, you know you are on the trip of a lifetime.
Sri Lanka has the most idyllic beaches and bays that promise surf and sand, crystalline lakes and cascades which tempt one for a dip. The green valleys and majestic highlands proudly hold up ancient fortresses to the sky. You can go on treks that end in the most divine sunrise you may have ever woken up to. Endemic and exotic species abound in the great wild outdoors and numerous reserves; large herds of elephants are known to amble across one’s path, or you could easily encounter a jungle cat basking in the sunshine!
Every Sri Lankan city and town has a distinct character and homegrown culture: the quaintness of ocean-swept Galle with its Dutch and Portuguese influences, Colombo, the capital city where tradition meets a bustling cosmopolitan spirit, the culturally rich Kandy with its laidback charms and mist-laden balmy weather, and Jaffna of the red earth, devout shrines, colourful saris and a people proud of their ancestry.
Sri Lankan cuisine is simple yet nuanced, a burst of spices and colours. Herbs and spices get tossed about, fried, simmered, sizzled and roasted, and the outcomes are a tongue-tingling feast for the palate. Brace yourself for a wild culinary ride, whether it is street food or traditional cuisine; every dish is made with love and attention to detail – from the national staple, egg hoppers (fried egg ladled onto a crepe/pancake in a bowl shape) to the wholesome herbal porridge or “kola kenda” or the complexities of the delectable “lamprais” (a dish made up of two or three meat curries with rice boiled in stock and a host of ingredients all of which is wrapped in banana leaf and baked) of Dutch ancestry, or the water buffalo curd covered with palm syrup.
Sri Lanka ticks all the boxes for any traveller looking for that complete experience: there is history, culture, wildlife, nature reserves, pristine beaches, people interactions and cuisine. Add to that an infrastructure that is making strides, highways and roads assuring efficient connectivity especially from the international airport in Colombo to different parts of the pearl-shaped island, and the increasing presence of local and global hospitality brands.
If in Sri Lanka you get a pitch-perfect destination, then, in Authenticities you get the ultimate travel partner. We are determined to design for you an impeccable holiday, handcrafted to meet the requirements of the persona that you are, ensuring incredible memories of a lifetime. The premium we lay on evoking emotion and organising immersive and authentic experiences all around, while showcasing the splendours of the country, is something you will value and carry back with you. Allow Authenticities to be your guide and take you on that once in-a-lifetime journey.
More than just a nondescript travel plan, our emotions transcend traditional activities, integrating classic travel concepts with community interactions, facilitating close encounters with local cultures and traditional lifestyles, thus giving you a holistic experience.
Come and explore, discover and get to know intimately a culture upheld by its warm people, the glories of the past, heritage and habitats, a country that has beckoned inquisitive and intrepid travellers to its shores since times immemorial.