Within Sri Lanka’s area of 65,525 sq km (25,299 square miles – about half the size of England) there are so many places to explore, guests often return on holiday year after year so they can discover more of Sri Lanka. The island’s length is 435km and it is 240km at its widest point. Most of the island is low-lying and flat but the south central part is mountainous with nine peaks over 2,133m (7,000ft) high. It’s not only the island’s scenic beauty that is so enchanting, there are ancient ruins and religious shrines (the Cultural Triangle), national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, charming traditional buildings, a pastoral way of life contrasting with the hubbub of the towns and cities, brilliant beaches and a salubrious climate. The best way to explore the island is with a chauffeur-guide either on a standard tour or following an itinerary which Thilanka Tours can arrange to include places of special interest and convenient accommodation.