Sri Lanka derived its name from the Sanskrit words sri, meaning "sacred" and lanka meaning "island." With ruins of ancient kingdoms, breathtaking landscapes, beautiful beaches, rich culture, warm people, and tropical climate, it has become a popular honeymoon destination. Visitors can swim in sparkling waters, feed orphaned baby elephants, sip the world's finest tea and check out mines of precious gems.
A wide range of accommodations is available. There are budget-friendly guesthouses all over the country such as the Blue Seas Guesthouse, Havelock Place Bungalow and Chanuka Tourist Guesthouse, to name a few, located mostly in resort areas and near tourist spots. For the adventurous traveler, there are eco homes or eco lodges such as the Boulder Garden, Ella Adventure Park, or bungalows or camps within the country's national parks, where guests can have a night-in-the-jungle experience. For travelers with money to burn, the five-star Hilton Colombo is a popular choice. Similarly ranked are the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo, which is conveniently located 10 minutes away from the shopping area and a block from the ocean. The Cinnamon Grand Hotel is another great place that's close to the business district and major diplomatic missions.
Visitors who wish to venture out of Colombo can explore the city of Galle, a world heritage site. The city was built surrounding a 16th century Dutch fort, which has been well preserved. Today, descendants of Dutch conquerors still inhabit the city, living in houses sporting the same facade as they had hundreds of years ago. There are numerous places to stay in Galle, including luxurious The Fortress, combining Dutch and Portuguese themes with Sri Lankan style.