Although the company was only established in 2009, the owner of the business, Nishantha Weragoda brings a wealth of travel experience and a comprehensive knowledge of this wonderful island. Sri Lanka means 'Land of Splendour' and visitors to the island soon understand why. Sri Lanka has been known by many names – Ceylon to the British and Taprobane to the Romans, which was derived from Tambapanni, meaning land of copper coloured earth and lotuses.
Taprobane Tours and Travels offers a comprehensive selection of tours, showcasing the very best of the island. The company specialises in individual bookings (FIT) and small group tours for both leisure clients and incentive trips. Sri Lanka feature very high on the wish list of many people and is recognised as a superb value destination for companies looking to reward their staff or clients.
The island has over 1400 km of beaches and is surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean that offers outstanding facilities for surfing and undersea diving. But the lure of Sri Lanka is not limited to the sea and the sunny, palm fringed beaches. It has so much more to offer. From the sunny coast to the cooler, cloud-kissed mountains, where the best tea in the World grows, is less than four hours drive. There are hills and valleys covered by an unending carpet of tea for miles around and the air is filled with the aroma of the fresh tea leaves.
The wildlife of Sri Lanka is another huge draw. The many national parks and strict nature reserves provide sanctuary for elephants and leopard to roam in freedom, as well as the sloth bear, the spotted deer and Sāmbhar. The island has more than 150 species of colourful and spectacular indigenous birds, which are supplemented by visitors from as far away as Siberia during the winter.
But the biggest attraction of Sri Lanka is its people. The Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims are all friendly by nature and the country has an unblemished record of hospitality. It is a land of smiles and a warm welcome, observed by Anton Chekov, Bernard Shaw and Sir Arthur C. Clarke who made Sri Lanka his home and the inspiration for at least two of his books. It is known as a land of tolerance that has been tempered over the years by the teachings of the Buddha. Sri Lanka still beckons as a land of splendour far beyond the limits of a tropical isle. In laymen's terms it most definitely punches above its weight and there's no better way to experience it than as a guest of Taprobane Tours and Travels.