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Abercrombie & Kent expands into Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is the archetypal tropical gem, with a fascinating history, an extraordinarily diverse cultural and architectural heritage, abundant wildlife, sensational cuisine and scenery that ranges from misty mountainous tea plantations to isolated white sand beaches.

SRI LANKA – Abercrombie & Kent has recently established an office in Colombo. This latest addition to the A&K worldwide network will ensure that the impeccable standards of on-the-ground service and local insight will be maintained and that the travellers will be assured of the hallmark A&K care that has made them one of the world’s leading tour operators.

Jaffna and the northern reaches of Sri Lanka constitute one of the few remaining frontiers for the travel cognoscenti. Closer to India than to Colombo, the region is an intriguing melange of character and cultures, of Indian Hindu and Sri Lankan Buddhist influences. Now emerging from 20 years of isolation, it displays a mesmerising cross-section of religious influences, colonial legacy and vibrant Tamil charm.

In the ethereally beautiful mountainous region of central Sri Lanka, Kalundewa Retreatlies within 90 acres of unspoilt agricultural land. Surrounded by unsullied views and countless butterflies, it is the ideal retreat from reality and the perfect launchpad for boating and  fishing on the three lakes or exploring the Dambulla Cave Temple and Sigiriya Rock Fort.

For beach heaven, The Last Houseat Tangalle is a gorgeous Indian Ocean seafront villa designed by renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Graceful, light and airy, it lies on an unspoilt picture-postcard palm-fringed beach and sleeps up to 12 guests.

Just to the west on the southern tip of the island, the town of Galle is a showpiece of vibrant history where the Dutch influence is alive and kicking and the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Dutch Fort is an unmissable highlight. Recently renovated by iconic interior designer George Cooper, Habaraduwa House offers four stunning en-suite bedrooms, this is one of the few locations in Sri Lanka where guests can swim year round, whilst other activities include whale watching, leopard safaris, historic tours, boat trips and visits to the many temples and tea plantations within easy reach.

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