Exploration in Solidarity Lands

Sri Lanka


The Context

Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is an island in the Indian Ocean, located about 30 km southeast of India, which is characterized by religious, cultural and linguistic diversity. As a former British colony, it gained independence in 1948.

Since then, there has been a succession of crises (civil war, constitutional crisis, economic crisis and political crisis), which have not facilitated the country’s development. Although the country ranks 72nd (out of 188) on the UN Human Development Index, 7% of the population is below the poverty line. Women and young people suffer the most from difficult living conditions, especially in rural areas. Youth unemployment is a major challenge as its rate is 3 times higher than that of the general population.

In addition, the country is highly vulnerable to natural disasters: in the northern and eastern regions of the country, periods of drought are becoming longer and more frequent, while the southwestern regions have experienced heavier and more unpredictable rainfall in recent years, causing intense and frequent flooding.

Economically, the tea industry is one of the main activities of the country along with the textile industry. Tourism also plays an important role but it is located in the most famous regions. It is therefore not only poorly distributed, but also sensitive to political and economic uncertainties.


  • Sri Lanka is an island of many landscapes, from rainforests and arid plains to mountains and sandy beaches. It owes its fame in particular to its tourist attractions (eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, numerous ancient remains), national parks and tea plantations. More and more popular, this country still keeps hidden treasures nevertheless. Moreover, the warmth of its inhabitants, its tranquility, the highly developed public transportation network and the low cost of living make it a country to discover. 
  • 10 accomodations/ 16 experiences
  • Partnerships developed with Back of Beyond, Abode Tours
  • Potential long-term partnerships with Arugam Bay Tourist Association, Passikuda Tourist Association, North East Tourist Association, North Tourist Association

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