When we think of Sri Lanka, we think immediately of elephants, jungle, smiles, rice plantations, monitors, temples, tea… All mixes in the head of the traveller. This island was called Taprobane on the card of Ptolémée. A thriving civilization was developed in cities like Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Buddhism was introduced at the 3rd century by Indian emperor Ashoka. Since May 22nd, 1972, Ceylon took again a formerly used name: Lanka, the “island which gleams”, and made it start with “Sri” which is a precious letter. Sri Lanka goes on to be invaded by he Arabs, then by the Portuguese, the Dutchmen and finally the English. The latter left the most prominent print on the country: small cottages, golf courses… All this made Sri Lanka small England, minus the fog and with paradise like beaches.