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Beach Indulgence


Sri Lanka is world-famous for its beaches and in fact, some of the world’s best beaches are found along the miles of golden coast that surround the island. 356 days of tropical weather make this offering even more attractive. Warm sunshine and clear, blue water offer a world of tropical beach experiences for discerning beach-lovers seeking fun and variety. Truly the choice is amazing. Famous coastal towns such as Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Unwatuna, Galle, Mirissa, Trincomalee, Passikudah and Arugambey offer a choice of places to stay ranging from small budget inns to ultra-luxurious hotels and resorts. Indulgences and activities include sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, boating, skiing, and enjoying the best variety of seafood, the country has to offer.


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History & Heritage


Sri Lanka is an island drenched in wondrous folklore and legend. It is a land once ruled by kings, colonized by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English. And it has a history which dates back to over 2500 yearsthough which many a historic even took place. Visitors can experience the evidence of this rich heritage by visiting places such as Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Plonnaruwa, Dambulla and Kandy. Ancient temples, the remains of majestic places, gigantic statues, a rock fortress, ancient wall paintings and murals, all stand as a testament to a glorious and colourful past. What’s more, the country’s history is not merely limited to these key heritage sites. Given its long and rich history, most cities and towns in the country, have an ancient monument or temple attraction worth visiting.



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Wildlife


For an island completely surrounded by ocean, Sri Lanka surprisingly, has some of the best variety of fauna and flora. The country’s diverse ecological conditionsand varied forests and planes are a haven for some of the bestwildlife in South Asia. The country’s two main national parks are home to large mammals such as elephant, leopard, sloth bear, deer, wild buffalo, monkeysand many tropical birds. A trip to the hills and mountains can reveal brilliant, tropical birdlife, while the country’s many rivers and lakes are home to crocodiles and other kinds of amphibians. The Indian Ocean which surrounds the island is teaming with marine life from majestic Blue Whales to dolphins and hundreds of other marine life. Sri Lanka is a true wildlife enthusiast’s paradise with much to do and see.


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Shopping


Beaches, nature and wildlife aren’t the only attractions on this resplendent little island. Visitors can also indulge in a spot of shopping at the various malls and arcades in and around the city. Colombo and other large towns have many specialty shops and places that sell a variety of locally manufactured items like hand-woven fabrics, traditional Sri Lankan batik, handcrafted ornaments and jewelry, traditional masks, plus other interesting items. The prices will depend on where you shop and of course, don’t give in without a good bargain.


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Adventure Excursions


Sri Lanka has much to offer adventure-seeking tourists. Since recent years, hiking and trekking have grown immensely popular. While it offers some form of mild activity, a hike or a trek through some of the country’s diverse terrain has become the best way to observe wildlife and nature and to experience it up-close. The country’s low-lying hills and forests offer some of the best hiking and trekking trails for those who like to get closer to nature.


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Food & Drink


Sri Lanka offers visitors an amazing choice when it comes to dining out. The country’s star-class hotels boast multiple restaurants serving of a variety of cuisine while the streets are lines with many nice places to eat. Although many of the restaurants are predominantly Sri Lankan and South Indian, Sri Lanka is famous for its numerous Chinese restaurants in and around Colombo. You’ll also find, Italian, Thai and German restaurants along with plenty of pubs, cafes and bistros. For a quick bite, you could stop by familiar fast food restaurants such as MacDonalds, Burger King, KFC and Subway.


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Nightlife


As the sun sinks over the horizon, the city comes to life. Colombo is famous for its party atmosphere and nightlife. While there are many nightclubs and pubs at the top hotels, you’ll also find lots of independent pubs, bars and clubs in the city, offering a choice of entertainment. Casinos and karaoke bars are highly popular among tourists.


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