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To Go and Things To See in Exotic Sri Lanka [Photo Essay]
known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is an island country in Asia and a popular destination
for tourists worldwide, offering activities and attractions to suit everyone.
exciting cities, national parks bursting with wildlife and incredible beaches,
Sri Lanka is a great place to visit and bear in mind that when travelling
out of season, there are many late
holiday deals in the UK to save a bit of money on your trip. The following
are a few of the best places to go and things to see in this lovely country.
the Cities of Sri Lanka:
still retains much of its colonial feel, with its attractive garden and
tree-lined boulevards, but on the more modern side, offers stylish restaurants
and hotels, along with fascinating galleries and museums to explore.
stroll on the beachfront promenade is pretty pleasant too. Colombo is definitely
worth a day or two on your Sri Lanka tour.
the hill country of Sri Lanka and surrounding a beautiful lake, Kandy is
a pretty place to visit with its colourful houses and hotels. A smaller
and more attractive city than its big sister Colombo, Kandy has much in
the way of culture and history on offer, along with colourful street markets,
good restaurants and hotels and a much cooler climate. As can be seen in
the image below, the city is often shrouded in mist.
is plenty on offer in the city in the way of temples and historic sites,
including the must-see Temple of the Sacred Tooth, which contains Sri Lanka’s
most important Buddhist relic, a tooth of the Buddha.
to the surrounding countryside, where some of the best boutique hotels
are to be found, and the lush green tea plantations roll down the hillsides
are also highly recommended.
is a must-visit destination in the south of Sri Lanka. The town is exotic,
with its scent of spices around every corner, but is also unique for its
collection of Dutch-colonial buildings.
is primarily a city of trade and, to a great extent, art, with the Fort
area of the town offering boutique shops, hotels and cafes owned by both
local and foreign artists, designers, poets and photographers.
Dutch Fort in Galle CC BY 2.0 Stew
wishing to escape from city life, Uda Walawe National Park is a great option.
This lovely park rivals some of the best African game reserves with its
herds of elephants, sambar deer, leopards and wild buffalo. Along the way,
jackals, water monitor lizards, crocodiles, sloth bears and mongooses can
park overlooks the Uda Walawe Reservoir and offers a stark beauty, with
little in the way of dense vegetation to block the view of the animals.
Guided tours are available with knowledge guides.
in a wildlife frame of mind, Bundala National Park is another fascinating
visit, with its lagoons, waterways and dunes. The park is home to thousands
of colourful birds. In fact, almost 200 species are on view in the 62-square-meter
is also a small population of the Sri Lanka elephants, along with crocodiles,
giant squirrels and civets. In the coastal area, five different species
of marine turles lay their eggs between October and January. Bundala is
open all year around.
will simply love Arugam Bay, a moon-shaped bay with a famed point break
on the Sri Lanka Coast.
the village itself is tiny, Arugam Bay is a great destination for not only
surfers, but also other beach lovers, offering Oceanside restaurants and
Bay beach CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 AlGraChe
Bay is surrounded by beautiful green and lush landscapes, making it a popular
place to explore and enjoy.
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