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Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean

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If you are planning a holiday that allows you to explore a mix of adventures and experiences, choose the pearl of the Indian Ocean. This place is rich with culture, heritage, beautiful beaches, thick rainforests, wild life that is beyond expectations, luxury hotels with diverse platforms of differentiations, food to die for and hospitality to treasure for a lifetime. Known as Ceylon in the past and as Sri Lanka now, this is truly a paradise isle.
Green in the Edge, Green in the Middle and Green All Around
Out of the bondages of a long lasting civil war which prevailed in the Northern tip of the island for over 2 decades, until two year ago, now the country has regained its charming and peaceful asmosphere. Recently named as one of the top 10 world tourists destinations, this is a place where the world traveler can become serenaded by nature and nurture both. From green palms that surround the entire coastal region to the misty hill country covered with famous Ceylon tea, the greenery is utterly breathtaking and refreshing. The "Sinnharaja" rainforest located at the heart of the country is one of the rare virgin rainforests in the world, home to rare species of flora and fauna.
Yapahuwa's Ornamental Carved Staircase, Sri Lanka
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Sri Lankan Flora and Fauna
If you are a wild life enthusiast or a bird watcher, then you must trek the jungles of Yala, Wilpatthu and Udawalawe where the range and diversity of flora and fauna will overwhelm you. In these national parks, you will see elephant heard that roam free and the elusive leopards camouflaged with the wild. From deer to black bears and king cobras to beautiful peacocks, Sri Lankan wild life is amazingly enthralling. A number of bird sanctuaries are home to many indigenous birds and the forests are rich with wild orchids and butterflies of many shades. With many wild life and bird sanctuaries dotting the country, this is a wild life lover's dream destination. Numerous streams and waterfalls that start from the central hill region of the island rush through mountains, meadows and sloping rocks, winding towards the sea.
Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa, Unesco World Heritage Site, Sri Lanka
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Heritage sites and Historic Places of Interest
For those who are interested in archeology, history and heritage, Sri Lanka is a destination that will be mind blowing. Rich with a documented history that is dating back 2,500, here is a place where you can visit remnants of the kingdoms of a bygone era or religious sites, statues and structures that make you want to draw parallels with the Egyptian pyramids. 

The craftsmanship and structural engineering prowess evident in these ruins and artifacts of the olden kingdoms can amaze any visitor. Sigiriya rock fortress built by king Kassapa in 479-497 A.D is a UNESCO world heritage site and proposed as 8th wonder of the world. 

This is a masterpiece of town planning, garden designing, architecture, art and engineering, all combined on top of a 200 meter high, sheer rock rising. Climbing this rocky formation and visiting the site is one of the most exhilarating experiences which both foreign and local visitors to the site can enjoy.

Misty Hills, Cool Climes and Much More
This is a destination that gives you variety in terms of places, activities, and even the climate to enjoy. Although placed right under the equator, the high elevations of Nuwara Eliya, the central hill regions allows you to enjoy cool and misty weather as if you were in "Little England", as the place was fondly referred to by the British who colonized the island in the past. With horse riding, golfing, trekking and a host of other activities, you will enjoy your stay in the hills as much as the times you spend in other parts of the country. If you are interested in rafting through rapids and canoeing in backwaters, the country is rich with many waterways to offer exciting excursions. Hot air balloons to visiting elephant orphanage at Pinnawela where over 200 orphaned or injured elephants are being rehabilitated will be a once in a life time experience.
Sandy Beaches and Aquamarine Seas
Sandy beaches of Sri Lanka are world renowned for its pristine beauty. Down South and in the East coast offer a fantastic beach holiday experience to discerning travelers, looking to enjoy the sunny side of life. From whale watching to water sport and catching super surf waves to ride, your beach holiday in Sri Lanka will be a one of luxury and excitement. With virgin beaches in Arugambe, Pasi Kuda and Jaffna opening its hospitality to the world, Sri Lanka's tourism diversity has reached its pinnacle now. Add to the list, a chance to go coral reef watching with a glass bottomed boat or scuba or deep sea dive to enjoy marine life. If you are in down south coastal areas, there are turtle conservation projects where thousands of marine turtle hatchlings are released to the sea with the help of visitors. 
Palm Tree, Hikkaduwa Beach, Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean
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Once you are done with all these excitement, the azure colors of the Indian ocean and the swaying palms fringing the coast will lull you to a relaxed slumber, in this cradle of natural beauty.

Hotels in Sri Lanka
A wide range of accommodations ranging from star class resorts to spas, exclusive boutique hotels, budget hotels and bungalows are available for visiting foreign travelers. There are some world class properties, combined with legendary Sri Lankan hospitality that can provide the most indelible holiday experience to a traveler. Most hotels in Sri Lanka are a part of the Eco tourism drive, putting remarkable efforts in to environmental sustenance and preservation while reducing their environmental footprints. Most excursions involve amazing opportunities to mingle with and enjoy the natural beauty and nature. If you are interested in enjoying the therapeutic benefits of traditional ayurvedic medicines that can cure many chronic ailments, book yourself to a star class Ayurvedic health spa and allow for cleansing and rejuvenating your body, mind and soul.

When in Sri Lanka, the options are wide open and diverse. So, next time you plan out a holiday, step in to this isle of lush natural beauty, and enjoy a holiday worthy of treasured moments.


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Heritance Ahungalle, Sri Lanka
Secluded in a peaceful and serene area, this a la mode property is enclosed within Geoffrey Bawa’s signature infinity pool. An oasis of absolute tranquility, Heritance Ahungalla blends well with the ultramarine expanse of the Indian Ocean, whilst boasting state-of-the-art amenities. A trip to this property isn’t complete if you don’t visit the Kosgoda turtle hatchery, the river safari, or the Madu Ganga located along the virgin mangroves. Step on the endless pristine white beaches and tan up while feeling the warmth of the sun. Take a dip in the pool, relish on your favorite cocktail from the pool bar, revitalize during a therapeutic massage at the coconut spa or even do some retail therapy at the Shopping Arcade, Heritance Ahungalla is luxurious, eco-friendly and well located at the same time. 
Hotel Serendib, Bentota, Sri Lanka
Hotel Serendib is located in Bentota; one of the finest beaches along the South Coat of Sri Lanka, 99 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport and 66 km from Colombo. It is themed on an 18th century Dutch village by Sri Lanka’s world-famous architect, Geoffrey Bawa. Its main restaurant serves both Sri Lankan and continental cuisine while mid-morning, mid-afternoon and mid-night snacks can be enjoyed at its coffee shop and its lounge area. Hotel Serendib offers a resident bar, a beach bar and other facilities such as DVD library, satellite TV and internet kiosk.
Lighthouse Hotel, Galle, Sri Lanka
Poised on a knoll overlooking a palm-bordered beach, the Lighthouse Hotel stands in the city of Galle along the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka. The Kottawa Forest Reserve is located 19 kilometers away.   This luxury resort offers on-site dining at the poolside Anchor Bar & Grill, the elegant Cinnamon Room and the Cardamom café. Culinary delights range from traditional beef burgers to tamarind glazed steak of yellow fin tuna and wok seared jumbo tiger prawns. Children's and vegetarian menus are available. The Adam & Eve dining experience offers three-course dinner service followed by a floral bath under the stars. This three-story, smoke-free resort features 63 air-conditioned guestrooms equipped with wireless internet access.
Saman Villas Bentota, Sri Lanka
Saman Villas is perched on a rocky headland dividing two long seemingly endless, surf swept unspoilt beaches of golden sand, backed by dense green coconut plantations, in the quiet-sleepy fishing village of Aturuwella in Bentota. The atmosphere is one of tranquility, disturbed only by the sounds of birds and the waves breaking on the rocks below. The views, from anywhere in the hotel, are magnificent. The diverse Romantic Dining choices include; dining by the golden sandy beach, on the pool pavilion overlooking the ocean, on top of a rock where the waves break, in a tropical garden, in a water garden or in the privacy of your own suite.
The Blue Water, Thalpitiya, Sri Lanka
The Blue Water, located 30 kilometers south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is a spa resort fronted by the Indian Ocean and bordered by the coconut palms that grace picturesque Wadduwa Beach. Shops and pharmacies are positioned nearby. The hotel was designed by reputed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. This water-themed resort features ponds, streams, fountains and a waterway that winds through the lobby. The Admiral's Room restaurant prepares Italian, Mexican And Indian-themed buffets, and Sri Lankan gourmet dishes. The Seven Seas 24-hour coffee shop serves international fare.The palm-lined outdoor pool is one of the largest in the world and features a bar that serves poolside refreshments. This property offers 96 air-conditioned guestrooms that extend onto sea-view balconies or terraces.
Weligama Bay Resort, Sri Lanka 
The accommodation at Weligama Bay Resort has saddle roofs in Sri Lankan style, all featuring sophisticated, contemporary trends and authentic Sri Lankan antiques. Spaciously laid out the decor features boarded teak floors, furniture and grand doors made from teak timber, glass ceiling lighting, candles and wall torches which provide an extraordinary atmosphere. Weligama Bay Resort's swimming pool has a whirlpool, kiddies pool and waterfall. It's wide, flat steps will seduce you to sit and relax while you enjoy the stunning ocean view or dine in the partly opened beach front restaurant which is air conditioned and has a cocktail bar. 
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