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sri lanka travel guide

Sri Lanka Travel Guide

Sri Lanka is one of the biggest little countries in the world. The island’s modest size means that it’s possible to get a good taste of what’s on offer in just a couple of weeks, although, equally, attractions are crammed together so densely that you could easily spend a year in the place and still not see everything.

You’ll travel through pineapple and paddy fields, coconut groves and tall pine forests, and past lush tropical jungle, huge lakes and mountains. You’ll watch the incredible sight of an entire herd of elephants taking its daily bath in the river. You’ll experience the thrilling sound of a tropical dawn chorus at Yala National Park, while getting ready to spot leopards, elephants, deer, water buffalo, saltwater crocodiles, wild boar, sloth bears, monitor lizards and a huge variety of birdlife.

A fascinating highlight of any visit to Sri Lanka is the ‘Lion Rock’ of Sigiriya – an ancient citadel, royal palace and fortress in the sky built by the 5th century King Kashyapa. Once protected by the colossal head of a lion, Sigiriya sits impossibly on a massive 600ft granite tower with sheer cliffs on all sides, and is still today beautifully adorned with moats and ramparts, lavish water gardens and exquisite ancient murals. You’ll also will be amazed by the cave temples of Dambulla, the sacred Temple of the Tooth and Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy Sri Lanka, the imposing 16th century Dutch Fort of Galle, and the country’s fine tea estates – not to mention relaxing by a palm-shaded beach and pool. The unique sights and sounds of Sri Lanka will stay with you forever.

With miles of golden beaches, sun and sea, Sri Lanka offers you the convenience of travelling to some of the best locations without wasting much time. You can access the western and southern coastal beaches by road starting off from Negombo. This coast line road runs all the way till Hambantota before veering away further inland. 

The north and east coast beaches can be reached via Ratnapura – the city of gems, passing the Central Highlands on the way before hitting the East Coast at Pottuvil. There the road runs north along the coast up to Batticaloa and Trincomalee. There are domestic airports at Batticaloa and Trincomalee.

 

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