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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a teardrop-shaped island of just over 25,000 square miles off the south-eastern coast of India. The capital is Columbo and the ethnic mix is 70% Buddhist, 15% Hindu, 8% Christian, and 7% Muslim. Sri Lanka has wonderful beaches – don’t miss the stilt fishermen at Weligama, varied landscapes, and a wealth of historical sites. These include Anuradhapura, a city established in the 4th century BC, which rose to prominence with the arrival of Buddhism two centuries later and stayed important for a thousand years. Founded in the 12th century AD the former capital of Polonnaruwa was one of the great urban centres in South Asia. Kandy is nestled in the island's hill country and was home to the country’s last independent kingdom, which fell to the British in 1815. Kandy is famous for being home to the sacred relic of the tooth of the Buddha and visits here can be combined with a trip to a tea plantation and the Elephant Orphanage at Pinniwela, where the afternoon bath time in the river shouldn’t be missed. The cave temples of Dambulla in the centre of the island are filled with Buddha statues and murals showing scenes from his life. Sigiriya is a rock outcrop that rises over 200m from the surrounding plane with palace ruins on the top. It is most famous for the Sigiriya frescoes, featuring 2 bare-breasted damsels that line the route to the top. The Sinharaja Forest Reserve, 120km south-east of Colombo, is the last stretch of virgin rainforest on the island. The 7362-foot peak of Sri Pada, the 'Holy Footprint', has the distinction of being sacred to the followers of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, due to the giant footprint (5 feet 7 inches by 2 feet 6 inches) at the top of the mountain - left either by Shiva, Buddha, St Thomas, or Adam depending on the religion.

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    in Kandy, Sri Lanka

    Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of K...

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  • Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with good culture with great hospitality. One of the unique experience you can get in here is you can experience all most all the natural environments except extreme weather condition like snowing and deserts with in 3 to 5 hour travel duration. One moment you are in a beautiful natural beach bathing hot sunlight then with in 4 to 5 hour travel you are in cold hill station like Nuwara Eliya famous as little England or you are in natural forest like Sinharaja or you are in dry zone in natural wild life park experiencing wild life tours in Yala or visiting ancient Kingdom in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Seegiriya. The wonderful beauty of Sri Lanka is no need to travel tiring long journeys to experience these different places. People are USUALLY trustworthy but beware of crooks also.....most situations they may try to charge more money than usual. Food are delicious but may be bit spicy for unexperienced tongue. We found Daniel on the internet through the help of a friend. Daniel is very proud of his country and it showed when he took us around the island site seeinginternet through the help of a friend. Daniel is very proud of his country and it showed when he took us around the island site seeing. We enjoyed very much with his friendly service, We are highly recommend for you choose, Danie is young person & speaking very good Englsih. We had a great Tour itinearry for our two weeks with including Transport/Accommodations. We paid for our transport per day 45$ including driver/guide (daniel) + fuel For sure we will return again to Sri Lanka for visit north & We contact daniel. You can contact him by mail to srilankadaniel@gmail.com Mob: +94 714804632 / http://www.tripstosrilanka.com you will get quick reply with lot of helpful information’s & valuable service. I hope my recommendation will help to organize your trip. Our Tour plane is; Airport-Negombo fish market -Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa-Dambulla-Kandy-Nuwara Eliya-Ella-Yala national park – Mirissa Beach – Galle – Colombo All The Best..
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  • Sri Lanka ist eine Reise wert. Ob Kultur, Natur, Meer, Hochland, Edelsteine, Wasserfälle usw. Hier ist für alle etwas dabei
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  • you have great plans for your holidays, then Srilanka is the right location for that. Srilanka has a variety of locations that are ideal for you to explore and relish on your holidays. We have designed a variety of Srilanka holiday packages based on the various needs of the customers. The Srilanka holiday packages that we have formulated differ in its time duration, the locations and the budget.
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  • Sri Lanka ist ein wunderbares und wunderschönes Land. Freundliche Leute, gutes und scharfes Essen und so viel zu sehen.
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  • The best affordable Holiday destinations in the world.
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  • Es war unser erster Aufenthalt und wir waren Begeistert von dem menschlichen Reichtum den die Menschen in sich tragen. Lohnenswert sind auch Abstecher ins Landesinnere.
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  • Sri Lanka is the most amazing island you can ever find!!
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