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Must Not Miss Places in Sri Lanka – Jewel of the Indian Ocean

Beautiful island paradise Sri Lanka is blessed with many allures; changing scenery, a bio-diverse environment, and exotic wildlife. Here are some of the best locations to enjoy.

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The Lions Rock Fortress of Sigiriya

Established in the 5th century AD by King Kashyapa the Lions Rock Fortress of Sigiriya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The place is located in the sleepy hamlet of Sigiriya in the north central province of Sri Lanka. Home to wandering herds of wild elephants, savannah-like jungles, exotic wildlife, and a rustic village charm Sigiriya is a top tourist destination. The fort is amongst many other cultural sites around the area; however remember to leave at least half a day for exploring the rock, its surroundings, interiors and rooftop gardens. This area is part of the cultural triangle well visited by culture buffs and tourists out for a taste of the rustic; in fact, some of the best Sri Lanka luxury hotels are located in surrounding towns such as Kandalama and Dambulla.

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Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy

Kandy is the hill capital of Sri Lanka. Framed by misty mountains inducing a cool climate the ancient city has much to offer the culture buff. The Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Tooth Relic is the country's most revered Buddhist pilgrimage site home to a tooth relic of the Buddha. Housed within an ancient royal palace the temple has many interesting facets to explore. Kandy itself is home to many historical sites and religious landmarks that offer an insight to ancient crafts and traditions.

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Ancient City of Anuradhapura

Located in the North Central province and part of the cultural triangle the sacred city of Anuradhapura was the first established kingdom on the island. The place is a huge Buddhist pilgrimage site owing to its many relics and significant icons. The very first sacred Bo sapling brought in from India now thrives in the city centre. It is called the Sri Maha Bodhiya and draws pilgrims from near and far. Ruins of ancient palaces; historical statues of Lord Buddha and stunning gardens created by ancient kings are all part of the charm.

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

The islands largest forest reserve the Sinharaja is located in the southwest lowlands of the country's wet zone. It was made part of UNSECO's World Heritage Sites in 1988 and is a treat to explore for all nature lovers. Almost 60% of the country's tree varieties are located here together with 50% of the islands wildlife species.

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Hikkaduwa Beach

A backpacker's haven the beach of Hikkaduwa was the first to gain prominence in 1960 amongst foreign tourists. Today the town located along the southern coast is a thriving tourist resort; home to a huge expanse of sandy beach and a variety of water sports action Hikkaduwa is best known for its coral reef and glass-bottomed boat rides. This area too is well serviced by luxury hotel chains spread across the country. The town of Hikkaduwa is located along the main Galle Road and offers easy access to other south coastal resorts such as Ahungalla serviced by Heritance Hotels & Resorts.

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