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Discover Most Popular Traveller Destinations in Sri Lanka – Island Adventures

The island of Sri Lanka may be relatively small in size, but it does provide a wide range of experiences at its diverse destinations, each offering something new to discover.

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Galle

The heart of the southern coast, Galle is a city that is home to the stunning Dutch Fort, an iconic attraction that dates back to the Dutch colonial period. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this massive structure that borders the coastline is one of the country's key attractions and walking along its massive ramparts as well as exploring the charming streets within the fort are must do activities.

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Hikkaduwa

Located next to Galle, Hikkaduwa is all about the sun, sand and surf. One of the most popular holiday destinations in Sri Lanka, this coastal getaway offers the perfect beachside escape where one can work on that holiday tan or take part in water sports including snorkelling and surfing. "Hikka" as it is locally referred to, also has a laidback and happening nightlife scene complimented by some eclectic dining options worth trying.

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Kandy

The hill country capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy offers a wholly different experience from that of the coastline. Located amidst ancient mountains, this historic city is surrounded by some breathtaking natural panoramas and a decidedly cooler climate. Local tour operators such as Connaissance de Ceylan offer excursions to this city where one can not only embark on adventures in the mountains, but also visit historic attractions. This includes the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic which is one of the key sacred sites for the largely Buddhist population in the country.

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Nuwara Eliya

Heading further up into the mountains of Sri Lanka will bring you to the town of Nuwara Eliya which has a rather unique colonial old world charm. It is known as "Little England" due to its cool climes and bungalows that feature traditional English design and architecture. This hideaway amidst the hills is a great base from which to visit such attractions as Lake Gregory, Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Victoria Park and not forgetting the idyllic tea estates that line the mountain slopes.

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The Cultural Triangle

Rather than one destination, the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka actually encompasses several cities each home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In Dambulla, one will find the historic Rock Cave Temple, while a trip to Sigiriya will give you the chance to make your way to the summit of the famed Sigiriya Rock Fortress. You also can explore the once ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, each featuring stunning archaeological sites where one can see remnants of these great cities of the past.

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Yala

No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without experiencing a wildlife safari. Yala is one of the island's foremost national parks and is well known for offering some of the best safaris in the world for spotting leopards. Apart from catching glimpses of this majestic predator, those on a safari in Yala also have a chance of seeing the iconic Sri Lankan Elephant along with a host of other animals and birds.

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