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Five Things To Do in Sri Lanka - Explore the Historical, Cultural, Religious and Natural Heritage of the Island

The island nation of Sri Lanka is blessed with natural beauty and its history dotted with colourful stories. Explore this island to your heart's content.

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Explore the Capital City of the Island: Colombo

The hustle and bustle of this emerging metropolitan city can be off – putting to some travelers who travel to Sri Lanka in search of beautiful beaches and peaceful landscapes. However, the city of Colombo has a charm of its own. One can opt to visit the famous Galle Face Green and enjoy the sunset, fly a kite, or sample some of the street food available, such as "isso wadey". One should also endeavor to visit Independence Square and perhaps walk around the gardens of the neighbouring Arcade Independence. For a taste of the local life, try to walk through the streets of Pettah and maybe even visit the Red Mosque. Tourists to the city will also be able to see the Lotus Tower, which is currently being completed, from most vantage spots in the city. Those who visit Battaramulla will also be able to see a different side of the city for Battaramulla is home to the Diyawanna Lake and its surroundings can be quite peaceful.

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Take a Road Trip to the Hills

One of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful hill country of the island is by driving – this is especially true when visiting places such as Nuwara Eliya. The drive up the mountains is extremely panoramic as there are certain places where one can see far into the distant lowlands as well. In order to facilitate the viewing of such beautiful sights, there are a number of bends where you can stop the car and witness the beauty of the island. If you wish to make such a road trip, hiring a vehicle is an option. If you wish to hire a car, Sri Lanka has a number of different establishments that offer this service: simply ask your hotel accommodation to arrange a vehicle with a chauffeur. However, if you wish to reduce costs, you can always choose to make a car booking in Sri Lanka itself when you arrive.

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Enjoy the Waters Surrounding the Island

The island nation of Sri Lanka is surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Because of the diverse natural conditions, there are different types of beaches scattered along the coastline of the country. The various different beaches are famous for different water sports. For instance, the beaches of Pasikudah and Nilaveli are very shallow and are ideal places for a leisurely swim. On the other hand, the waters of Arugam Bay are well known for surfing because of the stunning breaks that the bay experiences. Similarly, the Southern beaches such the beach in Bentota are famous for water sports such as kite surfing and jet skiing.

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Explore the History of the Island

The island nation of Sri Lanka boasts of a history that can be traced back many centuries. The history of the island is dotted with royal kingdoms and the accompanying heritage includes the building of various monuments. For instance, the historical cities of Anuradhapura and Pollonnaruwa are replete with numerous landmarks that are definitely worth visiting.

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Explore the Religious Heritage of Sri Lanka

With the majority of Sri Lankans following Buddhism, there are a number of places of religious worship that are worth visiting. These include the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, the Golden Cave Temple in Dambulla and the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura.

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