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4 Awesome Places to visit in Sri Lanka – Exploring the Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka, the tiny island nation is famed for its remarkable heritage, wildlife and beauty. Read on as we list out the top spots to check during your visit there.

1

Yala National Park

The second largest national park in the country, the Yala National Park regularly attracts throngs of curious tourists looking to gain a first hand view of the much acclaimed flora and fauna in the country. The national park is perhaps most famous for the elusive Sri Lankan Leopard but there are plenty of other animals to see such as elephants, water buffaloes and even crocodiles. It is adjacent to the ocean and its beach is regularly used as a nesting spot for turtles. To get a glimpse of the leopards, try to make it to the park by first light as that is when they are most active. Located about one hundred and ninety five kilometres from the capital, Colombo, Yala is not easy to access. However, travel companies such as Black Kite Travel (who also organize trips like Luxury Maldives Holidays) can help you get there with ease.

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Dambulla Cave Temple

If you are looking for your cultural fix, the Dambulla Cave Temple is well suited to do just that! First built around two thousand years ago, the temple is built inside caves of a massive granite rock. You can find five such caves, all of which contain more than fifty statues of Buddha, – in a number of positions and contexts – and some have been carved into the walls of the caves. The Dambulla Cave Temple is still functioning which means you will need to dress appropriately and behave the same too. Other than the statues, the temple is also home to multiple paintings that depict the history of the temple and Buddhism.

3

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is hands down the most dramatic attraction in this country. A massive rock outcrop that rises to a height of 200m, it was once the fortress and pleasure palace of an ancient king. With moats, a sky garden, famed frescoes and mirror walls, Sigiriya has surprises behind every corner. Of course, you will have to endure a strenuous walk via a staircase to the top of the rock but the palace at the top is bound to be better than you can imagine.

4

Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa was the capital of ancient Sri Lanka around eight hundred years ago. The rich history of the old city makes it an ideal location to visit for any history buff. The entire old city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, which should say enough about the historical and cultural significance of the city. Home to a large number of historical structures such as tombs, temples and the ruins of palaces, the city is a captivating experience that shows a glimpse of life in the country during ancient times. You can also see strong influences of Buddhism in the city thanks to the stupas scattered over the area.

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