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Reasons why Sri Lanka is a must visit destination – Book your ticket now!

A land like no other, the jade pendant of the Indian Ocean has a variety of things to offer; whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation or both. Here's why Sri Lanka is a MUST-VISIT place.

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Get wild

Wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers often refer to the island as a haven for spotting different types of wild animals. With approximately 21 national parks and reserves around the island, each of which is home to a diverse range of animals, from leopards to elephants, crocodiles, spotted deer, sambar deer, peacocks, wild boars, water buffalos and a countless number of birds, both endemic and migratory. Some of the most famous parks to visit are Minneriya National Park; which is great for elephant lovers. Keep an eye out for The Gathering, the largest collection of wild elephants in one place. Yala National Park is also great for spotting elephants, but most people head to the park at the break of dawn to get a glimpse of the elusive leopard or the shy sloth bear.

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Relaxation

When you're seeking nothing but relaxation in Sri Lanka, a spa in Colombo, Galle or Kandy is the best and most recommended option. If you're on a formal visit to the island and are only staying within the city limits of Colombo at a hotel such as The Kingsbury Hotel, dedicate a few hours for a day at the spa. Most city hotels offer a spa for their in-house guests. Spa services range from traditional Balinese massages to other specially crafted treatments using herbal, organic products that are designed to leave you fresh refreshed and relaxed.

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History

Sri Lanka has a number of historic towns, some of which are still preserved in time while others that are preserved but with a slight touch of modernity to suit the growing demands of tourism. For example, the ancient capital Polonnaruwa is an ancient city and is great for history buffs, as much of the ruins and structures still exist. On the opposite end of the spectrum and country, you'll find Galle. Once occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British, the Old Dutch Fort, also referred to as Galle Fort is a timeless treasure. When visiting, look for the Galle Clock tower and Galle Lighthouse, before walking along the cobbled streets in search of the Maritime Museum and Groote Kerk; a Dutch Reformed church.

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Train Rides

If you search for Sri Lanka on Instagram, one of the most common pictures that pop up is scenic train rides through verdant mountains of tea. Take a train ride to Ella or Nuwara Eliya, and you can add to the collection of scenic train rides. If you're looking for a change of scenery, the railway line to the southern part of Sri Lanka runs along the glistening coast, giving you unhindered views of the Indian Ocean and long stretches of golden sands.

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Beaches

Saffron sands and azure, tropical waters are the main reason tourists, mostly from colder climates, head to Sri Lanka. Spend your day lying on a bed of soft sand as you soak up the sun and enjoy life at a slow pace.