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06 Reasons To Visit Sri Lanka – Voted No 1. Holiday Destination

Sri Lanka is a small island located on the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka is huge in terms of allure. From bio-diverse environs to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And gorgeous golden beaches to little English style towns. Here are the top reasons to visit Sri Lanka.


Visit The Heritage Sites

Despite its small size, Sri Lanka is huge in terms of attractions. The island nations rich history is one of the biggest lures. Ancient kingdoms set up way before the 1st century boast a proud heritage. And if you are a culture buff a tour of Sri Lanka's 'Cultural Triangle' is a must! The ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are well preserved as UNESCO Heritage Sites. While the Lions Rock Fortress in the rustic village of Sigiriya is known as one of the 8th Wonder of The World. The marvellous citadel of Sigiriya was built in the 5th century. Located in the middle of a jungle the fort is built within a giant rock. Some of the best hotels in Sigiriya offer that authentic rustic feel surrounded by jungle and paddy fields. Some like Sigiriya Jungles overlook the rock fortress while being bordered by rustic countryside's.


Explore The Exotic Animal Sanctuaries

The flora and fauna living on the island are amazing. And the protected National Parks will treat you to sights of these extraordinary creatures. Staying at a Sigiriya hotel will put you within proximity to some of the best park. Sigiriya itself is a town noted for its herds of wild elephants. The Minneriya National Park is noted for its migratory elephant population, while Yala is the most famous of all parks. Yala National Park is home to one of Asia's largest leopard populations and a stupendous collection of birds, reptiles, amphibians, elephants and other mammals.


Sri Lanka Has The Best Beaches

One of the top reasons 'Lonely Planet' voted Sri Lanka a top holiday destination are island golden beaches. Where ever you go in Sri Lanka the beaches will thrill, from east to west and north to south you are treated to beautiful golden sandy banks shaded by swaying coconut palms. The most popular coastal stretch is the south. A noted tourist destination and party central the southern coast is home to the towns of Bentota, Mirissa, Hikkakduwa, Galle and Unawatuna.


Discover Little England

Sri Lanka is almost magical in terms of bio-diversity. Within a matter of four hours, you can go from chilling on a sunny beach to drinking cocoa in chilly climes. Nuwara Eliya is a town located in the Central Highlands. Sitting at the islands highest altitude the town is better known as 'Little England'. Loved by the British colonists for its likeness to an English village, Nuwara Eliya is home to colonial style bungalows and vintage churches. Framed by misty hills the district is noted for its collection of tea plantations, carpeting the hills in hues of green.


Trek Through Nature

A nature lovers paradise, Sri Lanka is perfect for adventure. In the rustic north-central region you can trek through savannah like jungles and visit ancient heritage sites. While cities like Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are ideal for chasing waterfalls and discovering verdant footpaths with expansive look out points.


The Food And People Are Most Memorable

Sri Lanka cuisine is famous the world over. Delicious curries, snacks and traditional meals have won the hearts of many a visitor. From dining on crispy hoppers to enjoying a simple meal of rice and curry the food will impress your taste-buds. The people of Sri Lanka are noted for their big smiles and generous hearts. From the simple hospitality of the village folk to the friendly helpfulness of chic city dwellers, the island nation is where you will be made to feel right at home!

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