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Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka – Journeys that Mesmerise Your Senses!

A small island that lies just below India, Sri Lanka, is a country with exquisite natural beauty that holds a massive attraction to travel enthusiasts from near and far. From the hot water wells in the far north to the mesmerising wildlife in down south, Sri Lanka offers a lot to its visitors.

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Knuckles Mountain Range

Hiking the Knuckles Mountain Range is one of the most breathtaking experiences that you'd have in Sri Lanka. If you're looking for a bit of adventure, look no further beyond the majestic mountain peaks of the Knuckles! This mountain range has received its name due to its resemblance to the knuckles of a clenched fist. The dynamic landscape of this region houses many endemic species apart from offering fantastic hiking opportunities for all the nature lovers out there. Hiking alongside the swirling cascades that dance their way to bubbling brooks provides not only excellent photo opportunities but also a break from a monotonous life pattern. Knuckles Mountain Range recognised by UNESCO as a natural world heritage for its rich biodiversity.

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Yala National Park

One of the oldest national parks in Sri Lanka, Yala National Park is a must-visit for those who travel to witness the best of the country. The region is famous for spotting leopards and is considered to possess the world's highest concentration of these elusive animals. However, if you're on your way to capture a rare photo of this wild cat, make sure it is between February and March, which is when the leopards aren't that difficult to spot. Not only for its leopard population, this natural haven for animals is also famous for a myriad of other species that roam about its lush vegetation. The second-largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala National Park is divided into five blocks out of which only the first and the last blocks are open for safari rides.

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Dambulla Cave Complex

A UNESCO world heritage site that is located in the central province in the country, Dambulla Cave Temple, is an iconic remnant of ancient Sri Lanka. Also identified as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, it is one of the best-preserved cave temples in the country. Many primitives built their lives around these caves until the arrival of Buddhism. With more than 80 caves discovered in this region, it is considered as the largest cave complex in the whole of Sri Lanka. The cave in which the temple lies towers almost 160 metres above the other caves at the site. Scattered among five different caves, you can find the major attractions of the place, including 160 statues of Lord Buddha and other deities.

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Pasikudah

Pasikudah, with its gorgeous white sand beaches and the dancing palm trees, is the epitome of the ultimate beach holiday. The stunningly beautiful beachscapes not only offer splendid photo opportunities to cherish for a lifetime, but it also makes you forget your troubles for the entire stay. The Pasikudah beach offers excellent conditions to indulge in a fabulous array of water sports and activities all year round. The shallow waters that spread for miles are ideal for anyone who's entering into the thrilling world of water sports for the first time. Heading over to this beach is the perfect way of spending your vacation while staying at nearby Sri Lanka luxury resorts the likes of Uga Escapes.

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Ella

Nestled in the heart of Sri Lanka is a scenic village called Ella, which is surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks draped in lush verdure. Ella redefines the boundaries of beauty and is the perfect escape from the mundane realities of everyday life. Travelling to Ella from Kandy alone would take your breath away as you'd be greeted by such enchanting beauty as the sceneries alternate between magical woodlands and acres of lands brimming with tea plantations. Hiking to the top of Ella Rock is one of the highlights of travelling to Ella, which is great for those who are just entering into the spectacular world of hiking.

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