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5 Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka – A Traveller’s Dream

The three-decade-long civil war (ended in 2009) hasn't been able to strip Sri Lanka of its ravishing beauty. Encompassed by the shimmering blues of the Indian Ocean, this picturesque island nation hides a myriad of captivating attractions.

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Arugam Bay

Hailed as one of the most popular surfing destinations in the world, Arugam Bay can be found in the southern portion of the East Coast of Sri Lanka. It is a place where annual surfing competitions are held, attracting many local and foreign tourists alike. Arugam Bay lets amateurs and professionals take up surfing with a range of wave spots categorised according to the expertise needed. The popularity of surfing in Arugam Bay is so much that the number of surf shops available here far exceeds that of the guesthouses and resorts in the area.

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Nilaveli

Nilaweli is a little paradise on its own, making it a perfect destination to which one can escape, away from the troubles of reality. The beaches of Nilaveli lets you access clear blue waters that glisten beautifully during the day. Nilaveli can be found located approximately 16 kilometres from Trincomalee. The miles-long white sandy beaches of Nilaveli stunningly contrasts with the sea, which makes for an ideal photograph to show your loved ones back home. Apart from these alluring beaches, Nilaveli also serves as the gateway to Pigeon Island, in which you can look forward to mind-blowing snorkelling opportunities that will reveal the colourful marine world that thrives just beneath the waves.

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Pasikuda

The charming coastline that is adorned with the whitest sands and the ever-swaying coconut trees is a common sight in Pasikuda, and it promises a fun and relaxing vacation to its visitors. With some of the best hotels in Sri Lanka located around here, it is no surprise that many people speak of truly wonderful vacations spent in Pasikuda once they are back in their homelands. Pasikuda not only creates amazing photo opportunities, but it also provides its visitors with the opportunity of indulging in an array of mind-boggling water sports, which will most probably be the highlight of their vacation.

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is a picturesque town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka that is affectionately known as "Little England" due to the charming colonial-style bungalows scattered throughout its scenic landscape, neatly manicured gardens, and low temperatures. This captivating town is known for its lush tea plantations that contribute to a massive percentage of the world's best tea – you can even look forward to tea-tasting sessions while you're holidaying at one of the properties belonging to a popular chain such as Aitken Spence Hotels here.

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Colombo

Colombo still reminisces of the old colonial times with a plethora of cultural and historical attractions. It is a melting pot of various ethnicities, religions, and cultures, all of which are reflected in the exquisite temples, churches, kovils, mosques, and the colonial architecture that are found in the city. The Galle Face Green is a spectacular park beside the ocean that is the largest open-air stretch of the city.

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