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6 Great Reasons You Should Visit Sri Lanka – A Captivating Island Nation with Much to Offer

There would be many compelling reasons why you should take the opportunity to visit Sri Lanka, such as its diverse landscapes, charming people, rich cultural heritage, wildlife and more.


The diverse landscapes

You will find that Sri Lanka would boast an amazing diversity when it comes to terrain and natural features. In addition to beautiful beaches, this island nation would feature expansive coastal plains interspersed with wetlands, lagoons, rivers, and tropical jungles filled with interesting kinds of wildlife. On the other hand, the hilly central region of the country would feature mist-clad mountains, highland forests, and undulating tea plantations. Picturesque waterfalls would also be a striking feature of the mountainous regions.


The charming people

Sri Lanka happens to be a multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic society featuring several different cultural groups. The principal ethnic groupings would be the Sinhalese (making up the majority of the population) and the Tamils; both of these communities originated in the Indian subcontinent. Other significant communities would be the Muslims, Malays and Burghers (descendants of Europeans); these minorities are made up of the descendants of foreign visitors who arrived at the island at different times. All Sri Lankans are amiable, friendly, and hospitable and will make your visit truly memorable.


The rich cultural heritage

The island has a rich cultural heritage, as is reflected in the fact that UNESCO has identified no less than six cultural World Heritage Sites within the country. Places to visit in Sri Lanka would include the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura where you will encounter huge dagobas (stupas) and the remnants of other ancient structures. Other engrossing historical sites would be Sigiriya with its imposing rock fortress, the Old Town of Galle and its Dutch Fort, and the Golden Temple of Dambulla. Meanwhile, the city of Kandy would be an important cultural hub with the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic taking pride of place.


The amazing wildlife

Sri Lanka is justifiably noted for its outstanding wildlife, with many interesting creatures of the wild making their home on the island nation. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to undertake a safari in a national park on which you could spot wildlife such as elephants, sloth bears, leopards, spotted deer, sambar, porcupines, wild boars, civet cats, anteaters, different kinds of monkeys, giant squirrels and so on. The country has diverse endemic and migrant bird species making it a prime destination for bird-watching enthusiasts too.


The delicious food

You will also have the chance to savour an array of delectable local foods during your stay in Sri Lanka. The main staple food would be rice, which happens to be consumed along with a selection of different curries, such as potato, eggplant, green banana, fish and chicken curries. Other local favourites would include string-hoppers (fine rice noodles), hoppers (a crispy pancake), seafood, kottu (shredded roti, egg, vegetables, and meat) and watalappam (a moist dessert). For more information about experiencing the island and its attractions, consider the online resource Truly Sri Lanka.


The shopping

From modest village shops to large modern malls, Sri Lanka would present an array of shopping options for the visitor. As the nation happens to be a significant exporter of garments, you will find stylish fashion apparel here. You may also take the opportunity to browse through the absorbing handicrafts fashioned by local artisans. Make sure to check out the local silverware, brass work, lacquerware, ritual masks, handloom and batik textiles, woodcarvings and so on.

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