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  1. Adam’s Peak

    At dawn it casts a triangular shadow in the sky; revered by every faith it is visited by millions of devotees who make the arduous climb to worship the ‘sacred footprint’ – a large depression in the rocky summit venerated as a hallowed symbol from remote antiquity. Indeed, Sri Pada or Adam’s Peak is no […]

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  2. Ampara

    Once part of the Ancient Digamadulla Kingdom, the first Kingdom of Sri Lanka, Ampara is a hub city of the Eastern Province today. Rising from a thirty year old war Ampara today is one of the favorite beach towns in Sri Lanka today, the host town of an international annual surfing competition, which attracts many […]

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  3. Arugambay

    Glorious, sweeping stretches of sand reach out to meet the surging ocean swells – famed as being one of the top ten surfing spots in the world. Located on the relatively isolated South Eastern shores of the island, the beauty of Arugam Bay is as diverse as the charms it offers. Quite apart from the […]

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  4. Avukana

    An awe inspiring testament to the ingenuity of Sri Lanka’s early artisans, a giant figure carved out of solid rock rises up 40 feet into the scorching blue sky. Dating back to the 5th Century, the Avukana Buddha is an impressive standing statue sculpted out of a large granite cliff near Anuradhapura. Recorded as the […]

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  5. Dambulla

    A golden statue glimmers against the imposing rock, which conceals beneath it the living testimony to a faith that withstood the adversity and test of time. A sacred pilgrimage site for followers of Buddhism for no less than 22 centuries this astounding cave complex with its five sanctuaries is the largest and the best preserved […]

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  6. Diving

    Beneath the sublime ocean that surrounds our tropical paradise, the deep holds treasures of a vastly different kind. Guarding untold tales of glories past and mysteries lain to rest, shipwrecks play host to a vast and wonderful multitude of fascinating sea dwellers.  For the diving enthusiast – amateur or professional Sri Lanka is a dream […]

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  7. Gal Viharaya

    A sublime representation of perfect peace, attained; and a wondrous example of Sri Lanka’s ancient art of stone sculpture, this unique rock temple in Polonnaruwa is an unforgettable sight. Built during the reign of King Parakrabahu in the 12th Century, these statues, carved out of sheer granite and still in complete preservation, display the impressive […]

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  8. Galle Fort

    It has withstood varied assaults from man and nature for four and a half centuries. Unscathed even by a devastating tsunami, it holds fast against the tide of modernization. A grand vestige of Dutch rule, the Galle Fort was in fact first built by the Portuguese in 1588 and extensively fortified by the Dutch from […]

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  9. Horton Plains

    In a mist swathed plateau high in the mountains, gnarled trees stand out like ancient sentinels over swaying grasslands that appear to vanish seamlessly into the clouds. The chill air and the whistling gusts of wind deepen the sense of mystery – the feeling of entering a wilderness beyond time. Horton Plains National Park is […]

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  10. Hot Air Ballooning

    Glide, and soar gently with the air currents far, far above the ground – follow the winds as birds do and see the beauty of Sri Lanka from up high. Enjoy a whole new perspective of the amazing sights of our island, to truly admire their beauty in a breath-taking overview. You can choose the […]

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  11. Hot Water Wells

    Presumed to bring miracles and healing to all who bathe from it, mystery and legend surround the wonder of the hot water springs at Kanniya even today. Located around 8km away from Trincomalee, the springs comprise seven wells around 3 to 4 feet deep, their temperatures varying from steaming hot to pleasantly warm. The fresh […]

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  12. Jaffna

    The northernmost region of the Island of Sri Lanka, is one of the oldest habitation sites in Lower South Asia, populated by Tamil speaking people. It is in close proximity to the sub-continent of India and separated from it by the Palk Strait and the Bay of Bengal. The flat Jaffna Peninsula is made of […]

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  13. Kalpitiya

    Where whales and dolphins rule the ocean and the golden sands stretch to eternity; caught between the lagoon and sea this pristine haven on the North West coast is a sanctuary of diverse habitats. Vast sand dune beaches, flat coastal plains, saltpans, mangroves swamps and salt marshes on land and magnificent bar reefs teeming with […]

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  14. Kataragama

    A place where races, religions, cast and creed meet to seek favour and blessings at a colourful festival, Kataragama, is a shrine devoted to an ever youthful god known as Skanda – the sole deity common to Vedda, Sinhala and Tamil believers. This ancient shrine complex includes a Hindu kovil, a Buddhist temple and an […]

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  15. Leopards

    Prime predator of its jungle kingdom and supremely confident of its unchallenged rule, it may deign to honour you with an audience; and catching sight of its awe-inspiring beauty in the wilds is an incomparable experience. Panthera pardus Kotiya – The Sri Lankan Leopard is certainly a big cat of distinction. One of the nine […]

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  16. Lunuganga & Brief Garden

    Lush tropical plants abandon their usual disarray and conform to order. Sprawling trees hold high their vast canopies and provide shade for springing undergrowth. Ancient Frangipani trees throw down a carpet of fragrant blossoms. To recreate little gardens of Eden is no mean task. But it was precisely this challenge that the two famous Bawa […]

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  17. Mihintale

    To Sri Lankan Buddhists, there is no place more significant than this serene mountain peak – for here, is deemed the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. One of the island’s earliest monarchs – King Devanampiyatissa who reigned from 307 BC to 267 BC was on a hunting trip when he encountered Venerable Mahinda Thera, […]

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  18. Nilaveli

    A breath-taking sunrise set against a seemingly limitless expanse of pristine sands fringed by a scattering of palms is watched by a solitary catamaran far out at sea – this is no imagined tropical dream but just an everyday occurrence at Nilaveli. Renowned to be one of the purest white sands in Asia on this […]

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  19. Passikudah

    Endless white sands; a vast blue ocean meets an even bluer sky with nothing but tranquillity to share the view – this is dreamscape made real. The pristine shore of Passekudah on the East coast is wide as it is long and the calm, clear waters of the bay plays host to a unique coral […]

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  20. Sigiriya

    Rising high above the flat landscape, a giant rock surrounded by jungle on all sides dominates the vista, as it has done for time immemorial. Once the impenetrable citadel of King Kassapa, ‘Sihagiri’ or Lion’s Rock, is considered to be the 8th wonder of the world today; and a unique witness to the ingenuity of […]

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  21. Sri Maha Bodhiya

    With a thousand shimmering leaves that rustle gently in the breeze, its branches reach wide against the blue sky; its gnarled trunk adorned by a golden base and embraced by lengths of fluttering flags. An inspiring sight, this is no ordinary tree. Considered to be the oldest planted tree in the world with a recorded […]

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  22. Surfing

    The swells rolling in to shore from the fathomless deep offer irresistible thrills, and for those who must heed the call of the waves Sri Lanka is termed the world’s ‘secret garden of surfing’. One of the most reliable surf destinations in the Indian Ocean our glorious beaches have attracted surfers from across the globe […]

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  23. Tea Country

    It is often said that there is nothing quite like a cup of tea. The world’s favourite brew, it’s enjoyed today from East to West in many a form. But the humble plant Camellia Sinensis which arrived in British colonial Ceylon as a possible rescue to the failing coffee crop took to the island’s lush […]

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  24. Temple of the Tooth

    Pristine white against the sky by day, and glittering with a thousand lights at night this unique landmark of the hill capital Kandy, exudes serenity. Revered by pilgrims from near and far, the Temple of the Tooth – also known as the Sri Dalada Maligawa, is a sacred Buddhist shrine housing a tooth relic of […]

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  25. Turtles

    Benign and gentle these beautiful creatures of the depths have been roaming the oceans for no less than 190 million years; but today only eight species of their kind remain on earth. Persecuted unmercifully by man, marine turtles – a highly successful species that survived the age of dinosaurs, are now critically endangered with their […]

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  26. Unawatuna

    Quiet by day, and vibrant by night Unawatuna is a beautiful palm fringed cove on the Southern coast just a few kilometres from Galle – the busy capital of the South. With plenty of restaurants and bars right on the beach itself, it’s a hive of activity especially after sundown – sought by those who […]

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  27. Veddhas

    Known as Sri Lanka’s ‘first people’, their present day descendents can claim a genetic lineage from as early as 18,000 BCE to the island’s original Neolithic community. The Veddhas or ‘Wanniya-laeto’ (forest dwellers) as they prefer to call themselves – are Sri Lanka’s indigenous inhabitants whose lifestyle and beliefs have remained relatively untouched over the […]

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  28. Waterfalls

    Whether they are crashing down from great heights, cascading in wide torrents or gushing shyly over rocky ground, waterfalls fascinate us with their majestic beauty. They have an undeniable power to make us stop and stare in awe – to stand enthralled by their unending roar or burbling song. And for those who find their […]

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  29. Weligama

    An idyllic stretch of beach on the Southern tip of the island and home to the indigenous stilt fishermen of Sri Lanka – one of the most remarkable and unique sights to witness, especially against a glorious sunset. The privately owned ‘Taprobane Island’ is also visible offshore – just a short walk on the water […]

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  30. Whales & Dolphins

    The largest living creatures on earth and the playful imps of the seas – whales and dolphins are capturing the hearts of both enthusiasts and holiday makers from around the world, and Sri Lanka is becoming one of the most ideal locations to watch them in their natural habitat. Records of ancient seafarers indicate that […]

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  31. Wild Elephants

    Elephas Maximus Maximus – the undisputed giants of our jungles, the Sri Lankan elephant is not just an awe inspiring spectacle of creation, but holds a very special place in the history, culture and life in our island. Whether in conflict or harmony, the lives of elephants and people in Sri Lanka have been intrinsically […]

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  32. Yapahuwa

    Back in the 13th century a magnificent palace and a sacred temple stood high against a massive granite rock rising 100m from the wooded plains below. Built to keep the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha safe from marauding invaders, this citadel marked the ancient capital of Yapahuwa. In this safe haven, King Buvenekabahu 1 […]

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