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  Places of Interest      

Sunny beaches of paradise 

Srilanka is an year – round beach destination. A tropical location keeps it’s beaches bathed in sunshine and it’s sea temperatures a worm and inviting 270 C. Well - rostered seasons and rain fall patterns ensure brilliant sunshine, dry weather and ideal sea–conditions on the west and south coasts from November to April. The east and north coasts have fine dry weather an superb sea-conditions from May to October, making srilanka beach holidays available year –round.  

Western and south – western beaches 

The best west coasts beaches are at Negombo, Waikkal,Seeduwa, Uswatakeiyawa and Maravilla located north of and close to commercial capital Colombo and to the international airport. Picturesque fishing villages with catamaran outrigger canoes and mangrove-hung lagoons add character and charm to palm-fringed golden sands. A proposed leisure resort at a lagoon location adjacent to the beach at Maravilla will add to vacation assets here. South of Colombo, south western beaches include Mt. Lavinia, Wadduwa,kaluthara and Beruwella.  

Southern Beaches 

The prime beach resort of the south are Bentota(a major resort complex on a scenic waters meet of sea and rive), Induruwa, Kosgoda, Ahungalle,Hikkaduwa, Galle Unawatuna, Coggala,Welligama,Dikwella,Tangalle and Hambantota. Here soft, golden, palm-fringed sands, tiny tranquil bays, forest of colored coral and perennial sunshine will enchant beach-lovers. A lake-side resort development due to commence shortly at Dedduwa near Bentota will offer Golf, bird-watching, added Aqua-Sports and other leisure options for south coast beaches.

Wild-Life  Viewing            

The islands rich variety of wild life (86 mammal species 16 of them endemic) can be viewed in national parks and sanctuaries. Among the most accessible are Yala,Udawallawe,Wasgamuwa,Hortorn plains,Galoya,Lununamwehera,Minneriya,Kauduluwawa,Lahugala and Rndenigala. The Vilpathtu national park is also open for limited touring. Hurts of Elephant, wild Buffalo, Sambhur, Spotted Deer and wild Boar as well as Leopard, Sloth Bear, Mouse and barking Deer, and Numerous species of Amphibians can be seen. 

Aruvedic (Natural) Medicine 

Aruveda, Srilanka’s traditional health-care, uses herbs and other natural ingredients to cure and relieve bodily ailment. Time-tested for sanctuaries, this popular therapies are available at a no of Aurvedic Spa hotels and in many resort hotels.  

Anuradapura 

Anuradapura (203 Km, from Colombo) Srilanka’s first historical capital founded around the 5th C B.C gives fascination glimpse of a stately, well laid-out pre-Christian metropolis of gigantic Buddhist shrines and monasteries, splendid palaces, pavilion and parks berthing ponds and vast reservoirs, many of then  masterpieces of architecture, art sculpture and engineering. 

Anuradapura offers a host of memorable sight-seeing highlights. The Thuparama dhagaba which enshrines a collar-bone relic of the Buddha, is encircled by third C.B.C stone columns. The lovers, the horseman and a group of elephants frisking in water.  

The 2200 year-old Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo tree) is the world olds historical tree, a sleeping of the tree under which the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, attained alignments. The 2nd C.B.C. LohaPrasada (Brazen place), was a monastery of 9 stories and 1000 rooms. Roofed with copper tiles; it’s 1600 stone columns still stand, 40 rows, 40 columns in each row.

The Ruwanwelli Dagaba, rebuilt to its original second C.B.C bubble shape, has many stone sculptures of the period. the first C.B.C Abayagiri and 3rd C.A.D Jethawana Dabgaba (a UNESCO world heritage site) 380 ft. and 400 ft. high respectively, are second in height only to ancient Egypt's to mightiest pyramids at Gizeh; their monasteries housed 500 and 300 Buddhist monks each.

Sigiriya

Ancient Glory dazzles at Sigiriya,(166 Km, from Colombo), stupendous fifth C.A.D rock-fortress citadel of a fugitive king, where are history morgues with melodrama. Some theories affirm that Sigiriya was a Mahayana Buddhist monastery, or that it was both citadel and hermitage at differing times. While Sigiriya keeps some of its secret , visitors have much else to fill them with differing times. The 10 ft. (3 meter) high mirror wall still glistens with its 5th c. high-gloss and the majestic lions paw picturesquely guard the stairway to the palace on the summit. A gallery of frescoed of shapely, be-jeweled maidens still glows with the vibrant colour and the water gardens, (a UNESCO world Heritage Site) , are unequalled anywhere on earth, broad, 3 km-long, granite lined moats. earthen ramparts, stone and brick walls and boulder-catapults defended the citadel, even if only a brief (and shining) 18 years. 

Dabulla
The 1st c. B.C. Dambulla rock temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, (149 km, from Colombo, 16 km west of Sigiriya), is a complex of five cave shrines.
Among its highlights are pre-Christian rock inscriptions, sculptures (including a 47 ft. long rock-cut reclining Buddha) and Buddhist murals, (mainly 18th c.) which cover more than 20,000 sq. feet of cave walls and ceilings, the largest antique painted surface in the world. Ancient drip-ledge drainage still keeps the caves free of seeping water.

Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa 218km. From Colombo) became established as the capital in the 11th c., when
Anuradhapura was abandoned due to foreign invasion. A well-planned medieval city defended by enclosing walls (around 5 km. Of which still remain), it was graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes.

Polonnaruwa's, monuments date mainly from the 11th arid 12th centuries during which it was Sri Lanka's capital and bear the stamp of three great kings-Vijayabahu 1, Parakrama Bahu the Great and Nissanka Malia.

Kandy
Sri Lanka's hill capital Kandy (115 km. from Colombo), was the last capital and stronghold of its independent kingdom which resisted European colonialism from the latter half of the 16th c. until181.5. Today Kandy is a sanctuary of the traditional culture it preserved for many centuries.

Kandy fascinating heritage sites include the moated, turreted and golden-roofed Temple Of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha (16th - 19th c.) temples of the four guardian deities Natha (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Vishnu, Kataragama and Pattini, the Audience Hall and Ulpenge (Queen's Bath), all with distinctive late - medieval period architecture, and the scenic 19th c.Kandy Lake, constructed by its last king. Kandy's suburbs have a host of interesting 14th - 18thc. Buddhist temples - Lankatilleke, Gadaladeniya, Degaldoruwa, Embakke, Galmaduwa and Medaweta with distinctive architecture, sculpture, murals and wood-carvings of the late-medieval (Kandyan) period.

Yapahuwa
Among the succession of capitals that followed the abandonment of Polonnaruwa due to invasion was the 13thc. rock-fortress Citadel of Yapahuwa (146 km. From Colombo), in the north­western plains. Its many intriguing remains include walls, moats, ponds audience hall and palace complex. Yapahuwa's crowing glory is its majestic Ornamental Strairway of dressed stone.

Budget Tour

Four nights - Five days
Pinnawala, Kandy, Sigiriya, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo.

Classical Tour

Five nights - Six days
Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Pinnawala, Colombo.

Cultural Tour

Six nights - Seven days
Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Anuradapuraya, Dambulla, Kandy, Pinnawala, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo.

Best of Sri Lanka

Eight nights - Nine days
Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Anuradapuraya, Dambulla, Kandy, Pinnawala, Nuwara Eliya, Benthota.


 
 
     
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