To the southeast of India, one of the largest islands in the Indian Ocean invites us to its heavenly places of a lifetime journey.
A growing tourist destination, but not easily found in any travel list, Sri Lanka has a particular nature, heaven scenery, numerous attractions and a population of up to 20 million ….
Its capital is Kotte, but the largest city and economic capital is Colombo while Sri Lanka was formerly known as Ceylon. The current name means “Blessed Island” and consists of the highest literacy rate (90.7%) among the countries of southern Asia, while you will find people speaking also English.
What, though, do travelers expect to see when they visit this “blessed” island?
The bridge with nine arches
Its height is 243 meters, located in the province Hill, between Ella and Demodara and this train passes through the tea plantations. In fact, when someone looks the arches of the low, feels like looking at nine different skies.
The Golden Temple of Dambulla
Buddhism on the island has traces of the 3rd century BC, when you understand that there are hundreds of Buddhist temples and historical monuments on the island. This, however, literally Golden Temple is the largest and best preserved of all. There you will find 153 Buddha statues and countless paintings and sculptures that are prudent life.
If this time you drink tea, there is a chance this to come from Sri Lanka. It is the fourth largest tea producer in the world with … “specialization” in the black, green and white tea Ceylon.
As expected, most in Sri Lanka visit its beaches and the small village Mirissa is a very good choice. The reason is that the beaches are clean and with sea view, you can enjoy fresh fish and cheap beer. Surfing, the whale-watching and relaxing in the hammock are the most common activities here, which is almost impossible for someone to have bad time in this place.
Once, you could visit the sights of the city in half a day and then head to the beaches. Thanks to the galleries, museums and cafes, along with historical architecture that has always characterized the place, Colombo proved lively town that it does worth staying a little longer to admire the sights.
Statue of Buddha Peraliya (Tsunami Memorial)
We all remember the day after Christmas 2004, where a huge earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a series of tsunamis that devastated Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. Only in Sri Lanka, more than 30 000 people lost their lives and this Buddha statue was a gift from Japan in honor of the victims.
Stone fortress Sigiriya Lion
This is an incredible ancient fortress, with frescoes, gardens and unsurpassed panoramic views of the jungle, which once housed a king who built the gate of look like giant lion.
It is 120 years and may not be the biggest, but it is certainly a very special paradise and nearby location to Beira Lake, with luxurious architecture and an impressive collection of ancient statues and masterpieces.
The ruins of Polonnaruwa
The ruins of this ancient city, which 800 years ago was an important commercial center, look like plucked from the Indiana Jones movie. Archaeological treasures such as temples, tombs, statues, altars and reliquaries are so incredibly well preserved, not someone easily believe that they belong to antiquity.
Seema Malaka Temple
Essentially, it is part of Gangaramaya located in its own island, isolated from the rest. It built on platforms in the middle of the Beira lake and the only activity there is meditation and relaxation.
The top of Adam
Undoubtedly, the most impressive part of the list. Although it is dangerous, hiking to the top while the sun rises is definitely a lifetime experience.
Yala National Park
In addition to being the second largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala has the largest population of leopards in the world.
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