Tourist Attractions

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Sri Lanka is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world. It is one of the most beautiful and peaceful destinations with a stable government and hospitable people who are full of smiles.

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As a tourism destination, Sri Lanka offers unparalleled diversity. It is due to this vast diversity of attractions, that a visit to Sri Lanka can be compared with visiting many tourist destinations at the same time. The tourism attractions can be summarized into 7 categories, namely: Beaches, Heritage, Sports & Adventure and Festivals.

National Parks and Wildlife

Closely following the Buddhist tradition of conservation that dates back over 2,000 years, Sri Lanka features no fewer than nine national parks and seven bird sanctuaries. Among the 12, 259 endangered species listed by the World Conservation Union, 43 can be found in the island’s national parks. Sri Lanka though small in size is one of the few places on earth where the world’s largest land and sea mammals can be seen in a day. Home to the inimitable Asian Elephant, Sri Lanka’s southern Ocean waters are the playground to the giants of the sea- the docile Blue Whales.

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Sri Lanka Beaches

Sri Lanka has some of the finest and most picturesque beaches found anywhere in the world

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Mountains and Peaks

In the central and southern parts of Sri Lanka there are several Mountains and Peaks that are highly ecological and rich in bio diversity. These mountains are preserved as forests and are the starting points of many rivers. The Adam’s Peak is Sri Lanka's holy peak where people make pilgrims to worship foot print of lord Buddha.

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Elephant Orphanages

Pinnawela orphanage is situated in Rambukkana, northwest of the town Kegalla, halfways between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife department. This 24 acres large elephant orphanage is a also breeding pace for elephants, the first elephant baby was born in 1984, and it has the greatest herd of elephants in captivity in the world. Between 1975 and 2012, 67 animals were born here.

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Laced curtains of water cascade down steep precipices, throwing a fine mist of water to the surrounding, the incessant crash of water on the rock below is a symphony that is repeated from time immemorial. The central highlands of Sri Lanka are home to 350 waterfalls with Bambarakanda Falls plummeting a height of 263 meters (83 feet) to rank as Sri Lanka’s tallest fall. The mist shrouded beauty and grandeur of Sri Lankan waterfalls also has interesting legends and folklore attached to it.

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Sports and Adventure

Many visit Sri Lanka to engage in sports, leisure and fitness activities. The country offers a wide range of excellent recreation opportunities and is therefore an ideal place for sports and adventure seekers.

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Acquatic Life

The ever smiling, mischievous dolphins will put on a show while some of the oldest and the largest sea creatures, the humpback and the blue whales, will nonchalantly glide past you, when you embark on a whale/ dolphin watching excursion off the Southern, Eastern or the West coast of Sri Lanka. The ideal locations for whale watching would be Dondra Point (accessible from Galle, Hikkaduwa and Mirissa) and Trincomalee while the sea off Kalpitiya teems with an abundance of dolphins.

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Sri Lanka is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world and its documented history goes back more than 2500 years

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The Golden Temple of Dambulla

Dating back to the First Century BC, the Golden Temple of Dambulla has been the centre of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus alike for 22 centuries. It is Sri Lanka’s most popular historic site. The Cave monastery, home to Buddhist monks is covered with exquisite 2,000 year-old murals depicting the life and times of the Lord Buddha. The shrines also house a collection of 157 statues of Buddha in various sizes and poses, including a 15 metre long reclining Buddha and vividly coloured frescoes on the walls and ceiling, making this the largest antique painted surface in the world.

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Covering 190 square kilometers (73 square miles), the Sinharaja Forest Reserve is one of two natural world heritage sites in Sri Lanka. A tropical virgin rainforest, Sinharaja is home to a myriad of fauna and flora that is endemic to the island. More than half of Sri Lanka’s 86 species of mammals are found within the confines of this natural treasure, amongst them the elephant, purple-faced langur, the ruddy mongoose, and giant squirrels. Sinharaja is also home to the elusive leopard.

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Sri Lankans celebrate a variety of bright and colourful festivals, ceremonies and events throughout the year. The culture of the people is easily depicted in these celebrations with vivid traditional rituals, ceremonies and a splendid extravagance.

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