Srilanka A land of diverse attractions

Srilanka is a land of diverse attractions, truly mind blowing. It is a true wonder in that in such a compact location, there are variety of assortments encompassing geographical and cultural diversity, exotic flora and fauna and plethora of activities. Srilanka offers in about sixty five thousand kilometers of area, eight UNESCO world heritage sites, unspoiled beaches, fifteen national parks with plentiful wildlife, botanical gardens, three hundred and fifty waterfalls, lakes and an ancient culture dating back to over two thousand and five hundred years.

lets one skim through diversity in all aspects of life. Starting with pristine beaches of various shapes to the central part of plains with geographic features such as lagoons, wetlands, rivers and different types of jungle, rich with varied wildlife and mist covered mountains. Hillsides of Srilanka are blanketed by undulating tea plantations and are marked by spectacular waterfalls.

Srilanka homes a multi-ethnic, multi religious and multi- cultural people who possess a warm and friendly nature. People of Srilanka are renowned for their hospitality. They would not even hesitate to invite strangers to their house for reception.

will guide you to six UNESCO archaeological world heritage sites. They are holy city of Anuradhapura, primeval city of Polonnaruwa, Golden temple of Dambulla, ancient city of Sigiriya, sacred city of Kandy and old town of Galle and its fortifications. Kandy abodes the- Sacred temple of tooth- in which is kept the holy tooth relic of Buddha. Galle Tourism is enthralling with glimpses of Dutch colonial majesty, well preserved.

Srilanka is a land of unmatched biodiversity. The spirit of environmental conservation is engraved in the collective unconsciousness of Srilankan society with first Buddhist monarch of country establishing first wildlife sanctuary of world even before Christ. This tradition ensues with thirteen percent of area conserved as national parks, reserves and sanctuaries. The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is designated as UNESCO world heritage site.

The variety found in jungles of Srilanka is a wonder for its size. From times immemorial elephants and peacocks from the Sri Lankan jungles were valuable exports to kingdoms worldwide. But Srilankan jungles are not only noted for its fauna. A journey into Srilankan jungles will lead you to a world where nature retains its primordial charm.

The major National Parks of Srilanka are Yala National Park, Wilpattu National Park, Gal Oya National Park, Uda Walawe National Park, Madhura Oya National Park, Wasgamuwa National Park, Horton Plains Nationa Park and Bundala National Park. The animals seen in National Parks of Srilanka include elephant, leopard, sloth bear, sambhur, deer and monkeys, wild buffalo, wild boar, porcupine, ant-eater, civet cat, jackal, mongoose, loris and several varieties of lizards, squirrels, reptiles and amphibians. Out of these loris is unique to Srilanka.

With a long coastline to boot, Srilanka is apt for wind-surfing, water skiing, surfing, sailing, scuba- diving, snorkeling and speed boating. More renowned of water sports sites are Negombo, Wadduwa, Kalutara, Beruwela, Bentota, Hikkaduwa and .

Many types of rice, spices, vegetables and fruits are cultivated in Srilanka. This fact mixed with foreign influences result in a unique and delicious cuisine. Srilanka has a delectable array of snacks also.

Ayurvedic treatment is now a specialty of Srilanka. The system consists of various modes of herbal treatments, baths and massages. Yoga, meditation and special diets are also included.

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