15 Compelling Reasons For You to Choose Sri Lanka Over Any Other Location this New Year!

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Serendipity, which means happiness when you discover something unsought for, is derived from the Persian name of Sri Lanka, “Serendib”, which means “island of gems”. These are a few reasons why I would choose Sri Lanka over any other location to put a perfect end to this year-

1] Explore the Cultural Triangle

-The ruined city of Anuradhapura dotted with vast monasteries, elaborate palaces and enormous tanks!

-The ruins of tombs, temples, monasteries, statues and other fine examples of ancient Sinhalese art and architecture in Polonnaruwa.

-The Temple of the Tooth, which was built in the 16th century and holds a very sacred relic – Buddha’s tooth at the sacred city of Kandy.

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2] At Lion’s Rock or Sigiriya, climb up to the ancient ruins, surrounded by gardens, ponds, dramatic views and magnificent frescoes!

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3] Check out the mesmerising Buddhist artwork; the Golden Temple or the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in all of Sri Lanka at Dambulla.

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4] Taste some of the World’s finest Teas, from single origins to mixed fruit blends at Handunugoda Tea Estate or Ceylon Tea Trails.

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5] See an unforgettable sunrise at Adam’s Peak!

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6] Visit the charming Dutch-era villas and witness delightful seaside views in the well preserved colonial city of Galle!

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7] See the highest concentration of leopards in the world at Yala National Park!

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8] Check out the luxury hotels, helicopter rides and water sports at the magnificent southern beaches of Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa and Unawatuna!

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9] Explore waterfalls, hills, beautiful tea plantations, British colonial buildings and the towering Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka at Nuwara Eliya, also known as Little England!

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10] Feed, nurse and gaze at the adorable faces of orphaned baby elephants bathing in the river at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

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11] Trek or walk along the captivating views of Pidurangala Rock, Ella Rock, Kandy Lake and Gregory Lake.

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12] Witness an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Indian, Thai and Chinese architecture at the Gangaramaya, one of the most important temples in Colombo!

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13] Enjoy the seafood and fresh tropical fruits in the coastal region of Sri Lanka!

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14] Explore a fine collection of orchids along with 4,000 different species of plants at Peradeniya Botanical Gardens!

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15] Enjoy the only animal and environment friendly local handcrafted and organic beverage- Ceylon Arrack!

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This looks very exciting. Thank you for sharing. Quick question - the first picture of the room with windows on all sides.. which place/ hotel is that?
Thu 01 26 17, 19:41 · Reply · Report
Thanks Harish!
Wed 10 05 16, 01:56 · Reply · Report
Wow.. didn't thought the small island country.. has that many places to see... great share.
Tue 10 04 16, 22:57 · Reply · Report
It will be epic! :)
Tue 10 04 16, 09:14 · Reply · Report
Thank you for penning your must-visits/experience for us! :) It surely is next on our travel list!
Tue 10 04 16, 05:21 · Reply · Report