Sri Lanka- Wonder of Asia

Tripoto
4th Feb 2019
Photo of Sri Lanka- Wonder of Asia by Kiran Shriyan
Day 1

Oldest Mosque in Colombo. Built with red and white bricks .

Cost per person
Flight- Mumbai - Chennai- Colombo and return Colombo-Bangalore- Mumbai - 17500 INR
Hotel/ Breakfast, Vehicle( Toyota Prius)-27000 INR
Food and entry fee- 10000 INR approx

Never did i expect Sri Lanka to be such a beautiful country, roads in Lanka to be so well maintained , cities towns and villages to be so clean, people to be so friendly before my visit to Sri Lanka and truly Sri Lanka is Wonder of Asia. We flew from Mumbai to Chennai by Indigo Flight at 6.10 am and reached Chennai at 8.10 am. We were lucky enough to watch a plane fly parallel to us. We had to catch our onward flight to Colombo from Chennai , and we reached Colombo at 2 Pm. Its better to carry dollars to colombo and then get it changed to LKR at Colombo airport.
1 USD is approx 181 LKR

Colombo airport( Katunayake airport) to Colombo city is approx 33 kms.

Our driver who was also our tour guide, entertained all our queries and he also explained us about history  of various places in Lanka.We were very happy with his service.

We had our booking at Grand Oriental Hotel, oldest hotel in colombo. This hotel has got a majestic harbour view from the restaurant Harbour Room. Sri Lankan restaurant in this hotel serves you authentic lankan food at 1000  LKR. Colombo is such a clean and well maintained city . I felt as if i was in South Mumbai. With Same colonial architecture and skyscrapers around.

You  should taste Kothu rotis, wood apple juice , walatappams at any local restaurants.

Places to visit in colombo

Its a must visit place in colombo.
Here we found different varieties of buddha statues and also idols of hindu gods and godesses. We could hear a monk reciting hymns in sanskrit. They have a kinda museum here showing us different statues and antique items.
Entry fee- 300 LKR

Independence Memorial Hall is a national monument in Sri Lanka built for commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule with the restoration of full governing 

Galle face provides incredible view of the ocean.

Largest and the oldest park in Colombo

Largest museum in Sri Lanka

Plane flying parallel to us

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Yes they sell electronic goods @ airport

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Enroute Colombo

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Jami ul alfar mosque

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Downtown Colombo

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Wood apple juice

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Wood apples

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Old parliament

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Independence hall

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Saraswati idol @ Gangaramaya temple

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Gangaramaya temple

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Gangaramaya temple

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Skyscrapers

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Colombo port view from Grand Oriental hotel

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Grand oriental Hotel

Photo of National Museum, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Day 2

After breakfast we had to leave Colombo to Kandy. Enroute you can visit pinnewala elephant orphanage. On the way you can find orange coloured tender coconuts sold by locals. You can gulp one , as it is so refreshing and tasty. Here in lanka locals donot consume green coloured tender coconuts, as it is only used here for extracting oil and for cooking.
You get full sized tender coconuts for around 50-60 LKR, cheap compared to India.

Its an captive breeding ground for Sri Lankan elephants. You can see elephants bathing in the river and then coming back to their captive place. You can also feed them here.

Entry fee  Rs 1000 LKR

Snake charmers are all around this place. Pics can be clicked along with cobras, pythons once you pay the snake charmer.

We got a very good hindi speaking guide here who explained us about various herbs and importance of ayurveda. Here you can find wonderful variety of plants and herbs in a small area. We were served a small cup of  Ceylon tea. We were given a list of the main herbal remedies with a description of their 'powers' and were asked to circle the ones we liked and later on we were taken to the pharmacy to purchase these.

Cinnamon, cloves, hair oil, balms ,massage oils were the ones we purchased and yes all these products are overpriced.

This was the place where we stayed at Kandy. Hotel with picturesque hill view. Dinner here was awesome with good live music

You can watch traditional kandian dance performance here. Main attraction over here is the fire dance and fire walking.

Entry fee- Rs 1000 LKR for a one hour show

We could see just amazing piece of art all over the shop. Here they explain and show you various types of wood available in Sri Lanka. We were also practically shown how natural colours are made using wood powder , lemon etc. Good place for shopping souvenirs.

This used to be royal palace of the king which later got converted to the temple of the sacred tooth relic. It is believed that buddhas tooth is preserved here. Complex contains a series of temples dedicated to lord Kataragama( Kartikeya) , Local goddesses etc.

Entry fee-1000 LKR

Snake charmer @ pinnewala

Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Pinnewala elephant orphanage

Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Pinnewala

Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Ravana mountains

Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Senani hotel- view from room

Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

View from hotel room

Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Tooth temple

Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Day 3

Today we had plans to visit Botanical Gardens and Gem museum enroute Nuwara Eliya

Initially we were taken into a room where we were shown a documentry related to gem mining. We were explained about the place called Ratnapura where they have their mines , different varieties of gems . If was a 20 min video which was very informative. Then later on we were taken to the workshop and then to the showroom. You can find lotta variety of gems which you can buy as per your choice or as according to your horoscope.

Entrance fee- Rs 1500/-
Its a huge garden spread over thousands of acres. If you walk you may have to walk for arnd 3-4 kms which would definetly be tiring. So we opted for a cart which took us around the garden for around an hour. We spent a pleasant time here. Fruit bats, Cannon ball trees, orchids were the main attraction.

Cart- Rs 2000/- for 6.

This temple was built by chinmaya mission it is located on a scenic hil. Well we reached here at the wrong time. It was half past one . Temple door closes at  1 PM. We could only climb the stairs uptil the sanctum and watch the picturesque view,but We could not enter into the main sanctum as it was closed.
From the top you can actually watch the entire stretch of the beautiful mountain range,  one of which as informed by the locals looks like a sleeping Hanuman.
Restaurant nearby serves South Indian food for Rs 750 LKR. To be frank food was not that great.

This tea factory is located between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. On the way you can find many tea gardens but this one is the best and most crowded. Tea tour here was very much informative and interesting.We were told about the different grades of tea and were explained about the process of making tea powder by our guide.Finally it ended with  with a nice cup of ceylon tea . Numerous varieties of tea are available here for but cost is on the higher side.

When we reached Nuwara Eleya it was freezing at 8 deg cel. This was where we stopped for the night. This hotel is on top of the hill , it surely stands on to its name with a super awesome view from the room.
Restaurant food and service was very poor.

Double coconut

Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Cannon ball tree

Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Wood apples

Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Tea garden

Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Tea leafs

Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Day 4

Today wehad to  travel a long way from Nuwara Eleya to Bentota. Approx- 6 Hour drive Enroute we visited Seetha eleya Gayayri Peetam.

Also known as Ashok Vatika, this was the place where it is believed that King Ravan had kept Seeta Mata in captivity. Good place around the mountains with a small flowing stream. Footprints of Lord hanuman can be seen here.

Small temple situated in the hills with a great view of tea plantations. There are numerous Shiv Lings over here and as informed by our guide these were brought here from Narmada River.

Photo of Gayathri Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Gayathri Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Gayathri Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Gayathri Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Gayathri Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Hanumans Footprints

Photo of Gayathri Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

St Clairs falls

Photo of Gayathri Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Gayathri Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Gayathri Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Gayathri Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Gayathri Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Gayatri Peetam

Photo of Gayathri Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Gayathri Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Gayathri Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Finally we reached Bentota at 4.30 pm. Then onwards it was just leisure time for us at the beach.

Day 5

Entry - 1000 LKR

Here is the place where they take care of injured sea turtles. We were shown a wide variety of turtles and a few sharks. We were told how they take care of them. Here you get English, Hindi, Chinese,Arabic n Russian speaking guides.
Place worth visiting

Once we reached here we were served with a welcome drink  .
Then we were told pay Rs 11,000 LKR for a boat.
Boat can accomodate 6, but since we were only 3 we had to pay the entire amount.

This place is avoidable if you are a budget traveller. Instead visit Galle , which is around 60 kms from this place.

Its an 1 hour ride across the Mangroves. First they take you to a fish spa in middle of the river.

Fish spa- 200 LKR for 10 min

Here we could see a huge sized Monitor Lizard.

Then we were taken to cinnamon island. Here they show you how they extract cinnamon oil, powder a local demonstrates how they extract cinnamon from its bark.

Buy small packets of cinnamon oil, powder etc for Rs 300 LKR each.

Final destination was a small island with a Buddhist shrine.

Great sea facing resort with a pvt beach. Loved the stay and food here.

Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Bentota Beach

Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Earls reef, Bentota

Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Baby turtle

Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan

Water always floats on top when poured into a glass of pure cinnamon oil.

Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Earl's Reef Beruwala, Maradana Road, Beruwala, Sri Lanka by Kiran Shriyan
Day 6

Such was the charm and beauty of Sri Lanka that we never wanted to go back.

After breakfast we left Bentota to Colombo( Katunayke Airport) Approx 2 hours through the express way.

We changed remaining LKR to USD at the airport.

Make sure that you have the receipt of conversion from USD to LKR that you got on the first day. 
Coz without the receipt you are allowed to convert max of only 50,000 LKR.

We flew from Colombo at 2.30 pm with all the good memories.

@ Colombo Airport

Photo of Sri Lanka- Wonder of Asia by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Sri Lanka- Wonder of Asia by Kiran Shriyan
Photo of Sri Lanka- Wonder of Asia by Kiran Shriyan

Things to buy-
1. Tea
2. Cinnamon
3. Herbal oils
4. Wood carvings
5. Souvenirs
6. Ginger biscuits
7. Hawaian( coconut) biscuits
8. Kithul ( Palm Syrup)- goes well with curd
9. Coconut Jagger
10. Arrack ( Coconut alcoholic drink)

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