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Colombo is the largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri JayawardenapuraKotte, the capital.Colombo is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins and a city population of 647,100. The Colombo Metropolitan Region,Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago.


Located about 314km from Colombo and it is a wide beach very popular as a surfing destination. In fact due to coral reef it is being home to an abundance of tropical fish affords delightful snorkelling opportunities. Not only Arugam Bay beach, because of surroundings brings about loveliest sceneries that span over mangrove, jungle, lagoon, river, rice fields and dunes. The very first international surfing competition was held by ISA (International Surfing Association).


Although people may have lived in this area since as early as the 10th century BC, Anuradhapura became a great city after the arrival of a cutting from the Bodhi Tree ('tree of enlightenment'), the Buddha's fig tree, in the 3rd century BC. The sacred branch was brought to Sri Lanka by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura went on to become a Ceylonese political and religious capital (4th century BC) that flourished for 1,300 years.


Dutch Fort at Galle, close to the island’s southernmost point, 173km from Colombo, has the distinction of being the best-preserved sea fort in South Asia. A living heritage site, this 90 hectare (222 acre) attraction is a superb blend of architecture, with fortifications that resemble those in the coastal areas of Portugal. The fall of Galle to the Dutch in 1640 saw its fortifications consolidated further along the lines of the fortified cities of Europe.


While the winds of change blow softly but surely through the legendary rolling hills of Sri Lanka’s tea estates, the beautiful scenery that captivated Sir Thomas Lipton - who fell in love with the spectacular scenery around Dambatenne – still remains. From the highest spot in the region — a point known today as Lipton’s Seat — he would gaze over one of the most dramatic regions of the country, the seemingly endless hills and tumbling waterfalls giving way almost abruptly to the southern plains,


The ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which dates back to the late 10th century is famous for its temples, palaces , monuments and spectacular edifices. The massive artificial lake of the TopaWewa Lake, made during the reign of created by King Parakramabahu and the walled city remains to be a huge tourist attraction even today.To cater to the tourists, Polonnaruwa has a range of accommodation options


One of the premier eco tourism destinations located 24kms northeast of Tissamaharama and 290kms from Colombo on the southeast coast covering massive area of 97878 hectares over the southern and Uva province of the country. Yala plays a very important role of conservation of a large number of flora and fauna in the country. Visitors exploring the park are exposed to an array of animals, Birds & Reptiles.

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Kandy situated in the central highlands cool away from the often enervating heat and heavy air of the coastal regions is carpeted by green and lush tea plantations and mountain forests hugging the higher slopes. The city of Kandy remains the Sinhalese cultural and spiritual centre with many attractions such as the Temple of the Tooth Relic, The Kandy Museum, Royal Botanical Gardens and the Udawattakele Forest Reserve.


Situated on an undiscovered and deserted two kilometre stretch of a pristine private beach, Alankuda Beach offers a truly relaxing, discrete and romantic getaway. The azure, warm ocean is almost always mirror-calm and welcoming during the months of October to May. The coastal waters offer the treasures of dolphin and whale watching as well as snorkelling over nearby spectacular coral formations. In addition there are deep-sea fishing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, kite and wind surfing.


Bentota used to be a place to rest on the way to Galapatha Temple which legend claims is linked by a maze of subterranean tunnels with all other temples in the area. Today Bentota is big on sea sports and activities; so you may well need a holiday after you get back! On Bentota lagoons calm waters you can enjoy everything from jet skiing and windsurfing to wakeboarding and canoeing.


Dambulla is famous for the famous Cave Temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and many nature parks and jungle trails that set a perfect backdrop for adventure activities and breathtaking sights in the Cultural Triangle. The Dambulla Cave Temple that houses ancient statues and paintings depicting the Buddha and his life is the most important attraction of Dambulla, which attracts many tourists from far and wide.


Negombo is mere 07Kms from the Bandaranaike International airport, located at the mouth of Negombo lagoon; set amid lush grove coconut palms feels the real spirit of the sea. Outrigger canoe and the catamaran used as fishing vessel still can be seen and also has a small port.


Pasikuda & Kalkuda are untouched beaches in the east coast of Sri Lanka close to the town of Batticloa. Their white sands, calm water & Sheer beauty remain unrivalled. Due to 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami & Sri Lankan Civil war tourist numbers have declined. But since Pasikuda is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow Coastline in the world it's getting popular as a tourist destination among foreigners as well as locals.