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Travel Guide To Sri Lanka

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  • Official Name:  Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  • Government Type:  Republic
  • Dimensions:  430km North to South, 225km East to West
  • Coastline:  1,340km
  • Currency (code):  Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
  • Independence:  4 February 1948
  • Administrative Capital:  Sri Jayewardenepura
  • Commercial Capital:  Colombo
  • Population:  21,128,773
  • National Parks and Nature Reserves Area:  8,000sq.km
  • Sri Lanka was one place I always wanted to visit. I was very nervous before hand about travelling around the country without any help but with a driver in Sri Lanka tour operator you can see all of this amazing country knowing your safe and can visit all the sites. I was able to ride an elephant at the Pinnawela elephant orphanage, visit the Kandy tooth temple, watch a cultural dance (also in Kandy), visit the Dambulla cave temple, go to the Sigiriya rock and best of all get up close to many animals in Yala national park... Anyone out there who is contemplating going- you have to.                                            source : www.tripadvisor.com

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    Bron-yr-Aur83(London, United Kingdom)
  • A beautiful green island with stunning palm fringed golden beaches, amazing wildlife, fascinating culture, lovely people and lots of sunshine and warmth; A leader who was passionate about his country, entertaining, energetic and eager to please his clients; A great variety of hotels from characterful to smart and some amazing locations; Each and everyday full of incredible experiences. A wonderful holiday.  source : www.tripadvisor.com

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    Laishram (Guwahati, India)
  • A wonderful country. Friendly people, varied landscapes,local culture, amazing wildlife: all this and such good value. I suppose you have to like curry! If you do, you will love the flavours and unusual ingredients.                         source : www.tripadvisor.com

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    Katravel (Harrogate)

General Information About Sri Lanka

Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time.  It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt.

Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location.  Within a mere area of  65,610 kilometres lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres of coastline - much of it pristine beach - 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years.

This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover refreshingly Sri Lanka!

source : www.srilanka.travel
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About Cricket Game

Cricket holds a special place in the hearts of Sri Lankans. A match is played at every street corner with improvised bats, balls and wickets while an international match played by Sri Lanka virtually brings the country to standstill. The Sri Lankan cricket team is known for their true sportsmanship and team spirit while players like Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan portrays what is best in Sri Lankan cricket.
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Sri Lankan Culture and History

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Culture

Sri Lanka’s cultural depth is recognized by UNESCO, which has declared six archaeological World Heritage Sites in the country:

  • The sacred city of Anuradhapura
  • The ancient city of Polonnaruwa
  • The golden temple of Dambulla
  • The ancient city of Sigiriya
  • The sacred city of Kandy
  • The old town of Galle and its fortifications (The seventh World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka is an ecological example, The Sinharaja Forest Reserve.)
From enormous dagobas (dome-shaped structures) and remains of ancient buildings in the ruined cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, to the awesome stairway to the temple at Dambulla and the sensual frescoes of heavenly maidens at the palace at the rock of Sigiriya, visitors can experience these World Heritage Sites within a compact area called the Cultural Triangle.

History

Sri Lanka, the natures treasure chest is the home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Sri Lanka’s written history exceeds 2550 years. Its pre-history consist of planned cities, magnificent palaces, and expansive man made reservoirs, stunning temples and monasteries, green gardens, hard to believe monuments and works of art are characteristic of the rich and jubilant lives the celebrated monarchy of Sri Lanka lived. Sri Lanka is one of the most delightful destinations in the world to visit.

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Landscape

Sri Lanka is filled with romantic landscapes, governed by rising mountains, lush forests, ocean like tanks and gushing waterfalls, that it was considered the lost paradise by many a globe trotters, who fell upon the country. The golden beaches of the country had been praised for their picture postcard views since eternity. The dusk and dawn and many human activities connected to these times of the day creates a vibrant picture along the coasts of Sri Lanka.


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Colombo Nightlife

From chic relaxing cocktail lounges, and modern international restaurants – to lively pubs, tapas bars and sports bars boasting snooker tables and large-screen TV’s, there’s something for everyone.With ever-popular karaoke bars, nightclubs showcasing new musical talent, and pulsating discos - the choice is endless.

Popular Bars in Colombo

 
ON14 Rooftop Bar & Lounge
No. 36-38, Clifford Place, Colombo 00400 Tel. : +94 11 2 555570
 
In on the Green
2 Galle Rd | Galle Face Hotel, Colombo Tel. : +94 11 2 541010
 
Kama Colombo
31 Horton Place, Colombo 7 Tel. : +94 71 785 8235
 
Silk
41 1/2, Maitland Crescent, Colombo 00700 Tel. : +94 11 2 682122

Famous Clubs in Colombo

 
The Cricket Club
34 Queens Rd., Colombo, Sri Lanka  
 
Angsana City Club & Spa
75B CGHW Hwy Tel. : +94 11 2 424245
 
Capri Club
62, Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo Tel. : +94 71 482 4398
 

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