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Yala

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History Ancient history and settlement. Yala National Park is Sri Lanka’s most visited wildlife reserve. Yala covers an area of 1260 square kilometres, although four-fifths of this is designated a Strict Natural Reserve and closed to visitors. On the far side of the Strict Natural Reserve is Yala East National Park (see p.384), which is

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Wilpattu

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History Wilpattu is one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka Located in Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park lies within the North-central & North-western providences. The area of the park is 131693 ha. An unusual feature of the park’s topography are the numerous villus: these look like lakes, though

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Udawalawe

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Udawalawe National Park This national park is located approximately 200 km south-east of Colombo city.  The 30,821 hectare dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1,524 mm and an average temperature of 29.40C.  It is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total).  During a visit, it is

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Trincomalee

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Trincomalee Bay and harbour Trincomalee is a port city in Eastern Province, Sri Lanka and lies on the east coast of the island. The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. Overlooking the Kottiyar Bay, Trincomalee is one of the main centers of Tamil speaking culture on the island.

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Sigiriya

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History The spectacular citadel of Sigiriya rises sheer and impregnable out of the denuded plains of the dry zone, sitting atop a huge out crop of gneiss rock towering 200m above the surrounding countryside. The shortest-lived but the most extraordinary of all Sri Lanka’s medieval capitals Sigiriya was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982

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Polonnaruwa

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Polonnaruwa – The Medieval Capital Ancient history and settlement. Polonnaruwa was Sri Lanka’s medieval capital between the 11th and 13th centuries. Enclosed within three concentric walls, the city contained royal palaces, bathing ponds, monasteries and sacred architecture such as dagobas and image houses. Its grandeur was largely the creation of three kings, Vijayabahu, Parakramabahu and

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Pasikudah

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About Pasikudah Since the end of the civil war in 2009 and the completion of Tsunami rehabilitation projects, Pasikudah has become a popular tourist destination amongst locals and foreigners alike. This is because Pasikudah is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world. In other words, people walk kilometers

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Nuwara Eliya

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Nuwara Eliya – Little England The roof of Sri Lanka Nuwara-Eliya which is known as “Little England” aptly because of the old world charm of the city consisting mainly old Victorian-styled building and cottages reminding one of the British Colonial period when the Tea Plantations used to thrive with the English plantation managers. This is

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Negombo

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Negombo The sprawling town of Negombo is of interest mainly thanks to its prox­imity to the international airport, just 10km down the road — many visitors stagger off long-haul flights straight into one of the beach hotels here, or use the town as a last stop before flying home; it’s also a good place to

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Kandy

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Kandy (the Hill Capital) Kandy is known to most Sri Lankans as Maha Nuwara, “The Great City.” And great it is. The sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is housed here in its own temple, and is paraded around the city in one of Asia’s most celebrated festivals, the Kandy Perahera, held during July-August. The monasteries of Sri Lanka’s

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Kalpitiya

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Despite its natural beauty, the western peninsular area of Kalpitiya in the Puttalam district of Sri Lanka is remarkably untouched by tourism.  But for those lucky enough to visit, there’s a plethora of things to see and do!  With the small close-knit fishing community dominating the lives of the local people, visitors can get a

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Horton Plains

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Horton Plains National Park The lifeblood of Sri Lanka Horton Plains is a popular tourist destination, with World’s End being the key attraction. The park is accessed by the Nuwara Eliya-Ambewela-Pattipola and Haputale–Boralanda roads, and there are railway stations at Ohiya  and Ambewela. This park is most certainly one of the world’s best nature reserves, which consists of