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Sri Lanka 

by Tracy

Temples and tuk-tuks, egg hoppers and elephants, stories of war and peace, heritage hotels and emerging resorts this really was an amazing trip!

Sri Lanka is an island blessed with incredible natural beauty, a rich culture dating back millennia and a wealth of wildlife.  With its national parks, tea-leaf covered hillsides and ancient architecture, it really is a wonderful country for a holiday.  Perfect for anyone including families wanting to dip their toes into some culture and a great all year-round destination with varying weather depending on where you are on the island.

There are some superb accommodations—from beach-side resorts and colonial-era mansions (I saw some stunning properties) to world-class game lodges offering splendid vistas of the surrounding wilderness.  Search for abundant wildlife on a Yala National Park expedition, which boasts Asia’s largest concentration of leopards, along with Asian elephants, spotted deer, and over 200 species of birds. Whale-watching cruises off the southern coast, one of the best places in the world to view blue whales. Explore Sinharaja, a vast tropical rain forest that is home to over half of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of flora and fauna.

Discover ancient Buddhist temples and cave paintings, I would really recommend a cycling tour around the ancient cities of Polannaruwa and Anuradhapura.  If you can manage climbing the rock fortress of Sigiriya you will be rewarded with some amazing views (go early in the morning before the crowds and the heat).  

With no less than eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka, the destination packs in a lot of experiences in a relatively small island - you can take in as much or as little as you like and combine with some relaxing beach time.  On my revisit list!