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Thursday, February 07, 2013 - 6.41 GMT

‘This is the best time to discover Sri Lanka ‘
- Moneylife magazine


Given its stellar combination of beauty, culture and history, and the growing focus on sustainable tourism, this is the best time to discover Sri Lanka, states Moneylife magazine in a report published recently.

Sri Lanka has it all—stunning landscapes, pristine palm-fringed beaches, misty mountains, cascading waterfalls, lush green tea estates, verdant rainforests, national parks, mysterious ancient ruins, legendary temples displaying fine craftsmanship, and a captivating cultural and religious heritage, the Moneylife magazine writer explains.

“If you’ve already explored tried-and-tested destinations in the US and Europe and grown weary of Southeast Asia, it’s about time you booked your tickets to refreshing, affordable Sri Lanka. This tropical island nation is now on the radar of travellers who avoided it due to the decades-long war,” states the writer Naveena Israni.

Sri Lanka is a tiny country, yet UNESCO has recognised its contribution over its 2500-year history by granting eight of its locations the status of World Heritage sites.

The abundance of options in Sri Lanka is a major draw for tourists. If your idea of a perfect vacation is to relax, you can soak in the coastal tropical sun at any of the dazzling white sandy beaches that dot this island nation. But if you want to walk on the wild side, opt for a safari at any of the national parks for a chance encounter with leopards, elephants, deer and creepy reptiles. To escape the tropical heat, you can head for the alluring hills with their cooler climes and virescent tea estates.

History and culture buffs may want to explore the cultural triangle, with its ancient palace and temple ruins, while religious-minded travellers can seek solace in the many Hindu and Buddhist temples. Apart from these natural and historical treasures, you can explore the country’s colonial heritage in Colombo. Sri Lanka is also famous for its fragrant spice gardens and precious gems. In fact, every sight, sound and smell will engulf you with new experiences, leaving you hungry for more, the writer said.

For a real taste of Sri Lanka’s diversity, tourists can opt for a blend of all the above attractions. I would suggest that first-time visitors include Bentota (beach town), Nuwara Eliya (hill station), Kandy (cultural and religious centre) and Colombo in their itinerary, the Moneylife magazine writer advises travelers.

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