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Monday, November 04, 2013 - 06.03 GMT

Spell-binding Sri Lanka: Ancient temples, holy shrines and Elephants  


From glorious white sand beaches to dense jungle, Sri Lanka is littered with palaces and tea plantations... What more could you want? , states The Mirror newspaper of the UK in a report published today (4).

The real reason Sri Lanka is booming is that itís reaping the peace dividend. After the war ended in 2009, all its energies have been geared towards prosperity, The Mirror adds.

There are luxury new hotels and gleaming highways, none more so than the new express road from Colombo to Galle.

Colombo, the capital, has its charms, particularly the newly-restored Dutch Hospital, home to trendy restaurants and shops.

High in the hills, surrounded by banana and tea plantations, plus the famous elephant orphanage of Pinnewala, this city was once home to Sri Lankaís kings.

The writer is says, if Kandy is calm, Sigiriya stuns. Looming out of the landscape, this vast rock Ė known as the Lionís Rock Ė is the most visited site in Sri Lanka.

A world heritage site with the remains of a first-century fortress on top, itís crowded with Sri Lankans and other visitors, all determined to reach the top, the writer further said.

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