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Friday, January 10, 2014 - 04.48 GMT

A divine time in Sri Lanka - The West Australian


From its food to its colourfully dressed people and stunning landscape, Sri Lanka's hill country is alive with flavor, The West Australian said.

The writer Martin Stewart states the ancient kingdom of the Kandyans is high on the list of tourist destinations as the city which houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic, a tooth of the Buddha.

“The Peradeniya Botanic Gardens in the country, spread over 60ha with avenues of palms, a spice garden, orchids and thousands of specimens once viewed only by the Kandyan royal family,” he said.

For those interested in the hill country's colonial past, there is the landmark Queen's Hotel, which is well located and reeks of history. There is also the British cemetery behind the National Museum, where the headstones tell a tale of lives cut short by tropical disease, The West Australian added.

The road south from Kandy climbs to Nuwara Eliya (1889m), a town with much colonial architecture where the plantation pioneers would come to relax and play sport.

If you are fit, you can hike the Knuckles Range, where a guide is compulsory. Equally challenging is Adam's Peak (2243m), where Adam is said to have first set foot on the Earth, otherwise knows as Sri Pada. It is a seven-hour climb from Ratnapura.

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