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Sri Lanka-Great Destination for your next visit

Updated on February 24, 2012
Beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka,one of the top tourist attractions
Beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka,one of the top tourist attractions

Sri Lanka is the second best travel destination - National Geographic

Sri Lanka is called Pearl of the Indian ocean and for good reason , it is such a beautiful country full of lovely people so you are surely gonna enjoy your visit to here. One of the main reasons it is such an attractive tourist destination is it has something for everybody and with the end of the thirty year long civil war you can go anywhere without the fear of danger. Although Sri Lanka was considered dangerous to travel because of the civil war the truth is that during the thirty years of war no tourist was killed or targeted. And since the war is over now tourist arrival has increased significantly. It has increased to such an extent Sri Lanka recently has to import chicken after more than thirty years,to cater the needs of tourists.Lets look at few reasons why you should choose Sri Lanka for your holiday visit.

Sri Lanka first in top 31 places to visit - New York Times

As I mentioned before one of the main reasons for the high number of tourists is the diverse activities available to them. The two main attractions are the beautiful sand beaches and the wildlife. If you are a history fan then you might enjoy visiting world heritage sites like Anuradhapura, Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa.If you are visiting from a Middle East country and looking to escape the heat then places like Nuwara Eliya, where the average temperature is around 16C is the place for you. Sri Lanka is also a great place to go shopping as well, clothes and jewelery are some of the top items tourists buy.Check out the Sri Lankan tour and travel guide for more great deals.

Beaches in Sri Lanka

Being an small island the beach is at most two to three hours drive away from any location in Sri Lanka. European and North American tourist are the ones who seem to enjoy beaches the most. Going for a swim in the sea and then sunbathing for few hours is not so easy in cold European countries so it is no wonder they love it. There are special beaches like Unawatuna, Polhena and Kasunari where the sea is very shallow and there are no waves, making them ideal location for safe sea bathing. For the more adventurous who are looking for surfing, then Arugam Bay beach is the best place to go. Considered one of the top 10 surfing locations in the world it is frequently visited by top surfers in the world.

Another popular activity near the sea is snorkeling and this facility is also available in many beaches in Sri Lanka. Hikkaduwa and Trincomalee are the two most famous locations for snorkeling.There are few more activities like Whale and Dolphin watching, mangrove tours, boat rides around islands that are enjoyed by tourists.

Sri Lankan wildlife guides at Amazon

Wildlife in Sri Lanka

Another main tourist attraction in Sri Lanka is the numerous nature reserves and wildlife parks in Sri Lanka. You can see tourists going on safari rides in these parks all year along. The best time to visit national parks is the from January to April when it is the dry season. Since water holes dry up animals tend to come out in the open much more during these times so you might have the luxury of spotting the leopard and the bear. Elephants,wild boar,deer,crocodiles,buffaloes and jackals can be spotted all year around.Peacocks, Eagles, parrots and many more bird species can also be found throughout the year.Elephant watching is the most popular among tourists and if you want to get close to Elephants in semi wild life conditions then Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is the place to go.

Visiting ancient sites in Sri Lanka

If you are a history fan Sri Lanka is one of the worlds top places to visit. With a written history spanning more than two thousand years Sri Lanka had one of the worlds most ancient civilizations, remains of which can be seeing at places like Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigirya etc. There are six cultural world heritage sites in Sri Lanka and most of them are in close proximity so you can cover at least four of them within two days.

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