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Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has shed its image and reinvented itself to travellers, becoming one of Southern Asia’s crown jewel. Here, you can take pride in seeing the world’s oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, or see the wild in the Minneriya National Park, or simply stroll downtown in Colombo. As an island country located in the Indian Ocean, south of India, Sri Lanka’s tropical climate makes it a good choice of country to visit any time of the year. Safari tours, dazzling beaches, sacred temples, there’s so much yet to see waiting for you to be discovered in Sri Lanka.

Consider visiting the ruins of ancient capitals in Anuradhapura, a city located in the Northern Central Province of Sri Lanka. Though it is not grand as Bagan of Burma, or Angkot Wat of Cambodia, the ruins is still a noteworthy site to visit. The ancient city was first settled circa 900 B.C. and served as the capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom until 1100 A.D. after the capital moved south. Abandoned but not forgotten, the place is rich with archaeological wonders and architectural wonders that up until present time, several of the sites are used as holy places and temples. While in Anuradhapura, you can also take note of the Bodhi Tree Temple, the second most sacred place in Sri Lanka, the Ruwanwelisaya, the most voluminous stupa at Anuradhapura, the Citadel or the secular centre of the city, the Moonstones which represents movement from the secular to sacred worlds, the Western Monasteries that represents a different take on Buddha worship, and the Lovamahapaya, which was once called the Brazen Palace and home to a thousand monks whose duties include tending the sacred Bo Tree.

Out with the old and now, in with the new; go to the Polonnaruwa, the ruins of the ancient capitals and marvel at the Gal Vihara, a group of enormous Buddha images as high as the Sinhalese rock carving. It consists of four separate images, all cut from a long slab of granite. You can also go see the Lankatilaka, one of the most evocative structures in the city. Located along the Habarana-Polunnaruwa road is the Minneriya National Park, which boasts of light forests with low shrubs providing shelter for its wild animals within its 8890 hectares scope. Minneriya National Park is best visited during the dry season, particularly from June to September, in order to fully appreciate the natural beauty and order of things in the park, with flocks of birds fishing in the shallow waters, elephants bathing, and animals grazing.

Before visiting the aforementioned cities, you should have explored Colombo first. Deemed as the largest city as well as the financial and cultural capital of Sri Lanka, the city’s rich colonial heritage invites visitors to explore its cultural and historical attractions, as well as explore opportunities for modern dining and fine shopping. One of the attractions in the city is the Pettah Market, which sells all kinds of things from fruits to electronics. The Cinnamon Gardens in The National Museum of Colombo, also known as Sri Lanka National Museum, is also noteworthy of visit.

How to get around within Sri Lanka

From Colombo-Bandaranaike International Airport, you can reach downtown via taxi, which is a safe and convenient choice. Upon arrival downtown, you can reach most destinations via tri-shaw, or tuk-tuk. The Sri Lankan Tourist Development Authority also operates its own fleet, so you can be sure that you are paying the right amount.

How to get there

Colombo-Bandaranaike International Airport is being serviced by SriLankan Airlines, the national flagship carrier. You can also get in Sri Lanka through the airline which serves a number of cities throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Middle East, India, and Pakistan. A number of airlines such as Emirates Airlines, Mihin Lanka, Qatar Airways, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Tiger Airways, Air Asia, Singapore Airlines, Royal Jordanian, and Ukrainian International Airlines also fly to Sri Lanka from their respective countries.  

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