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      Colombo is the commercial and business center of Sri Lanka located on the Westcoast. The city blends together with old colonial type building, modern high-rise commercial buildings and hotels. It is filled with shopping malls, airline offices bazaars and interesting tourist attractions. Some of the finest structures built during the colonial times are still preserved and an integral part of the City. Colombo is home to majority of Sri Lankan corporate and government offices. Hotels of Colombo city are located centrally and visitors have the choice of a number of star class hotels with spectacular scenic views of the Galle Face green and the Indian ocean.  
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      The city was founded by Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Nuwara Eliya's climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England then, was also a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.

    There are many sights to behold in Nuwera Eliya including, Lake Gregory, Queen Victoria Park, Horton plains and an array of waterfalls. A walk in the town of Nuwera Eliya on a balmy afternoon is an ideal tonic to begin a holiday that’s good for the soul.

    Although the town was founded in the 19th century by the British, the whole district is today visited mostly by native travelers, especially during the month of April, the season of flowers, pony races, go cart races and auto rallies.
     
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      Arugam Bay is on the list of the top surf points in the world. Situated on the south east side of Sri Lanka. Arugam Bay receives the same Antarctic winter swell’s that hit Indonesia in the middle of the year. The best time of the year is between May & November when the predominant wind is offshore for at least the first half of the day. Due to its location and southerly swell direction, the area is dominated by the right hand point breaks. There is the Beach break, which can be fun for body surfing or for beginners but that’s about it. Three of the point breaks “The point”, “Pottuvil Point” & “Crocodile Rock” are highly acclaimed and Arugam Bay continues to accumulate rave reviews from surfers from around the globe.  
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      The Galle Fort is known as the oldest fort in Asia, named as a world heritage by UNESCO. Inside the fort, travelers can find other attractions such as the Dutch Museum and the Dutch Reformed Church. The fort is built on a small peninsula that can be easily accessed from the Galle town. It is the best place to visit during an evening as the picturesque scenery of the sunset can be witnessed in all its glory. Another famous tourist attraction in Galle is the Unawatuna Beach, which is renowned for the calm sea that is ideal for safe swimming and snorkeling. Unawatuna is also rich in its biodiversity and is a true haven for those who love the sea, the sand and tranquility.

    Apart from these there are several other attractions to reflect religion, culture and ancient history which will undoubtedly bring excitement and knowledge to anybody who visits Galle.
     
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      A masterpiece that is worth a visit is the “Embekke Devalaya” which is a temple made out entirely by wood. It is situated in the village of Ambakka, and is a mere 3 kilometers from the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens which is also a significant tourist attraction in Kandy.Other places of interest include Malwatte monastery, Raja Maligawa or the Royal Palace, Gangarama temple, Gem museum and lapidary, Degaldoruwa temple, Asgiriya monastery, Gadaladeniya temple and Malwatte monastery.

    Today this city is thriving and vibrant as can be, nevertheless it continues to maintain its rich and unique heritage that will enthrall the visitor to this key city for generations to come.
     
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      For those on the look out to feel the pulse of Negombo there are many places to visit like the Negombo fish market, Negombo temple, lagoon, church, Dutch fort and the town area. One can also have a glimpse of the Hamilton canal which was built by the Dutch. Negombo is not considered a pricey destination and it is not unusual to see many patrons from Colombo who flock to Negombo to spend the weekend to wind down and relax as the busy tourist area of the town has its own charm with bars, cheap restaurants and hotels.  
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      The orphanage is very popular among local and foreign tourists. The main attraction is the opportunity to observe the bathing of elephants from the broad river bank as the herd interacts socially, bathing and playing.

    The orphanage is open to the public daily, and all admission fees are used to look after the elephants. Visitors to the park can view many different aspects of the care and daily routine of the elephants, such as bottle feeding of little elephants, feeding of all other elephants, and bathing in the Ma Oya (River).
     
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      Sigiriya also known as the Lion's rock and considered to be the 8th wonder of the world by many is an ancient rock fortress and a palace ruin situated in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka. It is surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. Sigiriya is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

    The best time to visit the rock is early morning, about 6.30 a.m. as the gates open. This enables the visitor to climb the rock before the crowds arrive and before the heat of the sun gets to you. Before ascending the last stage, take a little time to study the massive paws of the Lion and try to imagine that you would be entering its mouth to climb up to the summit.If you are visiting Sigiriya, please do not rush through all this magnificence. Be prepared to spend one whole day, walking around the Sigiriya gardens and the newly laid out herbal garden. Walk to the northern corner of the western moat and look to the south down the moat, and see how it had been made in line with the summit of a faraway hill. It certainly is be a well spent day and will be etched in your memory for a life time.
     
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      Trincomalee is home to one of the finest natural deep water harbours in the world and has evolved into a tourist centric town with in- built attractions and activities where travelers could spend a few days exploring.
    It was considered a militarily strategic location up until the cessation of the civil war and since then become a fast developing township where many travelers come to see its Temples, churches, WW2 cemeteries, hot springs, panoramic views of the harbor, and the acclaimed white sandy beaches of Nilaveli, Uppaveli and Pigeon Island, which add to the uniqueness and the historical pedigree of this destination.
     
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      A mere 30 minute drive from Tissamaharama will get you to The Yala National Park which is situated on 97,880 hectares of land and is the best loved National Park in the country. Yala is unique because it hosts a variety of eco systems and habitats. The park is known to contain a wide spectrum of birds and animals and for having the highest leopard population anywhere in the world.

    If you are looking for more value in your visit to Yala, located approximately 15 kilometers west of Tissamaharama is the Bundala National Park which a sought after destination for bird watching. The park is renowned for migratory and resident birds and for its unique wetland habitat.