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The famous explorer Marco Polo of the 12th century wrote that Sri Lanka is the finest island in the whole world. For centuries it had been a great tourism destination particularly for European ...

The famous explorer Marco Polo of the 12th century wrote that Sri Lanka is the finest island in the whole world. For centuries it had been a great tourism destination particularly for European travelers. The advantage of Sri Lanka as a tourism destination is threefold: it is an authentic tourism destination, it is a compact island of 65,610 square kilometers where a tourist can travel the length and breadth of the country within a few days and the diversity of the tourism product is unparalleled. As Sri Lanka is an island surrounded by sea, it is a perfect destination for a beach holiday. When the seas are rough on one side of the island there is calm water on another side. Therefore, it is a year round beach destination.

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  • By Arundathie Abeysinghe Sri Lanka – a paradise for tourists By Arundathie Abeysinghe Lecturer in English International Aviation Academy
  •     For centuries, Sri Lanka has been a great tourism destination especially for European travellers Sri Lanka is an island surrounded by sea - a perfect destination for a beach holiday When the seas are rough on one side of the island, water is calm on the other side Sri Lanka - a year round beach destination
  •     Advantage of Sri Lanka as a tourism destination is threefold An authentic tourism destination A compact island of 65,610 square kilometers - a tourist can travel the length and breadth of the country within a few days Diversity of tourism is unparalleled
  •     Sri Lanka - the finest island in the whole world - Famous explorer Marco Polo (12th Century) For centuries Sri Lanka had been a great tourism destination particularly for European travellers In 2010, tourism authorities positioned Sri Lanka around 8 different areas: scenic beauty, beaches, heritage, wildlife, mind and body wellness, festivals, sports and adventure and essence (what is unique to the country – people, art and culture, tea, spices, gems)
  •    Tourism - one of the main industries in Sri Lanka Major tourist attractions are focused around the island's famous beaches located in the South and the East Ancient heritage sites, lush green resorts located in the mountainous regions of the country, rich cultural heritages, wild life parks
  •    Sri Lanka - an island - surrounded by sea and a perfect destination for a beach holiday When the seas are rough on one side of the island - calm waters on the other side Sri Lanka - year round beach destination
  •    A recorded history of more than 2500 years - Sri Lanka has a rich cultural and historic heritage There are 8 world heritage sites within the country: hill capital Kandy, sacred city of Anuradhapura, Dutch fort of Galle, ancient city of Polonnaruwa, rock fortress of Sigiriya, golden rock temple of Dambulla, beautiful Horton plains and Sinharaja Rainforest There are hundreds of heritage sites in the island which are frequented by tourists
  •          Eight sites of Sri Lanka have been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list Sacred City of Kandy (1988) Ancient city of Sigiriya (1982) Polonnaruwa (1982) Golden Temple of Dambulla (1991) Galle and its fortifications (1988) Sacred city of Anuradhapura (1982) Sinharaja Forest Reserve (1988) Central Highlands of Sri Lanka (2010)
  •    For a small island the biodiversity of the country is most impressive Sri Lanka is home for a wide variety of mammals, birds, fish, butterflies and snakes Elephant, leopard, sloth bear, blue whale and sperm whale can also be seen in Sri Lanka
  •   Due to varying climatic conditions and geography, Sri Lanka is an ideal destination for sports tourism Some of the popular sports include golf, wind surfing, diving and snorkelling, hot air ballooning, rafting and canoeing, white water rafting, scuba diving, fishing, cycling, hiking, trekking and rock climbing
  •  One of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka  Cultural and religious city  Capital of the Central Province  Encompasses Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Eliya districts  Home of The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) - one of the most venerable places for Sri Lankans and foreigners  Declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1988
  •    Sri Lanka's first capital founded during 4th century B.C. Religious places include Ruwanwelisaya, Jetawanaramaya, Abayagiriya, Mirisavetiya and Sri Maha Bodhiya (one of the oldest chronicled trees in the world) From the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century A.D.
  •       Capital from 11-13 centuries A.D. A blend of South Indian Hindi culture with Sinhala artistry Gal Viharaya - a rock shrine Vatadage - a circular ruin Parakkrama Samudraya - resembles an ocean Gigantic Buddha statues and granite sculptures are also great attractions
  •     A magnificent fortress situated at the center of the cultural triangle Stunning frescoes and mirror walls Used as a rock-shelter mountain monastery from 5th century B.C. There are three gardens at Sigiriya: Water Gardens, Boulder Gardens and Terraced Gardens
  •    Dambulla - situated in the Matale district in the Central Province of Sri Lanka Major attractions include Dambulla Cave Temple Complex, Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia, ironwood forest also known as Namal Uyana The area is thought to be inhabited from as early as 7th to 3rd century B.C.
  •     Misty mountains to tropical rainforests, wildlife sanctuaries to lush waterfalls for the nature lovers Sinharaja - Sri Lanka's last remaining rainforest Pidurutalagala - Sri Lanka's highest mountain, Hunnasgiriya, Knuckles and Adam's Peak are other important and famous mountains Diyaluma - Sri Lanka’s highest waterfall and the (world's 6th highest), Bambarakande, Ramboda, Aberdeen, Devon, St. Clair, Dunhinda, Rawana Ella add dramatic beauty to the up country
  •  Safari parks at Yala, Wilpattu, Wasgamuwa and Udawalwe, Kumana bird sanctuary and Kosgoda turtle hatchery - popular tourist attractions  Horton Plains National Park, Knuckles forest reservation, Udawattekelle are rich in biodiversity  Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya and Hakgala Botanical Gardens are two major botanical gardens  Sri Lanka is surrounded by 1600 km of beautiful tropical beaches on the southern, western, eastern and northern shores
  •    Apart from the country’s attractions, Sri Lankans are famous the world over, for their hospitality From North to South, people in the entire country are famous for their hospitality; rich as well as poor people like to entertain visitors in their homes Tourists are treated well and looked after well in every part of Sri Lanka
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