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52,956 people visited Sri Lanka
This largely Buddhist Island in the Indian Ocean is a multiethnic, rainforested, beachy paradise which has survived civil war and the 2004 tsunami. Elephants, tea and coffee all grow in this teardrop-shaped land, coexisting with the newly peaceful Sinhalese and Tamil groups. While the summer monsoon season makes for some spectacular weather, small talk often turns to cricket-Sri Lanka’s national team is beloved and the sport far and away the most popular in the country. Sometimes called the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is certainly as tough, and as beautiful, as that precious gem.
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  • Sri Lanka
    Graham Hughes
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    5 Nov 06, 2013

    It was very tempting to put India on this list as even buying a train ticket in India is an adventure in itself, but Sri Lanka has pipped it to the post by being compact enough to explore in a couple of weeks, but fascinating enough to keep budding adventurers like yourself going back year after year. Exploring the sacred cities of Anuradhapura and Kandi, you’ll discover a vibrant culture, millennia old, yet still going strong and now that the north of the country has finally opened up after decades of war, there’s more of old Ceylon’s secrets to unlock than ever before.

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  • Sri Lanka
    Matthew Crompton
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    5 Apr 19, 2014

    Easily one of the most charming and underrated destinations in Asia, the tiny island of Sri Lanka (it's about the size of Ireland, but produces fewer hard-drinking novelists) packs an amazing -- and amazingly diverse -- range of attractions into its easily-traversed mass. With lovely, breezy beaches from Bentota in the west to Mirissa in the south to Arugam Bay in the east; with lovely colonial forts in Galle and Trincomalee; with cool mountain vistas and tea plantations in the highlands and stunning ancient Buddhist ruins in the dry zone of the central plains, it's difficult to come away from Sri Lanka disappointed. With its three-decade long civil war finally over, the whole island is looking to the future with a renewed sense of hope, and areas in the far north (like the fascinating town of Jaffna -- long an off-limits LTTE stronghold) are now open to visitors. In Lanka, you're likely to find an island with much of the beauty and little of the hassle of South India, and one which is so compact that it can easily be seen in two or three good weeks. Step off the South Asia tourist treadmill here for a moment and prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

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    Stephen Bugno
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    5 Apr 19, 2014

    Sri Lanka is an interesting, multi-ethnic, lesser-touristed island that offers a lot for independent travelers. Tea Country with hill towns, excellent beaches, ancient ruins, delicious food, and friendly people.

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  • Sri Lanka
    Dilip Ramachandran
    5 Apr 19, 2014

    The best place to travel, in the world :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dilipramachandran/sets/72157630905913466/

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  • Sri Lanka
    migara69
    5 Apr 19, 2014

    Australian bred, lived and educated though by birth right I am Sri Lankan but I did not realise how deep those roots were planted till paid a visit to Sri Lanka just over 4 months ago. Now that I am there I don't want to return to my Melbourne home yet as I am enjoying and discovering too much.
    Just a couple of weeks ago Lonely Planet announced Sri Lanka to be the number one destinations to travel in the world for 2013.
    The Reason I opened up this thread is because I maybe slightly biased about my fascination of the island and may want to hear your own personal experiences if you have ever visited or lived in Sri Lanka as a travel destination.
    Also because of the fact that I may be a source of information for those who seek tips and suggestions on travelling to Sri Lanka.
    P.S. Has anyone had the chance to Whale Watch there? Bloody Amazing!!!

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  • Sri Lanka
    Jayasri Ram
    5 Apr 19, 2014

    Driver Guide for Sri Lanka
    We visited Sri Lanka for 10 days in April 2012. We really enjoyed our
    holiday which gave a good impression of the wide variety of things you can
    see and do in this beautiful country. Jagath is a very reliable driver, will
    never over speed and brings you anywhere you like. His English is good and
    his knowledge about Sri Lanka in general and especially Buddhist temples is
    very good. During longer trips he would suggest some restaurant where we
    could eat and we never got ill and it was always tasty. He is very discreet
    and modest and will never sit at your table or force you to visit certain
    shops if you don't want. His van is in good condition, has proper seatbelt
    and easily fits a family of six people. He Also has car for tow person.
    For more information visit his web site
    www.jagathtours.com email chamigah@wow.lk

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  • Sri Lanka
    Juno
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    4 Apr 19, 2014

    Even tried that kind of train, no doors, on glass on the window, but so amazing, that everyone on the train enjoyed a traditional closed relationship and the laugh~

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  • Sri Lanka
    Theo Demetriades
    5 Apr 19, 2014

    This small island, in my point of view is the most beautiful in the world, the wildlife, the amazing beaches and surrounding ocean, to top it off this island is packed with fantastic hotels (each with something unique). This overall is a perfect holiday destination for anyone who enjoys a fabulous holiday. I also thought the picture of the elephants crossing the river with the guidance of a local was marvelous.

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  • Sri Lanka
    Travels Sudath
    5 Apr 19, 2014

    Kyoichiro Sako サンフランシスコ講和会議では、日本の分割問題が話されました。そのときに、日本の分割を反対したのは、台湾の蒋介石とスリランカのラジャワイルドネ大統領でした。日本はとても大きな恩をスリランカから頂いているのです。ですから、どんどんスリランカに行きましょう。そしてどんどんスリランカでお金を使いましょうね。 スリランカ大好きな者より(株式会社アルカダイアモンド 代表取締役 迫 恭一郎)

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  • Sri Lanka
    Stephanie Kapitel
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    5 Apr 19, 2014

    wonderful holiday on SriLanka. Beautiful Nature, nice and friendly people and the best trip was to go on the top of "adams Peak" for sunrise :)

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This largely Buddhist Island in the Indian Ocean is a multiethnic, rainforested, beachy paradise which has survived civil war and the 2004 tsunami. Elephants, tea and coffee all grow in this teardrop-shaped land, coexisting with the newly peaceful Sinhalese and Tamil groups. While the summer monsoon season makes for some spectacular weather, small talk often turns to cricket-Sri Lanka’s national team is beloved and the sport far and away the most popular in the country. Sometimes called the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is certainly as tough, and as beautiful, as that precious gem.
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Aliases: Ceylon, Dominion of Ceylon, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, இலங்கை