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Sadly, many people associate Sri Lanka with civil war, but this small island nation situated southeast of India has been at peace and open to tourism since 2009. Growing numbers of visitors have discovered Sri Lanka's diverse geography, adventurous outdoor activities, and as many historic landmarks as would be expected from a country whose written history dates back over 2,550 years.Don’t Miss
Sri Lanka's Western Province contains the country's biggest city and administrative capital, Colombo, in addition to a long stretch of beach coastline which begins in Negombo and extends as far south as Hambantota. Robolgoda and Unawatuna are two more beautiful beaches which are located near Galle, a historic city with a Dutch fort, in the Southern Province.
Trincomalee and Arugam Bay may be Eastern Province's best known beaches, but Kalpitiya is the place to go for kitesurfing lessons. The country's cultural triangle, on the other hand, is North Central Province. Both the ancient capital, Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa are filled with partially restored ruins, while Sigiriya is most famous for its namesake rock fortress.
Highlands, waterfalls, and tea plantations are Central Province's dominant landmarks. This cool portion of the country also contains Sri Lanka's spiritual heart, Kandy, and its Dalada Maligawa royal palace complex. Dalada Maligawa's Relic of the Tooth of Buddha is considered one of Sri Lanka's most significant religious symbols. Elephants, leopards, monkeys, and brightly coloured tropical birds are some of Yala National Park's most exotic wildlife species.Restaurants and Bars
Sri Lanka's cuisine shares several similarities with South India. The country's two staple foods, rice and curry, are often accompanied by lime juice, red chilli powder, and grated coconut. Small cafés called hotels sell some of Sri Lanka's cheapest curry and rice packets. There are a wide variety of Western and Sri Lankan dishes on the menus of hotel and rest house restaurants on the country's roads. Most of Sri Lanka's hot nightlife spots are located in Colombo.Shopping
Haggling politely is a must when purchasing ceramic dishes, woven baskets, silver jewellery, lace garments, wooden statues, brass ornaments, and other goods at local markets. The Ratnapura region is well known for its precious gems. No souvenir from Sri Lanka, however, is most famous than its tea, which can be sampled at several tea plantations. Modern shopping centres are easy to find in major cities.