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B199, Rambukkana 71100, Sri Lanka
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka has existed since 1975. It cares for elephants that are injured, or without Mothers. It is regarded as the home of the biggest herd of elephants in the world. While visiting the Orphanage, you can see...
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Negombo, Sri Lanka
Negombo, Sri Lanka is frequently a visitor's destination for a day either upon entry into the country or upon exit from the country. That is because Negombo is the largest city near the major international airport in nearby Colombo. I too spent my...
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Kandy - Jaffna Hwy, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
According to Buddhist legend, after the Buddha attained enlightenment, his feet made an imprint in the stone where he stepped. The footprints of the Buddha (Buddhapada) are highly revered in all Buddhist countries, especially in Sri Lanka and...
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Cheena Kotuwa, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Sithuvili is a fantastic place to shop for traditional hand crafted Sri Lankan masks, among other goodies. Being that masks are one of the only things I collect on the road, it was a great place to explore. Part of the fun of finding Sithuvili is...
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The Buddhist temple complex of Dambulla consists of five cave temples carved under a very large overhanging rock. The temples were carved out over several centuries, but the oldest dates back to the 1st century B.C.E. The temples include numerous...
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Hospital St, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka
The recently renovated Dutch Hospital, a colonnaded 17th-century building in the Fort neighborhood, is now a hub for eating and shopping. Ministry of Crab serves fresh crustaceans in peppery sauces. Spa Ceylon sells oils, soaps, and bath gels made...
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10% of the world's tea comes from Sri Lanka - a big number for such a tiny place. Nuwara Eliya is at the center of Sri Lanka's tea economy, but this former English hill station is also known for stunning landscapes, Pidurutalagala, the country's...
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Kandy - Jaffna Hwy, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Visiting rock temple in Dambulla feels like visiting a while church. It's a place where you can "touch the heaven" with your hands.
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Sigiriya sits in an area dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters high. According to an ancient Sri Lankan chronicle, the site was selected by King Kasyapa (477–495 C.E.) for his new capitol. He built his palace on the top of this...
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Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
One of the most famous temples in all of Sri Lanka is located in Kandy, the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa). It was built in the 17th century and proudly boasts it is the home of Buddha’s tooth. The tooth is kept in a two-story inner...
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If you find yourself in Sri Lanka you cannot miss the Yala National Park (most likely leopard spotting as well as tons more) but be wary of the many tour operators who want to sell you a guided safari! Many tourists are unaware of what the prices...
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Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned Archeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom's first rulers. This is an image house built by King Parakramabahu the...
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Koggala Lake, Sri Lanka
This older gentleman was carving cinnamon sticks out of the branches of a cinnamon tree in his hut on a small island in the middle of Koggala Lake, which we traveled to by motorboat. It was an absolutely amazing process to watch especially because...
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Station Rd, Haputale, Sri Lanka
Seeing Sri Lanka by train (first-class from Haputale to Hatton: $14) is surprisingly luxurious! My car comes with tilting seats, (on-and-off-again) wi-fi (not unlike AT&T service in Chicago!), windows that open, ceiling fans and a flat-screen tv....
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Galle Face Roundabout, Colombo, Sri Lanka
"Youth is, after all, just a moment, but it is the moment, the spark, that you always carry in your heart" Students gather by the harbour to enjoy the sea breeze in the morning
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Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
All of Galle Fort goes out to enjoy the sunsets: families walk the walls together; the little girls show-off their bright dresses and the young boys play ball. Tourists perch on roofs and balconies to watch the sun descend into the Bay of Bengal....
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7th Mile Post, Uva Province, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's Uda Walawe National Park doesn't just have wild elephants; it has hundreds and hundreds of them. All living, eating, and caring for their young in their natural habitat. On a recent visit, everything about the gentle giants captivated...
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Hatton - Maskeliya - Dalhousie Rd, Sri Lanka
The church was built in 1878. The tombstones extend behind the chapel, the plots they guard lined with bricks. The scene is both morbid and beautiful with the sloping green fields of tea folding into the river in the background. The caretaker...
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The Royal Botanical Gardens lies in the outskirts of Kandy. I walk for an hour, covering much of the grounds. The highlight of the park, in a morbidly fascinating way, is hundreds (thousands?) of fruit bats congregating above our heads. Word to...