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Kandy - Jaffna Hwy, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Entrance to a Buddhist museum at the foot of the hill housing the Dambulla Cave Temples in Sri Lanka. Although quite a hike up to the top, the physical exertion is worth it to see the 5 caves, which contain hundreds of statues and paintings of...
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Koggala, Habaraduwa, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
I was incredibly naive about many things about Sri Lanka when I booked a vacation there for me and my 6-month pregnant wife-- my lack of knowledge of their history, culture and basic geography being just a few of them. But, upon arrival, I quickly...
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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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Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Main worship hall of The Temple Of The Tooth Relic in Kandi, Sri Lanka.
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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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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...
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Amaya Hills, Herrassagala, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
My favorite breakfast on earth is a Sri Lankan egg hopper. The hopper itself is a thin crispy crepe made by covering a round frying pan, deep but small in circumference, with a thin layer of batter. After the batter is swirled around the pan, an...
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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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The Frangipani Tree, 812, Matara Road,, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
There I was, stuck between a rock and a hard place. I wanted to swim in the ocean, to cleanse myself of my misgivings in the salty sea, but I also wanted to lounge in the infinity pool, sip a fruity cocktail (without being judged), and swim a few...
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"Senani", Polhena, Angulugaha, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka

Join the monkeys, mongooses and bright-feathered birds at Kahanda Kanda, set in a lush green tea plantation on a quiet Galle hillside. British owner George has styled this eight-room residence: expect stately teak furniture, blue-white china, and...

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Koggala Lake, Koggala, 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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Old Courts Building, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Conveniently situated directly behind the famous Temple of the Tooth, and for only 500rps, the International Buddhist Museum is a must see. Unfortunately, there is no photography at the museum, but this allowed me to really absorb the material...
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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
The Japanese Peace Pagoda is a giant marshmallow of a temple buried deep in the rainforest between Unawatuna and Galle.