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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 31 Jan 2011
The Cricket World Cup begins on 19th February 2011. It is being hosted in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This could be the perfect opportunity to enjoy a little sight-seeing in the neighbouring countries as you see your favourite cricket stars in action.
In this blog post, we will talk about places you can look forward to, in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is packed with natural beauty, intertwined with rich Buddhist culture and history. Here are the places to visit –
- The capital offers a blend of delicious Sri Lankan cuisine, beaches and fine architecture – both modern and ancient Portuguese and Dutch.
- You can visit ancient Buddhist Gangaramaya Temple, located near the serene Beira Lake.
- In the evenings, you can go to the mesmerising beaches or Galle Face, the biggest playground in the city, packed with kite flyers, cricket players and picnickers.
- Kandy was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is home to the “sacred Tooth Relic” of Buddha in a temple.
- It is 500m above sea level, filled with lush green mountains. A scenic lake complements its beauty.
- The city has many museums and temples. It also is the abode of many birds and mammals (in Udawattakkelle Sanctuary).
Nuwara Eliya :
- Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s highest town (1,896 m above sea level). Lake Gregory makes it a truly tranquil location.
- You can look forward to Golf courses, English-style pubs amidst greenery!
- Dambulla is the commercial hub of Sri Lanka. You can simply shop till you drop, for an array of items.
- Visit the richly painted cave temple – another of UNESCO’s World Heritage sights.
- Anuradhapura was the epicentre of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist history. This city has ancient ruins that speak volumes of arts, humanities, Buddhism, science which flourished during that period.
- The preserved ruins contain impressive architecture and astutely sculpted idols. At some places, dagobas (Stupa) are still standing tall!
Adam’s Peak :
- Adam’s Peak is one of the most sacred sites. The 2,243 m tall conical mountain is famous for “Sri pada” or sacred footprint. Near the summit, there is a 1.8 m rock formation, believed to contain a footprint of God.
- The heavily forested area around it contains many species of elephants and leopards. The view from the mountain is breathtaking!
- Sigiriya is famous for an ancient rock fortress that is more than 200 m high, surrounded by gardens, reservoirs, paintings and more.
- It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Bentota is Sri Lanka’s water-sports centre. You can enjoy the thrills of wind surfing, water-skiing, canoeing, banana boating, boat safaris and more!
- About 3 km from Bentota, visit a turtle hatchery, where eggs of turtles are buried to hatch in safety, after which they are released into the sea.
- For people who like to explore the cultural side, there are the remains of Galapata Vihara filled with amazing paintings, statues from 12th century.
This was a short, but far from complete list of what the tiny country; our southern neighbour has to offer. So this World Cup, cheer for India as you rejuvenate yourself in Sri Lanka!
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