Sri Lanka – The Jewel of the Indian Ocean - Part 1

15 November 2012

 

The Indian Ocean is sprinkled with stunningly beautiful islands each with their own distinct way of life.  Sri Lanka, located just off the tip of India, is no exception.  With so much more to offer visitors than just beautiful beaches, here are a few awesome things to do and see when you’re in Sri Lanka.

 

Head to the Central Province and visit Sigiriya.  Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, this amazing Buddhist palace was built around 495 AD.  Complete with frescoes covering the exterior, numerous gardens and even an entrance carved like a lion’s mouth, Sigiriya will take your breath away.

 

Sri Lanka

Lake Kandy | Sri Lanka

 

From Sigiriya you can get a taste of city life in Kandy.  Situated on Lake Kandy and set against the backdrop of the lush Knuckles Mountain Range, this beautiful coastal city has a fascinating culture.  You’ll definitely want to see the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.  As one of the most revered sites by Buddhists around the world, this temple is thought to hold one of Buddha’s actual teeth!  Go for a walk to Mahaweli and watch elephants being bathed.  While you’re in the city check out Station Road Market.  With everything from pashmina’s to precious gemstones for sale be sure you’ve brought some cash.

 

Next, head to the southern tip of the island and experience some of the 1,340 km of shoreline Sri Lanka has to offer.  For stunning sunsets and endless stretches of white sand visit Hikkaduwa.  Rebuilt after the tsunami in 2004, this town is very popular with surfers, snorkelers and sun worshipers alike and boasts a crazy nightlife.   As well, as locals were given sewing machines after the tsunami, Hikkaduwa is also a fabulous place to buy tailor made clothing.

 

With amazing natural scenery, ancient temples and vibrant cities Sri Lanka is just the adventure you’ve been looking for.

 

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