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Once the capital of Sri Lanka. Founded in the 4th Century B.C. Many monuments of immense religious and archaeological value still remains. Irrigation Tanks constructed by the kings of the past are still being used by the present day farmers. Also famed for the Sri Maha Bodhiya the oldest tree on record (over 2500 years), venerated by the Budhists.
Kandy was the Kingdom of the last monarch of Sri Lanka, King Sri Wickrame Rajasinghe who was betrayed by his own war lords. The British captured him in 1815 taking over complete control of Sri Lanka. The Royal Palace of this king is where the much venerated Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined. The annual ESALA PERAHERA of Kandy held each year in JULY/AUGUST is the most sought after pageant in the country.
The Cave Temples of Dambulla has been built in the 1st Century B.C. by king Walagambahu. These Temples contain sculptures and paintings of the glorious past and is considered a World Heritage Site.
Sigiriya the Fortress in the sky was built by king Kasyapa, to protect himself from his enemies. Known as the 8th wonder of the Old World the caves of this Citadel contain Ajantha like Frescos painted hundreds of years ago.
Famed for the statue of Buddha carved out of a single rock standing to a height of around 40 meters. Another monument of the Anuradhapura Era not far away from the city of Anuradhapura.
Located about 10 miles away from Anuradhapura, Mihintale is also known as the “Cradle of Budhism”, as it is on the rock of Mihintale that King Devanam Piyatissa was confronted by Arhath Mahinda and the First Sermon preached on a Poson Full Moon Day.
Capital of Sri Lanka during the period of King Parakramabahu the Great. Contains Rock Carvings of the famed “Gal Viharaya” the Stone Temple, huge irrigation tanks that reminds you of a golden era.
Another ancient capital of Sri Lanka where the ruins of the Royal Palace can still be seen.
Wadduwa is another beach resort that is becoming increasingly popular and also boasts of five star accommodation to the Holiday Maker.
A busy Fishing Centre just 12 Km away from the Katunayake International Airport. Predominantly a Catholic area which is a legacy of the Portugese who were in control of the coastal areas from 1505 to 1648. Consists of beautiful sandy beaches for Sun and Sea bathing.
72 miles away from Colombo to the South, Galle had been the center of Dutch Rule in the 17th Century. The Old Dutch Fort of Galle is a must for every visitor to Galle. There is a harbour catering to the shipping industry and is also famous for ebony carvings, tortoise and turtle shell handicraft and intricate hand made lace.
Tangalle and Hambantota are two beach resorts in the extreme South and South East of the island. Both being fishing villages you can rest assured of mouth watering fresh sea food being served in both these places.
Amaduwa is a beach resort bordering the Yala Wild Life Sanctuary. The ideal place for a safari cum beach holiday.
World renowned for the beautiful Coral Reef/Gardens and exotic marine life which can either be viewed by glass bottomed boats or you can do your own snorkeling and scuba diving. (Requisite apparatus available for hire).
Mt. Lavinia is the famous beach resort in close proximity to the capital city of Colombo. It is also famous for the Mt.Lavinia Hotel, a relic of the Colonial Era; renovated but maintaining the old touch.
A short distance to the south of Galle is the Unawatuna Beach Resort. The golden sandy beaches of Unawatuna is supposed to be one of the 12 best beaches in the world. Opportunities are available for snorkeling, scuba diving etc., and the reef is full of surprisingly beautiful and vivid marine life.
Just 25 miles away from Colombo, Kaluthara offers golden sunny beaches and good accommodation. Kaluthara is also famous for the Basket Weaving Industry and the juicy Mangosteen fruits.
One hour's drive away from Colombo and the beginning of the South West Coast Beach Resorts. There are a number of hotels that have come up catering to the needs of all visitors in the sunny golden beaches stretching from Beruwala to Bentota. Opportunities available for water sports like snorkeling, wind surfing, scuba diving etc.
Trincomalee boasts of a natural harbour and had been a Naval Base for the Allied Forces during the 2nd World War. Naval Base of the local forces still exist in Trincomalee. 170 miles east of Colombo lies this famous beach resort with golden sunny beaches and a variety of accommodation.
One Hundred miles to the South of Colombo lies this famous city, which boasts of sunny beaches and a reef that extends a fair distance to the sea. At Polhena Reef you can wade into the sea in waist deep water like in the famed Passikudah beach of the East Coast.
Sri Lanka is a country of rich heritage, one of which is its indigenous system of Medicine, which has been practiced by the people since time immemorial. The Ayurveda system of medicine from North India, the Siddha system of medicine from South India and the Unani system of medicine of Arabs enriched with contributions from the traditional system of medicine called Desheeya Chikitsa is popularly known as the Indigenous system of medicine in Sri Lanka.
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