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Discover Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a multifaceted tropical island, rich in culture, nature and history.Formerly called Ceylon, the country was successively colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, who left their mark on architecture, language . Sri Lanka is famous for its archaeological sites, such as the ancient cities of Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, witnesses of the Sinhalese civilization that ruled for more than 2000 years.The country offers exceptional biodiversity, national parks, lush flora and spices. Sri Lanka is also a paradise for water sports enthusiasts, who can enjoy its sandy beaches, coral reefs and waves for diving, surfing or kayaking.
Best spots to Discover in Sri Lanka
Located in the heart of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura is nevertheless the cradle of the island. First capital for fifteen centuries, the city is appreciated for its spiritual dimension. Buddhism is omnipresent. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this site contains, over ten kilometers, a multitude of treasures such as the first stupas of the island and the cutting of the Bo tree under which Buddha reached enlightenment.
The economic capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo does not reflect, with its skyscrapers and traffic jams, the idyllic image of the island. Despite some flaws, the city is still an important stop during a stay on the island. It is not distinguished by beaches or hikes but by its past, heritage and markets. Founded by the Portuguese, it is possible to distinguish some traces of this history by going to the fort district. The city is also famous for its Buddhist and Hindu temples, as well as the Pettah district famous for its market and fruit and vegetable stalls.
Sigiriya and the Lion Rock
Sigiriya and its Lion Rock are the most surprising places of interest to visit in Sri Lanka. At the top of this huge ochre-colored monolith that defies the jungle of the center of the island are the ruins of a royal palace. The existence of this strange and ancient capital is the result of a virulent opposition within the royal family of the eighth century.
Also located in the heart of the island, Polonnaruwa is the second historical capital of Sri Lanka. The city is known for containing a gigantic archaeological site dating from the XI-XII centuries which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We see temples, ponds, many statues including the four famous Buddhas of Kalu Gal Vihara.
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