Sri Lanka- Small Miracle.
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The National Geographic Channel has in an exclusive report categorized Sri Lanka as the second best place on earth to visit. Referring to the first world traveller Marco Polo’s description of his ‘favourite island’, as the ‘Jade Pendant in the Indian Ocean’, the commentators state that this is exactly what Sri Lanka is and that it has got ‘basically everything for a tourist’.”
In its list of “Best New Trips for 2010″, National Geographic said, “after the tsunami of 2004 and resolution of a decades-long civil war, Sri Lanka is finally starting to look like its old self, a peaceful destination where surf line-ups are non-existence despite world-class waves and centuries old tea estates are lined with mountain bike-ready trails.”
The National Geographic Channel emphasizes the fact that the island has “absolutely everything in a small space”. The island has beaches, wildlife, historical places, world heritage sites, primary forests, waterfalls and rivers for rafting.
You may even have a ‘beach to yourself’, and the report adds that the country has hundreds of miles of ‘amazingly undiscovered beaches and coral marine life’. ‘It is arguably one of the greatest islands for beaches’, it states.
Sri Lanka has a wonderful history and culture in a really small space and state that Sigiriya is a place not to be missed because of its scenic beauty. You don’t get to number two without some must-see sights’, it adds.
Sri Lankan wildlife is a ‘major highlight’ and the report refers to the availability of elephants and leopards, making a special reference to the Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary. Pinnawala is now the largest herd in captivity with 65 elephants. It opened with seven elephants in 1975. They also comment on the ‘lovely food’ and point out, ‘if anyone wants to taste spicy curry then, definitely, Sri Lanka is the place to go’
Tourist arrivals for the first five months last year amounted for 157,000 and compared to this number the tourist arrivals during the first five months this year amounted to 233,000 showing an increase of 48.5% compared to the same period last year.
Without a doubt, Sri Lanka offers “just a little bit of everything” and one could not “be bored in a million years”.
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