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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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Sri Lankan has proud and ancient heritage. Sri Lankan Proud history was started at 2500 years before. Since it there had been several Kings and Kingdoms established. We can briefly explain our heritage as era. Anuradhapura Era, Polonnaruwa Era, Dhambadeniya Era, Yapahuwa Era, Seethawaka Era,...

2550 years of unbroken recorded history

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Amazing Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA - The most beautiful island in the world

Butawa Wewa, Yala (Jayantha de Silva photography)

Butawa Tank, within Yala National Park. The prominent rock seen on the other side is Elephant Rock. A few tanks in the park keep all the animals alive during dry periods. Butawa Wewa is known as the last water resource that remains even during heavy draughts. You could see hundreds of...

Delft Island -Jaffna Peninsula (By Lankika De Livera, Pix by S. Srikumar) -And Varuni Inoka Jeevanthi Perera's Photos - Jaffna Peninsula-Delft Island

Wild Delft Ponies, unique coral formations and Baobab trees are some of the striking scenes on this unspoilt island By Lankika...

Snapshots of a colourful island-By Tahnee Hopman

By Tahnee Hopman   Five nature loving shutterbugs; 4 years of extensive travels. The result could only be one colourful exhibition of photography. And with sights from Nuwara Eliya, Knuckles, Horton Plains, Arugam...

The origin of Sri Dalada Perahera tradition -by Rohan L. Jayatilleke

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The Tamil kings

  By- Robert Egeter van Kuyk photo The Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka have had their sovereigns, like the Sinhalese to the south, but the history of their kingship is not widely known. The Kingdom of Yapanapatinam (‘port of the Yapuna’), to use its old...

Ruwanweli Seya-by Kishanie S. Fernando

Ruwanweli Seya - The work behind the worship - He commenced the work on the full moon day of Vesak. Having got the inscribed pillar removed, the ruler had the site of the thupa (Stupa) there dug to the depth of seven cubits (about 17 ½ feet) so as to make it firm in various ways. ...

Sri Lanka, Travelling Around and Island Life!

Sri Lanka - City Life  That'll be Colombo   by rane84   When people think Sri Lanka, they think war. They think India (?!). They think poverty. But, for those who take time out to visit Sri...

Waterfalls in Sri Lanka

  Dunhinda Falls-Palitha Udyasiri photography   Dunhinda Falls (Bridal Falls)   Height : 63 metres  District : Badulla Dunhinda is considered to be one of the most enchanting falls in Sri Lanka and is in close proximity to Badulla town. The water resembles a thin cloud as...

NatGeo Worlds Best Islands - Sri Lanka At # 2 (An island where you 'get absolutely everything' from undiscovered sandy beaches to culture and history to amazing wildlife).

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Bogoda Bridge

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Books on Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Nanda Pethiyagoda Wanasundera   Describes the geography, history, government, economy, social life and customs, religion, culture, and more of this island country in the Indian Ocean. Includes a recipe for milk...

A Visit to Ceylon by Ernst Haeckel translated by Clara Bell 1883

Ernst Haeckel in Ceylon in the year 1881 This the Englisch translation from a German original which is found at "Indische Reisebriefe". This book may be of interest to all modern travellers to Sri Lanka (Ceylon), because it contains vivid descriptions...

The ruined cities of Ceylon (1904) , By Cave, H. William -

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The Travels of Fa-Hien

A RECORD OF BUDDHISTIC KINGDOMS Being an Account by the Chinese Monk Fa-Hien of his Travels in India and Ceylon (A.D. 399-414) in Search of the Buddhist Books of Discipline. Translated and annotated with a Korean recension of the Chinese text BY JAMES LEGGE 1886. The Clarendon Press,...


  ANCIENT STUPAS IN SRI LANKA – LARGEST BRICK STRUCTURES IN THE WORLD Munidasa P Ranaweera, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. 1. Introduction Stupas (also called Chetiyas, Dagobas, etc.) in Sri Lanka (earlier known as Ceylon) are monumental structures...
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Great documentary about the wildlife of Sri Lanka and the Veddas. Video

Season of the Spirit Bear - (6 parts)

Above photo  (please visit this website.Amazing Sri Lankan wild life photos)

Sri Lanka Government Information



During the last one million years, when humans are known to have existed in various parts of India, Sri Lanka was connected to the sub-continent on numerous occasions. The rise and fall of sea level (due to cold/warm fluctuations in the global climate) determined the periodicities of these...