Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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An island gem with a spicy history

Sri Lanka was once known as Serendib, origin of the word serendipity, an apt description for the pleasant surprises certain to pop up as you explore this gem of an island with everything to offer: white beaches, lush tropical forests, fragrant gardens of cinnamon and clove, and a long and equally spicy history.

From Colombo, the capital, you can meet the gang at the elephant orphanage, take a trip to Kandy to visit a temple purported to house a tooth of the Buddha, or check out village life on a bicycle.

Don’t forget to take some of the excellent tea home with you, a product for which the island became world famous under yet another name: Ceylon.

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

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WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

Elephants, leopards, and the elusive sloth-bear are the wildlife highlights in Sri Lanka's largest park, Wilpattu. Combine this with a visit to the sacred 2,000-year-old bodhi tree in the ancient city of Anuradhapura.

TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH

TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH

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TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH

TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH

Travel the hills to Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth. This Buddhist Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is named for the holy relic housed inside—Buddha's tooth. The temple, with its elaborate golden roof, is part of the Royal Palace of Kandy, and next door find the National Museum of Kandy.

Temple of Kelaniya

Temple of Kelaniya

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Temple of Kelaniya

Temple of Kelaniya

Kelaniya was built on a site believed to have been visited by the Buddha himself over 2,000 years ago. Today worshippers come to lay sprigs of lotus flowers around the great white dagoba, light oil lamps, and sprinkle the base of the Tree of Enlightenment with purifying water.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 6°55'37.48"N 79°51'40.47"E
Size: 37.31 KM2 (14.41 MI2)
Population: 1,300,000
Density: 34,843 Pop/KM2 (13,453 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +94

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