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Sri Lanka is a tropical island lying off the southern tip of India. With rainforest-covered mountains, culture-rich cities, shrines and temples, you’ll find much to do. Watch elephants bathing in freshwater lakes, tour sacred sites and visit wildlife sanctuaries.
Go shopping in the malls and upmarket department stores of Colombo, the country’s commercial and administrative capital. Search for bargains in Pettah Market. View ancient paintings and sculptures dating back to the fourth century B.C. at the Colombo National Museum.
Take the children to the elephant show at Colombo Zoo and join locals for an evening stroll along the Galle Face Green Promenade. Gaze out at the Indian Ocean while sampling delicious street food.
In the mountains of central Sri Lanka, find Kandy, the country’s second-largest city. Look for the 17th-century Temple of the Tooth. It holds the relic of a canine tooth belonging to Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Learn about the history of tea in the Ceylon Tea Museum. About an hour's drive from Kandy is the Millennium Elephant Foundation where you can give the elephants a morning bath.
To see more wildlife, check out some of the country’s national parks. Hike through the wetlands of Bundala National Park where large flocks of pink flamingos stand one-legged. Join a four-wheel-drive safari through Udawalawe National Park to observe jackals, monkeys and water buffalo. Yala National Park is known for its leopard population.
Put on your hiking boots for a climb to the top of Adam’s Peak, the country’s highest mountain. For more than 1,000 years this has been a sacred mountain to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Muslims. The ascent takes several hours no matter which trail you take. At the summit look for the small Buddhist temple and shrine.
For peaceful relaxation, explore quiet coves along more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) of Sri Lanka’s outstanding beaches.
Book a vacation to Sri Lanka for its delightful combination of culture, wildlife, beautiful scenery and adventure.
Located in Kollupitiya, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Colombo, High Commission of India, and Nawaloka Hospital. House of Fashions and Lanka Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Negombo hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Sebastian's Church and Negombo Beach. St Anthony's Church and Ave Maria Convent are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Colombo 04, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Raux Brothers and within 3 mi (5 km) of Galle Face Beach and Galle Face Green. Majestic City and Isipathanaramaya Buddhist Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellawatta Railway Station is 10 minutes by foot.
Located in Kollupitiya, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of High Commission of India and Galle Face Beach. Pettah Market is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.
Located on a lake, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Popham's Arboretum, Dambulla Cave Temple, and Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. Ancient City of Sigiriya and Sigiriya Museum are also within 16 mi (25 km).
This family-friendly Kandy hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre, Temple of the Tooth, and Kandy Lake. National Museum and International Buddhist Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Nuwara Eliya, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Pedro Tea Factory, Lover's leap Waterfall, and Galway Forest Reserve. Victoria Park and Nuwara Eliya Golf Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).