Sri Lanka, by its name, evokes many images: gardens and spice fields, beaches lined with coconut palms, precious stones, holy cities... and tea plantations of course. But not only these things. The "Emerald" island offers you other invaluable jewels.
Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is a small paradise of lagoons and greenery. It is located in the South-East of India and is characterised by an exceptional nature. The island has nearly 1,000km of beaches, a lush forest with a rich fauna and an abundant flora that dominates more than a quarter of the territory. In addition, its mountainous areas reaching up to 2,700m are ideal for a hike in Sri Lanka. The inhabitants of the country have retained their rich cultural heritage and traditions despite the tragic 2004 Tsunami.
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An essentially Buddhist country, Sri Lanka amazes with its cultural richness and its religion. There are still impressive sanctuaries like the palace of the relic of the Dent, in Kandy, near Colombo. As you pass through Wellawaya, you can appreciate the gigantic Buddha effigy carved from the rock in the ancient Buduruwagala temple. As for nature lovers, the national park of Yala or Ruhuna, in the South-East of the country, reserves many surprises: leopards, elephants, monkeys, peacocks, varanas, crocodiles...
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With its many beaches and hills, Sri Lanka offers many exotic activities. For beginners, Hikkaduwa, in the South-West of the island, is a paradise for surfing safely. Professional surfers will find waves up to their waists on the West coast. Hiking enthusiasts can admire the tea plantations of Sri Lanka in Nuwara Eliya, not far from Kandy, through a trek in Horton National Park. This hike in Sri Lanka will take them to the two largest waterfalls on the island: Ravana and Ramboda.
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