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A small country, Sri Lanka nonetheless offers an enormous variety of quintessentially Asian experiences. The island is dotted with ruins from ancient Buddhist empires, including serene, gigantic Buddha figures, as well as dagobas, white-painted domed shrines ranging from just a few meters tall to immense, imposing structures; variations of those are found in India, Thailand, China and other Asian countries. Other architectural features worth keeping an eye out for are buildings dating from the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial periods, which lasted from the first European arrival in 1505 through to Independence in 1948.
Sri Lanka also boasts glorious landscapes, with lovely beaches, cool rolling hills, mountains and huge tracts of rainforest, excellent for spotting wildlife. Many bird species like it here too, spending the winter on Srilanka's southern coasts before returning to temperate zones. Outside Colombo and Kandy- the main cities –the island has a rural feel.
Colombo Though this is where everyone arrives, most visitors don't linger long in the capital. However, the National Museum are worth a look, while the Raja Maha Vihara, 13km from the city centre, is the most visited Buddhist temple on the island, built on a site that Buddha himself is said to have visited. For retail therapy, there are some extremely stylish shops selling modern Asian chic gifts, homewares, soft furnishings and cloths, making the city an ideal last stop.
Adam's Peak (2224m) The mountain is a place of pilgrimage for Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists, who believe that the metre-long –like imprint in a rock on the peak belongs to Adam, Shiva and Buddha, respectively. The less devout can also make the three-to four- hour ascent (up a total of 4600steps) from the village of Dalhousie to see the sunrise.
Anuradhapura The island's capital from the fourth century BC until the ninth century AD, Srilanka's holiest town has much of historical interest.
Polonnaruwa Set beside a huge artificial lake, Plolonnaruwa was the medieval capital of the island, after the decline of Anuradhapura. The town is the site of numerous well-preserved chambers, palaces and temples spread over a huge area, many still boasting fine carvings and friezes.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Elephants are a pervasive Srilankan image, whether painted or sculpted. Pinnewala offers a great chance to see live once at close quarters; orphaned, abandoned or injured infant elephants are reared and trained here. Be certain to catch them during bathing time in the river.
Kandy Situated on the hills surrounding a huge artificial lake and reachable by a scenic train ride from Colombo, Srilanka's cultural capital is a cool and picturesque place to hang out. It is also the home of one of the most venerated temples in Srilnaka, the Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Tooth.