Sri Lanka formerly known as Ceylon, located in the Indian Ocean just south of India. *Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (also known as Kotte) is its legislative capital, and *Colombo (map) is its largest city. Sri Lanka’s documented history spans 3,000 years, with evidence of prehistoric human settlements dating back at least 125,000 years.
*Anuradhapura (map) ruins of ancient capitals (partially restored). *Galle (map) — famous Dutch fort. Host city of the Galle Literary Festival. *Kandy (map) — spiritual heart of the country, home to a tooth of the Buddha. *Nuwara Eliya (map) — Little England. Cool climes, Victorian architecture, top hats, tails and fascinators on race days.
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*Dambulla (map) – A city of historic importance with fabulous hotels, close to Sigiriya (map). Both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Beaches at *Tangalle (map), Beruwala (map), *Mirissa (map), *Bentota (map), *Unawatuna (map), Arugam Bay (map), *Pasikudah (map), *Hikkaduwa (map) are considered as famous tourist beaches in the country. (*List of beaches)