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A treasure trove of natural marvels and historical significance, Sri Lanka is home to a myriad of attractions from virgin forests and colonial strongholds to sacred cities and religious sites. An echo of a prosperous period in history expanding over 300 years, various ancient sites dotted across the island have been declared as World Heritage Sites. The teardrop shaped emerald island at the southern tip of India, is a perfect mélange of everything from the subcontinent while retaining a flavor all its own. Surrounded on all sides by the ocean, this island is so much more than a beach destination.
Known for its spicy cuisine and smiling people, its tea gardens and pigeons blood rubies that are mined there, this country after a tumultuous past is seeing a fantastic and swift resurgence as an international holiday destination.
This country is elegant and friendly, a throwback to a bygone era, it is perfect for a gentle holiday, for rest and rejuvenation. Like India, it offers Ayurvedic healing and wellness. Any holiday to this country is always multi experiential combining activity and leisure.
Top Destinations in Sri Lanka –
Travelling by train - Ella
Welcome to everyone’s favourite hill-country village and the place to ease off the travel accelerator with a few leisurely days resting in your choice of some of the country’s best guesthouses. The views through Ella Gap are stunning, and on a clear night you can even spy the subtle glow of the Great Basses lighthouse on Sri Lanka’s south coast. Don’t be too laid-back though; definitely make time for easygoing walks through tea plantations to temples, waterfalls and viewpoints. After building up a hiking-inspired appetite, look forward to Sri Lanka’s best home-cooked food and the minisplurge of an extended Ayurvedic treatment.
Uda Walawe National Park
With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards, this Sri Lankan national park rivals the savannah reserves of Africa. In fact, for elephant-watching, Uda Walawe often surpasses many of the most famous East African national parks. The park, which centres on the 308.2-sq-km Uda Walawe Reservoir, is lightly vegetated but it has a stark beauty and the lack of dense vegetation makes game-watching easy. It’s the one park in Sri Lanka not to miss
The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia’s most evocative sights. The sprawling complex contains a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas, soaring brick towers, ancient pools and crumbling temples, built during Anuradhapura’s thousand years of rule over Sri Lanka. Today several of the sites remain in use as holy places and temples; frequent ceremonies give Anuradhapura a vibrancy that’s a sharp contrast to the ambience at Polonnaruwa.
Rising from the central plains, the iconic rocky outcrop of Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka's single most dramatic sight. Near-vertical walls soar to a flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilisation, thought to be once the epicentre of the short-lived kingdom of Kassapa, and there are spellbinding vistas across mist-wrapped forests in the early morning.
The ancient treasures and modern wonders of China span 5,000 years of culture and history. The natural beauty, fascinating heritage, mouth-watering cuisine, and state-of-the-art cities will enthrall, excite and amaze you. And throughout this great destination, a warm and friendly people awaits you, eager to share a level of hospitality that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Now is the time to discover beautiful China, like never before!
Located in the middle of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, Kunming is the political, economic, communications and cultural center of the Yunnan Province. Its yearlong spring-like weather has earned this capital “City of Spring” and provides the best climate for plants and flowers. Kunming is among the first group of famous historical cities in China, with population
The Stone Forest The Stone Forest Scenic Area is one of Kunming’s main attractions; it has been named a National Geo Park, World Geo Park, National Key Scenic Area as well as a World Natural Heritage Site accepted by UNESCO in 2007. The Stone Forest is famous for its Karst landform and the ethnic culture
The Lunar New Yearin Guǎngxī
Guìlín and Yángshuò were once China’s golden children of tourism, opening up to the world just a few years after World War II and gradually modernising their old neighbourhoods with each generation of visitors. Guìlín even made a culinary name for itself with a unique dessert made from the flowers of osmanthus trees, a seasonal treat here in warmer months. But while their former beauty can still be glimpsed in places behind the high-rises and modern bars, the real pull of Guǎngxī, for me, is in the province’s remote communities. Centuries of migration have spawned these towns and villages amongst the limestone peaks and river plains and I planned on visiting these rich cultural communities on this trip, bringing my husband and eight-year-old daughter along to help celebrate the coming of the Lunar New Year.
China’s Wild West
Located in the far west of Xīnjiāng Province, Kashgar was once a key oasis on the Silk Road. For over 2,000 years, this exotic city has been a place where both goods and ideas have long been traded.
Two Silk Road routes run through China’s Wild West, both of which begin in the east at Xī’ān, the ancient capital of China. A northern trail, ran from Kashgar to Turpan and on to the historic cities of Dūnhuáng and Jiāyùguān in Gānsù Province. Another route hugged the southern fringes of the Taklamakan Desert, running close to the Kunlun Mountains that separate Xīnjiāng from Tibet, before entering Gānsù Province. The Tang emperors established a maritime version of the Silk Road too that connected ports like Quánzhōu and Shanghai with parts of Egypt, Persia and the horn of Africa.
Island-HoppingChina’s East Coast
The place – Pǔtuóshān Island – is home to one of China’s four most sacred mountains and it is believed that Guanyin, the goddess of Mercy, lives here. Her eerily calm countenance can be spotted all over the island, including a 33m-high golden statue of her gazing serenely out to sea.
Pǔtuóshān is small – just 12.5sq km – and conveniently sits just off the coast of Zhejiang province, a bit south of Shanghai. Despite its small size, there are some 30-odd temples, nunneries and monasteries covering the mountains that rise up from its sandy shores. Because of its temperate climate and beaches, the island has for decades been a popular weekend escape for Shanghainese wanting to get away from the city.
Another essential Yuyuan stop is lunch at Nan Xiang Xiaolong Mantou. This historic restaurant has been serving xiaolongbao for more than a century, and its steaming baskets are the perfect introduction to the city’s ubiquitous and extremely addictive soup dumplings.
Shanghai’s Old Town is gradually making way for newer, future-forward developments, but there are still numerous alleyways where you can still see an older way of life: steam rising from giant bamboo baskets full of dumplings, a granny sweeping her front stoop with an oversized straw broom, a teenager tinkering away on a motorbike engine.
Ancient Icons in Chinese Capital Cities
An absolute favorite China trips is travelling between Xī’ān, and Běijīng. Xī’ān was the nation’s capital more than a thousand years ago, while Běijīng is its dizzyingly busy modern equivalent. It’s the perfect way to view some of the country’s most iconic historical treasures – ancient walled cities, the tombs of long-ago emperors, and the Great Wall itself. Xī’ān’s historic role as eastern starting point of the Silk Road (the ancient trade route between China and the Middle East), has meant the city has long been an exciting cultural hodgepodge.