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Here is Where I Found Virgin Rainforests, Surf-Worthy Beaches and the Ministry for Crabs!

5 Days to Explore The Land of Serendipity, Sri Lanka Shutterstock

Sri Lanka is a land of never-ending contradictions, timeless ruins, mysticism and magic, tropical extravaganza, crude politics, famous tea and delectable food among much more. It's documented history spans over 3,000 years, with evidence of prehistoric human settlements dating back to at least an uncanny 125,000 years. 

Here is Where I Found Virgin Rainforests, Surf-Worthy Beaches and the Ministry for Crabs!:

  1. Sri Lanka
  2. Colombo

Day 1. Colombo, the commercial capital, should be your starting point

Colombo, the commercial capital, should be your starting point
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Colombo has by far has proved to be a worthy destination in itself. Take the cab to the National Museum of Colombo, guarded by 9th century old Buddha. Though the opening hours is 9am-6pm, last entrance is 5 pm. The Old City Hall is 1.6 kms away. Enjoy inexpensive Sri Lankan food at Chettinad just a few metres away

Day 2. Polonnaruwa is an 11th century city of compact size

Polonnaruwa is an 11th century city of compact size
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Polonnaruwa is 5hours and 232 kms drive from Colombo. It is an enchanting new world which features an old irrigation system with huge tanks, 12th-century stone sculptures and the Gal Vihara – comprising of three enormous Buddha figures - one reclining, one standing and one sitting.

Day 3. Drive down to the Dambulla temple caves, UNESCO World Heritage site

Drive down to the Dambulla temple caves, UNESCO World Heritage site
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The complex of five caves of Dambulla are over 2000 square metres of painted walls, spectacular Buddha-filled interiors and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It remains to be an important place of worship. The complex is 4 hours and 162 kms from Colombo.

Day 4. Kandy is a plateau surrounded by mountains

Kandy is a plateau surrounded by mountains
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Drive towards The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, 3 and a half hours and 138 kms from Kandy. It was once only exclusively reserved for Kandyan royalty. Once back in the city, visit the lake, the colourful bazaar and lapidary workshop. Temple of the Tooth Relic and the cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing is a must.  

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Day 5. Spend your epic last day living the vibrant Colombo

Spend your epic last day living the vibrant Colombo
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The name 'Colombo' was first introduced by the Portuguese in 1505. Visit the Fort, Galle Face Green, a seaside expanse popular for informal cricket games, the Pettah, a bustling bazaar, the Gamgarama temple, Cinnamon Gardens and Independence Square. 

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