National Geographic named Sri Lanka as top travel destination for 2012

The National Geographic Travellers International Magazine ranked Sri Lanka as the 2nd best island destination on earth for the tourists. Saying that it has Beaches, Wildlife, Historical Places, World Heritage Sites, Primary Forests, Waterfalls, Rivers for Rafting and absolutely everything within a small space.

Sigiriya Rock
Sigiriya Rock - Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin situated in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. 300+ Meters above sea level, 1200 steps to the top! cc flickr image by Santhosh Janardhanan

Observing that in Sri Lanka a tourist may have a ‘beach to yourself’, they add that the country has hundreds of miles of ‘amazingly undiscovered beaches and coral marine life’. ‘It is arguably one of the greatest islands for beaches’, they add. They report that Sri Lanka has a wonderful history and culture in a really small space and state that Sigiriya is a place not to be missed because of its scenic beauty. ‘You don’t get to number two without some must-see sights’, they add. Stating that Sri Lankan wildlife is a ‘major highlight’, they refer to the availability of elephants and leopards, making a special reference to the Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary. Pinnawala is now the largest herd in captivity with 65 elephants. It opened with seven elephants in 1975. They also comment on the ‘lovely food’ and point out, ‘if anyone wants to taste spicy curry then, definitely, Sri Lanka is the place to go’.

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  • Gagan Maggo
    December 3, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Sri Lanka has some great places… with amazing wildlife… and great beaches too…

  • Victoria MaColl
    December 3, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Sigiriya is nice place to visit.

  • Geoff Andre
    December 3, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Pinnawala is an excellent place to visit elephants

  • Trevor
    December 30, 2011 at 6:49 am

    It looked like the elephants were well looked after in Pinnawala. Would be better to see them in their natural habitat

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  • Kavidu Kavisha
    September 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Sri Lanka – small country, big trip.

  • Trip 2 Lanka travel
    September 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    It is arguably one of the greatest islands for beaches’, National Geographic.

  • Parla
    May 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Wow i like these posts…

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