Sri Lanka, popularly known as the Emerald Island, has been admired for its beauty since a very long time. In fact, explorer Marco Polo described it as the finest island in the whole world way back in the twelfth century.
The magical realm of the island ranges between flat to rolling coastal plains, and a mountainous south-central part. The beauty of the land is farther accentuated by its 103 rivers. These rivers flowing across the uneven terrain result in 51 natural waterfalls of heights of 10 metres or more. Amongst them, Bambarakanda Falls, with a height of 263 metres is the highest. Sri Lanka’s coastline spans for 1,585 long kilometres with 45 estuaries and 40 lagoons. Beyond that stands the island nation’s mangrove ecosystem spread over 7,000 hectares.
This incredible natural bounty is reinforced from the fact that Sri Lanka is among 25 global biodiversity hotspots and has the highest biodiversity density in Asia. No doubt Sri Lanka is on the wish list of every eco-tourism lover.
The wildlife tourism in Sri Lanka gets farther impetus due to its 24 wildlife reserves like Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Kumana National Park, Bundala National Park, Wilpattu National Park, and Horton Plains National Park among others. These reserves present willing travellers rare chances to meet wild animals like elephants, leopards, sloth bears, deer, the purple-faced langur, the endangered wild boar and others.
The pristine beaches in Sri Lanka are probably the biggest attraction for tourists visiting the nation. The scope of adventure activities on the beaches have also made Sri Lanka earn reputation as an adventure tourism and sports tourism destination. While the water bodies provide ample opportunities for surfing; diving; snorkelling; rafting; canoeing; scuba diving; and fishing, hot air ballooning; cycling; hiking; trekking and rock climbing take place in other parts of the country.
Sri Lanka is also revered as religious tourism destination. Notable religious sites in Sri Lanka have also been endorsed with the UNESCO World Heritage sites tag. Few of these are Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Galle, and Dambulla.
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