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Gateway to Sri Lanka is Colombo, an eclectic capital city, while south of here, the West Coast presents a long swathe of golden sand. The South Coast is where you’ll find the superb Dutch-era fort at Galle.
Inland from Colombo lies Kandy, still a vibrant crucible of the island’s traditional arts and architecture. Heading south, tea estates swathe the heights of the Hill Country. Also a trekkers paradise, visiting the misty grasslands of Horton Plains and World’s End and climbing the rugged summit of Adam’s Peak is a must.
North of Kandy, the Cultural Triangle holds the island’s most absorbing archaeological remains centred on the ruins of the great cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the rock citadel of Sigiriya, the mountain peak of Mihintale and the exquisite cave temples of Dambulla.
The East Coast still sees only a handful of tourists - with coastline of killer surf, hidden bays and white sand beaches, pay a visit to Arugam Bay, the best surf spot in the country. Travel further north and see a fascinating combination of Muslim communities, Hindu temples, and the colonial fort Trincomalee. And even fewer outsiders venture to the North, Jaffna offers a fascinating glimpse into the vibrant culture of the Sri Lankan Tamils.