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The island nation of Sri Lanka is located in the Indian Ocean, south of India. It is well known for its beautiful landscapes, which vary from sandy beaches to green rainforests, and the range of wildlife found within these lands includes everything from monkeys to leopards to elephants. Visitors to Sri Lanka will enjoy exploring some of the most spectacularly beautiful ruins in the world, including the famous fortress of Sigiriya, located at the top of a rocky mountain. Whether interacting with Asian elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage or exploring prehistoric history at Fa Hien Cave, Sri Lanka is full of activities and wonders for travelers of every taste.
Be amazed by Sri Lanka’s best-known attraction, UNESCO-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress. This stunning fifth-century palace-fortress perches atop a towering rock outcrop above the plains in the country’s centre. Steps lead up from water gardens below and past murals of heavenly nymphs.
Explore Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife-viewing destination, Yala National Park, on the southeastern coast. It is home to the world’s highest density of leopards, as well as a wealth of other species – from elephants to birds. Another great place to do a bit of leopard spotting is in the Wilpattu National Park.