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  • Why Sri Lanka should be the next place you take your kids

    Why Sri Lanka should be the next place you take your kids

    July 24th, 2017Keith Drew
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    Sri Lanka is blessed with all the essential ingredients for the family trip of a lifetime. Comparatively compact, with a colourful cultural identity, incredible wildlife and food you will never forget, this is the subcontinent at its most manageable. Rough Guides Managing Editor Keith Drew has the lowdown on why this tropical island paradise should... Read more »

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  • The truth about elephant tourism in Asia

    The truth about elephant tourism in Asia

    November 28th, 2016Gavin Thomas
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    Elephants are born free, but are everywhere in chains – and it’s tourism which is increasingly to blame. Riding an elephant used to be on every visitor’s list of must-do activities during a visit to Asia, although growing awareness of elephant rights – and, increasingly, wrongs – means that over the past five years almost... Read more »

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  • 16 evocative pictures of Sri Lanka

    16 evocative pictures of Sri Lanka

    October 4th, 2016Nori Jemil
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    After a couple of weeks travelling across Sri Lanka, photographer Nori Jemil shares why this Indian Ocean island is a perfect subject. Here are 16 of her favourite pictures of Sri Lanka. From a photographer’s perspective, Sri Lanka’s hard to beat. Compact and accessible, this verdant, tear-drop island really punches above its weight. Its lush interior... Read more »

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  • 10 Sri Lankan foods you need to try

    10 Sri Lankan foods you need to try

    July 12th, 2016Sarah Gilbert
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    The tear-shaped Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka is a true culinary treat. Through years of colonisation and trade, many cultures have influenced its cuisine, creating a spice-filled fusion of Dutch, Portuguese, English, Malay, Indian and indigenous flavours to tantalise the taste buds. There’s certainly no shortage of fish, seafood, vegetables and spices to turn... Read more »

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  • On the trail of Sri Lanka’s famous film locations

    On the trail of Sri Lanka’s famous film locations

    June 9th, 2016Stuart Butler
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    Ever since the 1950s glory days of the silver screen, film producers and directors such as Don Boyd (Elephant Rock, 1977) have raved about how the beauty, light and variety of the Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka make it a perfect outdoor film set. It was acclaimed author Arthur C Clarke who said the... Read more »

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  • Sri Lanka: 10 tips for first-time visitors

    Sri Lanka: 10 tips for first-time visitors

    November 16th, 2015Chloe Cann
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    Sri Lanka’s heady mix of British colonial heritage, beautiful landscapes and incredibly friendly locals make it a beguiling destination. But the tropical isle has only cropped up on travellers’ radars in recent years, following the end of the country’s 26-year-long civil war in 2009. With more tourists heading to Sri Lanka every year, now is the... Read more »

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  • The friendliest countries in the world

    The friendliest countries in the world

    September 30th, 2014Rough Guides Editors
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    Whether it’s a smile exchanged with a stranger, a quick chat with a tuk-tuk driver or a night out on the town with a group of newly made friends, interactions with local people often shape our view of a whole country. So which places offer tourists the warmest welcome? This list counts down the friendliest countries... Read more »

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  • Great journeys – as chosen by you

    Great journeys – as chosen by you

    September 4th, 2014Lottie Gross
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  • Stunning Sri Lanka in pictures

    Stunning Sri Lanka in pictures

    August 14th, 2014Lottie Gross
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    Described as the “finest land of its size in the world” by Marco Polo, Sri Lanka attracts thousands of visitors each year. Sitting just above the equator it’s a hot and humid place, brimming with exciting food, colours and culture. Travel photographer Andrew Lever shares his beautiful Sri Lanka images with us. Travel photographer Andrew Lever... Read more »

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  • Browsing English veg in the Asian hills, Sri Lanka

    Browsing English veg in the Asian hills, Sri Lanka

    February 28th, 2014Site Editor
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    Sri Lanka has many unexpected sights, but few are as surreal as early morning in Haputale. As dawn breaks, the mists that blanket the town for much of the year slowly dissipate, revealing the huddled shapes of dark-skinned Tamils, insulated against the cold in woolly hats and padded jackets, hawking great bundles of English vegetables... Read more »

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  • 20 top animal encounters

    20 top animal encounters

    February 21st, 2014Rough Guides Editors
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  • The best boutique hotels on a budget, Sri Lanka

    The best boutique hotels on a budget, Sri Lanka

    February 14th, 2014Emma Boyle
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    If you’re looking for a stylish holiday without maxing the plastic, Sri Lanka has a burgeoning number of chic, affordable hotels and B&Bs. Here are some our favourite boutique hotels in Sri Lanka: Casa Heliconia, Kaleliya The new highway from the airport to Colombo makes accessing this idyllic country retreat easier than ever; it takes just... Read more »

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