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Sri Lanka’s Center of Pilgrimage

By Linda Tancs

A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, Dambulla cave monastery is the largest, best preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka and one of its most popular historic sites. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, its assets include the 2,000-year-old murals depicting the life and times of the Lord Buddha and a collection of 157 statues of his image. Of its five sanctuaries, the Temple of the Great King is the largest, measuring 170 feet from side to side, 75 feet from front to back and 22 feet at its highest point. It’s dominated by an overwhelming mosaic of frescoes. Located in the central part of the nation, the site is about 92 miles east of Colombo.

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The Emerald on the Green

By Linda Tancs

Known as the “Emerald on the Green,” Galle Face Hotel is a Sri Lankan icon hosting royalty and other glitterati since 1864.  One of the oldest hotels east of the Suez and one of the few remaining colonial hotels in Asia, it’s situated in the heart of Colombo opposite Galle Face Green.  Its old world charm is being preserved through a restoration project in the Classic Wing, which will continue to house historical memorabilia and artifacts.

A Wonder in Asia

By Linda Tancs

Sri Lanka bills itself as a wonder of Asia—and no wonder.  From the tops of the mountains to the depths of the ocean, this tropical island in the Indian
Ocean offers visitors a panoply of exotic charms.  Listen in at Travelrific® Radio for some highlights.

Sri Lanka Requires ETA For Travel

By Linda Tancs

New year, new beginnings.  Sri Lanka now requires visitors (except for Singapore and Maldives travelers) to obtain an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) in advance of travel.  The ETA requirement applies to a holiday visit, a short business trip or a transit through Sri Lanka.  Applications may be made online or in person.

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