Across The Golden Shore By: Prosanta Laskar

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Traveling always makes an appeal of adventure to travelers. But many of us do not travel for any adventure rather they prefer traveling for recreation, honeymoon or passing some interesting moments with the family members. Whatever it may be, we always prefer seacoast areas in case of traveling. In this regard, the name of Cox’s Bazar comes first. But if you want to visit somewhere else near to Bangladesh, the name of India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives arrive in our inner canvas. We need to always remember that the travel destination should be an enchanting place with a rich geographical history and a long heritage of traveling. So I think Sri Lanka and the Maldives can the first choice if you want to visit somewhere else out of Bangladesh. As the vacation of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr is coming very near, you need to plan your tour hurriedly. In this case, tour planners can assist you or you may buy different types of the tour package. This time we’ll present to you the best places in Sri Lanka and the Maldives into your mirror so that your trip can be luxurious.

Places to visit in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya

Located a top a rock plateau overlooking verdant jungle and a vast plain is Sigiriya, the mysterious remains of the 5th-century fortress of King Kasyapa. These ruins of Sigiriya are the most unique of the ancient sites in Sri Lanka. Be sure to brave the rickety-looking spiral staircase to see the awesome 1500-year old painted frescoes located beneath an overhang about 90m up the rock.

Polonnaruwa

The glory of medieval Sri Lanka is best appreciated at Polonnaruwa, an ancient and compact city featuring 12th-century stone sculptures and the Gal Vihara, comprising three enormous Buddha figures. One of the statues is reclining and is 13 meters in length, another in a standing position and the other seated.

Kandy

The hill city of Kandy was the last bastion of the Sinhala Kings and is a charming place offering a living record of a magnificent past and is set around an attractive man-made lake in the scenic hill country. It is also the site of Sri Lanka’s greatest annual spectacle, the EsalaPerahera Festival in August, also known as the Kandy Festival when thousands of people from all parts of the country and Elephants are paraded in the courtyards of the temple during EsalaPerahera.

Nuwara Eliya

Sri Lanka’s cool hill country offers a welcome antidote to the heat of the coast and low-lying plains. Situated among verdant tea plantations and at an elevation of 1990 meters, Nuwara Eliya is one of the highest and most attractive towns in Sri Lanka’s hill region. Built by English tea growers, it remained their favorite hill station during colonial times.

Colombo

As the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a modern city filled with good hotels, restaurants, al fresco cafes, shopping and every form of transport imaginable. Just off the north end of Galle Road is the Fort, once a colonial stronghold but now home of many government residences and offices. To the south is Galle Face Green, a seaside promenade where informal cricket games are played out among city folk. Just east of the Fort is the Pettah, a traditional bazaar where you can enjoy a colorful retail experience.

Anuradhapura

Brimming with ancient ruins and mystery, Anuradhapura is one of Sri Lanka’s most fascinating destinations. Founded in the 3rd century BC and at one point the heart of Sri Lankan civilization, the city is tucked away within the dense jungle and was inaccessible for hundreds of years before regaining its rightful place on the map. While you are here, be sure to marvel at the sight of the three main dagobas, which were among the largest structures ever built in the ancient world.

Yala National Park

Sitting on the southeast side of the island, the Yala National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife destinations. As the inspiration for Kipling’s Jungle Book, it should come as little surprise that this vast region of wilderness is teeming with exotic animals, many of which are now so habituated to seeing humans that they have no problem with getting up close and personal with safari-goers. Elephants, monkeys, sloth bears, wild boars and more all roam through the park freely, delighting photographers and animal-lovers as they do so.

Adam’s Peak

Shooting up dramatically from the lush jungle of Sri Lanka’s southwest region, Adam’s Peak, or Sri Pada as it is known locally, is one of the most sacred places in the country. For many centuries it has been a pilgrimage site for people from a range of different faiths, including Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam. Walkers usually start their journey in the middle of the night when the path to the top is lit up by strings of lights. The magical effect of this lighting technique is certainly not lost on hikers or observers as they climb the path that looks destined for heaven.

Galle

With the Indian Ocean lapping at its walled borders, Galle is a charming historical city located on Sri Lanka’s west coast. Teeming with stunning colonial buildings and infused with the scent of exotic spices, Galle is a blend of cultures and strikes a balance between modernity and antiquity, giving itself a unique cultural identity that doesn’t fail to captivate and enthrall. The most famous part of the city is the Fort, which is surrounded by the sea on three sides and encompasses an entire thriving community, complete with boutiques, cafes, and offices.

Sri Lanka’s Best Beaches

Sri Lanka clearly has a lot to keep you busy when it comes to sightseeing but as an island nation, it also has an endless supply of beaches – perfect for a culture and beach combination holiday. Check out our guide to Sri Lanka’s best beaches to help pick your perfect beach and start planning your escape.

The Maldives, The Last Paradise

The Maldives, or also called the Maldive Islands, is an island in the Indian Ocean that has 26 atolls. The island offers deep blue seas with great reefs, white sandy beaches, and diverse vegetation. It is basically a paradise, where people can spend long days to just unwind and relax. It is a great spot for diving, snorkeling or just exploring the waters with thousands of different fish swimming around the corals. These shores are always open to anyone, as it provides a tranquil haven for visitors. Here is a rundown of the best attractions and places to visit in the Maldives.

Utheemu Ganduvaru

It is a historical residence where Sultan Mohamed Thankurufaan lived. This historical site is located in Utheemu, which is an inhabited island in the north of Maldives. Mohamed Thankurufaan is considered one of the heroes of the Maldives and earned high respects from the Maldivians for his heroic actions and for saving his people from the Portuguese conquerors.

The Hukuru Miskiiy

It is also known as the Old Friday Mosque. It is the oldest mosque that can be found on the island. The interior of the mosque is superb, and its coral stone walls with carvings of different kinds of patterns and Arabic scripts are truly remarkable. It also houses tombs that have been erected for the memory of sultans, heroes, and nobles. The calm and quiet place would be great for people to discover the Islamic culture the Maldivians follow.

 

The National Museum of Maldives

Located at Male, the number seven spot is the National Museum of Maldives. The building houses a lot of different kinds of historical artifacts that reflect the history of the country. The original museum was the old 3-story museum that is the only remaining part of the Maldivian Royal Palace. The new museum is built and designed by the Chinese Government and is where eventually the artifacts from the old museum would move to.

HP Reef

If you are looking for diving sites, in the number 6 spot is the HP Reef, which is one of the best diving sites where you can explore different kinds of superb coral reef formations and colorful fish underwater. It is a marine protected area located at the North Male Atoll.

Banana Reef

The Banana Reef, which is the most sought out diving site in the Maldives. It is called Banana Reef because it has the shape of a banana that extends 300 meters from north to south. The major feature of the reef is its marine life, where you can find Napoleon Wrasse, Moray Eels and the rare Banner fish. The innumerable number of fishes of different colors and sizes, as well as its drift dives, gave Banana Reef its reputation as one of the best dive sites in the Maldives.

Manta Point

Manta Point is a diving area where you can enjoy seeing large numbers of manta rays being fed and cleaned by wrasses. Manta rays circle several large coral rocks and wait their turn to be cleaned. After being cleaned, they swim gracefully to the reef feeding on shallow water where you can find plankton. Whether you are an experienced diver or a novice one, you will surely enjoy this unique and exciting diving experience that Manta Point offers.

Alimatha Island

It is a complete Maldivian destination for tourists, as it offers world-class diving, aquarium-like snorkeling as well as a central beach complete with great facilities. The island itself has rich green vegetation surrounded by beaches and many stunning sites. With many more things to discover throughout the island, it happily describes itself as a place with a 5-star atmosphere.

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