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2 Nov, 2013

In love with Lanka – DAWN.COM

Marco Polo once wrote that Sri Lanka is “the finest island in the whole world”. He was not far from the truth. Sri Lanka is indeed a well-preserved reservoir of nature, a centre of culture and a land like no other.

Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, it encompasses every aspect a traveller’s dreams are made of: white sand beaches, lush green tea gardens, breathtaking waterfalls, and an incomparable collection of cultural heritage. But despite the impressive list of attractions; the resilience, kindness and hospitality of its people are Sri Lanka’s greatest assets.

Every island has its own way of life, and an amalgamation of traditionalism and modernity are what best describe Sri Lanka. From roadside ‘kades’ (shops) to five star service, they have it all. You smell the air, heavy with the scent of rain, taste the richly-spiced and delicious food, and view the perfect landscape. All this, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the perfect cup of tea, daily!

Times have not always been easy for this country. Nearly 30 years of a brutal civil war and the catastrophic 2004 tsunami, both, threatened to sink the island into a quagmire of misery and defeat. But Sri Lankans are determined and optimistic.

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