5 great reasons for visiting Sri Lanka this year

Sri Lanka is a place of beautiful beaches, along with fascinating and unusual temples, fortresses and markets to explore.

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While Sri Lanka has gorgeous beaches, it also has fascinating temples, museums and fortresses to visit. [Image credit - CCO / Pexels]
While Sri Lanka has gorgeous beaches, it also has fascinating temples, museums and fortresses to visit. [Image credit - CCO / Pexels]
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Sri Lanka Planetarium - Prof Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Planetarium opened in 1965 and is the only of its kind in the country. The attractive architecture of the building was designed by A.N.S. Kulasinghe in the shape of a lotus flower in full bloom. The planetarium has attracted many visitors and stargazers since its opening and was refurbished in 2014 to include 560 seats under the main dome, which uses a 4D Digital full dome projector to display the universe. Enjoy taking a tour of the galaxy and Earth’s night sky.

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Gangaramaya Vihara Temple - Sri Jinarathana Rd, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Gangaramaya Vihara Buddhist Temple is also a museum, displaying a number of religious exhibits, including the massive sacred tree located in the complex. However, the museum side of Gangaramaya Vihara is a collection of vintage cars, including a mint, vintage Rolls Royce. The Nevam Maha Perahara procession is held here during the February full moon, with a number of monks and a decorated elephant carrying the temple’s sacred relics on its back.

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