By Gavin Thomas
The tough advisor to Sri Lanka is the definitive trip advisor with transparent maps and special assurance of the entire top points of interest Sri Lanka has to provide. Get the low-down on one of many worlds most lovely islands, with in-depth assurance of Sri Lanka's remarkable shores, remarkable natural world, verdant tea plantations and majestic Buddhist is still. The advisor contains functional details on getting there and round, plus stories of the easiest Sri Lanka motels, from serene oceanside Ayurveda retreats to atmospheric colonial-era tea property bungalows, and Sri Lanka eating places, bars and Sri Lankan buying all budgets. you can find introductory sections on Sri Lanka nutrition, drink, overall healthiness, cultural customs and open air actions in addition to expert Sri Lanka travel operators and color inserts on tea, Buddhism and the island’s highlights with inspirational color images all through . depend upon specialist historical past on every little thing from the historical past of the traditional Buddhist kingdoms via to the modern political scene in Sri Lanka and standard Sri Lankan dance. discover all corners of this attention-grabbing state with the clearest Sri Lanka maps of any advisor. utilize your vacation with The tough consultant to Sri Lanka
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You’ll also probably have to pay for fuel – now very expensive in Sri Lanka – which can add significantly to the overall cost. In addition, most companies only offer a decidedly mean 100km per day free mileage, which doesn’t go far on the island’s twisty roads, so you may well have to stump up for some excess mileage as well. Finally, if this all sounds too stressful (and it can be, unfortunately), you could always just hire vehicles by the day as you go round the island. This is likely to be a bit more expensive, but you won’t have to worry about having to house and feed your driver, and they’re less likely to insist on supplementing their income by forcing you to visit their favourite shops, restaurants and spice gardens.
The kings of Anuradhapura used them to pound down the foundations of their city’s huge religious monuments, while the rulers of Kandy employed them to execute prisoners by trampling them to death. During the Dutch era they helped tow barges and move heavy artillery, and under the British they were set to clearing land for tea plantations. Even today, trained elephants are used to move heavy objects in places inaccessible to machinery. Elephants also play an integral role in many of the island’s religious festivals, and remain revered creatures – killing an elephant was formerly a capital offence, while the death of the great Maligawa Tusker Raja in 1998 prompted the government to declare a national day of mourning.
And, best of all, you’ll probably have the place virtually to yourself. Where to go | Elephants No animal is as closely identified with Sri Lanka as the elephant. The kings of Anuradhapura used them to pound down the foundations of their city’s huge religious monuments, while the rulers of Kandy employed them to execute prisoners by trampling them to death. During the Dutch era they helped tow barges and move heavy artillery, and under the British they were set to clearing land for tea plantations.
The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka by Gavin Thomas