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Since achieving peace and stability three years ago, Sri Lanka has become an attractive destination for trade and tourism due to its strategic location in the center of international sea and air routes, Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa has said.
The Minister has made this remark Thursday during a discussion with the Undersecretary of state for oriental policy of Poland Jerzy Pomianowski at the Ministry.
Minister Rajapaksa has further pointed out that there is easy access to Middle East, Europe and other countries through Sri Lanka and the country has free trade agreements with India, Pakistan and all south Asian countries.
“Therefore international traders and investors have taken a keen interest in investing and developing trade relation with Sri Lanka,” the Minister has noted.
The teardrop shape of Sri Lanka hangs suspended beneath India like the pendant of a necklace. Sri Lanka has been known by many names – formerly Ceylon, it was also once called Serendip – but the beauty of this island is unchanging, so book you flights to Sri Lanka.
Visitors who book flights to Colombo are in awe by the stunning beaches that offer the perfect place to relax, while the interior has rolling green hills and lush tea plantations to explore. With several UNESCO sites, such as the golden temple of Dambulla or the ancient cities of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka has a wealth of treasures to discover.
The Sri Lankan climate is a major factor to consider when you are making your plans to visit this island, the country boasts not one but two monsoon seasons, though having taken this into account, be prepared to explore and enjoy.
The driest times of the year to embark on your Sri Lanka holidays are between April and September especially if you plan to take in the awe-inspiring historical wonders of the ‘Cultural Triangle or the stunning east coast beaches, including the amazing Trincomalee beach, famous for its whales, or the surfer’s paradise at Arugam Bay.
Alternatively, escape the cold and the damp of the Northern Hemisphere from December to March and take advantage of Sri Lanka’s other dry season and head for the sun and sea on the island’s West coast.
The hippies of the 1960′s/70′s first brought this part of the island to fame and if you head off from the capital Colombo moving down the west coast to the port of Galle you’ll be able to take in the esoteric charms of this former Dutch colonial city.
The Hill Country is also dry between December and March but a mellower climate can produce a greater influx of other travellers and tourists, you have been warned.
The Sri Lankan Hill country tends to have a more temperate climate in general than the rest of the island but even this area isn’t spared the odd torrential downpour or ten.
The colonial masters of yore built their tea plantations here and there are trains that can transport you from one plantation to another while enjoying the stunning mountainous landscaping and sipping a refreshing cup of tea.
If you want to take your breath away, why not visit World’s End where a flat plateau suddenly makes way for a sheer drop of 880 metres.
Alternatively you could always go to the beginning of the bible and visit ‘Adam’s Peak,’ known locally as ‘Sri Pada’ where you can see the footprint of the Buddha on the mountain summit, this famous sight has now become a multi-religious shrine.
Be prepared for an energetic 2,243 metre climb and consult local guides about the weather at the top of the mountain on the day of your visit.
Having a limited budget does not mean missing out on any of the eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, admiring the ruined ancient temples of Anuradhpura in the Cultural triangle or trekking through the Sinharaja National Park.
The ICC World Twenty20 2012 is a 20/20 cricket tournament scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka in September-October 2012. It will be the forth World Twenty20 cricket series. Final will be played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on October 07, 2012. Book your tickets to Sri Lanka with Oceans Travel on numerous top airline flights to Colombo.