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  • Luxury in Sri Lanka - 1 of 10

    Luxury in Sri Lanka

    Patricia Schultz is the author of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die," a New York Times best-seller, traveled to Sri Lanka with a group of 10 Virtuoso travel agents on a fam with Mumbai-based Ventours International Travel, a luxury boutique tour operator. Pictured here, Sigiriya, the ancient capital city and rock fortress of Sigiriya (Lion Rock) is a highlight of the Cultural Triangle, and is one of the country's most visited sites. The flat-topped volcanic rock towers 600 feet over the surrounding plains. Posted Nov. 20, 2014

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    Luxury in Sri Lanka

    These original frescoes of seductive maidens are what remains of Sirigiya's murals which some believe once covered the entire western wall.

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    Luxury in Sri Lanka

    In the lush green hills of the Central Highlands, tea plantations roll on as far as the eye can see, giving the world some of its finest tea leaves. Sri Lanka, once called Ceylon, is the largest exporter of tea in the world.

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    Luxury in Sri Lanka

    Ancient cities like this along the Cultural Triangle are major attractions for tourists in Sri Lanka, in addition to idyllic beaches and good food.

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    Luxury in Sri Lanka

    Buddhism is the predominant religion of Sri Lanka.

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    Luxury in Sri Lanka

    Some 70% of the population practice Buddhism and ancient temples and young monks are a common sight.

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    Luxury in Sri Lanka

    Fishermen balance on poles practicing the timeless art of fishing. They can still be seen just off the coast.

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    Luxury in Sri Lanka

    Percussionists keep the energy level high at Kandy's major site, the Temple of the Tooth.

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    Luxury in Sri Lanka

    Dambulla's reclining Buddha is one of more than 150 statues of the Buddha found in this ancient cave system.

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    Luxury in Sri Lanka

    Long stretches of empty beach have long been one of Sri Lanka's principle draws.

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