By DK Publishing

A wealth of background, tradition, and usual attractiveness awaits in Sri Lanka, an island country positioned simply off India's southern coast. This new first-edition DK Eyewitness trip consultant: Sri Lanka supplies the total DK Eyewitness commute Guides therapy — together with the well-known cutaway illustrations of significant architectural and ancient points of interest, museum ground plans, and maps.

Suggested itineraries spotlight must-see attractions and support tourists plan journeys by means of size of remain, together with a two-week journey, one week within the Cultural Triangle and the Hill kingdom, and days within the capital, Colombo.

DK Eyewitness shuttle consultant: Sri Lanka is geared up with maps and ancient overviews for every quarter: Colombo, The West Coast, The South, Kandy and the Hill state, The Cultural Triangle, The East, Jaffna and the North. local jogging maps point out key attractions to not leave out, and the designated maps for Colombo comprise a highway finder index. lodges and eating place listings comprise DK selection distinct ideas and an array of recommendations for all finances degrees — from boutique hideaways to lower-priced yet high-value lodgings, family-run cafes and standard delicacies to fine-dining.

With enormous quantities of full-color pictures, hand-drawn illustrations, and customized maps that light up each web page, DK Eyewitness trip advisor: Sri Lanka actually indicates this vacation spot as nobody else can.

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The Cholas from south India sacked and destroyed Anuradhapura, establishing themselves in the city of Polonnaruwa in the 10th century. 1055–1110) drove them out of the country in 1077. With Anuradhapura in ruins, Vijayabahu I moved the capital to Polonnaruwa, which was further from India and easier to defend. 1215– 55), a prince from the Indian kingdom of Kalinga, launched a devastating attack on the island and seized power. His period of rule heralded a time of violence and suffering – the irrigation systems fell into disrepair, disease spread and the people started migrating southwards.

Nearby, Viharamahadevi Park hosts the annual Kala Pola art fair in January. Organized by the George Keyt Foundation, the event provides budding artists and sculptors the opportunity to showcase their works. Crafts Many of Sri Lanka’s crafts are made using traditional techniques. The villages around Kandy specialize in specific artistic skills – Gadaladeniya is noted for brassware and Dumbara for mat-weaving. More recent crafts include batik and lacemaking, and these are mostly practised in towns on the South Coast.

The wide variety of offerings at these kiosks ranges from lotus flowers and images of the Buddha to food and drink and even plastic toys. A PORTRAIT OF SRI LANKA  29 Hinduism Hindu communities are concentrated in the northern and eastern provinces of the country. The Hindu belief system is based on the tenets of samsara (successive cycles of birth, death and rebirth), karma (the law of cause and effect) and dharma (righteousness). The three most important figures of the Hindu pantheon are Brahma, the creator of the world; Vishnu, who protects the world and preserves order; and Shiva, the god of destruction and regeneration.

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