Sri Lanka‏: increasingly everyone's cup of tea

30th Apr 2013

Sri Lanka's tourism success story is growing, new figures suggest.

Its myriad cultural sites, tea plantations and pristine beaches - which make it the perfect destination for specialist tours - helped its tourist numbers grow to 93,232 in February.

This is a rise of 11.6% on the same month last year, according to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.

Tourist arrivals saw a 12.5 % rise in the first two months of 2013, with 190,643 people entering the country.

Ministers in Sri Lanka aim to tempt 2.5 million holidaymakers to their island by 2016.

The getaway has so much to offer for want-away people seeking group tours, with its 2,000 years of culture, fascinating ruins, large numbers of elephants, Buddhist temples, ancient monuments and countless watersports.

Among the country's favourite heritage sites is the Golden Temple of Dambulla cave monastery, home of Buddhist monks.

Murals going back 2,000 years adorn the walls and depict the Lord Buddha.

There are also many shrines within Dambulla that house 157 Buddha statues in different poses.

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