Kat from Kuala Lumpur says Sri Lanka is ‘simply loveable’: ancient history, delicious food and fantastic beaches.

 

Kat is from Kuala Lumpur—her travel blog Kat Pegi Mana means ‘best places’—and she says “Sri Lanka is simply lovable”.

“I’m very fond of Sri Lanka—its gentle and lovely people, laid-back lifestyle, rich ancient history and culture, delicious spicy foods and fantastic beaches.

“As such, I don’t have anything negative to say about Sri Lanka. Whenever anyone mentions this tear-drop island nation in the Indian Ocean, I wish I’m back on the island again.”

 

And to help all of you out there thinking of visiting our Paradise island, she’s written a ‘best of Sri Lanka’ guide that covers all the must-see places.

She begins in our capital city Colombo, where she highlights the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, “which houses a huge collection of artefacts from all over the world”.

She also loved the Red Mosque in Pettah market, the striking red-and-white candy-striped historic mosque officially known as name the Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque.

 

She later visited the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which cares for wild orphaned elephants found wandering in the jungles of Sri Lanka.

She notes that “in recent years, some travel bloggers felt that the orphanage is exploiting the animals for tourism, a few elephants were chained, looking distressed”.

But she cites Seasoned travel blogger Michael Turtle, who writes that “what I found was a conservation project that – although not perfect – is doing a lot of good … and that often the concerns are based on misunderstandings. And I discovered that many of the problems come from the expectations that visitors have, compared to the reality.”

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