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Insight Guides: Sri Lanka

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Insight Guide Sri Lanka focuses comprehensively on this scenic island with its deceptively rich cultural past. Full-color photos throughout combine with the lively text to help you get under the skin of the destination – its people, ancient civilizations and Buddhist temples and architecture, as well as its places. Our “Best of Sri Lanka” section outlines attractions and activities not to be missed, while features by local writers cover subjects from the obvious to the not-so-obvious: art and architecture, the ...

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Overview

Insight Guide Sri Lanka focuses comprehensively on this scenic island with its deceptively rich cultural past. Full-color photos throughout combine with the lively text to help you get under the skin of the destination – its people, ancient civilizations and Buddhist temples and architecture, as well as its places. Our “Best of Sri Lanka” section outlines attractions and activities not to be missed, while features by local writers cover subjects from the obvious to the not-so-obvious: art and architecture, the pleasures of a good rice and curry, Buddhists and Tamils, but also Kandyan drumming, the lowdown on Ayurvedic therapies and the art of Sri Lanka’s muralists. Thirteen Places chapters then take you on an inspirational trip, from the capital Colombo to the beaches of the West Coast; the palaces and temples of Kandy to the ancient ruins of the Cultural Triangle; and the tea plantations of the cool Hill Country to the lesser known eastern and northern regions – with plentiful maps to show you the way around. Finally, the Travel Tips cover all your practical needs, with a wealth of information and listings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780051116
  • Publisher: Apa Publications UK, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Series: Insight Guides Series
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 422,881
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gavin Thomas, a former editor, has been a freelance travel journalist since 2005 and can lay claim to extensive experience of traveling in Sri Lanka. Among the many Insight titles Gavin has authored are guides to India and the Middle East.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Best of Sri Lanka
Introduction
Lay of the Land
History
Decisive Dates
Ancient Civilisation
Colonialism and Kandy
Independence
Features
People
Contemporary Society
Religion
Festivals
Dance and Music
Art and Architecture
Food and Drink
Shopping
Wildlife
John Knox
Tsunami
Buddhist Mudras
Legend of the Tooth
Tea
Shrines and Offerings
Art of Sri Lanka's Muralists
Elephants
Ayurveda
Places
The Best of Sri Lanka
Remember My Name
Lay of the Land
Introduction
Colombo
West Coast
South Coast
Kandy and Around
Hill Country
Cultural Triangle
Anuradhapura
Mihintale
Polonnaruwa
Sigiriya
The East Coast
Jaffna and the North
Travel Tips
Transport
Accommodation
Eating Out
Activities
A to Z
Language

 

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