The 17th-century Galle Fort on Sri Lanka stands as the finest colonial fortifications in Southeast Asia. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site when Holland America Line cruises to the capital, Colombo. Meet Pinnawela’s orphaned elephants, visit a tea plantation, or tee off at the Royal Colombo Golf Club. Trincomalee welcomes with its Kandasamy Kovil temple and beautiful beaches, while Hambantota provides access to the Mulkirigala Rock Monastery and Sri Lanka’s celebrated Yala National Park.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

Scarred by decades of civil war, Sri Lanka and its commercial capital, Colombo, are relatively new to modern-day tourism.  But Colombo has been a crucial trading post for more than 2,000 years.
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Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s southeastern corner is a quiet, laid-back, rural region of sleepy villages, farms and golden-sand beaches fringed by coconut palms and fronting the Indian Ocean's cerulean waters. Beyond Hambantota's new world-class port, colorful fishing boats cluster in its small harbor; their bounty can be seen in the daily fish market. 

Much of this part of Sri Lanka was off-limits during the country's civil war; then, it was hit hard by the 2004 tsunami. Fortunately the region has mostly recovered and is now open to tourists, who are discovering its natural beauty and a Sri Lankan way of life that is fast disappearing.

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