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Don’t underestimate this little island in the Indian ocean – Sri Lanka offers a tremendous amount of wildlife and biodiversity for its size. It has a dozen or so national parks, the most famous of which being Yala and Udawalawe, and is home to an estimated five to six thousand elephants in the wild and 120 to 200 in captivity according to the World Animal Protection Organization. If you love animals and want to participate in ethical wildlife experiences, then you need to add Sri Lanka to your bucket list! Although

Sri Lanka is an incredible country to visit with pristine beaches, fabulous food, vivid culture & history, breathtaking wildlife and wonderful people. Over the past three years, I’ve made it my mission to explore as much of the country as possible and have climbed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, surfed in Arugam Bay, gone on elephant safaris in various national parks, taken the scenic train through hill country, practiced Yoga in open-air beachfront pavilions, frolicked down empty beaches in the Southern Province and enjoyed Ayurvedic treatments with experienced Ayurveda doctors. These things

From the incredible Trevi fountain to the unmissable Coliseum, Rome brings you back to an age of empires, and for many travelling to Italy, Rome is the first stop before venturing onwards to cities like Florence, Venice and the Amalfi Coast. Rome is a magnificent city, there’s no doubt about it, but the downside is that it has become increasingly crowded over the years. I remember my first trip there more than a decade ago – there were no lines into the Vatican, Pantheon, Coliseum or Roman Forum, and that was

Polonnaruwa is an ancient city in Sri Lanka and forms part of the “Cultural Triangle” along with Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Kandy and Dambulla. It served as the capital city for nearly 2 centuries between the 11th and 13th centuries AD and is an incredible day trip destination in Sri Lanka. During its time as a capital, Polonnaruwa was ruled by the Kings Vijayabahu I, Parakramabahu the Great and Nissanka Malla – all 3 of these rulers devoted themselves to fostering agriculture, religion and social development and the kingdom prospered under their reign

There is a Chinese saying that loosely translates to “people mountain, people sea“, and if you’ve ever visited Beijing or Shanghai then you’ll understand exactly what this looks like. With a population of nearly 1.5 billion people and more than 100 cities with a population greater than 1 million, it’s not always easy to avoid the smog, get away from the crowds and get off the (very) beaten path. That’s where Alila Anji comes in – a hidden gem surrounded by a pristine lake and 60,000 hectares of dense bamboo

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