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Colombo, Sri Lanka — A traditional mask dancer performs in an annual Buddhist procession. Hundreds of dancers, drummers, decorated elephants and Buddhist monks took part in the event, which is held on a full moon.    PHOTOGRAPH BY: GEMUNU AMARASINGHE / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Colombo, Sri Lanka — A traditional mask dancer performs in an annual Buddhist procession. Hundreds of dancers, drummers, decorated elephants and Buddhist monks took part in the event, which is held on a full moon. PHOTOGRAPH BY: GEMUNU AMARASINGHE / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Surfing and Surf Camps in Sri Lanka

Surfing and Surf Camps in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka = Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, is the most popular city to visit here. Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte is actually the capital of the country and worth a visit as well. The Buddha statues and Galle Face Green promenade in Colombo are awesome.

Twin Sharing in Sri Lanka - Travel across Sri Lanka for 4 nights including airport transfers, daily breakfast and sightseeing for AED per person in twin sharing.

Sri Lanka: The medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, the Cave Temples of Dambulla, the Lion Rock of Sigiriya- Sri Lanka's picture postcard beaches and giant Buddhist sculptures. Tucked away in the Indian Ocean, it is an ideal holiday destination for those on a budget!  Golden Buddha

Sri Lanka: The medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, the Cave Temples of Dambulla, the Lion Rock of Sigiriya- Sri Lanka's picture postcard beaches and giant Buddhist sculptures. Tucked away in the Indian Ocean, it is an ideal holiday destination for those on a budget! Golden Buddha

Chatsumarn Kabilsingh has been trying to revive the bhikkuni tradition. "In Buddhism, men and women are treated equally, but the Thai culture tends to place women lower," said the 68-year-old Chatsumarn, who left her life as a professor at a renowned Thai university in 2000 to enter monastic life. After three years of learning the Buddha's precepts in Taiwan, she was ordained as a full bhikkhuni in Sri Lanka."

Thai women have not been ordained as monks for seven centuries - but one woman is trying to revive the tradition.

ROAD TO FREEDOM: Sri Lankan boys play a game of cricket on a deserted street in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)

ROAD TO FREEDOM: Sri Lankan boys play a game of cricket on a deserted street in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Women picking tea leaves in the hills near Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.

Women picking tea leaves in the hills near Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka

Due to the 30 year long civil war, which ended in 2009 this beautiful country is only beginning to be explored by outsiders again. A land of beautiful beaches jungles and monuments it is definitely worth a visit.