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
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
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.