By Sponsored Stories29 Nov 2017Fancy a holiday on an island renowned for its amazing beaches, exotic wildlife, Buddhist temples, world-class tea and warm and welcoming locals? With a new direct service linking Melbourne and Colombo with SriLankan Airlines, exploring the exotic tear drop-shaped island of Sri Lanka and neighbouring India (only a short flight away) is now easier than ever before! Here are just some of the highlights waiting to be ticked off your bucket-list in Sri Lanka and India with this incredibly convenient new direct service… 1. COLOMBO Sri Lanka’s capital is a heady mix of modern Sri Lanka and its charming past. Visit the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, stroll along the city’s beach gorging on local street food, and visit the National Museum of Colombo for an in-depth gander on the city’s fascinating history. 2. YALA NATIONAL PARK Sri Lanka’s most famous wildlife park, the Yala National Park is home to sloth bear, leopard, elephant, wild water buffalo, monkeys and even crocodiles! 3. CEYLON TEA TRAILS Visit Sri Lanka’s Hill Country, spend the night in family-run luxurious boutique hotels and call in at world-class tea plantations for the best cuppa of your life! 4. ANURADHAPURA The ruins of Anuradhapura are some of the most impressive archaeological remains in the world, a sprawling collection of temples and buildings constructed during the city’s 1,000 year rule over Sri Lanka. 5. KANDY Sitting in central Sri Lanka and surrounded by mountains and tea plantations, Kandy is the spiritual heart and soul of the country, if not Buddhism in general (one of the Buddha’s sacred teeth is said to reside here inside the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic). 6. GALLE A former Dutch trading port, this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka’s south delivers on history, sweeping ocean views and quirky cafes and restaurants. It’s also close to the super-popular Hikkaduwa, a sea-side town famous for its amazing surf. 7. GOA Come for the beaches but stay for the relaxed sea-side vibes in India’s most famous beach spot. A mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures, Goa is also a haven for yoga and other alternative healing modalities. 8. DELHI As the capital of India, Delhi is an intoxicating mixture of old and new. Stroll around the 400-year-old neighbourhood of Old Delhi for an insight into times gone by, visit the Mughal-era Red Fort and do some shopping at the vibrant Chandni Chowk market. 9. RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK Located in Rajasthan in Northern India, the Ranthambore National Park is one of the country’s most famous wildlife parks. Tigers, leopards, crocodiles and hundreds of other species of flora and fauna call this park home. 10. JAIPUR Known as the “Pink City,” Rajasthan’s capital city flaunts more than just atmospheric alleyways and intricately decorated havelis – it also has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites to its name: the Jantar Mantar and the Amer Fort. So what are you waiting for? Learn more about Sri Lanka and India by calling Insider Journeys on 1300 362 777 today or clicking here. Which part of Sri Lanka and India are you most looking forward to exploring? Tell us in the comments below… This article was brought to you by: Other stories you may like GO BIG THEN GO HOME: 4 remarkable ways Dubai is larger than life GET IN QUICK: The FIRST EVER sailing season around SRI LANKA’S south is nearly SOLD OUT Will you be joining ‘Race Around 2018’ in Southern California with Qantas Holidays?