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  • National Park Safari Experienc National Park Safari Experiences within Sri Lanka

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      Sri Lanka has a beautifully diverse environment, with landscapes of rolling green hills, tea plantations, sandy coastlines and jungle roaming with wild life. It’s in this way that Sri Lanka holidays can provide a variety of experiences to tourists, with a choice in locations depending on holiday desires.

      Yala National Park

      The exotic creatures of National Parks like Yala are especially exciting, and put guests right at the heart of the country’s unspoilt nature. Such a setting is not only incredibly serene, but also exciting through the Sri Lanka safari excursions that can be enjoyed. A tour guide can take tourists through the wilderness in a land rover, providing information on various species and their behaviour, while also stopping to allow those on board to take as many pictures as they want.

      Yala is especially well known for being the best place to see leopards, as well as elephants, crocodiles, deer, wild boars and a plethora of fascinating bird species. There’s a sense of delving into the unknown on one of these tours, as you never quite know what you’re going to be lucky enough to see.

      SriLanka National Park Holidays

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      Sri Lanka Hotels

       

      When it comes to finding a hotel that is nearby to national parks, there are plenty to consider in Yala. Both the Cinnamon Wild Yala and Chaaya Wild Yala are well known for being luxurious and comfortable places to stay, with architecture that resembles the environment and in turn casts a warm ambience amongst the quiet greenery that it sits amongst. Those staying are sure to feel like they’re completely shut off from the rush of the rest of the world, able to relax and take in the sights.

       

      Sri Lanka Beach Holidays

       

      For those that want to be beside the beach, yet also have a chance to experience seeing some wild life on a safari can choose to stay in beach resorts that are nearby to national parks, or to stay in Yala and then take a day trip to the nearest beaches, which are Hambantota and Tangalle, potentially staying overnight in these if looking to have a few days in a different type of setting.


      Sri Lanka National Park holidays can be booked through Direct Traveller, a specialist tour operator to the region. Direct Traveller offers a quality service in the many areas of Sri Lanka.

      For further details visit  www.directtraveller.com or call 0844 414 3073

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  • 10 Luxury Family Holiday Desti 10 Luxury Family Holiday Destinations 2014

    • From: dharmender
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      As travel to the four corners of the world has become more accessible, an abundance of choice has been created for the family traveller. Yet at the same time as the globe opens up, the options available for a rarefied experience narrow. 

      For family holiday makers in search of luxury, the chance to provide their children with culturally rich excursions that expand their world view are proving to be key drivers in determining choice. To help, here is a list of ten destinations that offer children and adults alike the chance to indulge in the luxury of experience in the maximum of comfort. 

      Barbados 

      The culture the exotic island of Barbados is defined by is its West African, British and Indian historical legacy. This ensures that cricket, afternoon tea and Christianity remain staple passions of the local Bajans, who need no excuse to proudly boast of the fact that there are more churches than bars on the island. 

      The aesthetic too is shaped by this legacy, as the old stone churches and sugar plantations characterise the scenery of this Caribbean gem as much as the glorious white sandy beaches and dreamy ocean views. In terms of luxury hotels, Sandy Lane provides a plethora of activities and facilities to cater for every family need. 
       

      Dubai 

      As recently as 20 years ago, Dubai as we know it simply didn’t exist. Now, however, it’s a bustling ever-changing metropolis set in the heart of the Persian Gulf. A destination of complete opposites, the tranquillity of the desert close by provides a taste of traditional Arabia that is of stark contrast to the ultra-modern shopping malls and extravagant opulence found in the city. 

      Excursions and activities for the whole family are integrated into Dubai’s vibrant tourist economy. For example, one of the most expensive and extravagant hotels found anywhere in the world, the Burj al Arab, now runs the the Jumeirah project; a turtle rehabilitation programme that in its final stage allows children to release the reinvigorated reptiles back into the sea. 

      Egypt 

      Since the dawn of its ancient civilisation Egypt is a country that has been synonymous with luxury. And with its wide range of world class hotels and facilities, this statement is as true today as it ever was. 

      For family travellers looking to indulge into the rich history of Egypt, the city of Luxor provides the ideal central location to plan your adventures from, with the Valley of the Kings nearby. Similarly, as Egypt is home to two of the Seven Wonders of the World in the form of The Great Pyramid of Giza and the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the timeless options for families in search of cultural enrichment are plentiful. 

      France 

      From the romance of Paris right through to the mountainous vistas of the Alps, France is home to a rich and varied landscape. In terms of culture, food and drink is central to the way of life. Therefore France is the perfect country to refine the palette of young and old, with dynamic markets, top class restaurants and hidden eateries aplenty.      

      The Evian resort, just 3km away from the gorgeous Lake Geneva on the Swiss border, provides a fantastic family choice regarding accommodation. For more information on the Evian resort and the activities on offer there, visitwww.totstoo.com/destinations. An additional consideration for those with a very young family intent on embarking on a foreign holiday is the relatively short travel times between the UK and destinations in France. 

      Italy 

      An expedition to Italy offers families a varied spectrum of classical ruins, impressive architecture and fine food, that as a collective represent an amalgamation of culture and history which any place in the world will struggle to compete with. 

      Venice and Florence are just two of many cities that offer a multitude of iconic and beautiful experiences. Whilst Lake Garda which resides within the foothills of the beautiful Dolomites, presents a package of gorgeous hotels, stunning scenery and outdoor pursuits to satisfy even the most demanding of luxury family holiday makers. 

      The United Kingdom 

      For those families with a large brood, travelling abroad in search of a luxury experience can be a daunting and stressful experience. This is why many are choosing keep their holiday plans restricted to local shores, as destinations can be reached simply by jumping in a car or on a train. 

      Rural escapes like the Yorkshire Moors, the Cotswolds and the Jurassic Coast provide rugged and beautiful landscapes full of adventure and opportunity for exploration. Furthermore, cities such as London and Liverpool offer vibrant, multicultural environments that provide an illustration of what defines modern Britain.  

      Seychelles 

      Even though the land mass is small, the Seychelles landscape is diverse, encompassing mountains, tropics, coral islands and  isolated beaches that are the epitome of paradise. For tourists that hold nature close to their hearts, the islands are home to the world renownedCousin Island Special Reserve, a national park teeming with wildlife that is famed for its approach to conservation and eco-tourism. 

      As tourism is the lifeblood of the island, there is a number of beautiful and facility laden hotels and resorts optimised for family comfort. All things considered, the Seychelles offers a unique opportunity for families to explore and absorb the rarest of things; paradise on earth. 

      Finnish Lapland 

      It’s not just the prospect of seeing Father Christmas that makes Finnish Lapland a magical family holiday prospect. Situated near the Arctic Circle, the country is one of the few places on earth that is ideal for viewing the spectacular skies that the Northern Lights produce. 

      Surrounded by amazing alpine surrounding, Hotel Kakslauttanen presents the perfect winter bolthole complete with a range of family-centric activities nearby. These include snow rides led by both huskies and reindeers that traverse icy roads and a possible visit toSanta’s resort.

      It goes without saying that for the best experience families should visit during the festive period, and although this will be expensive, children will be provided with an experience they will never forget. 

      Oman 

      Sweeping deserts and idyllic coastlines provide the unadulterated beauty that has seen Oman fittingly referred to as the Jewell of Arabia. Juxtaposing modernity and tradition the country of Oman delivers a holiday experience that is unique to anywhere in the world. Although because of the extreme heat experienced in the summer months, the best time to visit Oman is between October and March. 

      The influx of wealth to the country has ensured that holidaymakers are able to enjoy access to an innumerable range of world-class, child-friendly facilities, which include resorts, shopping districts, attractions and hotels that cater for every family need conceivable. The most accessible part of the Oman coast resides near the capital of Muscat, where there is the opportunity to embark on dolphin watching tours that will cast each generation in a state of awe and provide an unforgettable experience.  

      Greece 

      For children who are old enough to appreciate it, a visit to Greece offers the chance to appreciate the uniquely rich cultural heritage of a country that has shaped much of what continues to define western civilisation. 

       

      Made up of over 2,000 islands, Greece includes golden sandy beaches, seafront taverns and amazing hotels, including Westin Resort Costa Navarino. From here families can engage in water sports and other activities, as well as using it as a hub for nearby excursions which take in the countries rich historical legacy. 

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  • Missing Catalan Missing Catalan

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      The Catalan region of Spain is buffeted on one side by the Pyrenees Mountains and decorated with beautiful beaches and Mediterranean coastline to the east.  The fiercely independent spirit is present in the Northern landscape, the regions celebrated artists, and even their adamant refusal to give up their language and just assimilate into the rest of Spanish culture.

      Barcelona is one of Europe's most charming large cities.  Whether you are strolling through the narrow ancient walkways of the old city or strolling the wide boulevarded Las Ramblas with native Catalonians and masses of tourists, the city retains an intimate feeling.  The modern artists, Las Modernistas, draw you in with their charming, always developing and maturing art and the people of Barcelona are eager to share.  The talent of Antonio Gaudi, one of the city's most celebrated sons, shines from the forward-thinking Parc Guell to the innovative apartment dwelling Casa Batllo and is culminated in his masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia.  Pablo Picasso began his life wandering the streets and studying in the art institutes of Barcelona and always returned to his homeland.  The Museo Picasso is one of my favorite museums- and one of the easiest for my children to see the growth and development of the artist since it is laid out chronologically.  And Joan Miro is honored with the Fundacion Miro on the hillside near Castel Montjuic.  But art aside, Barcelona has so much more to offer- Las Tapas, Cava, Shopping, Beaches, a Cable car ride over the harbor, and friendly, friendly people.  And I forgot to mention- usually some of the most competitive Eastern US to Europe airfares.

      Whether you are using Barcelona as an entry point for a larger trip or as a home base, you will not be disappointed.  An overnight train will have you in Marseilles by morning, a two and a half hour car ride will take you to the base of the Pyrenees or the Costa Brava, Spain's celebrated coast.  We spent three idyllic days in the small village of Cadaques which, in October, was quiet and breathtaking.  The mountainside leading to the village is covered in olive groves and vineyards, the village of whitewashed stucco buildings is tucked into the hillside, and its simple church dominates the evening skyline.  A short scooter ride up the coast provides great hiking at Cap de Creus national park with a photogenic lighthouse  and a view of the French border.  A scenic 10 minute ride up the coast takes you to Port Lligat, the home of Salvador Dali for his last few decades.

      A trip to Catalan is a feast for the senses: rugged mountains juxtaposed with sweeping coastlines, tasty tapas, ancient seafood recipes, modern artists with innovative shapes and bright splashes of color, markets filled with local produce, street performers, and 5th generation fishermen.  And somehow they all blend for the most savory experience.

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  • China's Ten Most Beautiful Mou China's Ten Most Beautiful Mountains

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      In October 2005, Chinese National Geography and 34 media co-evaluated and co-graded "China's most beautiful places." The result was a compilation of over 100 scenic splendors -- divided into 17 types of attraction: mountains, lakes, forests, grasslands, deserts, Danxia landscapes, islands, coastlines, waterfalls, glaciers, gorges, city districts, country towns and villages, show caves, peak forest, Yadan landforms and wetlands. 
      China is a vast land, rich in tourism resources. It comes out in front in the world in scenic spots and historical sites, spectacular landscapes, and colorful and varied national customs.
      It is hard to tell how many beautiful places there are on China’s 9.6 million square kilometers of land and its 3 million square kilometers of seas. Though many similar comparisons have been made, using different criteria, methods and categories, we still believed that we should make our own summary.
      The list of China's Ten Most Beautiful Mountains
      (BEST time to go just for reference):
      TOP 1 
      Namjagbarwa Peak (Tibet Autonomous Region): Paradise in the Clouds
      BEST time to go: from February to April, October and November is the best to climb.
      TOP 2   Mountain Gongga or Minya Konka (Sichuan Province): Where the wind stops to rest
      BEST time to go:
      May and June is the period of dry and wet (rain) seasons alternating and also is the best time for climbing.
      TOP 3   Qomolangma Peak (Tibet Autonomous Region): The soul’s sentinel
      BEST time to go:
      from the beginning of March to the end of May and from the beginning of September to the end of October for climbing.
      TOP 4   Meili Snow Mountains (Yunnan Province): Guard of honor for the snow God
      BEST time to go: From October to May next year especially at the end of October.
      TOP 5   Huangshan Mountains (Anhui Province )God’s miniature landscape
      BEST time to go: April, May, June, September, October, November
      TOP 6   Three Sacred Mountains in Daocheng (Sichuan Province): Landmark of “ Shangri-la”
      BEST time to go:
      April, May, September and October.
      TOP 7   Chogori Peak (Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region): Distant Mystic Land
      BEST time to go: From May to June and September through October is the best time to trek or mountaineering.
      TOP 8   Kangrinboqe Peak (Tibet Autonomous Region): Home of all the Gods
      BEST time to go: May, June, and from mid-September to early October are probably is the best times.
      TOP 9   Mount Tai (Shandong Province): Totem of ancient China
      BEST time to go: April May, June, September, October.
      TOP 10 Emei Mountain (Sichuan Province): The rise from a basin to the Heaven
      BEST time to go:
      April May, June, September, October, November and December.
      Criterion of China's Ten Most Beautiful Mountains:
      * With unique well-worth appreciating value;
      * With the characteristics of that kind of geography shape and high scientific value;
      * Above 1000 meters in relative height, featured in the number and characteristics of vertical severity;
      * With high cultural values;
      * No excessive exploitation by humankind.

      Which one of above mountain you have been to and how about your experience? Did you think above is the most beautiful mountain in China? And which other mountain you do like and why?

      Travelinglislife

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  • Playa Conchal Playa Conchal

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      Brightly-colored dresses blowing in the wind on Playa Conchal in Costa Rica.

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  • Hawaii Coastline Hawaii Coastline

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      Halona Coastline on Oahu, Hawaii.

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  • Nafplio Greece - view from Pal Nafplio Greece - view from Palamidi Castle

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  • Dubrovnik Croatia - rocky coas Dubrovnik Croatia - rocky coastline

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  • Venice Italy - view of San Gio Venice Italy - view of San Giorgio Maggiore

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  • English Bay, Vancouver BC English Bay, Vancouver BC

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  • off the coast of Dubrovnik Cro off the coast of Dubrovnik Croatia

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  • Sand Beach, Acadia National Pa Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine

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      Some coastal pictures we took in June 2009. A low was sitting off the coast for all but the last two days of our trip. But we loved it anyway!

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  • Perkins Cove, Maine Perkins Cove, Maine

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      Some coastal pictures we took in June 2009. A low was sitting off the coast for all but the last two days of our trip. But we loved it anyway!

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  • Bar Harbor Lighthouse, Bar Har Bar Harbor Lighthouse, Bar Harbor, Maine

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      Some coastal pictures we took in June 2009. A low was sitting off the coast for all but the last two days of our trip. But we loved it anyway!

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  • Bristol, Maine Bristol, Maine

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      Some coastal pictures we took in June 2009. A low was sitting off the coast for all but the last two days of our trip. But we loved it anyway!

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  • New Harbor, Maine New Harbor, Maine

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      Some coastal pictures we took in June 2009. A low was sitting off the coast for all but the last two days of our trip. But we loved it anyway!

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  • Acadia National Park, Bar Harb Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine

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      Some coastal pictures we took in June 2009. A low was sitting off the coast for all but the last two days of our trip. But we loved it anyway!

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  • Cape Forchu Lighthouse, Nova S Cape Forchu Lighthouse, Nova Scotia, Canada

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      Some coastal pictures we took in June 2009. A low was sitting off the coast for all but the last two days of our trip. But we loved it anyway!

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