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* National Geographic ranks Sri Lanka one of the Best New Trips for 2010
Tue, Mar 23, 2010, 11:55 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 23, Colombo: The National Geographic has ranked Sri Lanka as the second 'Best New Trips for 2010.'

The country was ranked at second place out of 25 countries, giving the island nation known as the "Wonder of the World" yet another top travel ranking this year.

In its list of 'Best New Trips for 2010,' National Geographic said, "After the tsunami of 2004 and the resolution of a decades-long civil war, Sri Lanka is finally starting to look like its old self: a peaceful destination where surf lineups are nonexistent despite world-class waves and centuries-old tea estates are lined with mountain bike–ready trails. 'The silver lining of the civil war is that the land and wildlife have remained untouched,' says Lisa Bolger, trip coordinator for Access Trips, one of the very few outfitters leading excursions to the Indian Ocean island this coming year."

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington stated that the National Geographic notice, which touted Sri Lanka as 'Missing in action No More,' is the third top ranking that Sri Lanka has received recently from premiere travel publications.

The New York Times on January 10 named Sri Lanka the No. 1 travel destination in 2010, noting that the long conflict against the LTTE terrorist is over and that there is no better time to travel to Sri Lanka's unspoiled beaches, mountainous terrain and wildlife parks.

Also in January, the luxury-living website raved about Sri Lanka, reporting that, "Really, there's only one downside to Sri Lanka: Eventually, you have to leave."

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