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Sri Lanka’s summer spectacular
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Sri Lanka offers one of the biggest wildlife spectacles, adored by tourists and environmentalists. The Minneriya Elephant Gathering is the largest coming together of Asian elephants at any one time in the world. What’s more, the gathering takes place annually during the months of August and September, when herds of elephants and other wildlife from across the island make their way to the Minneriya Tank - a man-made lake that holds water even in the dry season - to drink from the sweet water that is always in abundance there, even in the driest of weather.

This spectacular coming together of herds of elephant, deer, buffalo and other animals in search of water and fodder, gives tourists a grandstand view of the wonders of nature, as the animals drink, frolic and play in the evening sunlight before heading onward. So, there is no better time to visit Sri Lanka than now.

Minneriya National Park is situated in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, close to Habarana, the Cultural Triangle and the Sigiriya Rock, all of which are top attractions for tourists, and have a range of accommodation and dining options.

The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo comes as one of the top recommendations. One of the finest five-star Colombo hotels situated by the Indian Ocean in the heart of Colombo city, The Kingsbury is an elegant oasis of 229 rooms and suits suited to both business and leisure travellers. With easy access for shopping, entertainment and your business needs, the hotel gives an experience reminiscent of the golden age, where every guest is treated like royalty.

Amaya Resorts and Spas have seven properties throughout Sri Lanka. Choose between lakeside living for your clients in the Amaya Lake property, the sandy shores of Amaya Beach, Amaya Hills in Kandy's countryside, amid greenery at Amaya Bungalow, or for a quintessential Sri Lankan experience, book at Amaya Langdale, immersed in the world of the famous Ceylon tea.

Whether visiting Colombo on business or spending a few days here before your tour of Sri Lanka, the Hilton Hotel Colombo is also a fantastic choice. It is located in the centre of the city's commercial district, being the only hotel with a bridge connecting directly to the World Trade Centre. Even if you are visiting for pleasure, it is located in walking distance to various tourist attractions and suites have fantastic views of the Indian Ocean or Harbour.

SriLankan Airlines has daily flights to Colombo from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, Bahrain and Kuwait, totalling 68 flights a week. Recent figures indicate that Sri Lanka received 107, 635 tourists from the GCC countries in 2017, a growth of 6.5 per cent, with the UAE figuring as the major source market in the region. The airline is also looking at increasing connectivity to other parts of the Gulf depending on demand.

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