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Koggala Lake – Discovering The Natural Heritage of Sri Lanka

Being the perfect nature lover’s paradise, Koggala is also a popular holiday destination amongst locals and foreigners who wish to explore the natural ecosystem of the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The beaches here are not crowded and there is small town catering towards the needs of the travellers. The small eateries dotted along the main road and the beach front, are ideal for those wanting to experiment with the local cuisine. The Koggala beach is also famous as one of the best surfing spots in Sri Lanka.

The Koggala Lake is the main attraction amongst nature lovers. Located a couple of miles from the little town, it is an interesting place to explore. The lake itself, which is adorned with little rocky islands, and mangroves, as well as the surrounding area, features wonderful animal life. Birds, snakes and lizards make up most of the inhabitants, with an abundance of prawns in the water.

The little islands are great for exploration. A catamaran ride or a boat ride will take you there. One features a small cinnamon plantation and another, a small spice garden. One of the bigger islands features a tranquil little Buddhist temple which generally attracts a bigger crowd on full moon days. There is also a small Buddhist hermitage which can be visited with prior permission.

Exploring the little islands of the Koggala Lake is optional. Most just prefer to experience the lovely natural setting of the waters and the surroundings. A relaxing catamaran ride will take you to the quiet corners of the lake which are excellent for bird watching. If you are up to it, even fishing is allowed here. The surrounding areas of the lake can be explored on foot or on bicycle, which can be easily hired from the village.

For those visiting Koggala some of the best lodging options are afforded by the historic city of Galle. For those wanting to stay in Galle luxury accommodation as well as budget hotels are available. Hotels and villas in Galle can easily be found through online lodging option providers. For an unforgettable luxury experience stay at Mosvold Villa.

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Penang Butterfly Farm – Natural Beauty Flitting in The Breeze

Live butterfly exhibitions are still not as well known as zoos and aviaries, although the first ever live butterfly exhibition was set up in 1976 in Guernsey. The Penang Butterfly Farm was set up in 1986 on a small plot at the end of Batu Ferringhi in Teluk Bahang to introduce the public to the life cycle and habitats of live butterflies, as a research and breeding centre and a place of recreation. As the Malay Peninsula is home to more than one thousand species of butterflies, it was timely that a farm to popularise and breed butterflies was established. Today, the butterfly farm, with over 4,000 Malaysian butterflies from 120 species in all colours, shapes and sizes, including some rare and endangered species such as the Indian Leaf and the Yellow Bird Wing butterflies, are displayed in natural-seeming landscapes in large, free-flying enclosures. Visitors can come into contact with famous Malaysian butterflies such as the Rajah Brooke’s Bird Wing discovered in Borneo in the 19th century and named after the first British Rajah of Sarawak. Over 300 varieties of plants provide the butterflies with nectar and places to take refuge during rain and places to lay eggs.

Visitors to the farm learn to appreciate and identify butterflies through the colours, patterns, sizes and shapes of their wings. Highly coloured butterflies are naturally identified as the world’s most beautiful. Visitors also learn that what rubs off as a powder when a butterfly is touched are really the scales on their wings. They also learn about the body parts of the butterflies and their life cycle. In general, visitors get to be close to the butterflies, so close that some will land on them. Butterfly conservation is becoming necessary as their habitats are threatened by deforestation and the mission of the farm is not only to protect and breed vanishing varieties, but also to create awareness and disseminate information on butterflies and their habitats to protect threatened species and prevent habitat destruction. The butterfly farm’s other attractions include fish ponds with over 20 large species, displays of invertebrates, ducks, snapping turtles, snakes, reptiles, tortoises, free-flying birds, an insect museum, a Hide and Seek Garden and an educational and resource centre.

Although located away from the hustle and bustle of the city on the beach, the Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang is just fifteen minutes’ drive from the city centre, close enough to enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment options there. At this quality Tanjung Bungah hotel Penang offers, guests not only have access to a private, secluded beach but to a selection of spacious and comfortable guest rooms and suites befitting a resort. Take advantage of the great offers to experience this Penang hotel and enjoy a relaxing break.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney – Discovering a Rich Natural Heritage

One of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations, Sydney offers a perfect getaway for the entire family. Located by the coast, this multicultural city is a great place to soak up the sun while having fun in the sand and surf, while the many museums, parks and shopping and entertainment venues offer countless hours of excitement. Though the city boasts modern development, it is also home to areas that let you experience the country’s rich natural heritage such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

Located near the iconic Opera House, these famous gardens were inaugurated in 1816 and look out across Sydney Harbour. Covering an area of around 30 hectares, it is the country’s oldest botanic garden and is bordered by a scenic area known as the Domain. Home to an extensive array of plants, with special focus on species from Australia and the South Pacific region, the gardens offer an idyllic getaway.

Entry into the Royal Botanic Gardens is free and visitors have various sections that they can choose to explore. The Rainforest Walk gives you the chance to see how native plants form the balance of a rainforest ecosystem, while those heading to the Herb Garden can view herbs from different parts of the world which are used for everything from medicine to cooking. Those who love the beauty of flowering plants can visit the Begonia Garden and the Palace Rose Garden which features close to 2,000 colourful roses.

Not to be missed is a visit to the award-winning, ‘Cadi Jam Ora: First Encounters’ where you can learn about the Aboriginal heritage which is very much interlinked with nature. This section is where you can see native vegetation along with a display of the First Farm, which showcases initial farming practices used by Europeans.

The Rare and Threatened Plants Garden, Old Mill Garden & Greenway Terrace, Pioneer Garden and the Australian Native Rockery are among the other sections worth visiting. The Royal Botanic Gardens is also where you will find the glass pyramid shaped, Sydney Tropical Centre, where visitors can get up close with exotic plant life from the tropics.

Those looking for a luxury hotel in Sydney that makes an ideal base from which to explore the city and such sites of interest as the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens can choose The Langham Sydney. Located in the Rocks area, this 5 star hotel Sydney is ideal for families, couples and business travellers.

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Explore The Amazing Wildlife And Natural Beauty of Africa With Luxury Wildlife Safari

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