Blessed with a rich natural heritage, the island of Sri Lanka offers nature lovers countless hours of exploration and adventure amidst a breathtaking array of natural landscapes. Famed for its leopard and elephant safaris, the country is home to a fascinating range of wildlife that can be viewed in the many national parks and reserves around the island. However, those who do not have time to visit these extensive parks also have the option of visiting the well known Dehiwala Zoo which is an ideal family attraction.
Located just a few kilometres from Colombo city, this popular zoo covers an area of around 23 acres and is open daily from 8.30am to 6pm. There are over 3,000 animals at the Dehiwala Zoo covering approximately 350 animal species including a range of mammals, reptiles, fish, butterflies, marine invertebrates, amphibians and birds. The Arabian Oryx and the Black Rhinoceros are among the endangered species at this site which also conducts breading programmes.
As you explore the zoo’s diverse landscapes you will come across many animals that are both endemic as well as from other countries. Primates are one of the most popular animal species that can be viewed here. One can find approximately 16 monkey varieties including the purple faced leaf monkey and the toque monkey which are both endemic species. Orang-utans, gibbons, chimpanzees and spider monkeys are among the other primates that will surely captivate children.
Also popular are the members of the cat family; the African lion, the Sri Lankan leopard, the Bengal tiger and jaguar can all be seen here. The sloth bear, Eurasian otter, mouse deer, elephants and hippopotamus’ are among the other animals that inhabit the Dehiwala Zoo, while not to be missed are visits to the Bird Aviary, the Aquarium, the Amphibian Centre, the Butterfly Garden and the Hepetarium where you will find all manner of reptiles. There is also a daily elephant show and a sea lion show that can be enjoyed by all.
Those in search of accommodation close to the international airport can stay at Colombo airport hotels such as The Gateway Hotel Airport Garden Colombo. This modern airport hotel Colombo is only around 3.5 kms from the airport and approximately 30 kms from the commercial capital, Colombo where one can easily visit such attractions as the Dehiwala Zoo.

According to Vietnam visa, In Hue city, the former citadel of Vietnam, it doesn’t take you a lot of money to dine like a King!

Hue beef noodle takes its origin from the Royal Hue City of Central Vietnam. The broth is from cooking beef bones for a long period of time as well as a variety of different spices including lemongrass. How does it taste? Well, having a bowl of Hue beef noodle, you will easily recognize that it is completely different from Pho since the former’s beef broth is much more spicy.

How to make it? Learning how to make a clear broth from bone and meat is quite a difficult task. After being selected from the market, the fresh beef will be shredded, boiled and taken out of the water to obtain a delicious clear broth. A typical version of Hue beef noodle must include pork, roast beef, pig’s blood, Vietnamese salami, Hue’s style salami, shrimp sauce and chopped lettuce.

The interesting thing is that, the amount of salt put in the beef noodle recipe varies between seasons. For example, during summer, Hue beef noodle soup is served with soy bean, mint and different kinds of lettuce while in the winter, the recipe is saltier added with lemongrass and fish.

The best Hue beef noodle comes from the street vendors who work from dawn to early morning. In Hue, when night lights are on, you can enjoy a good bowl of this noodle soup at restaurants in front of No. 84 Mai Thuc Loan Street. This hot dish represents just a few of the treasures of Hue’s traditional cuisine. Clam-rice and the flour pies like beo (streamed flour cupcakes), nam (wrapped shrimp pies) and loc (tapioca and shrimp pies), for examples, are part of the ancient capital’s culinary heritage.

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Boston is a city that reconnects the old and the new; it is a city where the historical buildings and tales of the American Civil War live side by side with the modern art and culture, academia and vibrant nightlife. Boston is many things to many people as it is a truly multifaceted modern city. It is considered by many to be the unofficial capital of New England because it is the city which has the largest economy and the most cultural impact on the region.
In being such a vibrant, modern metropolis, the city will no doubt have many attractions for the visitors. These range from historical monuments and interesting architecture to chic restaurants, art galleries and museums. Among all of these interesting things to do in Boston, a visit to the Franklin Park Zoo is one that many families would love to experience.
The Franklin Park Zoo is one of the largest in the region at a land extent of 72 acres; it is operated by Zoo New England, which also manages another zoo in the state. It is located on the northern part of Franklin Park, which is named after the illustrious Boston-born Benjamin Franklin. This is also important as it forms the last part of the Boston Emerald Necklace – which is a network of public parks that form a semi circular green belt around the city.
At the inception of the Franklin Park Zoo in 1912, the creators envisioned it to be a zoo where the animals would be kept in open enclosures mimicking their natural habitat rather than the traditional zoo concept which restricts them in cages. Over the years, the site has had many makeovers but the core concept has always remained the same.
Today this site has many exhibits, the most popular ones being the Tropical Rainforest, the Serengeti Crossing, Kalahari Kingdom and the Outback Trail. Another popular section is the Children’s Zoo which includes farmyard animals such as ducks and horses and also two very rare Russian Amur Leopards.
Visitors can access this attraction from many Boston hotels as it is well connected via public transport. This is an interesting attraction for guests who want to explore the city while staying at a luxury hotel in Boston such as The Langham Boston.