Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), a tiny island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean, is a rugged land of rainforest, diverse wildlife and endless beaches. It’s famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes, and the sacred city of Anuradhapura. Its flavorful cuisine reflects its history as a maritime hub and cultural melting pot.

In the twelfth century, the explorer Marco Polo wrote that Sri Lanka was the finest island in the whole world. For centuries it had been a tourism destination, particularly for European travelers.

Sri Lanka is one of the leading romantic destinations in the whole world. The land of serendipity brings spiritual tranquility and a chance to rediscover oneself. The beauty of this tiny island is simply breath-taking. Known for its enchanting Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavourful food describe Sri Lanka.

You can visit your favorite destinations, activities when you are traveling in Sri lanka. This page will help to find attractive destinations.

 
 
 
 
 
     

COLOMBO

Sri Lanka's first capital up to recent times, Colombo is a fascinating city, not only for its blend of the East and West but also for its cosy mixture of the past and present. It remains the commercial city of the country. You can visit and shopping in Colombo while you are traveling in Sri Lanka.

 

     

KANDY

Sri Lanka's hills capital, a former stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, is our most picturesque city. The focal point of the town is, without doubt, the golden-roofed Dalada Malidagawa where the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha is enshrined. The highlight of the casket is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in July by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 Elephants. The Peradeniya Garden which began as pleasure garden for an ancient queen, has an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers and is a place not to be missed. You can visit more Elephant Orphanage, Gem Museum, Batik Factory, Cultural dance show when you are at Kandy.

 

ANURADAPURA

Sri Lanka's first capital, founded in the 5th century B.C. is situated in 206KM from Colombo. Attraction worth seeing are: The Sacred Bo Tree, Abayagiri Dagaba, Jethawanaramaya, and Mirisavati Dagaba. Mihintale a rock which is dotted with shrines and rock dwelling is known as the cradle of Buddhism of Sri Lankaand is located nearby.

AVUKANA

Dating from the 5th century A.D. this massive statue of the Buddha is hewn out of sheer rock standing 39 feet in height it is considered one of the finest rock carving of the Buddha

 

POLONNARUWA

The island's medieval capital (11th to 13 century A.D.) is situated 216KM from Colombo and rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura. A sight not to be missed is the largest of the man made reservoirs, the huge Prakrama Samudra, larger in size than the Colombo harbor and another huge amount of ancient ruins.

 

SIGIRIYA

Sigiriya The "Lion Rock" was built by legendary King Kasyapa during his reign 477-495 A.D. After passing through the remains of the beautiful water gardens at the foot of the rock, your ascent to the summit will reveal; The Mirror Wall - possessing 700 Sinhala verses written by the visitors from the 5th to the 13th century, and the exquisite rock paintings of the "Cloud Damsels".

 

DAMBULLA

Like Sigiriya, Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass and it was here that King Valagambahu took refuge in the 1st Century B.C. He later turned the caves into a Rock Temple. Some of the frescoes are over 2,000 years old. A colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the living rock some 14 meters long, is another highlight.

 

ADAM'S PEAK

Adam's Peak is a 2,243 metes (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well-known for the Sri Pada "sacred footprint", a 1.8 m rock formation near the summit, in Buddhist tradition held to be the footprint of Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Muslim tradition that of Adam.

 

NUWARAELIYA

Nuwara Eliya meaning "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light", is a town in Sri Lanka. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) in the central highlands and is considered one of the most important locations for Tea production in Sri Lanka. The town is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka.

 

RATHNAPURA

Sri Lanka is that it comes from the Sinhala "ratna" meaning gems and "pura" meaning city. Ratnapura is also spelled as Rathnapura. Located some 101 km south east of Colombo, it is the center of a long-established industry of precious stone mining including rubies, sapphires, and other gems. Apart from gem mining, the town is known for rice and fruit cultivation

 

NEGOMBO

Negombo is located on the west coast of the island and at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, in Western Province, Sri Lanka. Negombo is known for its huge and old fishing industry with busy fish markets and sandy beaches. Negombo is a major tourist destination in Sri Lanka. This city is an ideal and liberal place with luxury, tropical life style, for those who want quick access to and from the country's main international airport and also to Colombo city.

 

TRINCOMALEE

Situated on the North East coast of Sri Lanka, Trincomalee with its magnificent coast, sandy beaches and sunny weather is becoming increasingly popular among visitors. Its Natural Harbor, Fort Frederick, Hot Wells and Tirukoneswaram Hindu Temple are some of the interesting places to visit.

 

GALLE

The southern city, a well known seaport from ancient times when merchant ship anchored here to trade in the Island's famous gems, exotic spices and commodities. The famous fort in Galle was originally build by the Portuguese in 1589 and named Santa Cruz. Sfter the Dutch occupation, it was destroyed and rebuilt on a larger scale to cover and area of over 36 hectares. This world Heritage site is a very interesting place to visit as the old and modern city blend together in perfect harmony.

 

BENTOTA

64KM from Colombo, flanked by the river and sea, this is a famous beach resort with a 100 - acre National Holiday Resort complex containing several major tourist hotels, a market place, a shopping center, cultural shows and exhibitions. The sea at Bentota is best from November to April.

 

UNAWAUTNA

Unawatuna is a coastal town in Galle district of Sri Lanka. Unawatuna is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and famous for its beautiful beach and corals. It is a suburb of Galle, about 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) southeast to the city center and approximately 108 kilometers (67 mi) south of Colombo.

 

HIKKADUWA

Hikkaduwa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka located in the Southern Province, about 17 km (11 mi) north-west of Galle and 98 km (61 mi) south of Colombo. Hikkaduwa's beach and night life make it a popular tourist destination. It is a well-known international destination for board-surfing. Hikkaduwa Coral Sanctuary - located a few hundred metes offshore. The sanctuary has approximately seventy varieties of multi-colored corals.

 

NILAVELI

Nilaveli (Pronounced Nilaa-Veli, Tamil translation Open-land of the moon-shine) is a coastal resort town located about 16 km North-West of Trincomalee, Trincomalee District, Sri Lanka. It used to be a popular tourist destination. we can see a significant increase in the number of tourists. Once again Nilaveli has become one of the main tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

 

YALA NATIONAL PARK

Yala National Park is a national park in Sri Lanka. The reserve covers 979 km², although only the original 141 km² are open to the public. It was established in 1894 as a Game Sanctuary. Much of the reserve is parkland, but it also contains jungle, beaches, freshwater lakes and rivers and scrub land. The latter zone is punctuated with enormous rocky outcrops. The range of habitats give rise to a good range of wildlife.

 

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

Wilpattu National Park is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” (Natural lakes) - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park is located 30km west Anuradhapura and located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo). The park is 131, 693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly sixty lakes (Willu) and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. Wilpattu is one of the largest and oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world renowned for its Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population. The Leopard population in Wilpattu is still not yet known

 

MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK

Minneriya is a small town in Sri Lanka, and is famous for two things , for the great Minneriya lake build by King Mahasen and for the Minneriya wildlife sanctuary which is a hot spot for safari lovers because of the abandons of Elephants. Furthermore it is situated near Habarana which have some high class hotels for tourists and some famous world heritage sites like Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya which are relatively close to Minneriya.

 

KITULGALA

Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rainforest, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country. Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning "The Bridge on the River Kwai" was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometers upstream.