TheislandofSri Lankalies in the Indian Ocean, to the southwest of theBay of Bengal.
Sri Lankahas been known as one of the worlds most beautiful and diverse exotic holiday destinations.
With a history that dates back to the 600 BC times, this pearl of the Indian ocean stands up to its expectations of having great heritage sites of Sigiriya to the giant Buddha statues and great ancient temples reflecting the Sinhalese civilization that created a nation which well deserves its recognition as the one of the best in the world.
Sri Lankais famous for sandy beaches, sunshine, tropical weather, ancient ruines, elephants, tea, cricket, wildlife. Visitors will be surprised at the breadth of attractions to visit inSri Lanka.
Below are the top things you must do inSri Lanka
- Sunbathing / Sea bathing
- Elephant watching
- Wild life safaris
- Visiting historic places
- Visiting waterfalls/Botanical gardens
- Whale & Dolphin Watching
- Surfing & Wind surfing inSri Lanka
- White Water Rafting
- Water Sports, Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
- Trekking and hiking
The city ofAnuradhapura, which is declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO is situated close to 200 kilometers north ofColomboin the North Central Province of Sri Lanka.
Today this marvelous city ofSri Lanka, with its surrounding monasteries covers an area of over 40 square kilometers and is one of the world's major archaeological sites.
The Sri Maha bodhiya is perhaps the oldest living tree in the world. Around 245 BC, Sanghamitta Theri brought with her a branch of the Bodhi Tree under which the Buddha attained enlightment. Today, the tree is one of the most sacred relics inSri Lanka, respected by Buddhists all over the world.
The capital of the southern province is a city with a colourful history. UNESCO declared World Heritage Site the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. 300 year old Dutch atmosphere is still very much alive around the fort and amidst its many historical buildings not invaded by the skyscrapers. The beautifulbeachofUnawatunais just 6km south east of the city centre.
A Sri Lankan coastal city famous for golden beaches, Bentota is situated on the southern coastal tip of the Galle District of the Southern Province. The town is a popular tourist attraction.
It is the hosting land for the famous Sri Lankan Jeweler Aida. Bentota also delivers an ancient art of healing called Ayurveda. Bentota is also famous for its production in Toddy. An alcoholic beverage made out of coconut nectar.
Bundala National Park
BundalaNational Parkis one ofSri Lanka's leading destinations for birdwatchers, caring an important area of coastal marshland well-known for its plentiful sea (and other) birdlife. The park is also home to large populations of elephants, marshland & estuarine crocodiles, turtles & other fauna, as well as the leopard.
From theGangaramayaTempletoMountLavinia’s beaches to Dehiwala Zoo,Colombohas a wide range of attractions waiting for you. The colonial era and the island’s rich historical heritage have resulted in many interesting buildings, temples and parks which will add some vivid memories to your holiday in the capital city of Sri Lanka.
There are five caves in Dambulla. The Maharaja Vihara is the largest and most spectacular at over 50m long, 7m high and almost 25m deep. The spiritual energy at Dambulla is palpable and the Buddhist art on display is unparalleled inSri Lanka. An added bonus is the majestic view from the top of the rock.
Hewn into a 160m granite outcrop are the remarkable cave temples of Dambulla. Cave temples are masterpieces of Buddhist art. Each is filled with brightly coloured murals depicting scenes from the Buddha's life, and gilded statues of the Buddha in various poses.
Hikkaduwa - Coral reef & sandy beaches
Hikkaduwa is a little town on the south coast ofSri Lanka. It is situated in the Southern region. Hikkaduwa is well-known for its beach and corals.. The place on the way fromColombotoGalleon the well-knownGalleroad. It is principally a tourist destination, and serves as a great beach with options to surf, snorkel and enjoy the sun.
The glory of mediaevalSri Lankais seen at Polonnaruwa, the mediaeval capital of theIsland. An ancient and compact city, Polonnaruwa features 12th-century stone sculptures and the Gal Vihara – comprising three enormous Buddha figures, one reclining (it’s 13 m long), one standing and one sitting.
Kandy, the Hill Capital of theSri Lanka, and the historical bastion of Buddhist power. It is built around a splendid lake set in the hills.Kandyis a mirror image of the harmony and multiplicity of the people and culture ofSri Lanka.
Some of the most interesting places to visit inSri Lankaare its Tea Plantations. You can actually experience with your own eyes how tea is grown and harvested. Indulge in sophisticated tea sampling and savor the incredible aromas of world’s greatest teas. Nuwara Eliya Tea Plantation is considered one of the most visited inSri Lanka.
Negombo situated by the shores of a lagoon and the major beach resort on the west-coast north ofColombo. Here, in an old world atmosphere of 17th Century churches and forts; dozens and dozens of hotels, guest houses restaurants and bars have sprung up along the beach.
Sigiriya is a famous and nearly impregnable natural fortress
Sigiriya is an archeological site inCentral Sri Lanka. It contains the ruins of an ancient palace complex, It is one of the seven World Heritage Sites inSri Lankaand is one of its most popular tourist destinations.