Declared as a World Heritage City by the UNESCO, Kandy still breathes the ancient legacy. Kandy holds much significance and is rich in culture, with the Buddhist’s most important temple residing there. Known as the Dalada Maligawa, it is home to the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha.
Locals and foreigners alike, flock to this ancient city during the processions (Perehara’s) to view the colourful and rich display of cultural acts that is paraded along with beautifully adorned majestic elephants that carry the Sacred Tooth Relic. Kandy is a mix of both modern and ancient buildings, giving its guests a unique experience. There are many things to do and many places to visit in Kandy.
The Knuckles mountain range, the tea factory and museum, the Royal Palace, Kandy Lake, Ranweli Spice Garden, Udawattekele Sanctuary and the Kandy View Point are some of the best places to visit in Kandy.
Fondly known as “Little England”, Nuwera Eliya is one of the most popular destinations in Sri Lanka. Surrounded by tea plantation hills and tropical plants which result in the distinct cool climate of the city, Nuwera Eliya is a must visit!
For a tropical Island, with mostly sunshine Nuwera Eliya and its surrounding cities are surprising cold and extremely misty. During the season of April, the city comes alive with carnivals, large crowds of people and fun activities with many things to do in Nuwera Eliya.
Throughout the year, locals and foreigners alike, visit this serene city purely for its excellent climatic conditions. The hotels in Nuwera Eliya vary in price and quality to match every budget.
Some of the places to visit in Nuwera Eliya includes Lake Gregory with fun activities like boat riding, speed boats, jet skiing and etc., Tea Plantations, Horton Plains, Hakgala Gardens, Victoria Park and waterfalls like the St.Claire falls and Lover’s Leap.
Bentota is a coastal city in the shores of the Paradise Island, in close proximity to the Historic City of Galle. It is a well-famed destination for tourists and locals alike. This beautiful town with its sandy beaches and clear blue waters, can be the perfect destination for a day at the beach!
The sound of the chirping birds atop the palm groves whilst the waves kiss the golden shores, is truly a magnificent sight! There is no shortage of luxury hotels and spas in Bentota. The Bentota beach is famed for its water sports like snorkelling, scuba diving and many more. The Canoe Rock at the Bentota Beach is the chief diving spot that is home to sandy spots and coral formations.
Make sure when hiring diving equipment they are PADI and SLTDA certified for your own safety.
Some other places to visit in Bentota are the turtle Hatchery, the Bentota River & the Brief Garden.
Kithulgala, is known to be the wettest town of the Island. Being a city that experiences two monsoons annually, Kithulgala is the best place to experience frequent rainfall! Located in the West of Sri Lanka, it has recently gained much popularity for the water sports that are available at the famous Kithulgala River.
White water rafting at the Kithulgala River is a must experience adventure! The serene environment with its cool climate and rich green neighbourhood makes it the perfect getaway for a relaxing yet adventurous vacation!
The best time to visit Kithulgala is from January to March, as it has the least rainfall. And therefore, allows for sightseeing and water sports as well!
Colombo originally known as Kolomthota, is the commercial hub of Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Amidst the hustle and bustle of the central city lays exotic beaches and beautiful greenery that makes it the perfect tourist destination!
Situated in the West coast of the country, it is the most developed region. The tall sky scrapers, colonial era buildings, luxurious hotels and the bustling markets with a variety of fruits and vegetables, exquisite spices and the vibrant silks and clothes are a wonderful experience to any tourist. Colombo is the best place to visit in Sri Lanka for shopping and exciting nightlife.
Some of the most significant places to visit in Colombo is Fort with its colonial style buildings and street markets sprawling with items so cheap, you’d be surprised! The Vihara MahaDevi park, Galle Face green, Crow Island, National Museums, The Zoo, Independence square and Arcade, Nelum Pokuna theatre, Malls, Ape gama and not forgetting the multi-ethnic religious places of worship like the Gangarama Temple, Jami Ul Alfar mosque and the St.Lucias Cathedral are few of the best places to visit in Colombo.
Yala is a popular tourist destination that almost always makes the list of the top ten places to visit in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, being a tropical Island has a vast variety of flora fauna that can rarely be found in any other country. The tropical wilderness with the majestic animals at Yala, is truly an awe-inspiring experience to any nature lover!
You can spot a diverse of wildlife, from fierce leopards to the Sri Lankan Sloth bear, wild water buffalos, spotted deer, golden jackal and many other kinds of Reptiles and even fish. Elephants are a common sight, who roam the park freely. You will also be able to spot the less predatory mammals like wild rabbits if you are lucky.
Amongst the thorny bushes, pristine trees, serene lagoons and the golden sand dunes you will be able to witness different kinds of birds as well. 215 varieties of birds have been recorded with a large number of them being marked as endangered!