PLACES TO VISIT IN SRI LANKA

Cultural Triangle Places to Visit in Sri Lanka

Kandy City

The final royal capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy, is a popular travel destination. 115 kilometers from Colombo, at 465 meters above sea level). The final royal capital where 2,500 years of regal power came to an end was the metropolis founded in the 15th century. This vibrant market town, which is home to a wide variety of cultures, has a lot to offer travelers, including music, dances, practical crafts, old temples, and adventurous activities. The cultural triangle to the north and the hill country to the south may both be reached quickly from Kandy. Kandy, the capital of the central province, is the second-largest city in Sri Lanka. The crowded town is surrounded by hills covered in tropical flora and is located in a valley at a height of 600 meters inside a large loop of the Mahaweli River. Three key factors make Kandy popular with tourists: it is the home of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, or Dalada Maligawa; the Botanical Gardens, or Peradeniya; and it always holds a particular place when it comes to celebrations like the Esala Perahara.

(Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic or Dalada Maligawa) The Buddha’s tooth relic can be found inside the Temple of the Tooth Relic. It was once a part of the Kandyan Kingdom’s Royal Palace complex and is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the entire globe. The history of the spread of Buddhism is linked to the Royal of the Tooth relic, the palace complex, and the holy city of Kandy. The temple is both a manifestation of a religion that is being followed today and the result of the tooth relic’s last journey.

(the Botanical Gardens) The Royal Botanical Garden, the largest on the entire island, is home to a wide variety of plants, some of which are hundreds of years old.

As was already mentioned, the annual Esala Perahera pageant, in which one of the inner caskets used to hide the Buddha tooth relic is transported in a magnificent parade through the streets of the city, makes Kandy highly well-known. On a royal tusker, this coffin is transported. Traditional dancers and drummers, flag bearers from the former Kandyan kingdom’s regions, Nilames wearing their traditional garb, torchbearers, and an ornately dressed elephant are all part of the parade. This celebration, which takes place yearly in July or August, draws a sizable throng from all across the nation as well as many tourists from abroad.

Any visitor to Sri Lanka must have Kandy on their itinerary. It is regarded as one of Sri Lanka’s most stunning locations, showcasing the island nation’s culture at its pinnacle.

Dambulla

Located around two hours from Kandy in Sri Lanka, Dambulla is a tiny, tranquil town. A base there would be ideal for exploring the neighboring historical sites and national parks. Furthermore, Dambulla is far less expensive than the neighbouring town of Sigiriya, which is well-known for the Lion Rock Fortress. Here is a list of all the fantastic activities available in Dambulla within a one-hour drive. Although Dambulla is not the ideal spot to stay in Sri Lanka, it does have a lot to offer. Spend a night or two here and take excursions to the following locations.

 

Sigiriya Lion Rock- One of Sri Lanka’s sights is the Lion Rock near Sigiriya. It is a huge rock that is 200 meters tall and has a fortification on top of it. Since the ascent to the top is difficult, you should allow yourself approximately half a day to see this UNESCO World Heritage site. From Dambulla, it takes 30 minutes to get to The Lion Rock. Dambulla is a popular destination for overnight stays since the lodging is significantly less expensive.

 

Pidurangala Rock- Climb Pidurangala Rock, Sigiriya Lion Rock’s neighbor, for the finest possible perspective of the latter. Because they are directly across from one another, the view of Lion Rock from the summit is stunning. There are fewer visitors since Pidurangala is harder to climb because there isn’t a sufficient stairway.

 

Dambulla cave temple & museum- Dambulla is particularly well-known for its cave temple. It is a well-known religious monument with more than 100 Buddha sculptures housed in a vast network of caves. Additionally, the caverns are embellished with murals and highly detailed, vibrant paintings. A huge golden statue of Buddha that serves as the Dambulla Museum’s entryway may be found at the entrance to the caverns. A museum of wall art that is interesting to see. Dambulla is certainly a nice place to visit in Sri Lanka, during your cultural Triangle tour.  

Sigiriya

One of Sri Lanka’s most priceless historical sites is Sigiriya. The ancient palace and castle complex, known locally as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” is of great archaeological significance and draws several tourists each year. It is probably Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist location. The palace is situated on a vast rocky plateau 370 meters above sea level in the center of the island, halfway between the villages of Dambulla and Habarane. The Sigiriya rock plateau is 200 meters higher than the nearby forests and was created from the lava of an extinct volcano. Its perspective due to the exceptional synergy between nature and human imagination astounds visitors. The castle complex has the ruins of a palace, which are encircled by a large network of walls, as well as enormous gardens, ponds, canals, lanes, and fountains. For several thousand years, Sigiriya’s surroundings remained restrained. The rocky plateau of Sigiriya has been a monastery since the third century BC. In the second part of the 5th century, King Kasyapa made the decision to build a palace here. Sigiriya was once again a Buddhist monastery after his death until the 14th century, when it was abandoned. The primary entrance is situated on the rock’s northern side. It was fashioned into the shape of a huge stone lion, whose feet have remained intact to this day but whose upper body has been completely shattered. The palace was given the name Sigiriya thanks to its lion. The word Sihagri, or Lion Rock, is where the name Sigiriya first appeared. Frescoes painted during Kasyapa’s reign covered practically the whole western wall of Sigiriya.

There are now 18 frescoes that have survived. The paintings show naked women and are thought to be either priestesses leading religious ceremonies or the wives and concubines of Kasyapa. Despite the fact that the female figures in the frescoes remain unidentified, these extraordinary old paintings are a celebration of feminine beauty and have enormous historical value. The Mirror Wall is one of Sigiriya’s most stunning features. In the past, it had been polished to the point where the monarch could see his own reflection. Inscriptions and poetry written by Sigiriya tourists are painted on the mirror wall. The first written records date back to the eighth century. These inscriptions provide evidence that Sigiriya was popular with tourists more than a thousand years ago. Today, it is strictly forbidden to paint on walls.

Polonnaruwa - Sri Lanka

Following the fall of the Anuradhapura Kingdom in 993, the Polonnaruwa Kingdom, or Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, served as Sri Lanka’s second capital for three centuries, from the 11th to the 13th century. It is situated in Sri Lanka’s north-central province. In 1982, Polonnaruwa, then known as the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its importance as an archaeological site and its advanced technological capabilities.

King Vijayabahu established Polonnaruwa as the nation’s first capital after he drove off Chola invaders in 1070 to restore local rule. In order to sustain such heroic proportions in rice farming, the great King Parakramabahu, who ruled the nation from 1153 to 1186, built a vast irrigation network with reservoirs that resembled real land seas. The Granary of the Orient was the nickname given to Sri Lanka. At Polonnaruwa, ruins of the illustrious realm of the Great King Parakramabahu may be found. This kingdom’s wealth and opulence are still visible.

The ancient city of Polonnaruwa is still one of the most meticulously preserved archaeological monuments in the nation, bearing witness to the rigor and brilliance of the Kingdom’s founding monarchs. The Golden Age of Polonnaruwa was seen as occurring during the reign of King Parakramabahu. Under the king’s guidance, trade and agriculture prospered because he was so emphatic that every drop of water coming from the sky must be exploited to further the growth of the land. In order to provide the water required for paddy production during the hot dry season in the east of the nation, irrigation systems that are considerably better than those of the Anuradhapura age were built during Parakramabahu’s reign. These systems are still in use today. The Parakrama Samudra, also known as the Sea of Parakrama, is the biggest of these systems.

 

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

  • The Archaeological Museum
  • Ancient locations with monuments dating back thousands of years, including Gal Viharaya, KiriVihara, Kumara Pokuna, and Vatadage
  • A wonder of ancient hydraulic management, Samudraya (Sea),
  • Money conservation center
  • Enjoy a typical Sri Lankan local lunch.
  • Cycle ride through the ancient site

Anuradhapura Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura is a city in central-north Sri Lanka. It is located along the Aruvi Aru River. The most well-known of Sri Lanka’s ancient, ruined towns is Anuradhapura, which is currently conserved as an archaeological park and was included as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. Large bell-shaped dagobas (Buddhist memorial shrines, or stupas) constructed of tiny sun-dried bricks, as well as temples, sculptures, palaces, and historic drinking-water reservoirs, may also be found nearby. A historic pipal tree, thought to have originated as a branch of the Bo tree in Bodh Gaya (Bihar, India), where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment, is also found in the city. The Bo tree branch, which may be the oldest tree still standing for which there is any historical record, was planted in Anuradhapura around 245 BCE. The Sinhalese capital of Sri Lanka was Anuradhapura, from the fourth century BCE to the eleventh century CE, when invasions from South India compelled the relocation of the city. Anuradhapura was built in the fifth century BCE. After being abandoned and taken over by jungle, the city was rediscovered by the British in the 19th century and turned into a Buddhist pilgrimage site. In the 1870s, the city’s revitalization really got going. The modern city, which was mostly relocated in the middle of the 20th century to maintain the location of the ancient capital, is located alongside a railway line and is a significant road junction in northern Sri Lanka. The archaeological survey of Sri Lanka is headquartered in this city.

Atamasthana is the collective term for eight important Buddhist sites of devotion in Sri Lanka. The “Atamasthanaya” in Anuradhapura is regarded as the most revered place of devotion among Sri Lankan Buddhists, second only to the Sri Dalada Maligawa (the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic) in Kandy. The eight locations mentioned are: Thuparamaya, Lovamahapaya, Ruwanwelisaya Stupa, Mirisaweti Stupa, Abhayagiri Stupa, Jetavanaramaya, and Lankaramaya.

 

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya       

In the Mahamewna Gardens in the Anuradhapura District of Sri Lanka’s North Central Province, there is a sacred bo-tree known as Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. The legendary Sri Maha Bodhi in Buddha Gaya, India, where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, is supposed to have a southern branch. Theri Sangamitta, the daughter of Emperor Asoka, brought Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi to Sri Lanka, and King Devanampiyatissa erected it in the Mahamewna Gardens in Anuradhapura in 288 BC. The oldest human-planted tree in existence with a known planting date is Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. It is now considered to be one of the most revered Buddhist relics in Sri Lanka and is held in high regard by Buddhists throughout.

 

Thuparamaya

After Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka, Thuparamaya is regarded as the first stupa constructed in Anuradhapura. It belongs to the “Atamasthana” as well (the 8 most sacred places for Buddhists in Sri Lanka). During the reign of King Devanampiyathissa, the stupa was constructed (307 BC to 267 BC). The right collarbone relic of the Lord Buddha is said to be housed within the stupa.

 

Lovamahapaya

It is situated in the Sacred City of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province. When you move from Sri Maha Bodhiya in the direction of Ruwanweliseya The Mahawamsa claimed that the Lowamahapaya was a nine-story structure constructed by King Dutugemunu (161–137 BC).

 

Ruwanwelisaya Stupa

The Ruwanwelisaya is a stupa in the Anuradhapura District of Sri Lanka’s North Central Province that is revered by many Buddhists throughout the world for its architectural prowess. One of the Solosmasthanas and Atamasthanas is this. King Dutugemunu constructed this about 140 B.C. The stupa is also known as Mahathupa, Rathnamali Dagaba, Swarnamali Chaitya, and Ruwanweli Maha Seya.

 

Mirisaweti Stupa

In the North Central Province’s Anuradhapura District is where you may find the Mirisaweti Stupa. After conquering the South Indian invader king Elara, Dutugemunu (161 BC–137 BC) erected the stupa. Legend has it that King Dutugemunu once left his scepter here when he went to Tissa Wewa for a bath. It is stated that the scepter could not be moved once he returned to it. The King thereupon built this stupa on the spot where the scepter became trapped.

 

Abhayagiri Stupa

Legend has it that the monarch constructed this stupa to remember an occurrence that occurred when he was fleeing a battle with Tamil invaders. The king was passing by this spot on his flight when a Jain monk by the name of Giri yelled at him, “The big dark Sinhalese is escaping!” However, after fourteen years, King Valagamba reclaimed the throne by driving the invaders out and erected this enormous stupa nearby. The two names “Abhaya” (the king’s name) and “Giri” were combined to produce the name Abhayagiri (the name of the Jain monk).

 

Jetavanaramaya

It is situated in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka’s Sacred City of Anuradhapura. King Mahasen constructed the Jetavanarama Stupa (276–303). During the reign of King Mahasen, this became a Sagalika sect hub (it is also said that the Sagalika sect began in Jetavanaramaya).In the 12th century, King Parakramabahu restored this stupa for the final time. This stupa is thought to have a piece of a belt or sash that the Lord Buddha fastened. This stupa was formerly 122 meters high and was thought to be the tallest brick structure in the world. Additionally, this is the third-largest building from antiquity. This now stands at a height of 71m.

 

Lankaramaya

King Walagamba erected the stupa around the first century B.C. (89 B.C. – 77 B.C.). It is situated in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province’s Anuradhapura District. According to the chronicles, this location was also referred to by the names Silasobbakandaka and Galhebakada. This stupa was once referred to as the Somarama Stupa in honor of Queen Soma, who saved the king’s life. The stupa is surrounded by three rows of stone pillars, and it is clear that a house, termed “Vatadage” in Sinhala, was erected around the stupa to guard it.

Best Beaches to Visit in Sri Lanka

Bentota Beach Sri Lanka

On the Bentota River estuary, a modest Portuguese fort served as the center of the first Bentota community. Bentota, a relaxed seaside community on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, embodies the absolute best in carefree vacation life. Friendly fishermen are nearby for you to socialize with. There are some remote beaches you can practically call your own, and there are a few spiritual locations where you may learn what tranquility means. Additionally, you may anticipate excellent watersports, river experiences, diving among iridescent fish, and much more.

 

Bentota Beach

Bentota Beach, regarded as one of the greatest in Sri Lanka, must be on your itinerary. Plan to spend at least one leisurely day enjoying its blue waters under the shade of gently swaying palms. Even when the sun is high in the sky, the sea breeze keeps things cool. Even though there are several large resorts in the region, the vast stretch of sand still seems to be relatively unspoiled by the waves.

 

Windsurfing

Bentota, a sought-after location for windsurfing and surfing, is surrounded by wide waters where you can skim the waves at high speed and feel the spray against your sun-kissed skin. If you’ve never done it before, don’t worry; the Bentota River’s calmer waters make practicing a breeze. Try to visit between November and April to avoid the arrival of the wet season and the subsequent turbulence.

 

Go diving

Naturally, the hub for water activities in Sri Lanka is a perfect place to dive in deep. Fly amongst the colorful corals at Canoe Rock, South Reef, and Hundirangala. Large schools of porcupinefish and lionfish will dance around you as you drift, jaws open. Sunshine Diving is a dependable way to get started in the sport if you need direction or are new to it.

 

Visit the Brief Garden

Bevis Bawa, the brother of Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s most famous architect, once called these roads lined with jungle flowers his home. You’ll enjoy them if you want to spend an afternoon letting both your head and legs roam. Visitors have been welcomed since 1970 to this fantastical scene of artistic masterpieces, monuments, and eye-catching plants (more than 160 species). Bentota is about 10 kilometers (6 miles) inland, making for a simple day trip.

 

Madu Ganga River Safari.

Experience paradise as you float along the Madu Ganga River’s banks under the cover of mangrove trees, passing little islands and cinnamon plantations on the route. The river is dotted with more than 60 outcrops, the most distinctive of which is Satha Paha Doowa, also known as Five Cent Island. Even though it’s the tiniest island in the Madu Ganga and can barely support the Hindu temple rising from its meager landmass, the location is Instagram-worthy. Flickering doctor fish reside in the waterways, and you could even see a few crocodiles.

Galle Beach Sri Lanka

Galle is a gem. This historic city, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is a treat to wander through on foot. It is an eternally interesting old trading harbor that is home to impressive Dutch colonial structures, medieval mosques and churches, large houses, and museums. While exploring its winding roads, you’ll come across chic cafés, oddball shops, and immaculately renovated hotels that are owned by both domestic and international artists, authors, photographers, and designers. Galle’s central structure, the Fort, a walled enclosure bordered by the sea on three sides, was constructed by the Dutch starting in 1663. The fact that the fort is more than just a picturesque location is a major draw. Despite the fact that tourism now accounts for the majority of the local economy, this special city continues to be a working neighborhood. There are administrative offices and courts, export businesses, schools, and colleges.

 

Galle Fort and lighthouse 

Without a doubt, the city’s top attraction is Galle Fort. It is rather large—130 acres, to be exact—and wandering about on foot is the most pleasurable way to explore it. This is really among the most popular activities in Sri Lanka. Galle Fort Walks offers individualized guided tours that offer intriguing insight into the fort’s history for keen visitors who aren’t satisfied with merely getting lost in its alleys. You have the choice between Standard and Extended. The typical 90-minute tour, which is customized to suit visitors’ preferences, includes all the architectural and cultural attractions. The extensive 150-minute tour covers the effects of colonization in Sri Lanka in great depth. Take a sunset stroll along the fort’s ramparts to cap off the day.

Viewing the stunning Galle Lighthouse and the Fort’s most distinctive feature. This stunning white lighthouse, which stands on the ramparts of the historic Galle Fort and dates back to 1848 (although the current tower was restored in 1939), directs ships safely into Galle Harbour. Although it now serves a second, less important purpose as a prop for people looking to capture the ideal Sri Lankan image, the lighthouse is still very much in use.

 

Maritime Archaeology Museum

The recently renovated Maritime Archaeology Museum, located in a 1671 Dutch spice warehouse on Queen Street and not to be mistaken with the National Maritime Museum, is a great place for history aficionados to learn more. It’s a charming little museum with four rooms that display the long maritime history of the nation, going all the way back to the Stone Age. It’s particularly fascinating to observe how many civilizations were able to coexist in Sri Lanka since it was situated at the heart of a major international trade route. Ship reconstructions and artifacts from nearby shipwrecks are among the exhibits.

 

Shop On Pedlar St

Galle Fort is lined with literally hundreds of boutiques, art galleries, spice and gem shops, and handicraft shops, with Pedlar St serving as the hub of activity. In our opinion, Galle Fort’s interior offers the best shopping in Sri Lanka, so if you’re searching for a deal, this is the place to go. As we proceeded along Peddler St., Mim was like a kid in a candy store, exploring every shop in search of fabrics and handicrafts. Fortunately, Galle’s shopping haven did not let her down, as she left with the ideal linen outfit for Sri Lanka’s hot and muggy climate.

 

The 10 Best Beaches in Galle

  • Unawatuna Beach
  • Bentota Beach
  • Akurala Beach
  • Jungle Beach
  • Koggala Beach
  • Ahungalla Beach
  • Mirissa Beach
  • Induruwa Beach
  • Hikkaduwa Beach
  • Narigama Beach

Hikkaduwa Beach Sri Lanka

One of Sri Lanka’s top surfing locations, Hikkaduwa, has a clean hot water base. Wave heights range from 4 to 11 feet. The finest surfing is experienced in the Hikkaduwa region during the dry season, which runs from November to March. Hikkaduwa contains 4 hotspots. A popular pastime along this stretch is scuba diving, which is the most ecological way to observe the vibrant fish that dart about. The coral sanctuary, which is located off the coast of Hikkaduwa, is a sizable shallow body of water that is encircled by a reef and is home to a vast number of vibrant fish. A group of tiny islets off the coast are encircled by stunning coral formations. Large turtles and several fish species may be found here. Divers may explore more than four distinct shipwrecks, and there are diving businesses that provide PADI training and gear.

 

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Swim with Sea Turtles

Hikkaduwa is the place to go if you’ve ever wished to swim in the water with enormous sea turtles. You may easily see a lot of sea turtles just hanging out in the ocean right off the town’s coast. They frequently swim straight up to you since they aren’t afraid of people.

At the Turtle Hatchery

You can go to the authorized hatchery if you feel like you haven’t seen enough turtles in the community already. It is free to visit this hatchery, which is only a few hundred meters from the Big Buddha. Turtles of all ages—adult and young—can be seen here. After being saved, these turtles are being nursed back to health at the hatchery before being released into the ocean. Turtle eggs can be safely stored there before hatching and being released into the water. The turtle hatchery is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Catamaran Snorkel Tour

There are several snorkeling trips available that take you out on a catamaran if you want to get out on the sea. You are almost certainly going to encounter turtles on these cruises, in addition to fish and coral. It’s significant to notice that the coral on the reef close to Hikkaduwa is severely harmed. This harm is the result of unchecked activity and years of tourism. Just be aware that you might not see the stunning coral with vivid colors that you were hoping to. But it doesn’t mean the snorkeling excursion isn’t worthwhile; just make sure you pick a trustworthy tour guide! In Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka, scuba diving is also a highly popular pastime during the appropriate seasons (October to April).

Surf

Surfing is among the greatest activities to do in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka, from December to March. Beginner-friendly waves are present, and boards may be rented directly on the sand. If you’ve never surfed before, you should think about taking lessons. It’s a terrific way to obtain a solid basis to pay any of the board rental people to educate you. Lessons include your board rental and start at about 2,000 rupees for one hour. More experienced surfers may also find some respectable waves with a short paddle out to the larger reef break. Renting a board typically costs 500 rupees for an hour or 1,300 rupees for a full day.

Paddle-boarding

It’s a lot of fun to paddleboard, and it’s a wonderful way to practice balance. Although it appears simple, learning to paddleboard may be difficult at first. Working your abs will be challenging since Hikkaduwa isn’t the calmest beach. If you’ve paddleboarded previously, you can try to surf some of the smaller waves on your board. It was very challenging, but a lot of fun! The same beachside dudes who loan out surfboards in Hikkaduwa may also be hired for paddle-board rentals, which are comparable to surfboard rentals.

Induruwa Sri Lanka

Induruwa beach, a tranquil stretch of white sand in Sri Lanka’s Bentota town, is the ideal place to surf, sunbathe, and unwind with friends and loved ones. Additionally, there are several lodging options all around this beach, ranging from beachfront homes to five-star hotels.

Kalpitiya Sri Lanka

The greatest kitesurfing location in Sri Lanka is Kalpitiya, which draws aficionados of all skill levels to test the winds on thrilling lagoon expeditions. Kalpitiya is noted for being a popular location for snorkeling, diving, and dolphin watching trips, in addition to being a paradise for kitesurfers. It consists of 14 islands, several of which are home to small fishing settlements since Kalpitiya’s surrounding seas are teeming with marine life. On your trip to Sri Lanka, take in the sights and sounds of this sleepy town.

Kalpitiya Lagoon

The wind in the region might fluctuate, but it is usually believed to be acceptable for watersport activities throughout the season. The lagoon is particularly well known for offering great kitesurfing and windsurfing weather conditions. The vast lagoons have mainly calm seas with a few little waves. Locally, kitesurfing and windsurfing lessons are offered, as are kayaking excursions through the mangrove woods around the lagoon. Tourists who like to take risks can stand up and paddleboard across the lagoon and the ocean.

Kalpitiya Dutch Fort.

The fort is a square-shaped building with walls that may reach a height of 4 meters. It was built with local coral and limestone. At each of its four corners are bastions. The British took control of the fort in 1795, and they remained there until 1859, during the middle of the 19th century. The fort was utilized as a base by the Sri Lankan Navy for its operational activities and training throughout the country’s protracted civil war.

Kudawa Beach

Kite surfing, boat trips in the lagoon, and other water sports are all centered on the beach. An expedition to see whales and dolphins in the Indian Ocean is a well-liked pastime in Kalpitiya. The environment is home to a complex ecology, including salt marshes, flourishing seas, bar reefs, and mangrove swamps. A kayak may be rented so that visitors can independently explore the beaches and lagoon.

Mirissa Sri Lanka

Mirissa, located in the center of Sri Lanka’s south coast, is a fantastic beach resort that shouldn’t be missed. It was our favorite location in southern Sri Lanka because of the amazing beaches, spectacular sunset locations, and countless fantastic restaurants. In Mirissa, there are so many incredible things to do. We stayed for three nights, but if we had more time, we could have easily remained for a few more. Our travels inspired us to create a list of our favorite activities, restaurants, and even a hidden beach for you to enjoy.

Coconut Tree Hill          

The scenery of Coconut Tree Hill, Mirissa, is unique. A palm tree grove with a view of the ocean has sprung from the red dirt on a tiny peninsula. Its distinctive beauty has made it well-known on Instagram and one of the must-see places in Sri Lanka. Locals appear to refer to it by a variety of names, including Mirissa’s Palm Trees, Mirissa’s Palm Tree Grove, and Coconut Hill Mirissa. Whatever name you give it, be sure to see the hill covered with luscious palm trees that are reddish-orange in color.

Secret Beach

Although Secret Beach is one of Sri Lanka’s top beaches, it isn’t really so secret anymore. The beach is divided into two main portions, which converge at a rocky promontory. One of the greatest places for snorkeling in Mirissa is on the first beach you come to, which is also wonderful for swimming. There are many turtles in this area of the water, so keep a look out for them. A waist-deep lagoon on the second beach, which is just around the corner, is ideal for drifting around in. The lagoon is shielded by a rocky outcrop, so it doesn’t become too rough when the sea does.

Mirissa Beach

Despite being extremely congested, Mirissa Beach’s main stretch is still a great area to hang out. We advise moving toward the main beach’s western edge (when you get to the beach, go right). It is often rather peaceful and has a beautiful surf break. A pleasant afternoon is spent lounging in the sun and watching the surfers.

Parrot Rock

Parrot Rock is located towards the end of Mirissa Beach. This enormous red tip protrudes into the water and provides a stunning picture of Mirissa Beach in reverse. With surfers on one side and Mirissa Beach on the other, it is yet another fantastic location to see the sunset. A shaky bamboo bridge leads from the beach to the summit of Parrot Rock for access. It is surprisingly stronger than it appears to be. Once you are on the rock, you may choose a cozy spot to relax and take in the stunning scenery.

The Doctor’s House

In the adjacent village of Madiha, The Doctor’s House has a fantastic location on the beach. The Doctor’s House is the spot to go if you want to experience the area’s greatest beach atmosphere. They advertise having the coldest beer in Sri Lanka and serve drinks and wood-fired pizza. The expansive garden that goes directly to the beach is a great area to unwind for the day.

Negombo - Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a top candidate for your next family holiday due to its tropical environment, tea plantations, and sandy beaches. However, the town of Negombo, in particular, is a fantastic location for a laid-back holiday where you can soak up some sun and experience friendly hospitality. Negombo, which is situated on the edge of the same-named lagoon, was a significant commercial hub for both the Portuguese and the Dutch. The capital city of Colombo is only a short drive away from this lovely beach resort, which is the perfect getaway for tired travelers seeking some peace and quiet away from the frantic throng of the metropolis.

Fishing Village

One of the top possibilities for your next family holiday is Sri Lanka because of its tropical environment, tea plantations, and golden beaches. However, the town of Negombo in particular is a fantastic place to spend a laid-back holiday soaking up the sun and being showered with kindness.Negombo, which was a significant commercial port for both the Portuguese and the Dutch, is situated on the edge of a lagoon of the same name. This stunning coastal resort is just a short drive from the country’s capital, Colombo, and it’s the perfect getaway for tired travelers seeking some peace and quiet away from the frantic throng of the city.

Canal Boat Hire

The tropical weather, tea plantations, and golden beaches of Sri Lanka make it a top contender for your next family holiday. However, the town of Negombo, in particular, is a fantastic place to spend a relaxed holiday soaking up some sun while being showered with a warm welcome.Negombo, which is situated on the edge of a lagoon of the same name, was a crucial commercial hub for both the Portuguese and the Dutch. It’s only a short drive from the capital city of Colombo to this lovely beach resort, which is the perfect haven for tired travelers seeking some peace and quiet away from the frantic city throng.

Negombo Beach

Without going to Negombo’s stunning beach, no trip there is complete. Set out early in the morning with a picnic basket and unwind on the beach while watching the fishing boats leave the shoreline. You may take a brief nap in the afternoon and participate in various Negombo beach activities on the golden, pristine sands. If you feel like a hearty snack, there are a variety of eateries along the beach. Looking for additional activities in Negombo Beach? Visit the nearby market to get some fresh seafood, crab, or lobster. Wait until nightfall for breathtaking views of the sun setting against the stunning ocean backdrop.

Dutch Fort

The remains of a pretty ancient Dutch fort with a beautiful entrance from the year 1678 are situated not far from the opening of the lagoon. There is a grassy space known as the Esplanade where cricket matches take place, but you cannot look inside because the fort grounds are now home to the town’s jails.

Nilaveli Sri Lanka

A few things are abundant in Sri Lanka, including luxuriant vegetation, wildlife, and beaches. Nilaveli Beach is one of Sri Lanka’s beaches, and if you’re a beach bum, you’ll want to see them all. Trincomalee City’s magnificent beach is known for its sandy coastlines and crystal-clear seas. There are many activities here that you may partake in in addition to lying about to enjoy a fun-filled adventure by the beach. In Tamil, the word “Nilaveli” means “Moon light over the land or wide space.” Additionally, if you want a relaxing family holiday in Sri Lanka, this is a terrific area to stay.

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is a really intriguing activity that requires you to descend deep into the ocean to explore the underwater world. Although it is quite risky, there are facilities where you may take a few days of intensive training before diving into the Indian Ocean to experience a new stage of life.

Boat Tours                                        Get aboard a boat and experience an exhilarating sea voyage. On the beach, there are a variety of boat excursion facilities. If you’re lucky, you could get to witness dolphins and whales. Aside from that, you can really savor the sunset on the boat and the amazing views of the Indian Ocean. You’ll have a fascinating experience.

Pasikuda Sri Lanka

With its silky white sand and clear sea, Pasikuda is the epitome of picture-postcard beaches. This is the ideal location in Sri Lanka for a beach vacation between May and September. It is perfect for snorkeling, diving, sailing, and a variety of other water activities since the majority of the time there are no clouds, the ocean is warm, and the water quality is excellent. The year-round enjoyment of swimming is made possible by Pasikuda Bay’s curvature. For luxurious beach vacations, Pasikuda in Sri Lanka is a relatively new destination. The resorts bordering Pasikuda, including Uga Bay, all have generously groomed gardens, expansive beachfronts, and the most incredible ocean views. To the south of the bay, the old Pasikuda village’s guesthouses, hawker shops, and fishing boats add a touch of the region’s culture. Jet skis, kayaks, and sailing boats fill the water during the summer.

The laid-back vacation atmosphere of Pasikuda is its main draw. Days might be spent at the beach or discovering the variety of water sports available in the area. If you venture a little farther, you’ll discover that the area is home to an abundance of natural and cultural attractions.

 

Rent a bicycle.

Exploring the Eastern Province’s calmer roads on a bicycle is a wonderful opportunity to see local culture and enjoy nature, especially in and around Batticaloa’s three lagoons. Pass past fishing communities, large rice fields, buffalo herds, a variety of aquatic birds, and little settlements.

Visit the town and fort of Batticaloa.

The closest settlement to Pasikudah is Batticaloa, a quiet outpost surrounded by the sea on three sides. The town, where the Dutch made their first settlement in 1602, is still home to a few colonial-era artifacts, such as beautiful British-era structures, churches, a thin lighthouse, and a fort built in 1628 (with superb 360-degree views). Don’t miss the Bridge Street Market, a local effort where heritage carvings and traditional instruments are offered along with locally produced curd, bee honey, and kithul.

Explore the Lagoon of Batticaloa

The Batticaloa Lagoon runs for 56 kilometers between Batticaloa and Ampara, two of Sri Lanka’s major districts. A dizzying assortment of migratory, resident, and indigenous birds call this watery area home. It is a vital component of the Valaichchenai and Vakari lagoons’ diversified and important estuarine environment, which sustains the local populations’ rice and coconut farming, fishing, and shrimp farming industries.

Stroll down to Kallady Beach.

The white sands at Kallady Beach, a beautiful beachside area adjacent to Batticaloa town, may be shared by local families and fishermen pulling their nets. It’s a really tranquil setting for leisurely beach walks, with casuarina trees for shade.

Water Sports

Between May and September, Pasikuda Bay is one of Sri Lanka’s greatest locations for sailing and water sports. Take a deluxe catamaran for a sunset tour; scuba dive at the HMS Hermes wreck; or go snorkeling to observe colorful fish and coral. Kayaking, wind surfing, and jet skiing are more water sports.

Weligama Sri Lanka

Weligama, a well-liked beach resort and lively fishing community, is situated near the southern tip of Sri Lanka, a paradise island. This city’s name translates to “Sandy Village” when written in Sinhala. With a sandy beach that is roughly 2 kilometers long, it consistently lives up to its name. Weligama (located in the province of Matara) is another excellent place for surfing in Sri Lanka, much like all the other beach resorts in the south. It is the perfect location for beginning surfers to practice riding their first waves. In addition to being a beach resort, it is a little hamlet surrounded by coconut and rubber plantations. This sleepy village is, nonetheless, comparatively unpopulated and unaffected by mass tourism. The stilt fishermen that congregate at the Weligama beach at sunrise and sunset are also well-known. A picture-perfect scene is created by these fishermen working diligently while standing on their vertical poles with crossbars and using bamboo fishing rods to catch little fish. The nearby water is home to a variety of amazing marine animals. If you happen to be in this picturesque fishing village, a boat ride down the bay is a must.

Dive Center at Weligama Bay

You may learn about the stunning diving locations in and near Weligama Bay and Mirissa with the aid of the Weligama Bay Dive Center. You can begin scuba diving in small groups, such as with family or friends. You may be sure that you’ll have a terrific time here, especially as knowledgeable and skilled dive guides help you. It is one of the most well-known scuba diving locations about 5 kilometers from Mirissa. It is a location where you may take pleasure in and rest for total rejuvenation. Your diving vacation will be made unforgettable by the kind and knowledgeable team at the Weligama Bay Dive Center.

Surfing

There are several well-known surfing spots in Weligama. While the rest are favoured by seasoned surfers, some of them are ideal for newcomers. Here, Beach Break, Reef Brakes, Ram’s Point, Plantation Point, and Two Secret Point are a few of the well-liked beach surfing locations.

If you’re a newbie, you must first take instruction from experienced surfers. You can organize a surfing vacation with your loved ones. After surfing, treat yourself to some seafood at some of the best diners and restaurants scattered across Weligama.

Tangalle Beach

Tangalle Beach is the ideal destination for a relaxing and tranquil holiday. The stunning white sand beach will truly transport you to a tropical paradise. With coves and beaches on both the north and south sides, the white sands spread for kilometers at a time. Tallanga was formerly a fishing community that suffered greatly after the tsunami in 2004. Since then, the community has begun rebuilding. Although the beaches and bays in this area are truly stunning, not many people visit, giving it the ideal tranquil retreat.

Some of the most breathtaking sunset views may be seen on the beach. Although the water at Tangalle Beach is deep blue and beautiful, swimming there is not advised since the tides may be highly erratic and it can be fairly dangerous. One of the sites you must see is the little bay with the protecting reef. The reef catches the heavier waves and it functions like a natural Jacuzzi. The beach’s gentle sands also make it a great place for a morning run. Numerous eateries and cafés can be found along the Tangalle beach, where you may have a snack or a drink while lounging on the sand. Tangalle Beach is ripe with possibilities for tourism and may very well play a role in Sri Lanka’s future travel industry. 

The winter season from November to April is the ideal time to explore Tangalle Beach. This is the season when the beach is at its most beautiful. You may also go to this beach in the summer, from May to October. At this time, the beach is quite quiet because few people come here during the off-season, although the surf could be choppy.

 

Don’t forget to add Tangalle Beach to your List of Places to visit in Sri Lanka.

Arugambay Beach Sri Lanka

On Sri Lanka’s east coast, there is a jewel that is undiscovered called Arugam Bay. It is not particularly well liked by tourists because it is located far from the capital and other tourist destinations. As a result, it has grown in popularity among tourists interested in discovering some quirky locations in Sri Lanka while still maintaining its small-town charm. Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka is renowned as a surfers’ haven and is home to some of the greatest beaches in the nation. The weather in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka is generally nice because Sri Lanka is a tropical country, with the exception of the monsoon season. The monsoon season, which lasts from May to September, is the ideal time to go. Sri Lanka has a lot of interesting spots to see, but Arugam Bay is the best. Here is a list of the top tourist attractions you must see while visiting this bay.

 

Muhudu Maha Vihara

This Buddhist temple has a long history and is fairly old. Even if you are not spiritual, you should see this temple, which was built by the Ruhuna monarch, Kavan Tissa, some 2,000 years ago and is directly adjacent to a beach.

 

Kudumbigala Monastery

Arugam Bay is roughly an hour’s drive from this monastery, but the trip is worth it. This holy site was created in 246 BC in order to give sanctuary to the monks who wanted to get away from the city’s bustle.

 

Elephant Rock

In Arugam Bay, there are several breathtaking vantage points from where you can take in the expansive sea and the setting sun. The nicest of them is Elephant Rock, which has some beautiful sunset vistas and the best panoramic views of the beach.

 

Go surfing

Even if you have never surfed before, you should try it out as it is the most well-liked tourist activity in Arugam Bay. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced surfer, there are instructors available to help you, and the waves are enjoyable enough for all skill levels. So be sure to go surfing before you leave this location.

 

Take a lagoon safari

If you have two hours to spare, you must schedule time for this fascinating activity because lagoon safaris are among the most well-liked tourist attractions in Arugam Bay. Consider visiting the less-traveled lagoons like Kottukal and Urani, which are home to numerous animals, including elephants and crocodiles. You’ll remember this action for a very long time, without a doubt.

 

Unwind at Pottuvil Beach.

The best thing to do when on vacation is to unwind and enjoy yourself, and Pottuvil Beach in Arugam Bay is the ideal location for both. Enjoy some wonderful seafood while sunbathing on the beach and watching the waves softly lap the coast. Don’t forget to carry sunscreen in order to protect yourself from the extreme heat.

Wildlife Sanctuaries to Visit in Sri Lanka

Safaris in Wilpattu National Park Sri Lanka

The Wilpattu National Park is situated either 30 km west of Anurdhapura or 25 km north of Puttalam. The park, which is located on Sri Lanka’s northwest coast, straddles the border between the country’s north central and north western provinces. River Modergam Aru and River Kalay oya are located to the south and north of Wilpattu National Park, respectively.The Colombo-Puttalam A3 motorway connects the city of Puttalam with Wilpattu National Park. There is a sizable notice board that indicates Willpattu National Park, 42 kilometers along the A12 Puttalama-Anuradhapura route. The park entry at Hunuwilagama is located 7 km down the road after the signboard’s left turn. In the year 1905, Wilpattu was designated as a wildlife refuge. On February 25th, 1938, the refuge was promoted to the status of a National Wildlife Park. On November 7th, 1947, Wilpattu’s northern region was designated as the Wilpattu North Sanctuary. The largest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka, Wilpattu National Park, covers a minimum of 131,693 hectares and is located between sea level and 152 meters above sea level. There are no other wildlife sanctuaries in Sri Lanka like Wilpattu National Park, which is located in the arid zone. The most notable topographical feature of the national park is a special complex of more than 50 wetlands known as “Villu.” The term “villu” refers to small, rain-fed lakes that are found in the middle of a thick scrub forest, surrounded by wide-open grassland plains. The weather patterns that prevail over the park provide the best explanation for the existence of these Villus with an abundance of water. While the period of drought only lasts from May to early September, the main rainy season lasts from September to December with the heavy downpours of the north-eastern monsoon; the inter-monsoon season visits the park in March and April.

The park has yearly temperatures of about 27.2 °C and annual precipitation of about 1000 mm. The best months to visit Wilpattu National Park are between the months of February and October. There is a decent network of gravel roads in Wilpattu National Park, especially between the water holes. Numerous types of animals may be found in the diverse natural environments found in Wilpattu National Park, including the coastal strip, natural lakes (villus), rocky outcrops, scrublands, open grasslands, and deep forest. There are 31 species of mammals among them. The most popular attractions in Wilpattu are sloth bears and leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya) (Melursus ursinus). Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus), Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Jackals, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Wild Pig, Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis), and Mugger Crocodiles are the other mammals in addition to these two. The Great Eggfly, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose, Great Orange Tip, Glad-eye Bushbrown, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose, and Crimson Rose are among the butterflies that have been observed. From November to March, the park is home to a large number of winter migrants as well as many bird species, with threatening crocodiles topping the list of reptiles. The Great Eggfly, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose, Great Orange Tip, Glad-eye Bushbrown, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose, and Crimson Rose are among the butterflies that have been observed. In addition, star tortoises (Geochelone elegans) may be seen wandering about on the grasslands. Pond turtles (Melanonchelys trijuga) and soft-shelled turtles are found in the huge Villus (Lissemys punctata).

Safaris in Minneriya National Park Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka’s North Central Plains, 182 kilometers from Colombo, is where you’ll find Minneriya National Park. Polonnaruwa is the significant city that is closest to Minneriya National Park. The main point of the Minneriya National Park is the restored, sizable, historic Minneriya Rainwater Reservoir, which irrigates a sizable portion of the district of Polonnaruwa. Due to its location in the elephant corridor, which also connects the parks of Kaudulla and Wasgomuwa, Minneriya National Park offers visitors the chance to view elephant herds all year long. The ideal time to visit Minneriya National Park is from May to October because of the renowned gathering of wild elephants. The 8,889-hectare Minneriya National Park has a tropical monsoon climate with mean annual temperatures of 27.5 degrees Celsius and 1146mm of yearly rainfall. Nilgala peak’s summit is located at an elevation of 100 to 885 meters. Elephants, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Wild Buffalo, Wild Pig, Grey Langers, Purple-faced Leaf Monkeys, three kinds of mongooses, porcupines, and Indian Pangolins are among the 24 species of animals that live in the park. The best way to view them all is to reserve a spot on a Minneriya Safari. The rare and threatened Slender Wood Frog and Common Tree Frog are two of the nine species of amphibian that may be found at Minneriya National Park. Eight of the 25 species of reptiles found in the area, including the Red-lipped Lizard, are indigenous. There are also monitors for the land and water. Near the tank is where you may observe the Mugger Crocodile. The Minneriya reservoir is home to several types of freshwater fish.

Elephant Migration between Minneriya, Kaudulla and Hurulu Eco Park

Within the area, there are three national parks that are close by. They are the Hurulu Eco Park, the Minneriya National Park, and the Kaudulla National Park. Due to the vast herds of elephants present in each of the three parks, both locals and visitors from across the world adore them. Typically, big herds of elephants can be observed in Minneriya National Park from July to September. From October to November, however, they move to Kaudulla National Park owing to heavy rains that fill the lakes. After that, throughout the months of December and January, the elephants go on to Hurulu Eco Park for the last stage of their journey.

You should note that Minneriya is a best place to visit in Sri Lanka during its season that you should not miss. 

Horton Plains National Park

The Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka is undoubtedly one of the most stunning World Heritage Sites on earth. The park is situated between Kirigalpotta and Totapola, the two tallest mountains in the region. The Central Highlands of Sri Lanka are made up of a plateau-like structure, heavy forests and mountains on one end and plains on the other. This region of the nation is home to several waterfalls, lakes, rocky hills, and ocean vistas. Many wild creatures and birds may be found in the forest, although the majority of the larger species are elusive and difficult to approach.

The majority of travellers and tourists stay the night in Nuwara Eliya before departing for Horton Plains early the following morning. In most cases, rented taxis or tuk-tuks are used for the two-hour trip. It is advisable to go to the park with a larger group than three people because the cost of the car is shared evenly.

The beginning of the year, particularly from January to March, is the best time to visit the park. The Horton Plains National Park weather is often overcast and misty, but early in the year there is less rain, which makes for great vistas. There would be fewer people around as well. In order to guarantee a nice view, it is also advised to leave early for the park and get to the World’s End by nine in the morning.

More than 750 plant species and over 150 animal species may be found in the national park. There are several fern, orchid, and lichen species in the region. Along with other creatures, the forest is home to the Wild Boa, Purple-Faced Langur, Sri Lanka Superfowl, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, and Red Slender Loris. However, because it is easier to see the birds and other wildlife, the area is known as a bird lover’s paradise.

On excursions through this Sri Lankan park, it is possible to see a variety of rare species that are exclusive to these woodlands, such as the rhino horn lizard, stripe-necked mongoose, and gigantic squirrels. A few deer will also be there, which will provide you with some fantastic photo opportunities. Another stunning animal that few people claim to have seen here is the Sri Lankan leopard.

The World’s End, where the plateau of the park abruptly ends and descends more than 800 meters, is the main draw of this national park. Adam’s Peak is visible from the World’s End on clear days. In fact, these mountains give way to lowlands that rise to the ocean, which is visible lurking on the horizon at a distance of around 80 kilometers. Once more, for clearer views, it is advisable to reach the World’s End early in the morning. This location has remarkable natural beauty. The World’s End trek is a short one. There is no need to worry about getting lost because the track is round. The Sri Lankan highlands’ magnificence will be revealed to you during a 9-kilometer-long journey.

Safaris in Yala National Park Sri Lanka

In the southeast of Sri Lanka, in the districts of Hambantota in the southern province and Monaragala in the Uva province, is the Yala National Park, also known as Ruhuna National Park. The park’s entrance is located near Palatupana, 12 kilometers from Kirinda. Colombo and Palatupana’s entrance point are separated by a distance of 305 kilometers. Tissamaharama serves as the park’s entrance. The guests must travel 20 kilometers via Kirinda to reach Palatupana. Visitors to Palatupana may get information at the well-designed visitor center, which also gives all approaching cars a tracker. The park offers soft-top jeeps, giving visitors the chance to see wildlife. The best times for Yala Safari trips in Yala National Park are at dawn and dusk. Ruhuna National Park often has a hot, dry climate due to its location in one of Sri Lanka’s desert areas. Although it may become as hot as 37 degrees Celsius during the dry season, the average yearly temperature is 27 degrees. The park’s rocky outcrops offer vantage spots to take in the expansive expanses of Sri Lanka’s dry zone scenery, including low scrub and woodlands. Additionally, because the park’s southern boundary is the south-eastern coast, the brackish lagoons and dunes add to the park’s unique attractiveness.

Yala National Park offers the best chance of all Sri Lanka’s national parks to see the country’s diverse array of wildlife. Colorfully painted storks are seen in groups perched at the lagoon’s edge, where crocodiles have also chosen to take a nap. Lovely fan-tailed peacocks in their resplendent blues and greens parade through the woods where monkeys hang, leap, and chatter; in the bush jungle are the elephants; crossing the tracks is the star attraction of the park, the leopard. There are 32 different species of mammals known to exist. Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus), leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya), elephants (Elephas maximus), water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis), wild boars (Sus scrofa), spotted deer (Axis axis ceylonessis), sambars (Cervus unicolor), and golden jackals are some of the species that are in danger (Canis aureus).

Safaris in Udawalawe National Park

180 kilometers from Colombo, in the south-central region of the island, sits Udawalawe National Park, the sixth-largest animal sanctuary in Sri Lanka. On the Pelmadulla-Timbolketiya A18 road, the entrance to Udawalawe National Park is situated close to the 11-kilometer mark between Timbolketiya and Tanamanwila. The typical daytime and nighttime temperatures in a dry monsoon forest with an average annual rainfall of 1520 mm are 29 °C and 24 °C, respectively. Just south of the Central Highlands, whose escarpment provides an alluring background, is where the park is located. Udawalawe Reservoir is located in the middle of the park. Udawalawe National Park, which was created in 1972 with the aim of protecting the catchment area of Udawalawe Reservoir, which supplies water for agriculture and hydropower generation, covers an area of 30,821, is similar to an African game park in that it is primarily composed of thorny-shrub jungle and grasslands. Along with the herds of elephants, the water buffalo, wildboar, spotted deer, Sambur deer, Jackal, Samber, Black-naped Hare, mongooses, bandicoots, foxes, endemic Toque Macaque, and Gray Langers are among the park’s principal attractions. A bonus would be seeing a leopard and other smaller cats like a fishing cat or a jungle cat.

Elephant Transit Home (ETH) at Udawalawe National Park

Within the Udawalawe National Park is an orphanage for elephants called the Udawalawe Elephant Transfer Home. It was founded by the Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1995 and is a sanctuary for more than 40 orphaned elephants. The park’s orphaned calves and young animals are brought in and given the care they require until they can be released back into their natural environment. The park administrators take it upon themselves to constantly monitor the animals once they are let loose in the park until they get used to their new existence in the wild. No fewer than 65 elephants have been released into the bush as of the year 2008.

We recommend Udawalawe National Park to add your list of Best Places to visit in Sri Lanka. 

Kaudulla National Park Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka’s north central region, in the Polonnaruwa district, Kaudulla National Park is situated 190 kilometers from Colombo. The major Colombo-Trincomalee road connects to Kaudulla. The settlement of Habarana is 22 kilometers from Kaudulla’s entrance. The Minneriya railway station is the nearest one. The finest months to visit Kaudulla National Park are August through December, when the number of elephants reaches a high of over 200, just after the time when the famed elephant gathering at Minneriya National Park takes place. The elephants, however, might be spotted in either of these parks at any time of the year. Hurulu Eco-Park (open daily from 2 to 6.30 pm), located on the edge of the enormous Hurulu Biosphere Reserve that stretches west of the Habarana-Trincomlee road, also offers the chance to see herds of elephants outside of the main wildlife viewing season at Kaudulla and the nearby Minneriya National Park. Even though the little reservoir at Hurlu Eco Park is dwarfed by the enormous Minneriya and Kaudulla reservoirs, at least 30 elephants may be spotted there from January to March.

The corridor connecting Kaudulla National Park to the adjoining Minneriya Wildlife Park spans an area of 6656 hectares and is home to a dry evergreen forest. The park’s focal point, the 6675-hectare Kaudulla Reservoir, is flanked by meadows and scrubby woodland. Several months out of the year, the park’s upper two-thirds are submerged in water. Relapanawa reservoir, Olumadu Wewa reservoir, Puliyan Kalla wewa reservoir, Minneriya-Kanthale Yoda Ela canal, Aluth Oya stream, and Hatharas Kotuwa Oya are all included in Kaudulla National Park. Due to the several huge bodies of water nearby, two thirds of the park are buried in water for several months every year. Due to the several huge bodies of water nearby, two thirds of the park are buried in water for several months every year.

The yearly rainfall ranges from 1500 to 2000 millimeters. The north-eastern monsoon is the major source of the rain. The months of April through October are characterized by dry weather. The yearly average temperature ranges from 20.6 C to 34.5 C.

Numerous reptiles, including freshwater turtles, Indian black turtles, and Indian flap-shelled turtles, are protected at Kaudulla National Park.

When Kaudulla National Park was first established in 2002, it gave elephants access to larger wilderness areas and connected the southern elephant corridor between Minneriya and Wasgomuwa National Parks. Additionally, Kaudulla links the east with Somawathiya National Park. Elephant herds congregate in the park’s focal point, Kaudulla Reservoir, during the dry season. The ideal months to travel to Kaudulla to see the vast herd of elephants are September and October. In Kaudulla, 211 animals were counted in 2008. The elephant domains are also in the middle of Habarana Road. These animals, which are accustomed to human intervention at this point, frequently come across vehicles traveling in the nighttime to and from Kaudulla National Park.

In addition to elephants, the Kaudulla National Park is home to 23 different species of animals, including sloth bears, leopards, sambar deer, and Sri Lankan axis deer. Leopard and sloth bear sightings are quite rare. The months of June through September are the ideal times to visit this park. Paddle boat rides on the lake are a popular way for visitors to enjoy bird watching.

Sinharaja Forest Reserve Sri Lanka

The last surviving portion of Sri Lanka’s tropical lowland rainforest, the 18900-acre Sinharaja Rain Forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), is situated in the Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces in the country’s south-west lowland wet zone. The last surviving portion of Sri Lanka’s tropical lowland rainforest, the 18900-acre Sinharaja Rain Forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), is situated in the Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces in the country’s south-west lowland wet zone. Sinharaja is encircled by rivers on three sides. Sinharaja’s northern border is formed by the Koskulana Ganga and Napola Dola. The rivers Maha Dola and Gin Ganga are located in the south and south-west. The rivers Kalukandawa Ela and Kudawa Ganga are to the west. A historic walk may be found to the east of Sinharaja, by the Denuwa Kanda and the Beverley Tea Estate.

You may go through Ratnapura, Kiriella, Kalawana, and Weddala to get to Sinharaja Forest Reserve from the country’s north or west. Deniyaya is the southern entrance of the Sinharaja Rain Forest. You may access Sinharaja from the Rakwana side if you’re coming from Hambantota or Udawalawe.

The Sinharaja Forest Reserve covers a total of 7,648 hectares, or 18,900 acres. Its height varies from 300 to 1,170 meters. More than half of Sri Lanka’s indigenous species of animals, including butterflies, insects, reptiles, and unusual amphibians, may be found in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve. The Waste Lands Ordinance, which was first passed in 1875, designated the majority of the Sinharaha forest as a forest reserve. As part of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) initiative of UNESCO, the Sinharaja Rain Forest was included in the global network of biosphere reserves in 1978. This reserve and a northern expansion of it were designated Sri Lanka’s first National Wilderness Heritage Area in October 1988. The Sinharaja Biosphere Reserve was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as Sri Lanka’s first natural site in December 1988.

According to meteorological data collected in and around Sinharaja during the past 60 years, the forest’s yearly rainfall has varied from 3614mm to 5006mm and its temperatures have ranged from 19°C to 34°C. Two monsoons—the south-west monsoon in May–July and the northeast monsoon in November–January—are responsible for the majority of the rainfall.

The Sinharaja Rain Forest is a small, irregularly shaped area of undulating terrain. It is bordered on two sides by rivers: the Gin Ganga on the southern side and the Kalu Ganga, which flows through the Napola Dola, Koskulana Ganga, and Kudawa Ganga on the northern side.

The Moulawella Peak and the Sinhagala Peak are reached by using the two main natural routes of the Sinharaja Rain Forest. Both of these nature walks, which leave from Kudawa Conservation Centre (KCC), are fascinating and entertaining. Although the forest is densely populated with big trees growing close together, the walking is made easier by the twisting routes. The pathways are cut through by little streams of cold, clear water that are home to a variety of fish, toads, and crabs. And under the forest’s canopy, a variety of birds may be spotted.

Wildlfe

Sinharaja rain forest is home to numerous indigenous birds such as the Ceylon hanging parrot (loriculus beryllinus), the Ceylon grey hornbill (ocyceros gingalensis), the ashy-headed giggling thrush (garrulax cinereifrons), Layard’s parakeet (psittacula calthripae), the jungle fowl (gallus lafayetii ), the spur chicken (galloperdix bicalcarata), the ceylon timber pigeon (columba torringtonii), the brown-capped babbler (pellorneum fuscocapillum), the red-confronted malkoha (pellorneum fuscocapillum), and the ceylon blue magpie (urocissa ornate), among others, are distinguished in this place. The Sinharaja Reserve is home to 19 of the 20 indigenous bird species that exist in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Wood Pigeon, Green-Billed Coucal, Sri Lankan White-Headed Starling, Red-Faced Malkoha, Green-Billed Caucal, Sri Lankan Spur Fowl, Sri Lankan Blue Magpie, and Ashy-Headed Babbler are only a few of the endemic birds that are at risk of extinction.

Eight of the 12 endemic mammal species in the USA are found here. The endemic crimson-faced leaf monkey, badger mongoose, large squirrel, dusky-striped jungle squirrel, and torque macaque are frequently sighted. Within the leopard reserve are numerous endangered species of insects, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. More than 50% of mammals and butterflies are endemic. The python, endemic green pit viper, endemic hump-nosed lizard (lyriocephalus scutatus), and rough-nosed horned lizard are among the reptiles and amphibians (ceratophora aspera).

Other Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka

Adams Peak

Adam's Peak

The breathtaking Adam’s Peak ( ), which is 2,244 meters high and 40 kilometers northeast of Ratnapura, is Sri Lanka’s fourth-highest mountain. The Sri Pada, or Adam’s Peak, is a significant pilgrimage location. Buddhists think the footprint on the peak is actually that of Lord Buddha. Although it takes five hours to get to the summit, followers of various religions ascend the mountain every day to ask for blessings. Samanala Kanda, or Butterfly Mountain, is another name for the mountain. There are mostly forested slopes surrounding Adam’s Peak, and there are no other mountains of a similar scale in the area. 2011 saw the designation of the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary, which includes the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka’s Adam’s Peak, Horton Plains National Park, and Knuckles Range, as a World Heritage Site. Butterfly Mountain, or Kanda.

Paths

  • The Hatton-Nallathanni, Ratnapura-Palabaddala, Kuruwita-Erathna, Murraywatte, Mookuwatte, and Malimboda paths are six that can be used to access Adam’s Peak.
  • Ratnapura and Kuruwita can only be reached by main motorways, whereas Hatton can be reached by both the Highland Railway line and the main roadways.
  • The Hatton-Nallathanni and Ratnapura-Palabaddala routes are the most well-traveled because of the breathtaking views and picture-perfect scenery they offer.

After arriving at the last node (Nallanthanni, Palabaddala, or Erathna), the challenging trek through the jungle on foot starts. Despite having a steeper incline than the others, the majority of pilgrims take the Hatton path since it allows them to cut their distance by more than five kilometers.

Traditionally, the season for pilgrims to Sri Pada begins on the full moon in December and concludes on the full moon in April. The night ascent is hardly popular in the first half of the season. On the other hand, as the season progresses, more and more people attempt the climb.

The majority of the path leading up Adam’s peak is made up of dozens of steps made of cement or unpolished stones that are illuminated by power cables. Even when children are present, the night ascent is secure. Reaching the summit in time to witness the sunrise has never been easier or more tiring thanks to the track’s night rest breaks, wayside vendors, and kiosks that provide refreshments.

There is a shrine, a belfry, and a resting place on Adam’s Peak. The centerpiece of the attraction is a stone tablet that conceals the Lord Buddha’s sacred imprint. The majority of pilgrims climb for no other reason than to honor the shrine. The mountains of Sri Lanka are known by this name, Sri Pada (Sinhala for resplendent feet).

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(Image Credit: Travel Destinations Sri Lanka

Pinnawala Day Tour

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

The National Zoological Gardens acquired the orphanage from the Department of Wildlife in 1978. In 1982, a captive breeding program was started. In total, more than 20 elephants have been bred here since the program’s commencement. The orphanage’s goal is to provide these elephants with a natural environment-like environment. With a few exceptions, the mahouts and volunteers still bottle-feed all the young elephants under the age of three, and the elephants are bathed in the river twice daily. The village of Pinnawala in the province of Kegalle is home to the Pinnawala (Pinnawela) Elephant Orphanage, which is 90 kilometers from Colombo.

Each animal also receives around 2 kilograms from a meal bag comprising rice bran and maize, in addition to about 76 kg of green matter each day. Many Sri Lankan and foreign visitors visit the orphanage every day since it has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. It is obvious that seeing the elephants bathe, which is quite a sight, is the major draw.

The orphanage’s main goal has been to offer a lifeline to adult elephants stranded in the forest as well as orphaned young elephants. Orphaned newborn elephants have frequently lost out to the herd after their mother was murdered or after mishaps involving them falling into holes. In other cases, the mother elephant perished after falling into a pit, leaving the young elephant alone in the woods. Farmers have been known to murder adult elephants in order to safeguard their paddy fields and harvests, leaving baby elephants orphaned. To provide the unfortunate victims of such circumstances with the greatest chance possible, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was established. Pinnawala (Pinnawela) Elephant Orphanage’s captive breeding. The elephants at the orphanage get care from a staff of over 100 people, including a troop of mahouts, and are not subjected to any kind of stress, abuse, or danger. The elephants have the possibility to mate because of the herd’s freedom of mobility inside the restricted area of the orphanage. The first Pinnawela baby elephant was born in 1984. Some of these children now have the wonderful fortune to witness the birth of their third generation in the orphanage. Additionally, the orphanage has started a scientific captive-breeding program for elephants with the assistance of regional and international specialists on elephants. Since that time, the Asian elephant breeding program at the orphanage has become one of the most successful.

Pinnawala is a must visit place to visit in Sri Lanka if you love Asian Elephants.

Colombo City

The cosmopolitan city of Colombo, which serves as a gateway to Sri Lanka’s wonders, has a rich colonial history and is home to a diverse population of races, faiths, and cultures. A city of contrasts, it is both an eclectic mix of glitzy hotels and office towers that are situated next to stunning red-tiled colonial structures. Street markets that are wide and busy are teeming with fresh produce, colorful silks and cottons, aromatic spices, and spices. Explore the multi-ethnic history of Colombo as you pass by churches, mosques, and temples in the same streets. Notable locations include Fort Station, the Red Mosque, and the Khan Clock Tower. Eat like a native, experience Colombo’s alluring street food culture, and take in the sights, sounds, and fragrances of the bustling Pettah Bazaar. This coastal city provides a wide range of thrilling activities, excursions, and tourist destinations. Play a game of golf on beautiful green courses, take a thrilling tuk-tuk ride through the city, and have high tea at a gorgeous colonial-style hotel overlooking the turquoise ocean. A shopper’s delight, chic boutiques carry top international brands, while quaint stores sell textured textiles and vibrant local art. Explore the wide variety of fragrantly flavored teas, including brandy and banana, in the land of the renowned Ceylon tea. One of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations is Sri Lanka’s capital, which has a rich past and an alluring culture. Offering a wide range of lodging alternatives, from opulent colonial estates to exquisite hotels, your every taste and wish for a place to stay is satisfied.

Enjoy a walking tour of Colombo’s Fort and Pettah neighborhoods.

Learn about Colombo’s vibrant culture, see its many unique sights, and engage with its real residents. Explore the cultural richness of the city as you stroll through the vibrant streets of Pettah, Colombo’s most well-liked neighborhood and a bustling market zone. Visit the Red Mosque, indulge in delectable street cuisine, select unusual spices, and stroll around market booths. Spend some time in Colombo’s most important business district, the Fort area.

Visit historical locales, including the Dutch Reformed Church and the Dutch Period Museum.

Visit three Dutch Colonial-style structures that are near the Colombo Fort. The Wolvendaal Church, which was the first structure Dutch sailors saw when they arrived at the harbor and is now a bustling dining and retail center; the Dutch Period Museum; and the Old Dutch Hospital are among them.

Relive your stroll while drinking an ice-cold beer at the Dutch Hospital Complex.

The Dutch Hospital, which is believed to be the oldest structure in the Colombo Fort neighborhood, was built during the Dutch colonial era in Sri Lanka. It has been beautifully restored and is now a popular destination for modern dining and shopping. After visiting Colombo, this district is the perfect spot to unwind because it exudes a fun vibe.

Take a tuk-tuk ride or a three-wheeled chariot off the main path.

A tuk-tuk is a tremendously thrilling, exhilarating way to get around an authentically rural city. Be prepared to constantly avoid obstacles, including pedestrians, cars, trucks, bullock carts, bikes, and other tuk-tuks. This is a wonderfully entertaining opportunity to venture off the beaten path and visit areas of Colombo that are seldom seen on the typical tourist circuit, helped by a qualified, English-speaking driver in a safe atmosphere.

Investigate the revered Gangaramaya Temple.

Explore the 19th-century Gangaramaya Temple, one of Colombo’s most important sites of worship, which combines modern design with traditional elements while replete with orange-robed monks who revere brilliant Buddha sculptures.

Discover the kovils and temples in the city.

The city of Colombo is dotted with several temples and kovils. The Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, which is decked with stunning magnificence, and the new and old Kathiresan Kovil, which hosts the yearly chariot festival, are two must-sees. The best murals, with their detailed intricacies and vivid colors, decorate the walls. Devotees congregate at the mesmerizing architectural design of Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil to honor Lord Shiva.

Ella

Ella combines the breathtaking mountains covered in rainforest, the expansive tea plantations, and the magnificent waterfalls of Sri Lanka. Travelers may anticipate spending their days in the most lush settings, taking in the views from hilltop homes and exploring challenging hiking paths in one of the world’s leading producers of tea. Even the journey to Ella by the recognizable blue train through bamboo trees and tropical mist is one of life’s most unforgettable events. Ella has a ton of incredible activities, from scaling lush mountain peaks to leaping into cool waterfalls. After spending the day in the outdoors, visitors may unwind in the town’s lively environment at one of the many fantastic cafes and eateries. The top activities to do when visiting Ella, Sri Lanka, are listed below.

Ascend Little Adam’s Peak

Even though Little Adam’s Peak is smaller than its larger sister, Adam’s Peak, it is still rather spectacular. Three lush peaks that rise over the valley below make up the magnificent ridge. Hike across breathtaking scenery, going past nearby communities, tea plantations, and fields of tall grass. A unique sense only comes from reaching the summit, where you can take in the breathtaking panoramic views and experience what it’s like to be on top of the globe! The distance between Ella Town and the base of the mountain is around 45 minutes on foot. It takes around 15 minutes to go from the bottom to the top (or 30 minutes to reach the furthest of the 3 peaks).

Walk Along the Nine Arch Bridge’s

 The Nine Arch Bridge is a landmark in Ella and is well-known across the world for its beauty. The magnificent bridge is 91 meters long and 25 meters high. You’ll find it tucked up in the thick green hills among low-lying clouds just outside Ella Town and on the same path as Little Adam’s Peak. Before arriving at the picture-perfect location, stroll through the lovely bamboo forest, stopping to admire the stone arches and wave at the passengers riding the vintage blue train as they pass by.

Diyaluma Falls, Sri Lanka’s second-highest waterfall,

Diyaluma Falls, the second-highest waterfall in all of Sri Lanka, is a top Ella attraction. The trek to the top of the waterfall is an ideal chance to spend time in the outdoors.

Enjoy the thundering force of the water as it hits the rocks at your feet. As you explore the three naturally occurring infinity pools that are spread out along the cliff edge at the top, you’ll feel on top of the world. It is a sensation unlike any other to swim in these pools while looking down at the 220 meters below. Just one hour’s drive separates Diyaluma from Ella. You may drive 30 minutes to the top from the base and then climb 45 minutes up the route to get to the pools. The full trek from bottom to summit takes around 2 hours without a tuk-tuk.

At Ravana Falls, take a refreshing natural shower.

Despite being smaller than Diyaluma Falls, Ravana Falls is nevertheless breathtakingly magnificent. There are various rock pools between the three levels of the falls, which provide the ideal swimming spot. It’s a sheer delight to get some relief from the tropical afternoon heat! Only narrow, muddy pathways run further up the slope; it’s not advised to ascend above the first layer (signs warn you of the hazards). Additionally, carry the proper footwear so you can easily leap into and out of the pools.

Ravana Flying Zip Line

One of the best things to do in Ella for thrill-seekers and explorers is the Flying Ravana zip line! The amazing zip line is nearly half a kilometer long, 82 meters tall, and can reach 80 km/h! The closest you’ll come to flying is zipping high over the treetops while gazing down on the valley below. The best part is that it’s only a 10-minute drive from Ella town, making it the ideal Ella afternoon activity.

Make the ascent of Ella Rock.

You can always feel the majestic presence of the imposing Ella Rock in Ella, no matter where you are. One of the best things to do in Ella is to trek the gorgeous green mountain, which is one of the most popular hikes. This climb stands out because it is very natural and overgrown, which gives you a sense of true adventure. From Ella Town to the Summit, it requires a 2-hour trek through deep woodland, extensive grass fields, and railroad tracks. It’s an amazing feeling to reach the summit, hang your legs off the cliff, and gaze down into the valley. Starting the trek as early in the day as you can can help you escape the intense sun. Additionally, remember to bring clothing because it will be freezing in the morning and considerably hotter as you descend.

From Kandy, take the train to Ella.

Ella is the exception to the rule when it comes to trips being among the top things to do. With the doors open and the breeze in your hair, take in the classic trip from Kandy to Ella on the vintage, colorful train. Before arriving in lovely Ella, travel through the forest, rolling tea hills, and over breathtaking viaducts.

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya, sometimes known as the “little London,” is the ideal spot to unwind in Sri Lanka. There are many attractions in Nuwara Eliya, and the entire city is very distinct from the rest of Sri Lanka. It’s a peaceful area with amazing scenery, ideal for organizing wonderful family vacations. There are several farms there as well, and visitors may take advantage of the spacious areas. But that doesn’t exclude you from traveling alone there. This city, which is situated in the center of Sri Lanka, is surrounded by entrancingly lush vegetation while sitting above the tea hills. The area’s waterfalls further emphasize its beauty and provide delightful vistas. Additionally, Nuwara Eliya is home to a number of temples that are now well-liked tourist destinations. If everything else fails, you can always go shopping to your heart’s content and bring home some delightful mementos from Nuwara Eliya.

Victoria Park

Since it is already known that Nuwara Eliya is a relaxing location, The same applies to Victoria Park. If you are in Nuwara Eliya on a trip, be sure to stop by this location. It is a sizable, well-kept park and one of the top destinations for families in Nuwara. This park is acknowledged as being the best-kept in all of South Asia. This park contains enormous flowers, ferries, and swings to add to the atmosphere. This is the main attraction in Nuwara Eliya town and a site where tourists would want to unwind while on vacation.

Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake is the answer to the question of where in Nuwara Eliya tourists should go. It is a little bit outside of the town’s core. One of Nuwara Eliya’s most picturesque locations, where you may go rowing and play a few kid-friendly games. Additionally, there are snack stands and houseboat amenities. Here, Sunday feels like a wonderful day. People come here to unwind, perhaps have a little picnic, and simply take in the positive energy. The natural beauty is also stunning. It is one of the most intriguing undiscovered destinations in Nuwara Eliya.

Bale Bazaar

If you are in the city on a trip, stop by this distinctive market for Nuwara Eliya shopping. The Bale Bazaar, sometimes referred to as the winter market, is a famous tourist destination in Nuwara Eliya. Although it is seldom particularly chilly in Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya is, so visitors might want to purchase something there as a souvenir. It is an inexpensive market with a large selection of winter clothing that is enjoyable to browse through or purchase. It is among the top attractions in Nuwara Eliya.

Ambewela Farm

Due to its abundance of vegetation, Ambewela Farm is frequently referred to as Little New Zealand. It is one of Nuwara Eliya’s well-known locations and is spread out across a vast region. Visitors may enjoy this farm’s lovely grass by strolling around in their bare feet. Visitors to this farm may observe cows and other livestock while taking a tour. If they’re fortunate, kids could also get to see a cow being milked. Here, visitors may purchase fresh dairy products and sample them right from the source.

Moon Plains

In essence, Moon Plains is a sizable plain with verdant grass in the middle of tea farms, forest preserves, and mountains. One of the sites to visit in Nuwara Eliya, this location boasts a fantastic outlook and is a great spot to unwind after a long day of touring. Once a traveler arrives in this location, they may unwind, take in the clean air, and feel joyful. It restores the simplicity that has been lost in the complex urban lifestyle. It is one of the most well-liked attractions in Nuwara Eliya.

Seetha Amman Kovil

Among the places to see in Nuwara Eliya, the Seetha Amman Kovil Temple, which is next to the Hakgala Botanical Garden, is a must. Because of its significant mythological significance, it is a must-see. It’s thought that after Sita was abducted by Ravana, she continued to come here and offer daily prayers to Rama. Her spouse, Rama, was also thought to be one of Lord Vishnu’s incarnations. Mythology enthusiasts will adore this location.

Hakgala Botanical Garden 

Nature lovers should come here. There are 28 acres of nature there, with all of its hues and tones. Exotic plants and a wide range of flowers may be found in the garden. These plants are split into a number of smaller gardens, such as the Upper Flower Garden, Fernery, Rock Garden, Arboretum, Rose Garden, and Glass House, among other places, and are a must-see when visiting Nuwara Eliya.

 

Ambuluwawa

Ambuluwawa

The first multi-religious center in Sri Lanka is Ambuluwawa Tower. You may see a church, a mosque, a kovil, and a temple. It is well known that Ambuluwawa Temple, which has a height of 48 meters, resembles a Buddhist “stupa.” This Multi-Religious Center demonstrates the ideal unity and harmony that have always existed among Sri Lankans. Ambuluwawa Tower is accessible via Gampola or Kandy. The only facts we know about this place are that it is 3567 meters above sea level and that there are 200 plants there, of which 80 different varieties. We are aware that the ascent is quite difficult, but as you are probably aware, the steepest ascents always offer the finest vistas.

You will be able to see the stunning view of the Nuwara Eliya district’s mountains, Hunnasgiriya, and the Hanthana Mountain Range if you go on a day with a clear sky and no mist. The Hanthana Mountain Range is renowned for being a lone warrior, able to endure anything that would be thrown at it. It also serves as a haven for many tourists and happily provides adventure to everyone who so desires. It is a very diversified location, with evergreen woods, flowering plants in bloom, creepers, and over 200 distinct species of plants from 80 different plant groups, including a number of medicinal herbs. Numerous mountains surround Ambuluwawa, including Piduruthalagala to the east, Bible Rock (Bathalegala) to the west, Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) to the south, and the Knuckles Mountain Range to the north. Many additional mountains, in addition to these, are also readily visible from here and add to the area’s splendor. These include the Hunnasigiri Mountain Range, the Hanthana Mountain Range, and the mountain ranges connected to Kadugannawa and Algalla. This is why the area has a refreshing mountain wind.

 

Ambuluwawa is another best place to visit in Sri Lanka for those who love to experience adventure.

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(Ambuluwawa Image Credit: Tourism Sri Lanka