The city of the sky-rising buildings, the federation of street sellers – the one-of-a-kind semi culture of trading, the city with the bustling business and places you could roam around all the way. Watch the sun drift down to the ocean while eating an authentic isso-wade (a prawn food item) at the beaches and you can name it ‘The City’ of Lanka.
Get enchanted by the wilderness, the little baby elephants and their habitats would explain you everything – that the wild is not wild at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Be there the right time to see them enjoy the waters with the baby elephants and push them to drink their bottle of milk.
The sacred city with the Lord Buddha’s most venerable temple of the tooth shining bright among the misty hills and unique traditions of construction, dance and customs. If you are to feel the heritage of Sri Lanka the Dalada Perahera – a parade full of tuskers and traditional colorful dancing all night, is not to be missed.
The 8th world wonder to be the glorious rock kingdom which was solely built basing a stand rock situated in the middle of a forest. The path is paved for you to explore the paintings of Sri Lanka’s ancient artists and architects, and 6th century engineers of water flow systems. Believe it or not and rate what Sigiriya would make you feel.
The most visited and the second largest wildlife observation park of the country. The reason why this is a must visit of any tourist is because of the large herds of elephants and leopards ruling the entire jungle zone with a much higher density than anywhere else in Sri Lanka. Other than for the wild boars, butterfly species, reptiles and deer there are several other sites which one can visit such as the Sithulpauwwa Ancient Rock Temple which accommodated 12,000 monks. And the bridal stage of the Queen who devoted her life to the sea – Queen Vihara Maha Devi is also within the park premises. Out of all the 90 bird species within Yala Park range around 40 of them are migrant while the others are endemic and could be captured only on a serious travel-o-holic visit!
You might expect an overrun and packed beach here, due all the luxury around – but the Bentota beach proves you wrong as the sublime stretch of golden sand could barely make you find another tourist’s footprint around. Experience the luxury and serenity of the golden beaches and green and blue oceans at Bentota.
Kitulgala is the adrenalin-sports capital of Sri Lanka. For the moment most visitors are the young and energetic of Colombo, but more and more foreign visitors are starting to discover the delights of white-water rafting, jungle trekking, bird watching and cave exploration. The town’s other main claim to fame is that David Lean filmed his 1957 Oscar-winning epic Bridge on the River Kwai here.
Hauntingly desolate, windswept plateau set at an elevation of over 2,000m makes you feel like a world apart which is excellent for trekking which also has a 9km circular walk to World’s End where the cliff falls down dramatically 1000m. Starting your walk early morning is advisable as the plains often gets covered with clouds by the mid-morning.
The beginning of the reign of Sri Lanka, the first most glorious city with unbelievably high rise stupas, Buddha statues to heal your mind as of Hon. Jawaharlal Nehru’s and the city is quite busy with the devotees visiting the Sri Maha Bodhi and Buddhist stupas which will also bring peace and serenity to your inner soul.
Famed Royal Rock Temple is an iconic symbol of Sri Lanka – which has an unbelievably carved rock Buddha Statue and amazing paintings which dates back to a symbolic reign. The Dambulla city would also give you an admirable experience of one of Sri Lanka’s biggest wholesale markets – where the leafy and greeny vegetables be distributed to all the countries.
Sri Lanka is different from mile to mile and Nuwara Eliya could be the perfect example to show out what cold and mistiness is like inside the country. The beautiful flowers, strawberries and hiking and trekking sites around the location Nuwara Eliya offers a plenty of sites you could watch which may drag you to a deeper history.
Things are particularly lively during the annual Hikkaduwa Beach Fest, a three-day beach party in July/August with visiting international DJs and crowds of hedonistic locals and foreigners partying on the beach. Other attractions include excellent local surf, plus good diving and snorkelling. Beach and sea aside, there are also several interesting Buddhist temples around Hikkaduwa, all easily reachable by Tuk-tuk or bicycle – though be very careful cycling along the treacherous Galle Road.