Sri Lanka is a country that has a lot to offer you. Here are some places to discover:
Colombo : Colombo is the Sri Lanka’s largest city. It is very colorful city and worth a look even though the Sri Lankan capital has less obvious interest than many other parts of the island. The city is famous for its Fort district, Buddhist and Hindu temples, as well as for the Pettah district with its market and fruit and vegetable stalls.
Galle : Located in the southwest of the island, the old town of Galle is surrounded by ramparts. The interior of the fort is composed of streets intersecting at right angles, houses of colonial styles with red tiles, Baroque churches. Nothing better than a small walk on the ramparts to discover the fort.
Nuwara Eliya : The highest city of the island (1900 m) is actually an altitude station created in the late nineteenth century. The city is benefiting from a microclimate more clement and specific to this region. Here, it’s time to enjoy tea plantations up in the clouds, green mountainsides, rushing waterfalls, British architectural style and golf courses. You cana also go hiking the Horton Plains, a national park located at the highest plateau in the island. The park is very famous among nature lovers.
The Southern beaches : Mirissa, Unawatuna and Tangale are the prettiest beaches in Sri Lanka. You can swim, snorkel, body board or surf, or simply lie back, relax and enjoy the sun, sea, sand and feeling of privacy that these beach afford.
Safaris in Udawalawe or Yala : These two National Park home a diverse wildlife. On board a jeep, you can see reptiles (crocodiles, monitor lizards, snakes), elephants, deer, peacocks, raptors, thousands of birds, and if you’re lucky you can may cross a bear or a leopard.
Cultural Triangle :
– Kandy : Surrounded by mountains and hills, Kandy is the second largest city of the island. In the city, there is an artificial lake around which it is pleasant to walk and which adjoins the highest place of Sri Lankan Buddhism: the Temple of the Tooth. It’s part of Unesco World Heritage Site since 1988. The beautiful countryside around Kandy contains a wide variety of attractions, including the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. You can also see the traditional Singhalese dance in one of the many cultural halls of the city.
– Polonnaruwa : Polonnaruwa has extensive and well-preserved remains that offer a fascinating glimpse of the Sri Lanka of the middle age. Formerly national capital, it is today a popular tourist site which can be visited by car or bike, because of its vast proportions.
– Sigiriya : Sigiriya Rock, also called “Lion Rock” is one of the most impressive historical relics of Sri Lanka. This ocher-red monolith dominating the jungle from the top of its 370 meters houses a fortress with a singular history. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, the Sigiriya archaeological site was restored in the middle of the 20th century. It is a must for any visit to Sri Lanka.
– Dambulla : Located on the top of a hill, the five caves of Dambulla constitute one of the holy places of Buddhism. They contain an impressive amount of statues with the image of Buddha and some murals.