Lying between the more trodden parts of India and Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka’s history, culture and natural beauty are undeniably alluring. It’s the place you haven’t been to yet, that you should. Verdant tea plantations and rainforested peaks beckon walkers, trekkers and those who just want to see them from a spectacular train ride. And then there are the beaches. Dazzlingly white and often untrodden, they ring the island so that no matter where you go, you’ll be near a sandy gem. Should you beat the inevitable languor, you can surf and dive world-class sites without world-class crowds. And you’re always just a short hop from something utterly new.
Discover a favourite beach, meditate in a 2000-year-old temple, exchange smiles while strolling a mellow village, marvel at birds and wildflowers, and try to keep count of the little dishes that come with your rice and curry. Wander past colonial gems in Colombo, then hit some epic surf. Sri Lanka is spectacular, affordable and still often uncrowded. Now is the best time to discover it.
Colombo is a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the beaches, it has become a worthy destination in its own right and makes an excellent start -or finish -to your Sri Lankan adventures. Colombo is Sri Lanka’s ocean city. Portuguese, Dutch and British heritage is reflected in its it’s architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.
This city of Sri Lanka is renowned for the great Kandy Esala Perahera festival (held annually in July/August), but its vibrant cultural life and attractions more than justify a visit at any time of year. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, or Sri Dalada Maligawa, as it is known locally, is one of the most-visited destinations in Kandy. The most sacred Buddhist shrine is said to possess a sacred tooth relic of Buddha, more precisely his right canine, which has been preserved safely. Kandy Lake is the most iconic place in the entire city. It’s located in the heart of Kandy, next to the Temple of the Tooth. The scenery is pretty, and there are several peaceful spots where you can just sit and stare at the river & the Temple. There’s even an island in the lake, with palm trees!
Nuwara Eliya the heart of the tea industry and is a good escape for those who miss cool breeze in tropical Sri Lanka at any time of the year. Nuwara Eliya offers many activities for tourists including visits to tea plantations golfing, horse riding, boating, hiking and of course exploring the beauty of the landscaped gardens, waterfalls and plateaus. It also has an Elephant Orphanage, a place for shelter and care for the wounded elephants and abandoned baby elephants found in jungle. This area is not a jungle, just a garden with coconut trees. So items such as jackfruit leaves(branches), coconut tree branches and Kithul tree branches taken out side to fed elephants. Other than those, they were fed with mixture of some nutritious foods such as rice, Gingerly seeds, maize and etc.
South of Beruwala, Bentota is another major beach resort of the island with many large hotels with beach fronts, beautiful sandy beaches and shallow waters. There is a popular fresh water lagoon which is a popular water racing location.
Ruhuna National park or more affectionately known as Yala National Park, has been the most celebrated wildlife park in Sri Lanka for over a century. Yala is an ideal place to spot the ‘big four-of Sri Lankan wildlife, the elephants, the sloth bear, the illusive leopard and the wild buffalo. Other wildlife and birds you can spot are wild boar, spotted deer, mongoose, land monitor, samba deer, jackal, jungle fowls, peacocks (pea fowls), stalks, pigeons, bee eaters, eagles, kites, falcons, pelicans, kingfishers, snakes, beetles, aquatic beings and many kinds of birds. According to recent studies Yala is said to have the highest concentration of the elusive Sri Lankan leopard ‘The Prince of Dusk’, the apex predator in Sri Lankan national parks and arguably the most versatile of all felines in adaptability on earth perhaps the most famous inhabitant of Yala.
Galle’s core is the Fort, a walled enclave surrounded on three sides by the ocean. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thus sees a fair amount of tourist traffic. On the southern tip of the island of Sri Lanka, there is also a great beach close by at Unawatuna. Most travellers are utterly seduced by Galle’s ambience, and it’s undoubtedly southern Sri Lanka’s one unmissable sight. Once a racecourse for wagering British colonials, Galle’s cricket ground was established over 100 years ago. Since 1998 it has been used for international matches; in 2010 it was the site of the legendary last appearance of Sri Lanka’s great bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan.