BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SRI LANKA
Many of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka are located within what is known as the cultural triangle in the centre of the island. The cultural triangle encompasses the island’s most important UNESCO World Heritage sites – Sigiriya’s famous Lion Rock fortress, the exquisite Dambulla Cave Temples, the giant 12th-century stone sculptures of Buddha at Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the ancient Ceylonese city and Kandy with its revered Temple of the Tooth. There are also plenty of other great places to visit in Sri Lanka; here is a list of our favourites.
Located atop a rock plateau overlooking verdant jungle and a vast plain is Sigiriya, the mysterious remains of the 5th-century fortress of King Kasyapa. These ruins of Sigiriya are the most unique of the ancient sites in Sri Lanka. Be sure to brave the rickety-looking spiral staircase to see.
The glory of medieval Sri Lanka is seen at Polonnaruwa, an ancient and compact city featuring 12th-century stone sculptures and the Gal Vihara – comprising three enormous Buddha figures. One of the statues is reclining and is 13 metres in length, one standing.
The hill city of Kandy was the last bastion of the Sinhala Kings and is a charming place offering a living record of a magnificent past and is set around an attractive man-made lake in scenic hill country and Sri Lanka’s greatest annual spectacle, the Esala Perahera Festival in August.
Sri Lanka’s cool hill country offers a welcome antidote to the heat of the coast and low-lying plains. Situated among verdant tea plantations and at an elevation of 1990 metres, Nuwara Eliya is one of the highest and most attractive towns in Sri Lanka’s hill region.
For many people safari is an important part of any trip to Sri Lanka. Possibly the best-known place to go is Yala National Park,
home to elephants, leopards, deer,
crocodiles, monkeys and exotic birds and insects.
Sri Lanka is a mystical land, home to many religious and historical places of interest. From the ‘Cultural Triangle’ with its temples, lost cities and sacred sights to the Royal Rock Temple.
Sri Lanka is surrounded by spectacular crystal blue sea, so it’s no surprise that the island is renowned for its beautiful beaches. However, you may not expect to find the plethora of activities that are available.
An excellent destination choice for touring and adventures, Sri Lanka boasts a diverse range of activities, whether it’s exciting inland adventures or thrilling water sports. Thrill seekers will love the fast pace of white.