DESTINATIONS

Colombo

TThe 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.

Kandy Dalada Maligaawa & Cultural Dance

The temple of the tooth relic is The treasure of Sri Lankas 2500 year dated history and its traditions, customs and culture. The temple itself possesses an architecture, plus the Lord Buddhas left tooth relic which is worshipped according to a preserved set of customs, quite enchanting. And also the traditional dancing methods of four corners of the country is also presented while at the Paegent held every year as the Esela Perahera.

Udawalawa

Lying at the borders of the Uva and Sabaragamuwa provinces of Sri Lanka, the national park at Udawalawa was established as a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the reservoir crossing Walawe River. Udawalawa is rated for the migrant birds and friendly wild elephants which could be sited at various open locations. Apart from the large herd of elephants of approximately 250 in numbers the rusty-spotted cat, fishing cat and Sri Lankan leopard makes Udawalawa their home. White wagtail, vblack capped kingfisher, cormorants, spot-billed pelican, Asian openbill, painted stork, black headed ibis and Eurasian spoonbill are some migrants that never misses Udawalawa at their travel.

Nuwara Eliya

Large herds of elephants gathered at places where tanks and lakes are is what Minneriya National Park is special about. From out of all national parks which has wild elephants Minneriya would be the ideal place to explore their wild habitat and also wading birds. Other than for the Sambar deer, buffalos and crocodiles – wish for the best to see the leopards hidden at Minneriya.

Mirissa

Crack open a coconut, slip into a hammock and rock gently in the breeze, allowing the hours, days and even weeks to slip calmly by. Welcome to Mirissa, which is 4km southeast of Weligama, and is another quickly developing crescent of beach.

Modest guesthouses abound and there are a string of simple cafes along the sand that seem to come and go with the tides. So far the government has stopped the kinds of sand-encroaching construction as seen at Unawatuna, but only time will tell as visitor numbers just keep growing.

You’ll need to go to Weligama or Matara for most services, although there are internet and phone places, and small markets near the 149km marker.

Galle

The big unmissable destination in the south. It's at once endlessly exotic, bursting with the scent of spices and salty winds, and yet also, with its wonderful collection of Dutch-colonial buildings, a town of great beauty. Classic architecture melds with a dramatic tropical setting to create a reality that is endlessly interesting. Wandering the old walls and streets at random yields one architectural surprise after another as you explore the amazing collection of structures dating back through the centuries.

Sigiriya

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.

Anuradhapura

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.

Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa has been a firm fixture on the Sri Lankan tourist map since the 1970s. This long exposure to international tourism has left it a little worse for wear. Uncontrolled and unplanned development has meant that the swaying palms of yesteryear have given way to an almost unbroken strip of cheap guesthouses and restaurants that vie among themselves to be the closest to the lapping waves. This in turn has led to terrible beach erosion, and in parts the once-famous sand has now been almost completely replaced with sand bags fighting a vain battle to retain what little beach remains (although in recent years sand does seem to be beginning to return to large parts of the beach – a trend we can only hope continues). To make matters worse, the appalling Colombo–Galle road, with its asphyxiating smog and crazy bus drivers, runs right through the middle of it all, which can make stepping outside of your guesthouse as deadly as a game of Russian roulette!

pinnawala

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.

Negombo

Seafood and generally known for the spicy savories served at beach restaurants and hotels are not what which wraps up Negombo. The blue waters beyond the Negombo beach are decent for a dropdown right after the International airport of Bandaranaike at Sri Lanka.

Deniyaya

Deniyaya is a small town in Sri Lanka. It is located in Matara District of the Southern Province.

Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka and was established as the Capital in the 11th century. Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archaeological relic cities in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom's first rulers. Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site.

Ella

Ella is a very popular hill-country village especially because it’s a place to cool down after your strenuous travels. Ella is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations. Some of ella’s main tourist attractions are Ella Rock, Little Adam's Peak, Ravana Ella Falls and Nine Arches Bridge

Yala

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The Yala National Park is special because it has a variety of ecosystems that include monsoon forests, dry monsoon forests, thorn forests, grasslands, fresh water and marine wetlands and also sandy beaches. Yala is home to some 215 bird species of which seven are endemic to Sri Lanka. There are 44 species of mammals in the Park including the Sri Lankan elephant and also one of the highest leopard densities in the world. There are 45 species of reptiles and six of them are endemic.

Unawatuna

Unawatuna Beach is renowned world-wide and draws not only locals but also foreigners as Unawatuna is full of restaurants, hotels, small kiosks selling plenty of goodies from seafood to clothing. You can reach Unawatuna by the Southern Expressway from Colombo.

Jaffna

Historically, Jaffna has been a contested city. The majority of the city’s population are Sri Lankan Tamils. The city is surrounded by Jaffna Lagoon to its west and south, Kokkuvil and Thirunelveli to the north, and Nallur to the east. Jaffna peninsula is made of limestone as it was submerged under sea during the Miocene period. Jaffna features a tropical rainforest climate with no true dry season month.

Trincomalee

Trincomalee is a port city on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka. Set on a peninsula, Fort Frederick was built by the Portuguese in the 17th century. Trincomalee offers beautiful white sand and is one of the best beaches of Sri Lanka.

Pasikudha

Pasikudha is located to the north of Batticaloa and is adjoining Kalkudah beach on the east coast of Sri Lanka. Sea bathing in Passekudah would be a unique experience especially since it is a flat-bed beach and you can wade or swim safely to a distance of about 200 m from the shore. It is a safe place because the reef breaks the heavy waves making this part of the sea quite calm. The combined area of Kalkudah and Passikudah was declared as a National Holiday Resort in 1973.

Arugambay

Arugam bay is essentially for those who love surfing. The surfing period is from April to October and many surfers from around the world make Arugam Bay their home during this period. Waves of 5 to 10 mtrs can be expected here depending on the swell.