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  • What would be more inviting then a jaw dropping sea view from your room just reach the beach resorts in Sri Lanka. It would be extremely soothing for your eyes and will surely resurrect some positive energy and some good inspiration too. On the contrary, if you feel that life has become dull and boring you can indulge in some water sports such as snorkelling, swimming and surfing amongst others. It is also considered to be surfing capital.

     For hard core gastronomy, the resort serves some Mediterranean, Asian and traditional Sri Lankan food too. The impeccable services that the resort provides along with some popular highlights such as spa, gym and other facilities too.

    14 Beach Resorts in Sri Lanka that you should visit:

  • 01Mount Lavinia Hotel, Colombo

    Mount Lavinia Hotel was once a palace in 1806. Today, much of the colonial style of the place is kept intact, thanks to the excellent management of the hotel authorities. 

    Highlights: One of the best 5-star heritage hotels in Colombo. 

    Location: Dehiwala, Colombo. 

    Price: Approximately LKR28000. 



    Activities & Amenities: This is a five star luxury beach resort. Hence, the services, food, beverages, recreational facilities, rooms, interiors and overall ambience are absolutely top-class. When you are done with touring around the place, you can get mental and physical rejuvenation from the resort’s spa and beauty parlour. Alternatively, you could also chill around in the resort’s pool. 

    This resort offers unlimited entertainment for guests of all age groups. 

    Distance from main city: 4 minute-walk from railway station of Mount Lavinia and 4km from the National Zoological Gardens. 

    Food: Seafood is the speciality of this resort as all the 3 restaurants here churn up lip-smacking local and international cuisine styles. 

  • 02Ranveli Beach Resort, Colombo

    This resort overlooks the beautiful and expansive Laccadive Sea. The overall ambience is absolutely relaxing and hence this beachfront guesthouse is a great holiday destination for guests of all age groups.

    Highlights: A major highlight of this place is that the beach is just about one km away. The place is also one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations, as couples love to take a cosy stroll along the beach during the evening hours.

    Location: De Seram Road, Colombo.

    Price: Around LKR6500.

    Activities & Amenities: Open air restaurant, free Wi-Fi, courtyard pool, excellent gardens, separate kitchens and many more.

    Distance from main city: 4km from National Zoological Gardens and 12km from the famous Gangaramaya Temple.

    Food: The restaurant at this resort serves all kinds of international cuisine and the bar houses excellent choices of local and international quality of drinks.
  • 03Era Beach by Jetwing

    Presenting breathtaking views of the ocean, Era Beach by Jetwing is an 8-minute walk from the Taple Railway Station and 9 km from Galle Fort. Era Beach is a gracious residence that will offer you a glimpse of colonial comforts is located in the southern coastal area of Galle.

    The hotel features balconies and terraces and the six airy suites provide ocean and garden views. Each of the suites includes free Wi-Fi, DVD player, flat-screen TV, canopy beds, and rainfall showers. Its architecture and the way it is furnished, creates a calming ambience that is enough to make your holiday a memorable one.

    The lush green, tropical meadows will make you rest in the lap of nature and the sunkissed beaches offer a unique kind of serenity and solitude you need for complete relaxation.



    Location: Galle.

    Activities and Amenities: Pool, Gym, Spa, Boat rides, Cycle tours
  • 04Jetwing Lighthouse

    Located outside the central city, set outside the rocky shores of the Indian Ocean, this 5-star hotel is situated just 6 km from the Galle Harbour and 3 km away from the National Maritime Meauseum. Jetwing Lighthouse is a testament to the iconic architecture of Sri Lanka.

    It is the ultimate tropical retreat in the middle of the sea, sun, and sands of the southern coast. Having rooms that are streamlined, have colorful accents with attached balconies and facilities like free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, electronic cupboards, and mini bars.

    Also, there are whirpool tubs so that you can pamper yourself. Besides, there is a separate living room in each suite. The dining options include an elegant seafood restaurant offering excellent sea cuisine.

     

     

    Location: Dadalla, Sri LankaEra Beach by Jetwing

    Activities and Amenities: Ayurvedic Spa, Tennis, Outdoor swimming pool, Event space, Fitness center, Wildlife safari
  • 05Paradise Road The Villa Bentota

    A beach side boutique hotel that features individually designed suites and rooms is the Paradise Road- The Villa Bentota. Covered with colorful tropical gardens, it offers access to free Wi-Fi and 2 outdoor pools. The rooms of the villa have a unique and lavish layout, décor, and style.

    The amenities of the suites include tea making and coffee making facilities, flat-screen TV. Some rooms also have attached terrace or balcony to provide an alluring garden or ocean view. It is a 1.5 hour drive away from Colombo and it is 55 km from Galle and 6 km from Mahainduruwa Railway Station.

    The a la carte menu of The Villa Café offers the visitors to relish a fusion of delicious dishes. Meals can be enjoyed in the privacy of the guests’ rooms provided.



    Location: Bentota

    Activities and Amenities: Fishing, Diving, Free private parking facility

    Average price of rooms: 11,619-23,035
  • 06Saman Villas

    Situated on a cliff opposite to the Laccadive Sea, Saman Villa is an all-suite tropical resort only 2 km away from the Sabaidee Beach whereas 4 km away from the Ventura Beach. A combination of bliss and complete relaxation, this resort features balconies that offer awesome beach and sea views.

    The chic suites are affixed with open-air bathrooms, flat screen LEDs, soaking tubs, along with free iPod docks and Wi-Fi facility. The suites are well-furnished accompanied by private pools and room service for the ease of the customers.

    Freebies include a welcome drink, breakfast as well as a fruit basket. The property describes itself, offering you plush comforts and lets you bask in optimal seclusion.



    Location: Aturuwella

    Activities and Amenities: Poolside bar, Garden, Hot tub, Sauna, Outdoor pool, Spa , Steam room, Massage

    Best time to visit: In the month of June
  • 07Apa Villa Thalpe

    Apa Villa Thalpe is an elegant retreat by some of the most beautiful and gorgeous beaches of the world. Apa Villa evokes within a person a gentle and exquisite feeling so that one can relish the tropical time of sun or splendid sunsets or monsoon rains.

    This hotel has free Wi-Fi, bar, as well as an outdoor swimming pool. Mosquito net, private bathroom, and shower facility is available in every room. The menu consists of local seafood and the bar serves refreshing drinks and snacks. Also, sightseeing bookings and car rental bookings can be made at the on-site desk.

    It is just 10 km away from the Galle’s city centre and 5-minute walking from the Thalpe Bus Station.



    Location: Thalpe

    Activities and Amenities: Outdoor Pool, Spa, Boutique, Scuba Diving, Cycling, Rafting, Shopping,

    Best time to visit: October to April
  • 08Lavanga Resort & Spa

    Make your leisure time even more delightful and your romantic excursions even lovely with Lavanga Resort. The best holiday escapes which will leave you truly relaxed and rejuvenated. The perfect amalgamation of luxurious hotel with warm hospitality makes it an ideal pick for a perfect stay in Sri Lanka.

    The Spa services which the hotel provides will leave you stress free allowing you to leave all your worries at bay.

     



    Prices: The prices can range from a minimum of Rs. 3978

    Highlights: You can indulge in diving and fishing which can keep you occupied for a whole day.

    Food: You can try Sri Lankan, European and Chinese cuisine.

    Location: It is an 2 hour drive from Bandaranaike.

    Activities: You can go for beach bike riding or can even go for river Kayaking.
  • 09Citrus Resort

    Have you ever found yourself being surrounded with beaches, countryside and the hippy nightlife of the place. Just sit back plug into some good music and get into the mood of celebrating.

    If you are looking for some fun filled water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing.

    You can also enjoy a wonderful calm and serene boat rides which will be just perfect for all the water lovers. You can simply soak yourself in a sea view bar in some good drinks.



    Activities: Whale and Dolphin watching, Stilt Fishing in Ahangamaand Kanneliya rainforest is something which will make your stay even more exciting.

    Location: Galle Road, Sri Lanka.

    Food: The restaurant Lemon Fish displays an authentic menu of ‘Hikkup’ and ‘Rotis’ which will be a real treat to your taste buds.

    Prices: The prices may vary as per the season but it is ideally around USD$85.
  • 10Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon

    Dance your legs to the trance music of Hika Tranz which is housed in the centre of the beach life. If you love to spend some good time with yourself, you can just sit by the beach side and enjoy the loud roars of the waves crashing against the shore.

    The walls all around are filled with paintings and outrageous illustrations of art which will lighten up your mood and will take you to a different world altogether.

    The charming southern experience will let you sneak into the rainforest and historical sites to have a memorable experience.



    Location: Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.

    Food: If you are a sea food lover, you can stimulate your senses at the restaurant ‘The Crab’

    Activities: Rejuvenate your senses with some relaxing Spa treatments.

    Prices: 245$USD for 2 persons.
  • 11Rani Beach Resort, Negombo

    The resort never fails to catch the traveller’s eye as it is located in the prime location of Negombo beach. It allows you to give an experience of living in luxurious independent suites. All the suites are spacious enough for you to have a king size feeling.

    It also allows you to try some of the thrilling and adventurous water sports which will be an experience in itself. You can also relax by the poolside with absolutely nothing but good music.



    Food: You can put an end to the growling sound of your stomach with an amazing sea food.

    Location: 20 minutes from Bandaranaike.

    Activities: Catamaran ride which will make you feel truly special.

    Prices: Rs.7127
  • 12The Long Beach Resort, Koggala

    The view of the Long Beach Resort will leave you jaw drop. The massive stretch of the clean, blue waters will definitely have a soothing feeling. Take a walk by the beach and we are sure that you will realize that life isn’t that bad, it is really beautiful.

    You will find yourself with just the sand, sun and surf leaving you and your soul with complete solitude. The interesting names of the rooms makes your stay even more delightful such as 172 sea view and 28 non sea view.

    After all sitting by the serene and calm waters will give you some good introspection about your inner soul.

    Location: Matara Road, Koggala.



    Activities: You can check out the Galle Fort which is an important tourist attraction.

    Prices: USD98.

    Food: The restaurant ‘Azure’ offers you a mouth-watering a la carte.
  • 13Thaproban Pavilion Resort and Spa, Unawatuna

    Treat yourself with extreme luxury where you will witness the contemporary Dutch architecture. Sip fresh coconut water and indulge in the harmonious surrounding of blue waters, it will be truly relaxing. The tranquillity of the beach side setting is so absorbing that you will relaxed.

    If you are too stressed out, you can treat yourself with some good Ayurveda therapies. Food: You can try some good seafood which can be paired up with Thambapanni leisure cuisine which is finger licking goo.

     



    Activities: You can try some amazing water sports like snorkelling and diving both of which are truly exciting. You can also wander to the Dutch Fort which too will be an experience in itself.

    Location: Unawatuna Appartments, Galle, Sri Lanka.

    Prices:$218
  • 14Jungle Beach Resort, Kuchchaveli

    Plants and trees are artfully included in the hotel’s design giving a natural and wonderful look to the Jungle Beach Resort. The view of the lagoon which is completely immersed in the jungle. You can also enjoy the song of the bird chirping and giving a whole new perspective to your living. You can watch the beautiful waterfalls which will make your experience totally unforgettable.



    Activities: Snorkeling with reef fish, diving with whales and jet skiing. You can also witness the hot spring of Kannya which has a beautiful legend attached to it. Lover’s Leap is also a place which one should see.

    Location: Trincomalee, Srilanka.

    Food: The food is made up of fresh and organic produce which makes it an ideal delight.

    Prices: Rs 9173 for 2 person.
  • 15Jungle Beach Resort, Kuchchaveli

    Plants and trees are artfully included in the hotel’s design giving a natural and wonderful look to the Jungle Beach Resort. The view of the lagoon which is completely immersed in the jungle. You can also enjoy the song of the bird chirping and giving a whole new perspective to your living. You can watch the beautiful waterfalls which will make your experience totally unforgettable.



    Activities: Snorkeling with reef fish, diving with whales and jet skiing. You can also witness the hot spring of Kannya which has a beautiful legend attached to it. Lover’s Leap is also a place which one should see.

    Location: Trincomalee, Srilanka.

    Food: The food is made up of fresh and organic produce which makes it an ideal delight.

    Prices: Rs 9173 for 2 person.

Attractions

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Galle Face Green Beach

Situated in the middle of the busy stretch of Galle Road and the Indian Ocean, this open space, established during 1859 on 5 hectares, is a huge hit among tourists of all age groups. During weekends, the place is abuzz with vendors who attract kids with their bright toys and bubbles. This area is open all through the year. Entry into the park is free.

While you are here, do not miss to taste the lip-smacking delicacies that are prepared by street vendors.



Location: This is located right next to the famous Galle Beach.

Highlights:
 The magical and golden rays of sunset, fresh air and the positive ambience of the place make Galle Face Green one of the must-visit places in Colombo. The place is currently taken care of by the Sri Lanka’s Urban Development Authority. 

Timings:
This park is open 24/7 all through the day.

Price: Entry into this park is free of cost.
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Bentota Beach

An extraordinary experience amidst an ordinary setup lies 65 kilometres from Colombo and is named Bentota beach. Soak yourself in the ordinary golden sand while enjoying the marvellous sound of the mighty Indian Ocean crashing against the shores. The mesmerizing view of the sea will leave you speechless. If you are planning to break the monotony of the routine just try your hands at adventure sports found alongside the palm trees.



Highlights: You can visit Kasgoda Turtle Hatchery and also go on a boat cruise on the Bentota River.

Getting there: Bentota is very well  connected with the cities and is very easily accessible. You can ride from Galle or you can take a ride from Colombo. 
Bentota is approximately 101km south of the airport from Colombo
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Mount Lavinia Beach

Mount Lavinia is a heritage hotel, which was predominantly a huge place during 1806. There are various ocean view rooms up for taking here, provided you book early. During special festivals and peak tourist seasons, the heritage hotel offers great deals for the benefit of tourists.



Location:
 With a spending view of the Laccadive Sea, Mount Lavinia offers luxurious services and facilities for its guests. It is located in close vicinity to the National Zoological Gardens. 

Highlights: Sunset deals, wedding packages, national holiday deals, offers on cards of certain banks etc. are some of the promotional offers advertised by Mount Lavinia throughout the year.

Timings: The hotel is open all through the year. It also has a children’s park, where children are treated to a variety of outdoor sports till 4PM.

Price: 
Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR
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Hikkaduwa Beach

Even a 90 year old will feel young as he steps onto the beach of Hikkaduwa,98 kms from Colombo. The charm of the hippy mood will get into your blood, making you feel completely carefree. You will find predominantly young and independent travellers walking on the beach.

This beach is one of the lesser spoilt destinations in Sri Lanka which is why it is an ideal place for people who want to try something off beat. You will also find coral gardens which are considered to be one of the much appreciated beauty of these beaches which was once completely eroded due to tsunami.



Highlights: The beach should be ideally visited during the Hikkaduwa beach fest which usually takes place during the month of July and August. This fest is conducted in an attempt to revive the charm of hippy culture. Surfing, diving and snorkelling are some of the other attractions which the beach offers.
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Gangaramaya Temple

Gangaramaya Temple is not only one of the most beautiful but also one of the most iconic Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. It is more than a century since this temple was constructed; however even today, the temple doesn’t stop to surprise tourists and devotees. The pathways and doors that lead into the main sanctum sanctorum contain intricately carved sculptures that are simply breath-taking.

Highlights: The ceilings and walls contain pictures and miniature paintings that explain stories from Buddhism religion. In the main sanctorum, a huge Buddha statue exudes a brilliant sense of calmness in the devotees. Built in a mix of various architectural styles including India, Burmese, Thai and Chinese, this temple also houses a museum.



Location: The temple is located right on the Jinaratana Road in the heart of Colombo city.

Timings: The temple is open from 5.30AM to 10PM.

Price: Entry fee is LKR200 per adult.
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Dickwella Beach

Plunge into the waters and leave all your worries at bay. The Dickwella beach is primarily dominated by reefs, headland and sand bars which makes it the most appropriate place for swimming. Situated at a distance of 220 kms from colombo, Dickwella beach has housed the largest seated Buddha statue. This has made it the most visited place for all the Buddhist worshippers. The ideal time to visit this place is May, June and July when festivities are in the air and the residents are busy celebrating festivals of Wesak, Poson and Esala. Particulary this place has many temples on its way which gives it a religious bent. The Dickwella beach is an ideal place for many swimmers as it is an extremely safe and calm beach.



Highlights: Wewurukannala Vihara which has 50 m high seated Buddha. You can also spot the eye arresting hall of horrors where you can see models of both demons and sinners being severely punished by dipping in hot waters.
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Dehiwala Zoo

Dehiwala Zoo or the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka was set up during 1936 with the sole ambition of providing ultimate protection to a wide range of wild animals and birds. . When you are here, do not miss the impressive performances from elephants, chimpanzees and sea lions.

  

Location: This zoo is located at 
Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Dehiwala.

Highlights:
 This place is one of the members of WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums). In order to encourage breeding, this zoo is actively involved in animal exchange programs. The place is known for its exotic varieties of mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and marine invertebrates

Timings: The zoo is open from 8.30 AM to 6:00 PM on all days.

Price: 
Approximate price starts from 100 LKR for adult and 30 LKR for child, for foreigners 500 LKR for adults and 250 LKR for child.

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National Museum

If you are a history lover and have a keen eye for architecture, the National Museum is probably one of the first few places that you need to visit, when you come to Colombo. Established during 1877, this is the biggest museum in the island nation and is undoubtedly the pride of Sri Lanka. The place houses some of the best and personalised collections of the ancient Kandyan dynasty rulers.



Location:
 The museum built in Italian architecture style, is located right in the heart of the Colombo city. 

Highlights:
 The museum’s library deserves special mention as it contains rich manuscripts in palm leaves in languages like Burmese, Sinhala, Telugu, Tamil and much more. 

Timings:
The museum is open on all days except national holidays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Price:  Approximate price for local adults and kids are 35 LKR and 20 LKR respectively, whereas, for foreign adults and kids, the prices are 600 LKR and 300 LKR respectively.
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Kandy View Point

The mesmerizing view point is located on the Rajapihilla Mawatha and is ranked 5th out of 105 tourist attractions in Kandy. The place is located near the Kandy Lake and is enclosed in breathtaking landscapes of mountains and meadows. From the city, you have to take the Rajapihilla Mawatha Route, after which a 1 km steep climb will guide you to the view point. You can also hire a tuk-tuk to reach the top.The panoramic view that you would get to see is worth the pain of the ascent. The entire Kandy town lies ahead of your eye, and from the top, you can also spot the Kandy lake and Dalada Maligawa.



Highlights
: Panoramic view of the city, souvenir shops, art galleries

Location: Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy

Timings: Anytime during the day.

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Viharamahadevi Park

Named after Queen Viharamahadevi, this park is the largest and probably the only public park in Colombo. It is one of those places that never cease to excite you irrespective of the number of times you come here.

Highlights: There are lots of places to visit here like the aquarium, mini zoo, children’s play zone, war memorial, lake and the dangerous-yet-adventurous suspension bridge above it. When you and your kids are tired of running round the park, you can just relax on the cool resting places on the park, eating local delicacies like candy floss, corn and ice-creams from the sellers here. A canopy of green trees lends a beautiful ambience to this place.



Location: The Park is located right next to the famous National Museum in the heart of Colombo.

Timings: This Park is open all through the year.

Price: Entry into the park is free of cost.
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Old City Hall

This is definitely a place that will interest any architecture or history lover. Constructed over two centuries ago, the Old City Hall is one of the brilliant architectural marvels from the bygone British era. The months of January, February, March, November and December are the best when it comes to visiting Colombo. The entry price is free of cost.


 
Locati
on: The hall can be found on Main Street in Colombo amidst various famous tourist spots.

Highlights
: There are a few attendants working in the hall, who will gladly take you around the building, provided you tip them a reasonable amount of money. The hall is literally a treasure island that contains old government equipment, transport machinery and other council chambers that were present during the earlier times.

Timings: The place is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM ll days of the week except Sundays.
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Dutch Period Museum

During the period between 1656 and 1796, Dutch rulers ruled over Sri Lanka. The Dutch Museum which tourists get to watch today was once the official residing place of Thomas Van Rhee, the former Dutch Governor of Sri Lanka.

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Location
: The place is located at Prince Street in the city

Highlights
: The museum contains two floors and it houses around 3000 personal collections of Dutch rulers who reigned over the place. This place was converted into a public museum during 1977, thanks to the able support rendered by the Government of Netherlands.

Timings: The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Tuesday to Saturday.
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Old Dutch Hospital

This building is one of those areas that have preserved their charm for quite a few centuries now. Constructed during 1681, this building crossed many stages before getting converted into a shopping complex that it is today.

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Location
: This shopping arcade is located in the Galle Fort area, at Hospital Street.

Highlights
: This is the most ancient building in Colombo Fort and was set up with the main purpose of providing medical assistance to people working for Dutch East India Company. Do not miss to visit Odels, one of the most decent joints selling high-quality souvenirs and clothes. If you are interested in shopping and eating good food, you have to visit this area as it lined with lots of cafés and eating joints.


Timings
: It is open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on all days of the week. 

Price
: Entry to this place is not chargeable.
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MGM Colombo

Replete with the usual casino and other table games, MGM Colombo is quite a famous gaming joint in the city. It is smaller than Bally’s or Bellagio; however, it is quite famous among its guests for the services and hospitality that it offers. While the regular players occupy the ground floor, the first floor is taken by players looking for privacy.

Highlights: There is a dedicated floor for VIPs here as well. Music bands and cultural dance performances from international artists are performed every day at this joint. 


Location: In the remote outskirts of Colombo.

Special features: The cuisine is a mix of Asian and international in order to cater to the taste buds of foreign nationals who come here in plenty. Some of the table games that are highly popular here are Roulette, Baccarat, Poker, Mini Flush and Texas Hold’em. The minimum stakes at this casino are highly affordable. 

Timings: Open 24/7.

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The Ritz Club

Ritz Club is the largest casino in Sri Lanka.

Highlights: There are totally 16 table games (6 baccarat, 6 black jack and 4 roulette tables) at this place.

Location: Galle Face Terrace.



Special features: The casino witnesses a healthy mix of local and foreign tourists. The choice of games that this casino houses and the customer service of the place is highly lauded by people who come here regularly. Entry is free into the Ritz Club Casino. During the evening hours, this place is occupied by a diverse mix of people who engage in their regular banter with complementary food and beverages. It is one of those of places that provide you the much-needed rejuvenation after a hard day’s work at office. The ambience of the club goes up several notches higher, thanks to its highly courteous staff.

Timings: 24/7
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Take a Walk around Kandy Lake

One of the greatest attraction and a must do for the visitors of the hill country, Kandy, is to take a walking tour around Kandy Lake which dominates the heavenly location with its cascading beauty. A silent stroll especially during the sunset time, enjoying the sounds of nature is a splendid way of coming close to Mother Earth and devouring the blissfulness. Being based next to Temple of the Tooth this is an artificial lake built in 1807 by the Royal King of Sri Lanka.

The whole walk is around 2.1 mile and consists of enchanting scenic splendor covered with several rest zones where one can sit and enjoy the harmony and serene beauty of the Temple and the lake. In the midst of the lake there is a small island with palm trees making the lake look more eye arresting.

 

 Location: Heart of the city, Kandy

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