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Best Places to Visit in Central Province Sri Lanka of 2017

  • 01 St. Clairs Falls

    St. Clairs Falls
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    If you are planning to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life then St, Clair Falls is the perfect option for you. Also, known as the Little Niagara of Sri Lanka this is one of the wildest waterfalls here. There are two waterfalls namely Maha Ella"Maha Ella" (Sinhalese "The Greater Fall"), (260 ft) high and "Kuda Ella", (Sinhalese "The Lesser Fall"), which (160 ft) high and located immediately downstream of the main fall. These breath taking waterfalls are located along the Kotmale River.

    Highlights: This cascading waterfalls falls under one of the six waterfalls affected by the Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project.

    Location: The St Clair’s Waterfalls are located at Tawalantenne - Talawakele Rd, Sri Lanka

    Price: Free entry for the waterfalls.


  • 02 Nuwara Eliya Golf Club

    Nuwara Eliya Golf Club
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    Founded in the year 1889, Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in Asia. Surrounded with some of the most excellent gardens this club is situated at the foot of tea gardens in Sri Lanka. Nothing can be a better recess time the visiting this extravagant place in Sri Lanka. So if you are looking for a friendly match with your friends then this place is a must visit for you. The Golf coerce remains open from 8 AM to 7 PM in the evening.

    Highlights: The The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club has 18 holes in the court in a 6075 yard. There are 71 testing pa of fairways which are long and narrow, bordered by tall trees and shrubbery.

    Location: The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is located at Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka

    Price: On Weekdays – 2,800 LKR ( 10 Holes) and on Weekends – 3,300 LKR (10 holes) approx.


  • 03 Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

    Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
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    Also known as the Kelaniya Temple, Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple which is situated seven miles from Colombo. This temple is well known for its magnificent sculptor’s art. Kelaniya Temple was built on the bank Kelaniya River which is believed to be one of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka. This temple was built in the era prior to the chronologically recorded history of Sir Lanka (since 543 B.C). The ancient temple was destroyed by a lot of invaders but was reconstructed again.

    Highlights: The best feature of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is its amazing architecture which has grabbed the attention of lot of tourist around the world. There is a vaulted grill that opens upto the lower patio of the temple yard. The lower patios lead four sets of flights in four directions to the Upper patio where you can see the image of Hose, Dagaba and the Bo Tree (Peepal tree) with other buildings.

    Location: The temple is located at Kelaniya, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Price: The entry is free of cost.


  • 04 Wales Park

    Wales Park
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    For that perfect fun time along with your family and friends Wales Park is the best option for you while you are visiting Sri Lanka. For your bucket list this is another best places to visit in Sri Lanka. Situated at the top of a small hill this park overlooks the Kandy Lake, this park is known for its majestic view. This park is also known as The Royal Palace Park.

    Highlights: There is one Japanese field gun in the park which was captured by the British 14th Army in Burma during World War II and presented to the city of Kandy by Lord Mountbatten.

    Location: The Wales Park is located at Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka

    Price: The approximate price for the entry is 219 LKR.


  • 05 Adam's Peak

    Adam's Peak
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    Standing tall at the south eastern edge of the hill country, Adam’s Peak (7,360 ft) is one of the most striking features in Sri Lanka. Also, this place is a distinguished pilgrimage in Sri Lanka for more than 1000 years. Adam’s Peak is known as Sri Prada and is believed that Lord Buddha left his sacred footprints while heading towards paradise. Poetically this places is called Samanalakande( Butterfly Mountain where the butterflies end their life).

    Highlights: Adam’s Peak becomes the liveliest during the month of pilgrimage which starts on Poya day in December and continues through the month of May till the Vesak festival in May. Not just for the pilgrimage. As day break get the perfect view Adam’s Peak as the morning lights reveals the Hill country.

    Location: Adam’s Peak is located in the southern reaches of the Central Highlands, in the Ratnapura District and Nuwara Eliya district of the Sabaragamuwa Province and Central Province

    Price: The entry to this place is free.


  • 06 Flag Rock

    Flag Rock
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    After a tiresome day, if you wish to end it with some peace and watch the sun set on the horizon, hear the seagulls beckoning you and also observe the waves crash the rocks forming a soulful music then Galle Flag Rock Bastion is where you need to go.  The Flag Rock an ex-Portuguese Bastion, situated at the southernmost end of the Galle Fort, today is a popular destination for tourists to witness the sunset. This Rock was a natural defence center during the Dutch period, from where ships were alerted about dangers lurking and also from the unseen rocks underwater by firing Musket shots from the Pigeon Island.



    Location: Rampart St. Galle 

    Highlights:
    Scenic surrounding; to your west, you will be able to locate the lighthouse and the Gunpowder Museum opposite to the Meeran Masjid.


  • 07 Ceylon Tea Museum

    Ceylon Tea Museum
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    Located at Hantane, the 1925 vintage Ceylon Tea Museum is one of the important attractions of the hill country, Kandy in Sri Lanka. The Tea Museum is a building of four floors where from ground floor to second floor it’s all old machineries, library and auditorium. For purchasing lip smacking variety and flavors of Sri Lankan tea one must visit the third floor which is sales unit. The fourth floor comprises of a magnificent restaurant where one can enjoy a free cup and the captivating and breathtaking surrounding view of the hill country from the top. One can visualize Matale Range and Kunckles Range through a telescope positioned here. From the top it’s an encircling view of green landscape comprising tea plantations of myriad types.

     Location: Hantane Road, Kandy



     Best Time: Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30am to 4: 30pm

    Price: 1070LKR for adults and 428LKR for child.(approx)


  • 08 Stardust Casino

    Stardust Casino
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    This is one of the upmarket casinos in Colombo and has been offering international quality services to its guests.

    Highlights: Games like Roulette, Baccarat, Black Jack, Rummy, Caribbean Stud Poker and Casino War are the hot favourites here.

    Location: Carlwill Palace.



    Special features: The restaurant and bar at this place is highly regarded by guests coming here, simply because of the quality of food and drinks that are available at this joint. If you are a person looking to party, have fun and spend quality time with friends, Stardust Colombo is a place where you have to be. Its location is situated so strategically that it can be reached from any corner of Colombo easily. Guests are taken care of with high respect by the casino staff and their privacy is a well-guarded affair here. This is probably one of the main reasons for the presence of a large number of international guests here.

    Timings: It is open on all the days of the week from 7PM to 1AM.  


  • 09 Casino Marina

    Casino Marina
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    Casino Marina has definitely created a revolution in the gaming sector in the city. This was opened in 2013 and has been getting rave reviews ever since.

    Highlights: It is probably the first casino in the city to have floors dedicated to particular section of players. There are 4 floors, out of which one is exclusively dedicated to important personalities, one for groups travellers, one for private parties and one in the ground floor for regular card and roulette sessions.



    Location: It got its name from its location, the Marine Drive in Colombo.

    Special features: Casino Marina provides a splendid view of the Indian Ocean and has been routed as the biggest entertainment gaming spot in Colombo. It is a paradise for gaming enthusiasts as they are treated to unlimited and high-quality complementary food and drinks during all times of the day at their tables.

    Timings: Open 24/7.


  • 10 Attidiya Bird Sanctuary

    Attidiya Bird Sanctuary
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    This is probably the only place in Colombo that provides shelter to at least 50 different species of birds (both local and migratory).

    Highlights: A large number of water monitors, butterflies, insects and other birds tend to catch your attention as you walk through the muddy paths of the sanctuary. The biodiversity of this place is highly commendable, as you cannot help but feel awe-struck at the diverse species of birds here. As the place is replete with mosquitoes, you need to be fully covered while visiting the park.



    Location: The sanctuary is located at Boralesgamuwa in Colombo.

    Timings: The sanctuary is open all through the day; however early mornings and evenings are best to visit migratory birds.

    Best Season to Visit: You must visit this place during the months between December and January, as this is the peak season for migratory birds to seek protection here.

    Price: Entry to the place is free of cost.


    Top Things To Do in Attidiya Bird Sanctuary

  • 11 Wasgamuwa National Park

    Wasgamuwa National Park
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    Sri Lanka is one of the finest places in the world where wildlife can be watched at its best. In the dry lowlands of the island lies the Wasgomuwa National Park with its flourishing flora and fauna. It demonstrates a rich biodiversity.

    Stretching over 36,900 hectare this national park is home to 23 mammal species and a number of birds and vegetation species. It is renowned for large families of elephants. Though it will be difficult to get sight of leopard and sloth bear, the endemic purple-faced langur can be observed easily.



    Best For: Watching large herds of elephants and endemic purple faced langur.

    Location: Matale and Polonnaruwa Districts. 5 hours drive from Colombo.

    Price: Full Day Safari Price is LKR 10,000 per jeep.

    Additional Price: Tickets per adult is LKR 2,000 and per child is LKR 1,000.

    Duration: Full Day safari duration is 8 hours.

    Timing: 5.30am to 6.00pm


    Top Things To Do in Wasgamuwa National Park

  • 12 Horton Plains National Park

    Horton Plains National Park
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    Established in 1988, Horton Plains National Park serves as the country’s platform to showcase the scenic panorama of Sri Lanka with an array of exclusive and extensive flora and fauna. Though there is an option to explore the park through jeep ride but the best journey is by foot as it has excellent trekking trails stretching for an area of 9kms. Along with the pictorial scenic beauty one can also see Sri Lanka Samba deer, wild boar and spot macaques. At an Altitude-2100-2300 meter, World’s End serve as the end point of this hiking tour. The look out from this point is simply amazing and provides an expansive terrain.



    Location:
     Ohiya, Sri Lanka 

    Highlights:
    Sunrise at World’s End

    Best Time: November to March

    Things to Keep in Mind: The trek is not very easy throughout the trail especially near the falls. Reach at World End before sunrise for best view 


    Top Things To Do in Horton Plains National Park

  • 13 Royal Palace of Kandy

    Royal Palace of Kandy
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    The Royal palace of the Kandyan Kingdom is the last reminiscence of the reigning King of Kandayan, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. The palace dates back to the 14th century, yet witnessing the glory and glamour of the kingdom is stupendous. The Palace has seen scars from many wars and tremors of foreign invaders like the Portuguese.

    The Royal court, another architectural capture has confronted many meetings formed by the king and it is here that the end of Kandyan Kingdom convention was signed.
    The temple of Tooth contributes maximum attraction to the tourists. Even though, the original palace walls have been burnt and rebuilt, the interiors remain the same.




    Highlights: Dalada Maligawa - Temple of Tooth (relic of Buddha’s Tooth), Royal Court (Magul Maduwa), Queen’s Bathing pavilion – Ulpange and the Royal gardens inside the Palace gates

     Location: Sri Dalads Veediya

     Kandy Price: Rs 100 per head Timings: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


    Top Things To Do in Royal Palace of Kandy

  • 14 Udawattekele Sanctuary

    Udawattekele Sanctuary
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    The Udawattekele Sanctuary, also known as Royal Park Palace is located at the hilly terrains of the Temple of Tooth Relic. The sanctuary scatters around 257 acres and is deemed as the most important Bio Reserve of the country. The sanctuary, centuries back was a kingdom named Kandyan and jungle area on the far side of the palace was known as the Uda Wasala Watta or the upper palace garden; hence the name.

    The forest reserve was made into a sanctuary in 1938. Additionally, the forest’s catchment areas provide fresh water to the lake and the city avail its air purification supplies from this royal forest reserve.

    Highlights: Quite a few Buddhist temples, water pond, Kodimale Peak, Senkanda Cave and Garrison Cemetery.



    Entry Fee: Rs. 570 for foreigners and Rs. 30 for Srilankans

    Location: Wevelpitiya Road, Kandy

     Timings: Everyday. But it is safe not to visit the sanctuary during rainy season


    Top Things To Do in Udawattekele Sanctuary

  • 15 Perandeniya Botanical Gardens

    Perandeniya Botanical Gardens
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    Peradeniya Gardens is a spacious 147 acre of natural extravaganza consisting of more than 4000 species of plants, and 10,000 varied kinds of trees, incidentally serves as the largest garden of Sri Lanka. The unique and rarest collection in these gardens is the Giant Bamboo of Burma which grows 12 inches each day to a height of 40 meters. Apart from this other amazing collections include Javan fig tree, Cannonball tree, Double Coconut Palm and about 200 other varieties of palm trees and versatile collection of flora.

    The Peradeniya Botanical Garden is one prime tourist attraction of hill country and remains quite flooded with tourists every weekend. One can pack some food to enjoy an open air picnic here or can relish the cafeteria inside serving local and western cuisine.



    Location: 5.5km from Kandy

    Best Time: 7:30am to 5:00pm

    Price: 2353LKR for adults and 1177LKR for child.(approx)



  • 16 Explore The Temple of The Truth

    Explore The Temple of The Truth
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    Nestled close to the Udawattakele Sanctuary, The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is one of the most important shrines of Sri Lanka. Also named as Dalada Maligawa, this temple is based in the royal palace of the Kingdom of Kandy. Housing the legendary Budda tooth, the temple is a World Heritage site though very little are the remnants of the original temple built around 1600. Amazing ornamentation with golden fence and extravagant Canadian architecture makes it a blissful sight for the visitors. Dedicated monks unanimously chant the prayers of Malwatte and Aegirine , three times every day, during dawn, noontime and evening at the inner temple. Every Wednesday a holy symbolic bath of the Relic is done is fragrant water and that water is distributed among the visitors known to have healing powers.



    Location: Royal Palace, Kandy

    Time: 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM

    Price: Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR  to 2134 LKR


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  • 17 Old Galle Buck Lighthouse

    Though it is located in close vicinity to the Galle Face Green, where thousands of adults and kids visit to view the beach, the Old Galle Buck Lighthouse is a comparatively less-visited destination. When you go further from Galle Face Green, you can climb up to the Lighthouse and enjoy a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean. This is located within the premises of Sri Lankan Navy.

    Highlights: You can get to the lighthouse after 5PM to enjoy the best view of sunset. This place is considered to be the best when it comes to viewing sunset. If you are a person who wants to have a quiet little time to yourself, this is the apt place for you.

    Location: In close vicinity to the famous sea face of Colombo, the Galle Face Green.

    Timings: The place is open all through the year.

    Price: Entry is free of cost here.


  • 18 St Anthony's Church

    St Anthony's Church
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    St. Anthony’s Church is one of the most-visited places in the city. During weekends, Tuesdays and on major festivals, the church is flocked by devotees who come here from different parts of the world, as the place is believed to produce miracles. The church was constructed as a very small mud structure many years ago and it was made bigger during 1806.



    Location: The church is located at Kochchikade. 

    Highlights:
    The main altar holds the statue of St. Anthony, which was brought all the way from Goa, in a safe bullet-proof glass container. Tuesdays are considered too special days here and there are special masses and benediction services in Tamil, English, and Sinhala all through the day. On week days, the church conducts Tamil and Sinhala Mass. During weekends, the church conducts Tamil, English and Sinhala masses.

    Timings: Open all through the day.

    Price: Entry is free of cost.


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  • 19 Mount Lavinia

    Mount Lavinia
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    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

    Top Things To Do in Mount Lavinia

  • 20 Wilpattu National Park

    Wilpattu National Park
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    Wilpattu National Park is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. The topography is dominated by fifty wetlands. With low scrubs and deep forests, the park is home to numerous species of flora and fauna. The biggest attraction for tourists is the spotting of leopard and sloth bear.

    The other animal species that can be found in this area are Asian Elephants, jackals, Sambar deer, water buffalo, crocodiles, spotted dear and many more. With its impressive array of bird species, the area is a haven for bird watchers.



    Best for: The avid and serious safari-goers can see the elusive leopard and sloth bear.

    Location: 25km north of Puttalam or 30km west of Anurdhapura. It is 4 hours drive from Colombo.

    Best time to visit: February and October are the best time to visit.

    Price: Full Day Jeep Safari price is LKR 10,000 per jeep.

    Timing: Full-Day Safari 5.30am to 06.00pm.


  • 21 Arugam Bay Beach

    Arugam Bay Beach
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    Welcome surfers! 320 km away from Colombo Arugam Bay is waiting for you to unveil your adventurous side. An ideal place to be when you want to break free from being just mundane. The bay will definitely fill in some adrenaline rush making you feel all charged up for the biggest challenges of life.  The most popular surfing break is ‘Main Point’ which is towards the south of the bay. This adventure spot is well complemented with a relaxing atmosphere. Although one might not find many inhabitants in and around the place as it was once victimised by Tsunami which caused a lot of damage to the bay.



    Highlights:
    Although, it’s quite ironic to its name but a visit to the Tsunami hotel is a must which serves some of the best rice and curries. If you are a nature lover you can also check out the nearby Kumana National Park which will be equally exciting.

    Getting There: The easiest way to reach the Arugam Bay is to take a can from the airport.



  • 22 Sigiriya

    Sigiriya
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    A visit to this place will show you a 1600 years old Sigiriya Fortress which was built by King Kasyapa. This massive compound is protected by two moats and three ramparts. It is once known to be the private residence of King Kasyapa. It is 165 km from Sri Lanka. Best time to visit: this area will be early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

     

    Highlights: Sigiriya Frescoes are truly beautiful which was hand painted by the king himself depicting celestial nymphs all around the circumference. And on top of these rocks, he built for himself a white palace which stands as an epitome of beauty.

    Timing:
    Opens daily from 7 AM to 5:30 PM.

    Price:  Approximate price starts from $15 to $25


  • 23 Dambulla Cave Temple

    Dambulla Cave Temple
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    Dambulla Cave temple is also known as the Golden Rock temple is also one of the world heritage city declared by UNESCO. The cave temple is made with a massive granite outcrop. The word ‘Damba’ means rock and ‘Ulla’ means fountain, hence you can see drip of water from the main house. If you have an eye for paintings then you can also see some of the historic paintings which shows the majestic manifestation of the first sermon of Buddha.



    Highlights: Don’t forget to visit the Golden temple Buddhist museum which will leave you jaw dropped with its spectacular entrance from the golden mouth of lion like beast.

    Location: You can come via Ambepussa and Kurunegala which is approximately 4 hours from Colombo.

    Prices: There are no prices charged for the same, however you have to pay  200 LKR for keeping the luggage.


    Top Things To Do in Dambulla Cave Temple

  • 24 Galway's Land National Park

    Galway's Land National Park
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    One of the newest and the smallest National Parks, Galway's Land is a dense forest. This is another best places to visit in Sri Lanka. This park is situated at within the city limits of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka. This National Park was declared as a sanctuary in the year 1938. Apart from the avifauna, the park has valuable floral species of both native and foreign origin. The park is open 6 AM- 5PM.

    Highlights: The National Park is a habitat to 10 Sri Lankan endemics, Wild boar, Barking deer and exotic birds.

    Location: The National park is located Department of Wildlife Conservation, Havelock Rd, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.

    Price: The entry fees is 1490.65 LKR


    Top Things To Do in Galway's Land National Park

  • 25 Commonwealth War Cemetery

    Commonwealth War Cemetery
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    This cemetery is maintained and served by the commonwealth war commission office. This graveyard is a humble reminder of those brave hearts of the country who sacrificed their lives protecting the nation’s honour during the World War II. The cemetery is beautifully kept and has over 190 tombs. Apparently, this place was initially known as Pitakande Military Cemetery and was owned by the Military authorities until it was taken over by the war Commission.

    It is also noted that Army Graves from over 10 burial grounds have been transferred to this cemetery till 1958.  There are 6 commonwealth war cemeteries in Sri Lanka, but the Kandy War Cemetery is considered the best amongst all because of its stunning landscape and well kept land.



    Highlights: The Kandy Botanical garden Location: Deveni Rajasinghe, Kandy

    Price: No entry fee; the place is run by donation

    Timings: 10 am to noon and 1 pm to 6 pm





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  • 26 Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

    Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue
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    This place showcases a breathtaking view of the entire Kandy town. The 88ft high statue of Buddha is something one should not miss while in Kandy. The white statue can be seen from any part of the Peradeniya city as it is strategically located on top of the Bahirava Kanda (devil’s) hill. You can either climb the steps to reach the viewpoint or else hire a tuk-tuk to do so. The beauty of the statue doubles during the night when it is lit by lamps. Best hour to visit this place is early morning or after sunset.



    Highlights:
    Panoramic view of the city down, including a view of the lake, tea factory, and football stadium; gallery that has artefacts based on life of Buddha; a souvenir shop which has lovely goodies at a much friendlier price

    Location: Peradeniya, Kandy.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 200 LKR.

    Timings: Open 24 hours a day.


    Top Things To Do in Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

  • 27 Spice Garden

    Spice Garden
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    Spice Gardens forms a key attraction of Sri Lanka. The country is famous across the globe for its rare collection of herbs and spices. The key attraction of this location is to explore the popular as well as the rarest herbs being sown and processed in the most exquisite manner. Herbs those are common in a household like Turmeric, Pepper Corns, Cloves, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Aloe Vera, etc are being processed here. The best part of visiting the Spice Garden in Kandy is to gather knowledge about the herbs, their growth process, their benefits and usefulness in Human life. The natural environment and serene beauty of the Garden is one of the mesmerizing experiences for every traveler. Away from the hustle of city life, this is a complete contrast of environment.



    Located: Located at the Hill capital, Kandy this is close to Botanical Garden



    Top Things To Do in Spice Garden

  • 28 Bellagio Casino

    Bellagio Casino
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    Bellagio is yet another excellent casino that is brimming with foreign and local tourists always in Colombo.

    Highlights: Bellagio is owned by the same group that owns Bally’s and MGM casinos. The only difference is that that Bellagio caters to middle-class visitors. It has been named as the leading nightlife gaming joint in Colombo by its guests. Some of the table games offered are Asia Poker, Roulette, Slot, Black Jack, Baccarat and Three Card Poker.



    Location: Located on the shopper’s paradise of Duplicate Road.

    Special features: During important festivals, many events and promotions take place here. These events witness performances from global artists that keep their members enthralled. Silver, Gold and Platinum membership cards are available at Bellagio for guests. Members are eligible for free airport transfers, accommodations in 4 star hotels and unlimited food and beverages from partner restaurants and hotels.

    Timings: Open 24/7.


  • 29 Dutch Reformed Church

    Dutch Reformed Church
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    One of the finest and most traditional Tourist attractions in Galle which is worth to visit and admire is the Galle Fort. The Dutch Reformed Church is the ancient building located in the premises of the fort. The building’s date goes back the 18th century during the Dutch period.

    A walk through the Fort ground along with the humble caretaker, immersing in his never-ending fancy stories will take you back to the era whence it was built. The Church is also known as Groot Kert.



    Highlights: Many tombstones dating back to the 17th can be observed; this church also is a Cruciform with shorter transepts separated by two arches. The floor is marked with gravestones. The beautiful pulpit made from Malaysian wood, calamander is a beautiful sight and near to the pulpit is the memorial of De Ly Family.

    Location: Church Street, Galle fort

    Timings: 9 am to 5 Pm


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  • 30 Millenium Elephant Foundation

    Millenium Elephant Foundation
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    MEF is an estate as vast as 15 acres and is dwelling to countless of majestic elephants. The name of the estate, Samragiri has been inherited from the Samarasinghe family who have lived here for many generations. It is the only foundation where visitors are allowed to ride elephants bare back and interact with them with safety measures in the form of a educational tour. The foundation also provides a special Elephant Walk where you would be taken a 30 minute walk along with the animal.

    MEF has charity trusts for the welfare of these humble animals.

    Highlights: One hour educational walk and a tour of the museum, personally bathing the elephants, exotic walk on the grounds of the estate with an elephant, entry to Maximus Dung Paper factory.



    Price: 2000LKR for foreigners and 100 LKR

    Location: Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle

    Timings: 8:30 am to 4 pm, all days


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  • 31 International Buddhist Museum

    International Buddhist Museum
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    Located close to the Temple of the Tooth, inside the royal palace complex, The International Buddhist Museum is a complete knowledge base and a showcase of the spread of Buddhism throughout Asia. There are separate rooms dedicated to different countries illustrating Buddhism in that location. There are photographs, models and gigantic statues which portray the spread and influence of Buddhism on people in various places.



    Location
    : Close to Temple of Tooth, Kandy

    Highlights: 
    To get a better knowledge about the spread of Buddhism displayed here one can opt for a free audio guide which is available at the ticket counter or can opt for a tourist guide at 1070LKR who explains the whole location. Do wear covered clothes from shoulder to toe and remove the shoes. There’s an elevator in the Museum which allows disabled visitors to access the Museum. 

    Time
    : 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

    Price: Approximate price starts from 1070 LKR per adult


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  • 32 British Garrison Cemetery

    British Garrison Cemetery
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    This striking European style graveyard has many stories to tell of the young souls who died during the British Colonisation of SriLanka.  The most heartfelt part of this beautiful old churchyard is the 163 graves of young men, women, and children that take us back to time immemorial. Most of the tombs have inscriptions written on the lives of these good souls (few brave soldiers, many infants, and land owners).The cemetery was established in 1817 and today is being nurtured by a Caretaker, Charles Carmichael.



    Highlights:
    Shadowed by trees and overlooking a gorgeous lake, this place is completely sound free. Charles, who also acts as a guide, tours you through the entire cemetery and narrates each life of the rested bodies quite fascinatingly.

    Location: Few meters uphill from the National Museum, Kandy.

    Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day


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  • 33 Tea Estate Trails

    Tea Estate Trails
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    Waking up early in the morning and being served the finest bed tea by the butler will be a delight in itself. The tea planter will take you through the entire tea making process starting from the fields where the tea was first plucked and then taken to the factory where all the conversions take place. The tea trails will take you to the colonial era time. The afternoon cream tea is something to truly relish. The nearby places are an appropriate place to walk, cycle and biking.




    Location:
     Close to Hatton, near Bogawantawala valley.

    Highlights
    : Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka which is a must watch.

    Best Time:
    December to April.

    Price: The approximate price ranges from 484 LKR to 1626 LKR.



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  • 34 Galle Fort/Dutch Fort

    Galle Fort/Dutch Fort
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    Dutch Fort is one of the most extraordinary historical and archeological sites of the world. The fort was first constructed by Portuguese in the late sixteenth century and fortified expansively by the Dutch in the mid-seventeenth century. It is a stunning blend of archeology, architecture, and history in the backdrop of the tropical atmosphere.  Its appeal lies in that it is not just a historical monument. Even today the life is buzzing inside it, with a museum, gorgeous villas, administrative offices, antique shops, cafes, bookstores and lifestyle stores.


    Location: Situated in the Southern Sri Lankan Coast in the Bay of Galle just 132 KM from Colombo.

    Highlights: A stroll on the streets will let you experience the beautiful architecture of the colonial style buildings that still exudes the warmth and charm. Visit National Maritime Museum, stop by Meera Mosque and enjoy delicacies at Lucky Fort Restaurant and Galle Fort Hotel Restaurant.

    Timing: Opened 24 hours a day 



  • 35 Continental Club

    Continental Club
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    Continental Club is one of the well-respected casinos in Colombo as it has been in the business for 18 long years.

    Highlights: One of the major highlights of this casino is that it is mostly visited by foreign tourists. There are hardly any natives found here. However, the hotel-cum-casino, upholds strong Sri Lankan values when it comes to the attire of its staff and management of table behaviour.



    Location: Galle Road.

    Special features: People enjoy this chilled-out yet professionally strict place as they know that they can enjoy their game in peace here. Due to its large number of international visitors, the hotel manages to churn quite a large variety of tasty, international cuisine. Today, the Continental Club is known as much for its food as much as it is known for its casinos.

    Timings: Open 24/7.


  • 36 Bally's Casino

    Bally's Casino
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    Bally’s is one of the respected names in the casino business in Colombo. It has been around for quite a long time and it provides complete security to its guests, members and regular players.

    Highlights: Biggest casino in Colombo.

    Location: Right at the back of Colombo Fort station.

    Special features: Bally’s treats its guests with complementary drinks and snacks. Its restaurant section provides international breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Members can choose from various packages (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Infinity) as per their budget constraints. In these packages, the minimum checking amount starts from $4000 and the maximum goes up to $100,000. Members can also get themselves rejuvenated at the spa at Bally’s. All members who opt for these packages get complementary air transfers, food, five-star hotel accommodation and free local commute from Bally’s to their hotels.

    Timings: Bally’s is open 24/7 on all days except Poya (Full Moon day).



  • 37 Beira Lake

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    If there is one place where you can get the combined benefits of adventure, pilgrimage, picnic and fun, it is the Beira Lake. This is one of the hot tourist spots in Colombo as well. One can enjoy duck paddle boat rides on the lake.

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    Location: Located quite close to the famous Gangaramaya temple, Beira Lake offers an excellent view of the temple, especially in the evenings, when the temple is fully illuminated. 

    Highlights
    : There is another temple right in the middle of the lake – Seema Malaka Temple. This temple contains lots of Buddhist statues and a few Hindu idols.

    Timings: The lake is open all through the year to enable visitors; however evenings are the best to come here to get a panoramic view of the temple.

    Price
    Approximate price is 300 LKR however if you have paid for entry into the Gangaramaya temple,that will suffice here as well.

  • 38 Independence Memorial Hall

    Independence Memorial Hall
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    Independence Memorial Hall in Colombo, as the name indicates, was constructed to commemorate the occasion of Sri Lankan Independence from British Rule. The construction of this memorial was completed during 1953.

    Highlights: When you come here, you ought to visit the Independence Memorial Museum as well, which honours the people who fought for Sri Lankan Independence. Currently, this hall is the venue where Independence Day celebrations and other national events are being held. Prior to the construction of the Sri Lankan Parliament, this memorial Hall served as the ceremonial assembly as well. This place currently caters to the needs of fitness enthusiasts as the open spaces here are used for jogging, cycling, public gym, aerobic sessions and other relevant activities.



    Location:
    The hall is located in Cinnamon Gardens and was formerly known as Torrington Square.

    Timings: This hall is open all through the year.

    Price: Entry into the hall is free of cost.


  • 39 Take a Walk around Kandy Lake

    Take a Walk around Kandy Lake
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    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


  • 40 The Ritz Club

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    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


  • 41 MGM Colombo

    MGM Colombo
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    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.



  • 42 Old Dutch Hospital

    Old Dutch Hospital
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    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.


  • 43 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.


  • 44 Old City Hall

    Old City Hall
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    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.


  • 45 Viharamahadevi Park

    Viharamahadevi Park
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    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.


  • 46 Kandy View Point

    Kandy View Point
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    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.



  • 47 National Museum

    National Museum
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    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.


  • 48 Dehiwala Zoo

    Dehiwala Zoo
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    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.



  • 49 Gangaramaya Temple

    Gangaramaya Temple
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    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.


  • 50 Mount Lavinia Beach

    Mount Lavinia Beach
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    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

  • 51 Galle Face Green Beach

    Galle Face Green Beach
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    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.


  • Nearby Getaways from Central Province Sri Lanka
  • 01 Galle

  • 02 Kandy

  • 03 Dambulla

  • 04 Anuradhapura

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    The remnants of Anuradhapura are unequivocally the most expressive sites of South Asia. This sprawling complex is composed of an opulent collection of architectural and archaeological marvels: gigantic brick towers, crumbling temples, humongous dagobas and archaic pools that were all constructed during the rule of Anuradhapura which went on for several thousand years. At present, most of the sites here remain in use solely as temples and holy places. Incessant ceremonies retain the very ebullience and buoyancy of Anuradhapura which is a stark reverse of the the ambience at Polonaruwa.     

    Present day, Anuradhapura is significantly different. It is rather engaging albeit sprawling city. Its main street is orderly in comparison to the the ugly concrete agglomerations found elsewhere. This saintly city was entrenched around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment' which is supposedly the Buddha's fig tree. Legends say that in the 3rd century B.C, the tree was brought there by Sanghamitta who was the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns.  

    Ceylonese’s religious and political capital, Anuradhapura bloomed for 1300 years but was then eighty-sixed post the invasion in 993. Shrouded in the dense jungles for several years, this magnificent tourist place with its breathtaking places to see, resorts, monuments, palaces and monasteries is accessible all over again.  


  • 05 Matale

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    Matale often spelled (or pronounced) as Mathale is a mid size regional city that geographically lies in the heart of the island. Located 142 km from Colombo, is nestled at an elevation of 300 meters in an expansive dense valley. Aa bland urban sprawl with a congested one way system, Matale doesn’t see too many tourists. So it is quite possible for you to wish to not dawdle here for long. However, the road that lies towards the north of the town is encrusted with an array of welcoming spice plantations where cocoa, rubber, vanilla, cardamom, cinchona and jackfruit thrive. This is not all. This Sri Lankan town is also popular for kohila (an acqutic plant/herb) as well as small benign chilies.   

    Traversing east of Matale, through the Knuckles range, you’ll come across some striking mountain views. The B38 goes uphill from the northern end of the town and takes you to the Rattota whereas the other roads going south west will head you to the hill villages of Karagahandala and Elkaduwa before finally leaving you to Victoria Reservoir and Kandy. It is pristine, beautiful and a little backward in terms of development, but a single visit here when touring the other cities of Sri Lanka is very well worth it.    
  • 06 Habarana

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    Most of us tend to talk about the African safari but in the process, forget that even the beautiful and one of the largest continents – Asia too consists of a range of unique ecosystems that connects to the country of India by another place called Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is known for many things especially its range of largest safaris and the beautiful city of Harbarana.

    One can simply enjoy a stroll through this city by witnessing the numerous contrasts of green and ethnicity of the whole country. The elephant being one of the most significant animals there – there are numerous other animals that will come to sight too.

    Harbarana is actually quite small when we speak about its geographical occupation in Sri Lanka. Situated in the Anuradhapura district, the city is perfect for visitors as not only is there a range of varied activities that they can choose from but also has numerous mid-range and up hotels aimed at package tourists. Avid travelers will know that Harbarana also serves as a departure point for numerous locations of greater interest.

    Harbarana is a popular tourist destination especially for safari-lovers. There are special sessions conducted in the Habarana jungle and the Minneriya sanctuary that takes visitors through the beautiful and rich flora and fauna that is singular to the place. Other primary attractions of the place include the ruins of the fortress Sirigiriya, the roads that lie between Colombo and Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa and its delicious food.

    The area has some of the best hotels and the wild life and greenery just adds extra value to the place.