55 Best Places to Visit in Srilanka 2020 (Photos & Reviews)
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Sabaragamuwa is a province in Sri Lanka, the island country and is one of the first level administrative places of the country. Apart from being a destination of civil importance, this place is a pure retreat for tourists, mainly because of its indigenous yet important culture which it has to showcase.

A home to various natural cascading waterfalls, elephant orphanages and sites of religious importance like temples and shrines, Sabaragamuwa is a place where you will have one of the most unique experiences. It is indeed not like most of the tourist places which are over-crowded and expensive, but is full of purity and calmness, with everything authentic.

This place will show you a perfect blend of culture, respect and perseverance of wildlife, adventure and everything else you wish to see on an off-beat destination tour. This place is suitable for tourists of all age group and preferences because what it has to offer cannot be a disappointment for any one. Right from nature’s serenity to adventures to man-made tourist pleasures, this place is a retreat for all who seek to have a vacation where they can successfully unwind their souls by taking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life which everyone is fed up of.


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Located towards extreme south in Sri Lanka, Unawatuna is a beach city. 108 km south of Colombo, it is one of the major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. The city is rich in biodiversity. Unawatuna is bird-watchers’ paradise. You can spot more than about fifty species of birds there on the Rumassala Hills. The rare birds seen there are a variety of bulbuls, barbets, sunbirds, swallows, crows etc. There are a number of coral reefs too that you just can’t afford to miss.

If you love scuba diving, or haven’t tried yet, head to Unawatuna to get a lifetime memory. There are a lot of historical places in Unawatuna like museums and temples. A 2300 years old heritage temple is there in the main city of Unawatuna. You must also visit a peace pagoda near the Jungle Beach.  The other adventurous activities that you must try are surfing, water biking, snorkelling, etc.

The local food of Unawatuna is just delicious. You will get the best of sea foods. There are a lot of beach-side restaurants that offers great food and drinks.

The nightlife in Unawatuna is not much famous. Small parties are organised by the resorts on the beaches during weekends. Some happening places for nightlife in Unawatuna are Koha Surf Lounge, 680 Blue, etc.

The other nearby places that you can visit are Dalawla, Thalpe, Weligama, Tangalla, Mirissa and Dondra.


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Traditional Puppet Art Museum
Puppet shows are closely related to Sri Lankan culture. Hence this museum is largely responsible for upholding the folk values and traditions of the island nation even today. Since the demand for these shows is quite high, it is better to book your seats early. This place is sure to bring great joy and entertainment for tourists of all age groups. One has to visit the museum to see the expertise with which artisans manage their multi-coloured and attractive puppets.

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Highlights
: Local and international puppet show experts conduct shows at this venue on a regular basis to enthral people who gather here in large numbers.

Location
: This unique museum is located at Dehiwala, in close proximity to Galle.

Timings
: The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all days of the week. 

Price
Approximate price starts from 50LKR per adult
Negombo Beach
If your nostrils are blown up with the strong fragrance of cinnamon you can be rest assured you are in Negombo. This beautiful beach town 30 kms from Columbo is a perfect reminder of all the European days and is close to Bandaranaike International airport which solves the problem of connectivity, allowing you to be there without much hassle.

Negombo beach is far less when compared to the beauty of other Sri Lankan beaches. For all the fish eating lovers, this is a perfect place to gorge some of the best fishes. Since most of the fishing is done not from the open sea but from the northern end of the lagoon, you would find renowned lobsters, crabs and prawns.



Highlights: You shouldn’t be missing the chance to visit one of the finest eating joint in Negombo, ‘Lords’ where you will find dishes prepared from a combination of western and eastern flavours.
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A visitor’s delight, Colombo is a place of many beautiful tourist attractions. When you are here, do not miss to visit the casinos of the place. These are perfect joints to keep you entertained with their world-class interiors and customised services. The four most attractive casinos in Colombo are Bally’s, Bellagio, MGM Colombo and Marina Colombo. Bally’s is located right in the heart of the city, Bellagio on the main Duplication Road, the highly-sought after MGM, in close vicinity to Majestic City Shopping Mall and Marina, a high-profile casino on the Marine Drive.




Timings: The joints are opened 24/7 on all days of the week.

Price: Approximate price starts from just LKR 100 onwards at joints like Bally’s. That’s not all! You get to taste some awesome dishes as well, while you try your luck at these places.

Polonnaruwa Sacred City
Just walk into the Golden age by entering the city of Polonnaruwa which is not only its capital but also an ancient kingdom of the Sri Lanka too. You will find some of the ancient remains of palaces, shrines and stupa. Each of these historical remains is blessed with a glorious past of their own.Once you have reached the place it will keep you glued to it that you wouldn’t even realize when time flies by.



Location: Approximately a 5 hour drive from Colombo

Highlights: You shouldn’t miss the chance to see the statue of Parakramabahu I who had his reign during the golden age. You can also witness a spectacular view of the Lotus Pond with its lotus shaped petals built on 4 tiers, the majestic view is not supposed to missed.


Polhena Beach
You simply can’t overlook the spectacular view of the shady areas along with some good and natural greenery which is available in some of the view beaches of Sri Lanka like polhena located 160kms from colombo. Just let yourself loose in the shady areas of Polhena and enjoy the calmness and quietness of the sea. You can surf into both the fast left and right handers over a reef break which can reach upto 6 ft. You can also watch the popular cetaceans which are not easily available in other beaches.



Highlights: Give a unique spin to your romance by visiting the Crow island which is right in front of Polhena beach which enhances the aesthetic feel of the occasion.
Open Deck City Sightseeing
Colombo has 3 types of open deck tours. They are – Glimpse of Colombo, Heritage of Colombo and Colombo at night. As the name indicates, the first tour covers the top tourist attractions of the city. In the heritage tour, you will get to witness some ancient architectural wonders. Colombo at night takes viewers through the brilliant monuments of the city during the weekends.



Location: Open decks are available all over the city.

Highlights:
 Do not miss the Colombo at Night tour, as it takes you around illuminated temples and monuments. 

Timings:
Glimpse of Colombo is between 4:00 PM and 6.30 PM from Monday to Friday; Heritage of Colombo is between 8.30 AM and 12 noon on weekends and Colombo at Night is between 4.30PM and 7.30PM on weekends.

Price: Approximate price starts from 3600 LKR and 1700 LKR for adults and kids respectively; Heritage of Colombo & Colombo at Night tour cost around 4300 LKR and 2200 LKR for adults and kids respectively.
Pasakudah and Kalkudah Beach
Located 35 kms northwest of Batticaloa Pasakudah and Kalkudah are beaches which are quite marvellously adorned with white sands, coral reefs and palm trees all around. The shallow water of the beach makes it an ideal bathing site. Pasakudah beach is known to have a lot of tourists because of its longest stretch of shallow coastline.

Pasakudah beach comes under ‘Special Economic Zone’ with some 14 luxury hotels surrounding it. The waters of these beaches are heated upto bathtub temperatures which makes it ideally suited for swimming. Kalkudah on the other hand was completely destroyed during the civil war of 2004.

Highlights: The beach of Pasakudah is best known for swimming.
Minneriya & Kaudulla National Parks
These two national parks in Sri Lanka are only a half hour drive from each other. Situated in the North Central Province, these parks are located near the ancient Minneriya and Kaudulla Tanks. The area has an abundance of scrubs and jungles with wetlands.

Home to toque macaques, crocodiles, elephants and sambar deer, these two parks are rich in biodiversity. Though leopard and sloth bears are also sheltered in the area, it is hard to spot them.



Best For: Getting close to large herds of elephants. Best time to visit is during May to September to watch large number of elephants.

Location: 182-197 KM away from Colombo.

Price: Safari Price is LKR 6,500 for each National Park.

Additional Price: Tickets per adult is LKR 1,500 and per child is LKR 750.

Duration: safari duration is 4 hours.

Timing: Evening Safari 2.30am to 6.30pm and morning safari is 5:00am to 8:00am.
Bambarakanda Falls, Ohiya
Mark it on your bucket list to visit this one of the most tranquil place while you are in Sri Lanka. With a sheer drop of waterfall from a height of 263 meters Bambarakanda Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Sri Lanka. The dazzling waterfall lies in the Badulla District among evergreen forest in the Kalupahana Area.

Highlights: The fall is framed by the Uduweriya Haputale Mountain and Kuda Oya, a tributary of Walawe River.

Location: The Bambarakanda Falls is located at Kalupahana - Ohiya Rd, Sri Lanka

Price: The entry is free in the waterfalls
Dunhinda Falls
Considered as one of the most captivating waterfall in Sri Lanka Dunhinda Falls is a must visit for you in Sri Lanka. This is one of the another best places to visit in Sri Lanka. Cascading from a height of 64 meters creates the most majestic scene when it falls in the pool. Escape to this paradise which is just 5 km from Badulla town. This area was home to the indigenous people – the Veddha tribe. For the best view of the waterfall you can visit this place in the month of June and July.

Highlights: While walking through the Dunhinda Falls you will find many native vendor selling native herbal drinks as refreshment. Try walking to the foot of the waterfalls to catch the best glimpse of the fall.

Location: The Dunhinda waterfall is located at Mahiyangana Road, Sri Lanka

Price: The entry is free of cost.
Ruwanwelisaya
This time while you are in Sri lanka don’t miss a chance to visit the Ruwanwelisaya which is famous for its stunning architectural qualities. Sacred to the Buddhist all over the world this stupa was built by King Dutugemunu. The stupa was an ancient ruin in the 19th century but was later renovated after the fundraising by Sinhalese bhikkhu in the early 20th century.

Highlights: Standing tall at an elevation of 338 ft this stupa is one of the world’s tallest monuments. This stupa took 33 years and 3 months to complete.

Location: Ruwanwelisaya is located at Abhayawewa Rd, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Price: The entry is free while entering this stupa.
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