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  • Sri Lanka has become a very popular destination for tourists because of the variety of places to visit in Sri Lanka. The growth of tourism of Sri Lanka has no sign to stop sooner or later. Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka was announced to be the fastest growing tourist city in the World in 2015. The government of Sri Lanka has taken so many measures develop and promote the tourism there more and for that Ceylon Tourist Board was established. 

    Sri Lanka is a very rich country in terms of history, tradition, and culture. For the tourists who love to witness the history of any place Sri Lanka offers a cultural triangle for them which includes Anuradhapura, Kandy, Dambulla, the enriched colonial architecture, the eight kingdoms of ancient age, several sites declared as heritage sites by UNESCO and the ancient rock fortress at Sigiriya. 
    Even if you are not fond of history, the feats made by the ancient civilization are surely going to leave you awestruck. Whether you want to explore the religious influences of the island or the traditional lifestyle of the people over there, this triangle tour is the ideal one for you.

    Sri Lanka is also known for the exotic beaches and the golden sun shining all around the year. This island in the In Indian Ocean watch the golden sunrise and sunsets, surf on the waves, do diving among the splendid coral reefs and spend the best times on the idyllic beach relaxing. The beach destinations are Negombo, Bentota, Ambalangoda, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Dickwella, Polhena, Trincomalee, Nilaveli, Batticaloa, Arugambay, Kalkudah, and Pasekudah.

    Sri Lanka boasts of some great National Parks such as Yala National Park, Bundala National Park, Wilpattu National Park, Minneriya National Park, Udawalawe National Park and Horton Planes. Visit them and go for jungle safari to have an adventurous experience of witnessing the wildlife of the country. 
    Not only limited to these Sri Lanka has many more places to visit. It has something to offer to every kind of tourist- nature lover, kids, adventurous or any other kind.
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  • 01Galle Face Green, Colombo

    Image Credit : Richard Tanton - Flickr
    Avid Joggers, walkers and kite flyers for whom honking horns are a big turn off. We have Galle Face Green, a beautiful stretch of lawn facing the sea right in the very heart of Columbo. You will breathe, the way a person from a crowded city would love to. This place is bustling with life all the time. It is one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka.
     
    For people who don’t mind putting on that extra calorie can try some street side food from the local hawkers, who gather there to fill up your stomach with some tasty food.The local food is too hard to resist for food lovers who would love to tickle their palate with the same


    Highlights: If you breathe shopping then this place is aptly for you. You can buy hand-loomed bedspreads, cushion covers, lampshades available at different price range from Designer Barbara Sansoni which is located in old villa.
  • 02Yala National Park, Hambantota

    Yala National Park, Hambantota
    Image Credit : Kazue Asano - Flickr
    Spotting a leopard prowling in the Park of Yala is quite an ordinary spectacle. Witness the untamed world of nature in the Yala National Park and quench your eagerness to explore and learn more about wildlife. Yala National Park is located in the South-East part of Sri Lanka.

    Amidst both nature and wildlife, you will also find some faint cultural ruins which give the travellers a deeper insight about the earlier civilization. the Yala National Park lies in the south-eastern part of Sri Lanka closely hugging the Indian Ocean. It is amongst the famous Sri Lanka tourist places that attracts a lot of tourists every year.


    Highlights: A safari to this natural park will surely leave you jaw drop as you will be able to witness Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, Leopards, and Elephants in big numbers.

    Prices: Approximate price starts from 3700 LKR

    Yala National Park Day Safari

    Yala National Park Day Safari

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    h4 HourslHambantota

    O6,736

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    O6,260

  • 03Tea and Herb Tour in Colombo

    Tea and Herb Tour in Colombo
    Sri Lanka is known for its exclusive varieties of tea. The capital city of Colombo is covered with a green carpet of tea plantations that demands a separate tour in itself. The aroma of tea and herbs in these estates lend an incredible magic to this place.

    And for the tea lovers, this is like a heaven where you will get to taste after manufacturing directly from the factory.

    Location: Starts from the Bogawantalawa valley and other plantations that range at 1500m above sea level. 

    Highlights:
     You not only get to witness the process of manufacturing tea in the factories here, but you also get to taste the different brands of tea. Sounds interesting, isn’t it? You will find tea of different kinds of price ranges here and you will get to know the minute differences among each variety. 

    Timings:
    These tours are available all through the year from leading tour operators. 

    Price: Approximate prices starts from 5700 LKR and can vary based on the processes covered in the tour.
    Tea and Herb Tasting Tour in Colombo

    Tea and Herb Tasting Tour in Colombo

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    h4 HourslColombo

    O3,743

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    O3,403

  • 04The Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

    Image Credit : Suranga D Wijeratne - Flickr
    Even when in Sri Lanka you will feel as if you are in Europe. Get a chance to witness the works of Europeans in Sri Lanka by visiting the Old Town of Galle and its fortifications situated 120 km from Colombo. A perfect amalgamation of European architecture and South Asian traditions. Galle is one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka

    The best way to explore this beautiful place is by hiring a bike and wandering the streets of Galle. Best time to visit is January and February which are comparatively drier periods. It is said that the mighty and the strong fortifications which were built around the city of Galle was started by Portuguese and was further developed by Dutch people. It is Galle which is the cultural world heritage site.


    Highlights: You can check out the gelato shop and the other restaurants which are around.

    Price
    : Approximate price starts from 3000 LKR to 30000 LKR
  • 05Dambulla Cave Temple, Kandy

    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.
  • 06Visit Casino in Colombo

    Image Credit : http://chandimagomes.blogspot.in/

    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 and is a popular Sri Lanka tourist place. 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.

  • 07National Museum of Colombo

    If you are a history lover and have a keen eye for architecture, the National Museum is probably one of the first few places to visit in 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.
  • 08Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, Kandy

    Image Credit : Andy Nobes - Flickr
    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. This place should be definitely there on your list of places to visit in Sri Lanka.

    Highlights:
    Panoramic view of the city down, including a view of the lake, tea factory, and football stadium; gallery that has artefacts based on the 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.
  • 09Horton Plains National Park, Ohiya

    Image Credit : gωen - Flickr
    Horton National Park is a ‘food for the soul’ kind of mesmerizing locale. The park is perched in the shadows of the country’s 2nd and 3rd highest mountains, Kirigalpota and Totapola. The place is also termed as world’s end due to its undaunting mysterious views of waterfalls, misted lakes and earthy species of flora and fauna. The national park is actually a plateau and is 2000m high.

    It is better to start early in the morning to witness this heavenly place.

    Highlights: An array of wildlife such as Samba deers, leopards, wild boars, purple faced langoor; an ideal site for birdwatchers as you may encounter a variety of flying wonders such as bulbul, Ceylon blackbird, Ceylon white eyed arrenga, mountain hawk etc; the epic walk to world’s end(4kms) and Farr Inn hunting lodge.

    Location: 11 kms approx from Ohiya.

    Price: Adult – 1895 Child: 1011.

    Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
  • 10Dutch Reformed Church, Galle

    Image Credit : yeowatzup
    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
  • 11 St. Clairs Falls, Tawalantenne

    St. Clairs Falls, Tawalantenne
    Image Credit : St. Clairs Falls, Tawalantenne
    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. It is one of the famous Sri Lanka tourist places visited ample of tourists every year.

    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.


  • 12Dehiwala Zoo, Dehiwala

    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. It is one of the most amazing places to visit in Sri Lanka.

    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.

    Also Check: Best Attraction Visit tours in Colombo

  • 13Kandy Esala Perahera, Kandy

    Image Credit : Charith Gunarathna - Flickr
    The biggest and the brightest Buddhist festivals celebrated in Sri Lanka is Kandy Esala Perahera. The festival is filled with glitzy and glamour, you can find dancers, jugglers and musicians all around, after all, that is what the word ‘Perahera’means.

    Mighty elephants are also beautifully decorated and are seen parading in the streets to add to the festivities. It is a ten-day long festival and is celebrated in the month of Esala, a month after which Buddha attained enlightenment.

    Highlights: As per the customary ritual, it is important to plant a Jackfruit tree which leads to the commencement of the festival. During the festival, people also carry the sacred tooth relic of Buddha throughout the streets of Kandy. It is one of the major tourist attraction for all the people of Sri Lanka.RandoliPerahera- it is one of the most beautiful and magnificent Perahera with some 50 tuskers.
  • 14Visit Polonnaruwa Sacred City, Colombo

    Image Credit : Jonybraker - Flickr
    Just walk into the Golden age by entering the city of Polonnaruwa which is not only its capital but also an ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka too. You will find some of the ancient remains of palaces, shrines and stupa. It is amongst the highly visited Sri Lanka tourist places.

    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 miss.
  • 15Hike to Adam's Peak, Sabaragamuwa

    Hike to Adam's Peak, Sabaragamuwa
    One of the natural landmarks is the summit of Adam’s Peak. A trek toward this colossal Adam’s peak can be very exhausting. Besides being just a natural landmark the place is also considered to be a sacred pilgrimage because of the curious depression which is found on the summit and is painted in gold people term this as Sri Pada or Sacred Footprint of Buddha.

    The trek starts from the far end of Dalhousie village and reaching the large standing Buddha. Trekking can be really exhausting especially when it is 5500 steps and do wear warm clothes as it is cold up there.

    Location: It is approximately 5 hours from the airport.

    Best time of visit: The Adam’s Peak should be made by night so that you reach them by dawn and the ideal month would be December and January.

    Trek to Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka

    Trek to Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka

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    h15 HourslNuwara Eliya

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  • 16Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo

    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 and is therefore one of the best tourist places in Colombo.

    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.
  • 17Visit Sigiriya

    Visit Sigiriya
    Image Credit : Pavel Dobrovsky - Flickr
    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. This is an ancient place to visit in 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
    Day Trip to Sigiriya and Dambulla

    Day Trip to Sigiriya and Dambulla

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  • 18Surfing at Arugam Bay

    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.
  • 19Bentota

    Image Credit : Rajarshi MITRA
    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. You should not miss to visit this S
    ri Lanka tourist place as it is quite popular amongst tourists.

    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
  • 20Explore The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy

    Image Credit : Hafiz Issadeen
    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
  • 21Ceylon Tea Museum, Kandy

    Image Credit : Dave Lonsdale
    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)
  • 22Wildlife Safari at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Galle

    Image Credit : ceylonsteps.com

    Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Sinharaja Forest Reserve (kingdom of the lion), is a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers. It is home to a vast number of endemic species of birds and mammals of Sri Lanka. 

    About 95 percent of Sri Lankan endemic birds and more than 50 percent of endemic mammals are known to have their habitats in this Forest Reserve. Year round, the forest is covered by plenty of rain clouds. The area span of the reserve is about 21 KM from east-west and about 7 KM from north-south. It is one of the famous places to visit in Sri Lanka.

    Location: Situated in the Southern Province, a two-hour drive from Galle via Galle-Deniyaya-Madampe Highway.

    Highlights: Experience the leisurely pace of wildlife and the splendour of dense and copious evergreen rainforests. The guide will tell you about different endemic species of flora and fauna that you encounter during your guided tour.

    Timings: Opens daily from 6:30 AM to 6 PM

    Price: Approximate price ranges from 664 LKR to 1160 LKR

  • 23Attidiya Bird Sanctuary, Colombo

    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.

    Also Check: Best things to do on your Colombo trip
  • 24The Sacred City of Kandy

    Image Credit : Maximilian Imran Falee - Flickr
    Ignite your spiritual senses by visiting the sacred city of Kandy. The city of Kandy is situated on the lush green Hill Country in the central province of Sri Lanka.

    It is surrounded by tea plantations and hill stations. The city is dominated by a large and central lake. You can just walk and visit the several shrines which will come on the way.


    Highlights: The Temple of Tooth is one of the famous amongst many tourists. This Buddhist temple is a part of the Kandyan royal palace. As per the age old tradition, it is said that the tooth of a Buddha which is saved from the funeral pyre and is protected by Sri Lankan for a very long time.Kandy Monasteries and Ceylon Tea Museum are other places of interest.

    Things to remember: One has to walk barefoot throughout the temple.

    Price
    : Approximate price starts from $20 to $100. 
  • 25Visit Anuradhapura

    Image Credit : Jonybraker - Flickr
    Anuradhapura is one of the world heritage site and the place gained importance only after the coming of the Bodhi tree which is known as the tree of enlightenment. The cutting of this tree was brought to Sri Lanka by Sanghamitta.

    The tree is well protected from wild elephants during the reign of King Kirthi Sri Rajasingha. It is one of the popular Sri Lanka tourist places to visit.

    Highlights: Apart from the Bodhi tree, you can have a look at the Ruwanwelisaya which is one of the magnificent stupas.

    Best time to visit: April and September.

    Location: It is approximately hours from Anuradhapura-Padeniya highway

     Price: 25$
  • 26World's End Nuwara Eliya

    Image Credit : Christopher - Flickr
    One of the most jaw-dropping experience you can ever have in Sri Lanka is the World’s End on the Horton Plains. Enjoy a tuk-tuk ride to the Horton plains from Nuwara Eliya.

    The best time to reach there is before 10:00 AM before it gets too cloudy because you will not be able to see anything after that. You can see animals such as leopards and deer. Experience the amazing flora and fauna which will be an amazing experience.

    Location: The nearest station is in Nanu Oya which is about 8km.

    Highlights
    : Baker’s fall which is truly spectacular

    Price
    : Approximate price starts from 3500 LKR 
  • 27Have Fun at Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, Rambukkana

    Have Fun at Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, Rambukkana
    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. 

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

    Timings
    : Opened daily from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

    Price: Approximate price starts from 2353 LKR for adults and 1177LKR for child
    Day Trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

    Day Trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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  • 28 Visit International Buddhist Museum, Kandy

    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. It is one of the famous religious places to visit in Sri Lanka.

    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
  • 29Perandeniya Botanical Gardens, Kandy

    Image Credit : Koshyk
    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)

  • 30 Bambarakanda Falls, Ohiya

    Bambarakanda Falls, Ohiya
    Image Credit : 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


  • 31Independence Memorial Hall, Colombo

    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.
  • 32Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo

    Named after Queen Viharamahadevi, this park is the largest and probably the only public park & one of the best places to visit 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.

    Also Check: Most relaxing places to stay in Colombo
  • 33Mahiyanganaya Sorabora Lake, Uva Province

    Lush greenery, tropical climate and wilderness camping is the key essence of visiting Mahiyanganaya Sorabora Lake. This is a manmade lake believed to be constructed by King Dutugemunu's betel supplier named Bulata. Counted as one of the most incredible places to visit in Sri Lanka.

    There is a beautiful sluice gate here which is a known to be quite old built in around 162 BC but believed to be still in use.Camping here is a pleasure with unlimited leisure options of fishing and enjoying boat ride on the lake. The scenic extravaganza, especially during the sunrise and sunset time, is simply breathtaking.

    Highlights
    : Fish viewing and bird watching

    Location
    : Uva Province, Sri Lanka

    Best Season
    : Throughout the year
  • 34St Anthony's Church, Kochchikade

    St. Anthony’s Church is one of the most-visited places in the Srilanka. 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.
  • 35Scuba Diving near Mount Lavina

    You will find an air of liberalism in the beaches of Mount Lavinia situated just 12 kms south of central Colombo. This virgin beach remains untouched by the damaging effects of industrialisation which can be easily seen in the nearby beaches of Sri Lanka.

    The beach is known for its fun nightlife which is why it becomes the biggest attraction for young travellers. Asia’s largest national zoological gardens can be found in Sri Lanka’s Mount Lavinia.The golden sandy beaches remain the hotspot for many travellers and tourists.


    Highlights: Barracuda Reef lies close to Mount Lavinia and is a great scuba diving sight. Mount Lavinia hosts Rainbow Kite Festival which allows people of every age group to show their artistic talent of flying colorful kites.
  • 36Old Dutch Hospital, Galle

    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.

    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.
  • 37Beira Lake, Colombo

    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. It is one of the famous places to visit in Colombo..

    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.

    Also Check: Best Restaurant for most delicious food in Colombo
  • 38Royal Palace of Kandy

    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
  • 39Udawattekele Sanctuary, Kandy

    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
  • 40Visit Spice Garden, Kandy

    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 traveller. 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

  • 41 Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

    Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
    Image Credit : Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
    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.


  • 42 Ruwanwelisaya

    Ruwanwelisaya
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    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.


  • 43Udawalawe National Park, Colombo

    Udawalawe National Park, Colombo
    You will be surrounded by herds of elephants once you reach Udawalawe National Park. The amazing jungle backdrop which this National Park provides will leave you totally mesmerized and will bring you much closer to nature.

    This National Park was an attempt to protect the wild animals who were displaced because of the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir. It is one of the must-visit places in Sri Lanka.

    Location: South East of Colombo.

    Highlights: Elephant Transit Home which is the elephant orphanage which has housed 25 baby elephants who have lost their parents. Pinnewala is the spot where you can spot elephants quite closely because usually, elephants are bottle fed there.

    Best time to visit: July and August

    Prices: is Rs.2195 along with 12% vat.
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    Places to Visit in Colombo


    44. Colombo Dutch Museum: This two-story building situated at Prince Street displays the Dutch legacy. Through various coins, weaponry, furniture, ceramics this museum portrays the different facets of the lifestyle and habits of the contemporary Dutch and their culture as well.

    45. St. Lucia's Cathedral: In Sri Lanka, this St. Lucia’s Cathedral is used by the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Colombo as his seat. This cathedral is dedicated to Saint Lucy. Small structures are worshipped here which resemble its origins.

    46. DiyathaUyana: DivyathaUyana Park has become one of the attractive Sri Lanka tourist places because of the peaceful and serene yet vibrant ambience made by the luscious green garden and the musical water fountain. 

    47. Sri Lanka Planetarium: This 570-seat auditorium is the first and only planetarium of Sri Lanka. Here, on the domed screen, with the help of a Universal projector, a false sky has been created.

    48. Crow Island Beach Park: Spread amidst the marshes, mangroves, and coastal vegetation, this park was initially polluted extensively. Now, it has been transformed into a beach park and it is an ideal place for the families to spend quality time by the riverside.

    49. Colombo Lighthouse: At the South of the Port of Colombo, this lighthouse is located at the Galbokka Point and it is maintained by the Ports Authority of Sri Lanka. This is one of the attractive places to visit in Sri Lanka because of the panoramic view of the ocean one gets from this landmark of the city.

    50. Old City Hall: Established in the British Era, this place is mostly vacant now and is not maintained well now. But you can witness some great evidence of that age here like in the basement you can see old trucks and old equipment of the municipality, mahogany stairs and some great waxworks on the second floor.

    51. Lotus Tower: Still under construction, this building is going to emerge as the second tallest structure of South Asia. This building is being made in the shape of a lotus and will be used for observation, communication and leisure activities. Throughout the entire Colombo, this building will be visible.

    52. Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya: This famous Buddhist temple is mainly renowned for the annual EsalaPerehera festival. People come here to worship the Bo tree which is assumed to be one of the initial offshoots of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

    53. Diyawanna Lake: Sri Lanka tourist places include this beautiful lake for the artificial island and the DivyathaUyanapark. Also known as Parliament Lake, the Parliament building of Sri Lanka was built on the artificial island made at the centre of the lake.

    54. Bally's Casino: Bally’s casino is regarded as one of the best casinos in Sri Lanka. Unlike most of the other casinos of this country, here you can get excellent service, friendly staffs, cheap hooker and top-notch entertainment.

    55. Water World Lanka: This is a public aquarium and this is the only such aquarium of Sri Lanka. It has 500 kinds of fishes in its diverse collection. Located on the banks of Kelani River, this place is absolutely beautiful.

    56. Beddagana Wetland Park: This wetland park is the home for so many endemic birds and other species of fauna like dragonflies, butterflies,and mammals. Also, it gives shelter to migrant birds. 

    57. Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil: This is one of the most renowned Hindu Temples of the country. Though the area is small, the beautiful construction with granite stones attracts so many people. The temple transforms into a colourful one during the festival of Pongal celebrated annually in the temple in the month of January mostly.

    Places to Visit in Kandy:-





    58. Kandy Clock Tower: Kandy Clock Tower was built at the heart of the city by Haji Mohammad Ismail in 1950 in the loving memory of his son Mohammed Zacky Ismail who passed away prematurely in an accident. This monument is a landmark of the city.

    59. Commonwealth War Cemetery: This military Cemetry was built up in the memory of the British soldiers who gave their lives while fighting in the World War 1 and World War 2. 

    60. Millennium Elephant Foundation: This is actually non-government welfare organization dedicated to take care, save and protect the domestic elephants of Sri Lanka. Here you can have an elephant ride and can have an elephant walk experience.

    61. Embekka Dewalaya: Mahasen and DevathaBandara is worshipped in this temple built by the King Vikramabhu. This temple is divided into three parts named as- Digge or Dancing Hall, Sanctum of Garagha and HelisiMandapaya or Drummers’ Hall. The last one is famous for the high pitched roof and the excellent cravings made of wood.

    62. British Garrison Cemetery: Also known as Kandy Garrison Cemetry, this cemetery was mainly built to bury the people dies in Ceylon belonging to Britain. The main causes of death were tropical diseases like cholera and malaria.

    63. Take a Walk around Kandy Lake: Kandy Lake or the Sea of Milk is one of the beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka. So many folklores popular regarding this artificial lake which is now banned for fishing and is protected as it is becoming smaller in size day by day.

    64. Kandy View Point:  To have the best view of the whole city, climb up the hill which is thereby the Kandy Lake and reach this viewpoint. Enjoy the unobstructed view of the rivers, the parks and the city as a whole fully from this point. 

    65. Wales Park: This Lake is known by so many names like Royal Palace Park, Wace Park, Rajawasala park along with the name Wales park. This is a little lake located on a small hill at the centre of the city. 

    66. White Water Rafting in Kitugala: If you are looking for Sri Lanka tourist places which are adventurous, visit the jungles of Kitulgala. Inside this jungle, you can experience white water rafting. 

    Places to Visit in Galle:-



    67.
    Unawatuna Beach: Unawatuna is a coastal town in Galle is mainly popular for the serene beach and the corals. This beach is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka.

    68. National Museum of Galle: In the oldest Dutch Building of the Galle Fort, this national museum is located. This museum divided into three galleries exhibits the culture and tradition of Portuguese, British, and Dutch and of course the Sri Lankan culture and traditions through several archaeological evidence.

    69. Japanese Peace Pagoda: This pagoda was built up to strengthen the relationship between Japan and Sri Lanka. This is a serene and peaceful religious place ideal for the Buddhists to worship.

    70. Galle Lighthouse: This 24.5 meters high light station was built by the British is the oldest light station of Sri Lanka.From here you can get the full view of the ships which enter the Galle Harbor.

    71. Rumassala Sanctuary: This place has some mythological evidence. According to Ramayana, Hanumantha dropped a piece of Himalayan Mountain here. At present, you can various herbal plants in this sanctuary.

    72. Pitiwella Beach: Pitiwella Beach is the perfect place to relax and to have some peaceful time. You can hear the sound of the waves even from the hotel room. As they are very near to the sea. 

    Places to Visit in Nuwara Eliya:-



    73. Hakgala Botanical Garden: Hakgala Botanical Garden, one of the most popular Sri Lanka tourist places is the second largest garden of Sri Lanka. Because of the altitude, this garden has a cool climate almost throughout the year.

    74. Seetha Amman Temple:  According to the Hindu epic Ramayana, it is assumed that Sita was made captive by king Ravana here and she used to pray for Rama’s arrival to rescue her. 

    75. Mountaineering at Pidurutalagala: Pidurutalagala is the highest mountain of Sri Lanka. From here one can have the view of Adam’s Peak, Agra Range, Horton Plains, Chronicle Hill, The second highest peak Kirigalpotta, third highest peak Thotapla, Ambewala area etc. 

    76. Devon Falls: Devon was a pioneer English coffee planter and his field of plants used to be there near the falls. Devon Falls have been named after him. 

    77. Galway's Land National Park: This Park has been declared as wildlife sanctuary in 1938. It is a very significant birding sites and provides shelter to twenty migrant bird species and thirty native species.

    78. Nuwara Eliya Golf Club: This golf club is situated above the sea level at 1830 meters altitude. It consists of 18 holes, par 17 layouts, and 6075 yards.

    79. Aberdeen Falls: This picturesque waterfall is named after the third largest city of Scotland, Aberdeen. It is also the capital of Aberdeenshire. A big stone complex covers this beautiful waterfall. This has achieved the 18th rank as the highest waterfall on this island.

    80. Victoria Park, Nuwara Eliya: Originally used as the research field by the Hakgala Botanical Garden it has been named after Queen Victoria. NanuOyariver which runs through Victoria Park has created numerous small lakes in the park. Also, some rare birds take shelter in this park.

    81. Lover's Leap Waterfall: This is the incipient of Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, Piduruthalagala’s brooks, and streams. Over hard granite ledges the water flows and at the end, it is collected in a tank. Then the water is used for drinking.

    82. Pedro Tea Factory: If you are keen to learn the procedure of tea production and the effect of the tea production upon the economy of Sri Lanka, visit the Tea Plantation and the Pedro Tea Factory.

    83. Bomburu Ella: Perawella Falls or Bomburu Ella is a waterfall located at Uva-Paranagama. This is the widest waterfall of this country. Also, several grouped waterfalls are included in this.

    84. Moon Plains: From this place, you can have the 360-degree view of the mountain range which is stunning. Used mainly for potato farming, you can also have a view of the wildlife here such as a moose.

    85. Walk to Single Tree Hill: Through the path surrounded by the fenced compounds you can reach the hill from where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the racetrack, the town, Gregory Lake and the hills. 

    86. Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve: In Nuwara Eliya, Piduruthalagala Forest reserve is located. To have the best holiday, include this place as well as the road trip tool of Nuwara Eliya.

    Places to Visit in Negombo:-



    87. Fishing at Negombo Lagoon: If you love fishing Negombo Lagoon is the ideal place to visit for you. Negombo Lagoon is the home for 140 species of fishes, crabs, and prawns and it includes migrant species like trevallies, snappers, and groupers. This is inhabited by fishes like Indian Mackerel, Jackfish, Barracuda, tuna as well.

    88. Angurukaramulla Temple: This temple is a quiet place full of splendid statues and pictures. This place is among the best places to visit in Sri Lanka because of the wonderful carvings and the big mouth of the dragon through which you have to enter the temple.

    89. Guruge Nature Park: In Sri Lanka, Guruge nature park is the first theme park. This park offers great amusement water fun and added to that there is a great history which traces the life of Sri Lanka of 547 B.C.

    90. Mayan Water Park: This is the oldest part of this kind in Sri Lanka. Kids can learn the rich history of Sri Lanka through different exciting activities. There is also a Jurassic Park and a King’s Tower.

    91. Browns Beach, Negombo: If you love swimming and surfing then you must visit this beach. The excellent stretch of sand is surely going to make your holiday perfect.
    Places to Visit in Bentota:-

    92. KandeViharaya Temple:  KandeVihara is very important Buddhist Temple situated in Kalutara District of Sri Lanka. It is located on a top of a hill. This has been declared as an archaeological site by the government of Sri Lanka.

    93. Barberyn Island: Barberyn Island is one of the major Sri Lanka tourist places. The main attraction of this island is the lighthouse which is 112 ft high and it is made of granite.

    94. Brief Garden, by Bevis Bawa: Enter this serene and quiet place through the paddy fields, down the country lanes. Then you will find the gate of the garden where two statues are placed surrounded by flower pots for hats.

    95. Moragalla Beach: Moragalla beach is located in between Bentota beach and Beruwala beach. This is the heaven for the regular beachgoers who love to have a holiday on the secluded beach.

    96. Diyakawa Water Sports Centre:  For the people who want to have some adventure, divyakawa water sports centre is the ideal place. Here you can indulge yourself in water sports like deep sea fishing, snorkelling, windsurfing, scuba diving, canoeing etc.

    Places to Visit in Sigiriya:-




    97. Minneriya National Park: This area was declared as a national park in 197. To make the catchment of minneriya tank which has historical significance prohibited, they declared it as a national park. This park also provides shelter to elephants during dry seasons.

    98. Hike to Pidurangala Rock: You can have the best view of the sunrise from this rock. It may not have any historical importance, it is replete with natural beauty and also there is a temple on the rock.

    99. Sarath Safari Sigiriya: Watch the animals of this jungle riding in a jeep and have an experience of a lifetime. The jeep safari is provided by the government.

    100. The peak of the Sigiriya: Situated in the central Matale district, Sigiriya the ancient palace is a UNESCO heritage site. This place is one of the important places to visit in Sri Lanka because of the beautiful gardens, frescos and a whole lot of stairs. To reach the peak of Sigiriya, you have to climb 1200 steps.

    101. Sigiriya Lion Rock: Sigiriya Lion Rock is an ancient rock fortress which is associated with some archaeological and historical significance. As per Culavamsa, a Sri Lankan chronicle, this place was selected as the capital by King Kasyapa and later on his death it was abandoned.

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Wildlife in Srilanka

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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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