55 Places to Visit in Sri Lanka 2024, Tourist Places & Attractions

Sri Lanka Tourist Places

Sygiria, Nuwara Eliya, Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, Polonnaruwa Sacred City, Mirrisa, Yala National Park, Jaffana, Ulpotha, Trincomalee, Udawalawe National Park, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Horton Plains National Park, St. Clairs Falls, Tawalantenne, Arugam Bay and many more. Because of the artistic diversity of places to visit in Sri Lanka, it has become a very popular destination for tourists. 

Sri Lanka is also known for the exotic beaches and the golden sun shining all around the year. This island in the Indian Ocean watch the golden sunrise and sunsets, one can enjoy surfing on the waves, diving among the splendid coral reefs and spend the best times on the idyllic beach relaxing. Negombo, Bentota, Ambalangoda, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Dickwella, Polhena and many more beaches are ready to give these glimpse to you.

You can also have an adventurous experience of witnessing the wildlife of the country with Jungle safari and some great National Parks such as Yala National Park, Bundala National Park etc. 
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A visit to this place will show you an 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 and also one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka.If you are interested in ancient places, this is one of the best tourist places to visit in Sri Lanka.

31 min (16.8 km) from Sri Lanka via Inamaluwa

Opens daily from 7 AM to 5:30 PM.

Best time to visit:
 This area will be early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

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World's End Nuwara Eliya

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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 and it is among the best tourist places to visit in Sri Lanka.

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.

: Baker’s fall which is truly spectacular

Best Time to Visit: 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.

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Yala National Park

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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.

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Galle Face Green

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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.

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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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 per cent of Sri Lankan endemic birds and more than 50 per cent of endemic mammals are known to have their habitats in this Forest Reserve. 

Year round, the forest is covered by plenty of rain clouds. It is one of the famous places to visit in Galle. You can experience the leisurely pace of wildlife and the splendour of dense and copious evergreen rainforests. 

Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Southern Province

Opens daily from 6:30 AM to 6 PM

Approximate price ranges from INR 260 to INR460 (664 LKR to 1160 LKR)

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St Anthony's Church

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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. 

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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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. This place should be definitely there on your list of places to visit in Sri Lanka.

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.

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The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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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

 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM

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Bentota Beach

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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
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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. 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.
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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. 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.

: Close to Temple of Tooth, Kandy

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. 

: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Price: Approximate price starts from 1070 LKR per adult
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Mahiyanganaya Sorabora Lake, Uva Province

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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.

: Fish viewing and bird watching

: Uva Province, Sri Lanka

Best Season
: Throughout the year
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Ruwanwelisaya, located in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, is a sacred Buddhist stupa. Dating back to 140 BCE, it stands as a testament to ancient craftsmanship and religious significance. The large hemispherical dome, adorned with intricate carvings and surrounded by a serene courtyard, attracts pilgrims and tourists alike. Ruwanwelisaya stands as a symbol of Sri Lanka's rich cultural and religious heritage, drawing visitors to its spiritual ambiance.

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Polonnaruwa Sacred City

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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.
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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 in Sri Lanka and is one of the best places to visit in 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. 

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. 

: Opened daily from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
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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 and is also one of the famous places to see in Sri Lanka.

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

 Entry Fee: 25$
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The Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

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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.

: Approximate price starts from 3000 LKR to 30000 LKR
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Horton Plains National Park

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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.

: 11 kms approx from Ohiya.

 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.

Price: Adult
– 1895 LKR Child: 1011LKR.

: 6 am to 6 pm
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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. It is one of the most amazing places to visit in Sri Lanka.

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

 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. 

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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Nestled in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, Bambarakanda Falls, the island nation's tallest waterfall at 263 meters, stands as a captivating highlight on Sri Lanka tour itineraries. Accessible through Haldummulla, the journey unveils scenic landscapes and tea plantations. Visitors relish the refreshing mist and serene atmosphere, making it a tranquil stop. Serving as a base for treks to nearby mountains, Bambarakanda offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and adventure, making it a must-visit destination for those exploring Sri Lanka's diverse landscapes and seeking a picturesque escape into the country's pristine wilderness. The falls add a majestic touch to Sri Lanka tours, inviting travelers to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of this natural wonder.

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Places to Visit in Colombo


Stroll 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.

Location: Church Street, Galle fort 

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.

Timings: 9 am to 5 Pm

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The best month to visit this place in February
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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.

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Udawalawe National Park

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

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. 

 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. 

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.

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 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.
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National Museum of Colombo

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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 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. 

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

 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. 

 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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Sri Lanka Cricket Museum

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Situated at Maitland Place, Colombo, this museum is popular for displaying the entire history of Sri Lanka's cricket. One can spot the many trophies won in the World Cup and T20 competitions. 

A ‘Hall of Fame’ which displays the names of Sri Lanka’s test players.
Displays the significant moments of Sri Lanka's cricketing history.

Timings: 9 am - 5 pm

Entry fee: 
Non – Residents
Adults-LKR 500
Children – LKR 300
Adults – LKR 100
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Panadura Beach

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Famous for providing a spacious shoreline for kite flying and a kid’s play area, Panadura beach is an ideal place to have a fun gathering and spending quality time with your loved ones. It is even appropriate for jogging, running, exercising, and more along with scrumptious seafood available nearby.

- Situated just 16 km from Kalutara towards Colombo. 
- Golden sandy and infinite waves.
- Children's play area.
- Panadura is a fishing town.
- Kite flying can be seen.
- Street food and restaurants are available.
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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. 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. 

: 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. 

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

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Viharamahadevi Park

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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. 

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Places to Visit in Kandy


Kandy View Point

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It is situated on the Rajapihilla Mawatha. Being very close to the lake, this place even gives away mesmerizing views of mountains and meadows. In just a little climb, you will find yourself standing in front of one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka. 

- Panoramic view of the city
- You can buy souvenirs
- Explore the art galleries
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National Museum of Kandy

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It is located just next to the Temple of the Tooth and there was a time when the National Museum of Kandy was known as "Palle Vahala" and was a part of the Royal Palace of Kandy. It is known to have collected several historical items from your Kandyan period that held a lot of value.

The museum has approximately 5000 items showcasing the history from that period. (17-19 century A.D.).

- This is the palace where the Queens of the king lived.
- It has been designed according to the architectural features of the Kandy period.
- It displays royal regalia and remains of pre-European Sinhalese life. 

Timings- Tues-Sat: 9 am - 5 pm, Monday and Sunday closed
Ticket Price- 500 LKR
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Arthur's Seat

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Located just southwest of Kandy Lake, Arthur's Seat is one of those places in Sri Lanka that is popular amongst photographers to capture natural beauty. The place has an interesting history about how Arthur used to view the city by standing on a stone seat under a tree located in his bungalow.

From here one can witness the beautiful view of Kandy Lake, Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Tooth, and Trincomalee street.

- Witness the former palace of the Royal family
- Explore the Buddha on top of a hill

Timings- Open 24 hours
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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

Entry Fee: 2483 LKR per head

Timings: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
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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
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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. 

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

Timings: This hall is open all through the year. 
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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.
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Kandy Lake, created in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, is a picturesque and serene spot in the heart of Kandy, Sri Lanka. Adjacent to the revered Temple of the Tooth Relic, the lake offers a tranquil retreat with scenic walking paths, lush surroundings, and historical charm. Go for a tour on the Kandy lake with your friends and family for an incredible experience! 

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Places to Visit in Galle

The Galle Fort Lighthouse, situated within the historic Galle Fort in Sri Lanka, is a picturesque maritime landmark with a storied past. Originally constructed by the British in 1848, the lighthouse stands proudly atop the fort's ramparts, offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the charming coastal surroundings. Renovated in recent years, it continues to guide ships and stands as a symbol of Galle's maritime heritage, attracting visitors with its scenic allure.

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Galle Dutch Fort

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Galle's history goes way back thousands of years. It is a perfectly preserved colonial Dutch fort with a tiny little town with cobblestone streets inside. This is one of those places in Sri Lanka where you can also find serene beaches, rainforests, and other attractions to be close. It is certainly an intriguing place to explore and is a haven for nature lovers.

- It is a Portuguese fortress that was built in 1588.
- It is a UNESCO world heritage site.
- You can find shops, cafes, exhibitions, villas close by.

Timings- Open 24 hours

Price- National Maritime Museum – 65 LKR
Galle Fort Ramparts – 45 LKR
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Relax your senses in the sparkling waters well complemented with a lazy sandy idyll in Unawatuna beach. It was once named the world's best beach by Discovery Channel. One and a half hour drive from Colombo makes it easier for people to reach this beach.

Highlights: You can indulge in water sports such as diving and snorkelling which will leave you completely thrilled. If you are a keen whale watcher then join the exciting journey of Whale Watching Cruise from Galle to Mirissa fishery port where you will witness the mighty Blue Whale, Humpback Whale, Sharks and Turtles too, which will leave you completely awestruck.

Remember, there are no ATMs in Unawatuna, the nearest one is Holcim Cement Factory-Commercial Bank.
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A sea turtle hatchery is a vital conservation initiative aimed at protecting endangered sea turtles. These facilities provide a safe environment for turtle eggs to hatch, ensuring the survival of vulnerable hatchlings. Dedicated to preserving marine biodiversity, hatcheries often engage in educational efforts to raise awareness about sea turtles' threats and promote responsible conservation practices. Visitors can witness the marvel of newly hatched turtles and learn about ongoing conservation efforts.

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Jungle Beach in Sri Lanka is a pristine coastal haven, tucked away near Trincomalee. Accessible through lush jungle trails, this secluded paradise boasts golden sands, crystal-clear waters, and a serene ambiance. Surrounded by dense vegetation, it offers a tranquil escape for nature lovers and beach enthusiasts alike. Jungle Beach is renowned for its untouched beauty, providing an idyllic setting where visitors can relax, unwind, and immerse themselves in the natural splendor of Sri Lanka's coastline.

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Have you seen the waves dancing freely? Koggla beach is one such place where you will find a combination of warmth of the golden sand beneath your feet along with sea breeze caressing you. Located 140km from Colombo, this idyllic place is for all the beach lovers to spend some time and enjoy life as they have always wanted to . Leave your care and worries behind and just be a part of some breath-taking moments.

You will surely treasure some of the fond memories of this beach. Get into the adventurous mood by trying snorkelling and diving. If you are not too fond of adventures you can sit by the beach and enjoy the sight of the mighty waves.

Highlights: If you are going to Koggala, you can’t miss the chance to visit the Turtle Hatchery which is an initiative taken against selling the turtle’s eggs for the purpose of food.
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Places to Visit in Ella

The Mahamevnawa Monastery is one of the most important and revered Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka founded by Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero and is amongst the top places to visit in Ella. This monastery serves as an educational institution for young people and adults who want to be ordained as monks. 

Sri Lankan artists have adorned the Monastery with striking carvings, murals, and painting. Here, you can not only talk freely to the monks but also take personalised meditation lectures from them. Listening to the reverberating Buddhist hymns amidst the peaceful environs is a tranquil experience. 

Location: Bandarawela, Ella

Timings: 8:00 am- 9:00 pm every day of the week

Price: There is no entry fee

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Ella Rock

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Ella is popular for its lush greenery and the cool and collected environment amongst the people. Ella Rock is a popular hiking and camping destination and it is a delight to witness spectacular views with haze and clouds surrounding the area.

The average time it takes to climb up and down is 4 hours making it the most loved Sri Lanka tourist place for trekkers.

- Sitting on the hills just 2.5 kilometers above Ella Town.
- Takes you through beautiful and dense forests
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Dhowa Rock Temple

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Located in the central mountains of the Uva province, Dhowa Rock Temple is a protected heritage site in Sri Lanka. The Dhowa rock temple is popular for its massive incomplete Buddha image, etched into the rock face, which is deemed an illustration of Mahayana sculpture.

The temple goes all the way back over two thousand years and is considered to be the best Sri Lanka tourist places.

- The Dhowa temple was known as the Kumbaltissa Ariyagala Vehera.
- It's called Dhowa because it is situated within a ring of mountains, with a river that flows across the plateau.
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Ravana's Cave

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Historians suggest that King Ravana used the cave as a hiding place for Princess Sita. It's situated about 2 km from Ella town. Located at the base of a cliff, the cave is among the most famous historical places to visit in Sri Lanka and You will have to climb 1000 steps to reach the cave.

The tunnels in the cave are the representation of Ravana's architectural genius that acted as a fast mode of transportation and also as a hidden passage through the hills. Historians and tourists alike can visit the place to witness the sight live where the epic saga took place.

- It has an underground lake with blue water known as Nil Diya Pokuna.
- It is surrounded by lush greenery and forest.

Price- LKR 150 
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Places to Visit in Mirissa


Mirissa Beach

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Mirissa is a tiny village on Sri Lanka's south shore, situated in the Southern Province of Matara District. It is the south coast's largest fishing port and is popular for its tuna, mullet, snapper, and butterfish. If you'd like to experience a mesmerizing sunset dinner with beautiful scenic views, then Mirissa beach is the place to be at.

It comes amongst the must-visit Sri Lanka places as you will find a lot of restaurants to be serving the most delicious seafood.

- Witness whales and dolphins from afar.
- Enjoy nightlife and seafood.
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Polhena Beach

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The perfect spot to indulge in swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing, Polhena Beach provides tourists with a perfectly thrilling beachside. The beach is also famous as a great romantic getaway spot due to its iconic romantic feel and look.

- Enjoy water sports at the beach.
- Witness turtles if the visibility is fine.
- Rent inflatable toys and frolic in the surf.
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The Doctors House

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The Doctor's House is a 200-year-old former Dutch and Ayurvedic hospital, located in the magnificent town of Madiha on Sri Lanka's south coast. It's the result of a few Australian fellows who freely confess that they have no hospitality experience, but are simply trying to have some fun while facilitating and building a nice atmosphere.

They serve pizzas, snacks, desserts, cocktails, and beers and have 2 dorm rooms available, it is certainly the most unique places to visit in Sri Lanka.

- Rent boars and go snorkeling or surfing nearby.
- Stay at the place and play games and eat delicious pizzas.

Timings- Fri, Sat, Sun- 12-10pm
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Places to Visit in Bentota


Bentota Lake

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Snuggled between the town's coast and the city, Bentota Lake lets the travelers enjoy a fantastic meal while having them experience the stunning views of the lake. You will also witness beautiful birds and fishes along the shores of this serene lake.

For those seeking a vacation from the hustle-bustle of the city and who would love to indulge in sport and tourist activities, this lake will prove to be perfect.

- The name of the town is derived from the name of a demon called “Bem".
- Snorkeling, diving, water-skiing, sailing, windsurfing, and fishing can be done here.
- Tropical palm trees and sunset are the most amazing views.
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Moragalla Beach

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Moragalla Beach is a paradise for beach lovers, especially for anyone who is looking for a deserted beach trip, as it is mostly peaceful and not noisy at all. Owing to the submerged coral reef that sits not far from the coastline, the sea surrounding Moragalla is very shallow.

It has clear blue water and is an excellent spot for water activities such as windsurfing, diving, and snorkeling. The gorgeous clean sandy beach is excellent for daily walks and watching the mesmerizing sunset.

- There is a tiny island in front of the beach.
- The beach is ideal for adventure activities like snorkeling, surfing, etc.

Timings- 6 am- 6 pm
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Situated 80 km south of Columbo, Balapitiya provides a vital Sri Lankan atmosphere with a spectacular two-hour drive through a coastal route. With beautiful sandy beaches, this remote and visually beautiful fishing village stays pretty untouched by mass tourism.

Witness how the beach boundaries were smattered by tiny fishing hamlets. Discover nearby attractions, such as the  CityGalle and Ambalangoda's popular mask carvings. Surfers can also bask in the wave bliss of Hikkaduwa.

- Explore the flora and fauna.
- Ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.
- A haven for birdwatchers and adventure enthusiasts.
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Kande Vihara

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Kande Vihara is the Kalutara district's largest Buddhist temple. The name of the temple typically means 'Mountain Temple' and was named this because it was built close to Aluthgama town on the crest of a hill. It is also known to be an officially recognized Archaeological Site of Sri Lanka.

Since it was unveiled in 2007, the colossal statue at this ancient temple has been popularly attracting more and more tourists.

- It features the Stupa, Bo Tree, Relic Chamber, Image House, Sri Vishnu Temple.
- Kande Vihara has a bell-shaped stupa erected within an octagonal shelter.

Timings- 5 am- 8 pm
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People Also Ask About Sri Lanka

  1. What are the best places to visit in Sri lanka?

    1. Galle Dutch Fort, Galle- Located in Sri Lanka's southern province, it is the ideal little romantic place to visit with your significant other. The charming streets are packed with cozy cafés, astonishing heritage hotels, and many day trails for couples.

    2. Sigiriya- It is also known as the Lion’s Rock where you can take a stroll and enjoy the view of breathtaking water fountains, gardens, and canals. The place also lets you experience the best sunrise and sunset experience after a climb.

    3. Nuwara Eliya- Popularly known as "Mini England" by the natives, Nuwara Eliya boasts chilly weather and spectacular views of majestic waterfalls, lush green mountains, and dewy tea-states. It is a perfect destination for couples seeking to spend quality time.

    4. Mirissa Beach- It offers a picturesque view of the stunning sunrise and sunsets. You can also take part in snorkeling at this beach or witness dolphins while enjoying a chilled beverage or scrumptious snacks.
  2. What are the famous places to visit in Sri Lanka at night?

    1. Dambulla Cave Temple-  It is the most popular and largest temple, with its statues and paintings that goes back to the 12th Century AD. The temple is constructed on a black rocky mountain and boasts Buddha's statues in different positions and sizes.

    2. Arugam Bay- This place is a heaven for thrill-seekers as it offers various water sports like windsurfing, speed boating, etc. Arugam Bay has many sloping coconut trees with scenic beauty like a spectacular sky under which you can just relax.

    3. Temple of Tooth at Kandy- Kandy is the country's second-largest city and the last ancient capital of the Kingdom. This temple in Kandy is famous due to its vast history and definitely worth a visit with a cozy setup and fascinating artifacts.

    4. Trincomalee- Trincomalee offers many water sports, temples, and beaches. There is also a war cemetery amidst lush gardens which makes it one of Sri Lanka's best places to visit.
  3. Which are the best places to stay in Sri Lanka?

    1. Villa Raha, Colombo- A chic hideaway with lavishly furnished rooms in a suburban district of Colombo, it offers a splendid all-day brunch menu along with accommodating hosts and a central heat-beating pool making it one of the places to visit in Sri Lanka.

    2. The Fort Printers, Galle Fort- This bijou hotel invites some high-profile visitors, eccentric from the outside. With its double-height ceilings and sleek chic theme, the conventional exterior is given an ultra-beautiful look. Lunch and dinner are personalized to suit your taste. 

    3. Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Kandy- Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Kandy- Only a little further outside of Kandy, this Resort boasts a luxuriant setting. 10 chalets, 2 cottages, and 1 villa are on offer at this property. Decorated with significant views in a stylish, unflashy fashion, it also provides open car rental and BBQ services.

    4. Mangrove Beach Cabanas, Tangalle- This affable tiny collection of wooden cottages has been hosting visitors for years in a plain yet elegant way. Appropriate for budget travelers or couples who are looking out for some relaxation. There is a famous bar where guests gather and a beach restaurant that serves delicious Sri Lankan dishes.

  4. Is Sri Lanka safe?

    Sri Lanka is known to be pretty safe for travelers. Muggings are very rare and the homicide rates are as low as 2.3%. Crimes against tourists are fairly uncommon, so much so that most of the Sri Lanka tourist places are safe for even solo travelers.
  5. What is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

    The best time to visit the western and southern coasts and the Cultural Triangle is usually between December and April, whereas the weather is at its finest on the east coast from May to October.
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