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  • If you are crazy about trekking then you will get ample opportunities for trekking in Sri Lanka. The diverse hills coupled with forest patches and unusual climate makes Sri Lanka one of the best place for trek lovers.

     Amidst all these you will also witness the spectacular and breath-taking views of waterfalls which just adds to the beauty of the trekking path. The 800 meter drop at the world’s end, Adam’s Peak and Baker’s falls are just some of the places which shouldn’t be missed. As an additional bonus you can also view the magical sunrise which will live in your memory long after you have left the place.

    Here are some of the best trekking places in Sri Lanka that you should experience:

  • 01Rain Forest Trekking in Kitulgala Forest Reserve

    Rain Forest Trekking in Kitulgala Forest ReserveSend Enquiry
    Image Credit : Mig Pascual
    With the aim to protect the watershed of Kelani River, Kitugala forest reserve serves as a fascinating rain forest area that showcases an array of endemic species of myriad flora and fauna. The ride on a open catamaran, a wooden boat with no sail across the 60 meter wide river and getting smitten by the plethora of exquisite scenic beauty is an experience of a lifetime. The trekking trail essentially moves through lush greenery and extensive collection of rare low land birdlife, wildlife, amphibians and colorful array of fishes. To enchant more there are crystal clear streams of water and gushing waterfalls where one can dip and take a refreshing bath.



    Location: Kitulgala, 95 km from Colombo, west of Srilanka 

    Highlights:
    It is the wettest place of the country having monsoons twice a year

    Best Time:
    February to April
  • 02Waterfall Trekking in Kitulgala

    Kitulgala is one of the most promising destinations in Sri Lanka which provides an ideal option for vacationers who love to spend their time conducting adventurous and leisure activities. The forest reserve provides excellent camping opportunities and this enables the tourist to stay comfortably and focus on versatile adventurous sports and enjoy the scenic pictorial beauty of the location.  Waterfall Trekking is one of the most sought after adventure sports among the vistors which solely aims on providing a closer view of the incredible scenic panorama of the waterfall here along with the lavish greenery spread across.

    Highlights:
    Enjoy exclusive tropical flora and lianas not popular in Srilanka

    Best Time: February to April

    Things to Keep in Mind: Since it is a waterfall trekking, comfortable and well gripping shoes should be packed. Its easy so previous training is not required. 
  • 03Adventure trek in Knuckles Mountains

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    Image Credit : Dhammika Heenpella
    The salubrious and pleasant climate of Kandy is one of the greatest treasures of the place and that is why the outdoor excursions are so popular here. The charm of trekking and hiking in the Knuckles Mountains is simply mesmerizing as well as adventurous that attracts many exploratory minds to venture. The venue is filled with several natural trails and scenic beauty comprising of pristine villages, stretched tea gardens and lush meadows. One must not miss the adventurous journey through Mini World End Trail, Pitawala-Pathena trail, Knuckles trail and Ash Cave Trail.

    Image Credits : Dhammika Heenpella



    Location: In the districts of Matale and Kandy,Central Srilanka 

    Highlights: Fascinating halts at Corbat’s Gap View Point and Bamboo Avenue

    Best Time: December to February

    Things to Keep in Mind: It’s a not an easy trek especially since the trekking trails are hard. Accompanying an experienced tracker is advisable since the top of the range can be quite confusing.
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    Trekking to Knuckles Mountain Range in Sri Lanka

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  • 04Horton Plains National Park

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

    Image Credits : Dhammika Heenpella



    Location:
     Ohiya, Sri Lanka 

    Highlights:
    Sunrise at World’s End

    Best Time: November to March

    Things to Keep in Mind: The trek is not very easy throughout the trail especially near the falls. Reach at World End before sunrise for best view 
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  • 05Sinharja Raniforest

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    Image Credit : Gaurika Wijeratne
    Being an important eco tourism centre with a status of being an World Heitage site, Sinharaja Rain Forest is a rich treasure of nature’s excellence with significant diversity. The national park stretches for 21km east to west and about 7km in distance from north end to the southernmost tip.

    The greatest attraction of this trek is the unique collection of the endemic species in birds, trees, mammals, amphibians, insects and even reptiles. It is one of the popular trekking spots of Sri Lanka since it is the only place where one can trek through the virgin rainforest and enjoy the luscious greenery without getting the fear of wild animals especially in the dry zone area of Yala.

    Image Credits : Gaurika Wijeratne



    Location:
     Southern Province, Sri Lanka, 160km from Colombo 

    Highlights:
    Endemic species like Purple faced Langur, frog mouthed owl etc

    Best Time: December to April; August and September.
  • 06Hike to Adam's Peak

    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.

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  • 07World'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. 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.

     

    Image Credits : Danushka Senadheera - Flickr



    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 
  • 08Belihuloya Sri Lanka

    Stated to be a picturesque hamlet that is well-known for adventure tourism, Belihuloya stands to be an ideal choice with visitors.

    Highlights: Its splendid natural beauty is beyond any explanation because it is a breath-taking hill side location. As a perfect climatically transitional area, it tends to link up wet as well as dry zones. With picturesque views of valleys dazzling the eyes, Belihuloya is one of the most visited places in Sri Lanka. Adding beauty to the place is its tropical forests and stunning grasslands.

    Location: Belihuloya is a beautiful village positioned in the Ratnapur District of Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. It stands around 150km away from Colombo and exceptionally beautiful.

    Price: Enjoying beautiful moments at the hamlet is surely soothing to the eyes and minds without free of cost picturesque views. Still, the food and activities taking place at Belihuloya at chargeable at nominal rates. 
  • 09Belihuloya Sri Lanka

    Stated to be a picturesque hamlet that is well-known for adventure tourism, Belihuloya stands to be an ideal choice with visitors.

    Highlights: Its splendid natural beauty is beyond any explanation because it is a breath-taking hill side location. As a perfect climatically transitional area, it tends to link up wet as well as dry zones. With picturesque views of valleys dazzling the eyes, Belihuloya is one of the most visited places in Sri Lanka. Adding beauty to the place is its tropical forests and stunning grasslands.

    Location: Belihuloya is a beautiful village positioned in the Ratnapur District of Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. It stands around 150km away from Colombo and exceptionally beautiful.

    Price: Enjoying beautiful moments at the hamlet is surely soothing to the eyes and minds without free of cost picturesque views. Still, the food and activities taking place at Belihuloya at chargeable at nominal rates. 
  • 10Ohiya Sri Lanka

    Standing to be one of the most scenic places in Sri Lanka, Ohiya is an ideal destination to enjoy quaint holidays.

    Highlights: It is a rural village that beholds the presence of scenic greenery everywhere. Indeed, the Ohiya Dondra Watch is a vantage point that looks simply stunning and has an extended view of Haputale Valley. The scenic beauty is beyond imagination and takes a visitor back to the relaxing moments. In fact, it is considered as a perfect place for spending excellent holidays and understanding rural lifestyle.

    Location: Positioned in the Badulla District of Uva province in Sri Lanka, Ohiya is quite closer to Horton Plains National Park. In fact, Colombo-Badulla Railway runs through this and is gorgeously beautiful.

    Price: The food at the local restaurants is authentically tasty and excellently pocket-friendly. Definitely, the breath-taking views do not require any kind of cost to be paid. 
  • 11Meemure Sri Lanka

    With a population standing to be just 400 something people, Meemure is a beautiful village with stunning lush green backdrops.

    Highlights: Forming part of the eco-tourism, it is an ideal place that soothes the eyes of nature lovers. In fact, people coming here will surely fall in love with plush mountain views welcoming tourists in full swing. Considered as a paradise on the grounds of Sri Lanka, it is famous as a place where Ravana lifted Dhadu Monara (aircraft of Ravana). It is also an ideal place for enjoying trekking that surely uplifts the spirit of adventure lovers. After all, a vacation to Meemure will always be cherished.

    Location: Positioned between the districts of Kandy and Matale, Meemure lies on the Knuckles Mountain Range in Sri Lanka and stands to be the remotest village.

    Price: With food and lodging facilities available within the budget, travelers are required to hire trekking equipments before enjoying the splendid beauty of nature. 

Trekking in Srilanka

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About the Activity: Delight in this trekking expedition that enables you to witness the stunning beauty of the misty mountains in Haputale in Sri Lanka.Enthrall in a trip that provides you with scenic views of the tea estates and surrounding hills.Hike through lush-green thickets while enjoying the scenic landscapes comprising of stunning waterfalls, tea estates, green paddy fields sprawling the region.Witness diversified flora and fauna with a trip to Horton Plains National Park.Get ready to be astonished with the scenic appeal and the tranquility of this entire place as you make it yo
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About the Activity: Embark on an exciting trek to the Adam’s peak located in the Sri Paada Wilderness Sanctuary, which is one of the largest sanctuaries in Sri Lanka.Get picked up from your hotel in Kandy at around 6 PM in the evening and reach the rain forest which spreads over 224 sq.km. and envelops the Adam’s Peak.The trek begins as you arrive at the Nallathaniya trail head at around 06:30 in the evening; post a short briefing you can commence the trek.Summit the peak at around 01:00 AM in the morning and relax as you behold the wonder of a beautiful sunrise.Enjoy a lip-smacking di
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About the Activity: Indulge in an exhilarating hiking tour with your family or friends in Hiyare, a small town near Galle in Sri Lanka.Begin this delightful trek at around 08:30 AM after getting picked up from your hotels in Galle Fort, Koggala, and UnawatunaAfter a quick briefing session get transferred by Tuk Tuk to local village where you will begin your hiking tour. During your trek, take a walk through the local village, witness the local tea plantation and begin the hike to the top of the hills that will take approximately 2 to 3 hours. Delight in the beauty of a small waterfall fresh
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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