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  • Dashing into the water is your dream then try water sports in Sri Lanka is the place to be. It will give you ample opportunities to have fun, relaxation and your own bit of enjoyment too. Indulge in some extreme thrilling experience of snorkelling, kite surfing and scuba diving which will leave you truly refreshed. These water sports will also allow you to discover the richness of the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean.

    If you are not a hard core professional it is best to take the help of a trainer. It is one of the best place for adrenalin junkie and at the same time it will also allow you to taste adventure in its most raw form. It will give you memories which you would never like to forget.

    Water Sports in Sri Lanka that you should experience:

  • 01White Water Rafting in Kitugala

    White Water Rafting in Kitugala
    Image Credit : Anuradha Ratnaweera - Flickr

    If you have always dreamt of living like Robinson Crusoe, a plunge into the White Water Rafting in Kitugala is worth a shot. You will experience rafting in one of the wettest place in the country – Kitugala. This place is located 90 km from Colombo on the banks of the river Kelani River It offers grade three rapids making it an adventurous experience for both the beginners and intermediate rafters.The overall rafting experience will leave you completely thrilled.



    Best Time: April to November is the best time to opt for this activity.

    Prices: Approximate price ranges from 1500 LKR. 

    White Water Rafting Adventure in Kithulgala, Sri Lanka

    White Water Rafting Adventure in Kithulgala, Sri Lanka

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  • 02Scuba Diving

    Scuba Diving
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    Bathing in warm Indian Ocean currents is an experience of a lifetime. You will find a wide variety of marine creatures in Sri Lankan waters. From the mighty Blue Whale to the tiny nudibranch, Sri Lanka has it all. The friendly locals of the place well complemented with an amazing food make the experience even better. This reef is located off the coast of Mount Lavinia which will never disappoint you. It is home to some of the most beautiful aquatic creatures such as Lionfish, rays, and nudibranch.

     

    Image Credits : Offthebeatentrack - Flickr

    Best Time: If you want to dive in the west and south-west coast then October to May is the best time. However, May to October is the ideal time for the northeast coast.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 41 USD

    Two Hours Scuba Diving at Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka

    Two Hours Scuba Diving at Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka

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  • 03Snorkelling

    Snorkelling

    If you want to have a good snorkelling tour, it is time for you to test the Sri Lankan waters where you can span for 3 nautical miles in a length. The whole of the south coast of Sri Lanka is filled with such adventurous sports. If you want the adventure to reach its peak, you can try Bar Reef which is considered to be the Sri Lanka’s largest reef.


    Highlights: For the best experience, you can try snorkelling in Hikkaduw, Weligama and Kirinda.

    Best Time: The best time to indulge in this activity is March, April or May.

    Prices: Approximate price starts from 410 USD

    Snorkeling Tour in Mirissam in Sri Lanka

    Snorkeling Tour in Mirissam in Sri Lanka

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  • 04Lagoon Canoeing Tour

    Lagoon Canoeing Tour
    Canoeing is a beautiful experience in Galle. Unawatuna is an astounding island where most of the adventure sports happen in Galle. It is brimmed with canals, lagoons, beaches, rivers and reservoirs. Canoeing can take you in the midst of the Natural beauty of flora and fauna characterised by changing landscapes and fascinating mangroves.

    Location: Unuwatuna Lagoon, galle Hours and timings: starts at 8- 8:30 am and comprised of two hours of paddling

    Highlights:
     Canoeing trip includes local guide, water and refreshments and a life jacket. You can reach the Unawatuna Lagoon by a tuk-tuk. You would get to explore coastal flora and fauna untouched by the human civilization, the deeper sector of mangroves etc 

    Best season: November to May
    Price: Approximate price starts from $ 30, per canoe 2 - 3 people can accommodate 
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  • 05Deep Sea Fishing

    Deep Sea Fishing
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    If you have a fetish for fishing and searching for a suitable place for fishing then this is a must do activity for you in Sri Lanka. Here the South-West coast is very famous for deep sea fishing. With the provided fishing gears catch some huge fish which will surely make your day.  Another interesting thing is that you will get a chance to explore the exotic marine life of this region. Feel the thrill while deep fishing with a chance to catch fish like Jack Trevally, Spanish mackerel, skipjack tuna, yellow fin tuna, sail fish, marlins, and frigate tuna.

    Location:  Hikkaduwa is located at a distance of 17 km North-West of Galle and 98 km south of Colombo.

    Best Time: The best time for deep sea fishing in Hikkaduwa is during the month of November until mid-April due to the monsoon.

    Price: The approximate price starts from 17800LKR.

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  • 06Sailing in Bentota in Sri Lanka

    Sailing in Bentota in Sri Lanka
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    About the Activity:
    • Climb aboard on your very own chartered boat and cruise through the sea to see the scenery of Bruwela and Bentota.
    • During this three hours journey, starting from 9 AM, while on board, you can relax and revel in a luxurious environment and also learn how to sail.
    • The boat stops at a wonderful cove, where you can take a jump in the waters or go snorkeling and paddle boarding. 
    • Explore and marvel at the sight of the Barberyn island and its light house during the tour.
    • End your amazing sailing trip at around 12 PM.
  • 07Bottom Fishing Tour at Galle in Sri Lanka

    Bottom Fishing Tour at Galle in Sri Lanka
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    About the Activity:

    • Spend a day fishing in a private boat charter with your family and friends and indulge in a fishing experience in Galle, Sri Lanka.
    • Get picked up from your hotel in the morning at 7 AM and proceed to the starting point from where you will depart for the amazing bottom fishing activity in the boat. 
    • During your trip, refresh yourself with sandwiches, a bottle of cold beer and enjoy the exciting sport of bottom fishing on the southern coasts of Sri Lanka.
    • This tour is designed to accommodate veterans and beginner angler as you will be assisted by instructors for an enjoyable fishing experience. 
    • After fishing for four hours, at around 11 AM head back to the harbor and get dropped off to your respective hotels in Galle. 
  • 08Catamaran Trip at Topaz in Sri Lanka

    Catamaran Trip at Topaz in Sri Lanka
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    About the Activity:
    • Embark in a memorable seafaring experience on a catamaran which will amaze you and ensure a happy fun filled memories as you sail across the sea in Trincomalee.
    • Take the helm of Topaz and enjoy the adrenaline rush of sailing a large catamaran, which provides a rare and unique experience to be remembered.
    • Start your amazing three hours tour either at 9 AM in the morning or at around 3 PM for the afternoon slot.
    • After a coastal navigation in the wild Vandalous Bay, you will moor in the beautiful reef barrier of Elephant Rocks for a swimming, snorkeling and stand-up paddle boarding venture.
    • Visit of Barberyn Island and its pride, the majestic lighthouse and enjoy the sight for a while.
    • End your amazing Catamaran Topaz tour at around 12 PM for the morning slot and at around 6 PM for the afternoon slot. 
  • 09Water Skiing

    Water Skiing
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    Sri Lanka offers best in class waterskiing experience with its beautiful sandy beaches, coral reefs and clear blue water in a backdrop of the tropical atmosphere which remains warm throughout the year. With water ski camps in all the major locations, you can easily learn to ski even if you are a beginner. Let the adrenaline rush through your body when you race with the mighty ocean waves. There are two different climate zones in Sri Lanka namely South-West & North-East. The best time for water skiing on the South West coast is from October to April while on the North East coast the ideal time is from March to November.

    Image Credits : Jeremy Erickson - Flickr



    Location: The major locations for water skiing in Sri Lanka are Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Bentota and Kumudu Valley.
     
    Price: Approximate price ranges from 10000 LKR for eleven rounds and 1000 LKR for one round. 

    Difficulty Level: Suitable for beginners as well as experts.
  • 10Jet Ski

    Jet Ski
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    With natural scenery, green palm trees, perfect golden beaches, emerald green water and year round warm weather, Sri Lanka is one of the best islands in the world to go for water adventures. Jet Skiing is one of the greatest water sports for those who love to race against the strong tides. Experience the adrenaline rush in your body when the waves of the ocean lift you and feel amazed as you fly through the misty sea.

    Image Credits : castgen - Flickr



    Location: Bentota is the centre of all the water sports in Sri Lanka. Located in the Galle district, it provides all sorts of water sports opportunities. Negombo is another location just 15 Km away from Colombo international airport.

    Best Time: The best time to visit for Jet Ski is October to April on the south-west coast and March to November on the north-east coast.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 3750 LKR for 15 minutes.


  • 11Windsurfing

    Windsurfing
    One of the most thrilling water sports is windsurfing. The golden beaches of Sri Lanka and the sultry tone of the atmosphere makes it one of the most desired location for windsurfing. The sport requires a certain mix of balance and strength. There are camps in Sri Lanka where you can easily enroll for a course in windsurfing if you are a beginner. The thrilling moments of surfing over the magnificent waves gives a feeling of elation and a bagful of memories to take back.




    Location: Bentota and The Colombo Sailing club located on Bologoda Lake are the places to go. The west coast offers more challenging conditions which are preferred by experienced windsurfers.

    Best Time: Ideal time is December to March. Other months are July, September, November and April.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR for an hour.


  • 12Banana & Tube Ride

    Banana & Tube Ride
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    The best water sport for families with low risk and high entertainment is banana ride and tubing. In Banana ride, a long banana shaped boat is pulled by a motor boat at a very high speed, giving you the thrill of your life. In tubing or the tube ride, you will be sitting atop an inner tube and towed by the watercraft across the water. Both recreational activities are perfect for small families who want to have fun together

     

    Image Credits : Big Swede Guy - Flickr



    Location: You can enjoy this fun water ride at the water sports capital of Sri Lanka, Bentota. You can also enjoy the sport with your family at Negombo lagoon.

    Best Time: The best time to visit is from October to April with less powerful waves and lesser precipitation.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 4000 LKR for six people.


  • 13Speed Boat Ride

    Speed Boat Ride
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    Feel the ocean wind rushing on your face and hair with the thrilling speed boat rides in the beautiful emerald water of Sri Lankan beaches. A family adventure with negligible safety concerns is an ideal way to spend a few moments of your holiday. Enjoy the ecstasy of traveling in the speed boat with loads of laughter and screams. Ideal for small group of people or families, the speed boat is one exhilarating adventure that you cannot forget.



    Location: Almost all the water sports can be enjoyed at Bentota, Sri Lanka, a coastal area in the district of Galle.

    Best Time: October to April is the best time to visit with tropical atmosphere and low precipitation.

    Price: Depends on the time of the trip and the speed of the boat. LKR 12,000 for one hour and 85 HP and LKR 15,000 for one hour and 115 HP.


  • 14Surfing

    Surfing
    Image Credit : AlGraChe - Flickr

    Peel off the waves with your surfs and let the adventure begin! The thrilling experience of surfing will surely leave you with an unforgettable experience for a lifetime. Although surfing is available in many Sri Lankan beaches but if you want to have a real surfing experience in the warm water you should go for Weligama beach, however, you can also try other beaches like Arugm Bay, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and much more to list. No matter whether it is your first time or you are a professional, it is always better to understand the water from a trainer to learn the basics of surfing in safe waters.

    Image Credits : Surfing The Nations - Flickr


    Best Time: It is different for different beaches but ideally one should visit during November and April.

    Prices: Approximate price starts from 8 USD for 3 days.

  • 15Kite Surfing in Kalpitiya

    Kite Surfing in Kalpitiya
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    If you would like to kite in heaven then the Kite surfing experience in Kalpitiya will leave you with an amazing experience. The Kalpitiya Lagoon is the best place for freestylers and beginners. If you want some training then there are several schools where trained professionals can teach you the art of Kite Surfing. You will find several accommodations in the nearby area which makes it easier for everybody to try this adventure sport.

     

    Image Credits : Neville Nel - Flickr

    Location: Kalpitiya is approximately 3 hours from Colombo.

    Highlights: Afternoon is the best time to try kite surfing as there are strong winds that are blowing.

    Best Time: May to October and December to March.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 45 USD

  • 16Kayaking

    Kayaking
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    Kayaking and Canoes are nothing but modes of transportation which was once used by fishermen in ancient times. You can try Kayaking in the famous river of Kalu Ganga which flows to the west coast town of Kalutara where it finally meets the Indian Ocean. While Kayaking you also get a chance to see the fascinating flora and fauna of the nearby areas. You can also try river canoeing in the calm and serene waters of Samanalawewa reservoir which is one of the country’s vast tanks.

    Image Credits : http://borderlandssrilanka.blogspot.in/



    Best Time: When it is less windy, October to early May will be a good time to visit.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 15 USD per hour. 

    Difficulty Level: Medium, should be able to hike 1.5 miles and swim if you are renting.
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  • 17Sea Plane Ride

    Sea Plane Ride
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    Sri Lanka is endowed with splendid scenic beauty and cultural diversity. The golden beaches, exquisite flora, and fauna, diverse topography, a colourful culture which is more than two thousand years old island beautiful heritage architectures are the experiences to cherish for a lifetime. Let the comfortable Sea Plane ride in Sri Lanka gives you the bird’s eye view of this impressive island. Enjoy the lush green land with paddy fields and tea plantation. Take pleasure in the sights of some of the marvelous ancient architectures and experience the natural scenic beauty unfolding before your eyes in innumerable ways. The rides are available for most parts of Sri Lanka.



    Location: The rides are available from Colombo, Bentota, Batticaloa, Dickwella, Kandy, Koggala, Sigiriya, Trincomalee and many other cities.

    Duration
    : The ride can last from 10 minutes to an hour.

    Price
    : Approximate price ranges anywhere from LKR 25,000 to LKR 40,000.


  • 18Boat Trip in Madu River

    Boat Trip in Madu River
    Image Credit : http://incredibletravels2.blogspot.in/

    The sight of Kingfisher waiting for its prey and monkeys nibbling fruits happily while sitting on the branches of the tree is not to be missed. Madu Ganga is the only pristine mangrove forest in Sri Lanka after Bentota. A boat trip to this wonderful place will let you see different variety of plants and animals. You will spot 64 island in total in the river and the lagoon. Meanwhile you can also relish the food cooked on cinnamon woods. The boat trip will take you to an island which has housed a Buddhist monastery Kothduwa where the young monks will show you a 150 year old book made of palm leaves.

    Best Time: Sometime late in the afternoon when it is not so hot is the best time to opt for the activity.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 2300 LKR. 

  • 19Duck Paddle Boats Beira Lake

    Duck Paddle Boats Beira Lake
    Image Credit : President Mahinda Rajapaksa
    Paddle boat ride on Beira Lake is a must-do thing when you visit Colombo. Various duck paddle boats are available on rent on this lake, for you to enjoy the beauty of the waters. The sheer thrill that you get by paddling your way along these boats as you encounter some real ducks or swans on the waters is sure to evoke the child within you.

    Image Credits : Indi Samarajiva



    Highlights: One of the major highlights of the lake is the Simamalakha Shrine, located right in the middle of the lake in an island.

    Location: The Beira Lake is situated very close to the famous Gangaramaya temple.

    Timings: Boat rides are available all through the day, but evenings are better, because you get an excellent view of the illuminated Gangaramaya temple at the background.

    Price: Boating charges are around 100 Sri Lankan Rupees for 30 minutes in a two-seater boat. 
  • 20Wake Boarding

    Wake Boarding
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    There is no end to the curiosity in us when it comes to adventure. If you are visiting Sri Lanka, then don’t miss a chance to try the thrilling water sport Wake Boarding.  Break through the warm waters of Sri Lanka and feel the thrill as the water gushes through you. The best thing about this activity is that you can just opt for it anytime of the day. This will be a double treat for the nature lover, who will not just enjoy the activity but will also soak in the amazing beauty of the region.

    Location:  In Sri Lanka, Negombo and Hikkaduwa are the two best places for wake boarding. Due to the perfect water condition with very less current in the river; it is suitable for the beginners as well.

    Best Time: The best time to visit for Wake boarding is during the month of October to April.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 2225 LKR for 15 minutes.


Water sports in Srilanka

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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