SPECTACULAR SRI LANKA SIGHTSEEING
Set your sights on the wonders of Sri Lanka and enjoy a holiday of a lifetime.
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With so many unforgettable things to see and do in Sri Lanka, you’ll be amazed by the sheer diversity, natural beauty and unexpected treasures that this unique island paradise has to offer.
Embark on a magical journey and admire ancient sites, filled with mystery. See the sacred feet of the Buddha in the Dambulia Cave Temple or visit Sigiriya a World Heritage Site and ‘Fortress in the Sky’. This island is blessed with lush rainforests and stunning mountain scenery, making it ideal for outdoor adventures like jungle trekking and nature trails. While the flawless beaches and incredible wildlife add yet another captivating dimension to Sri Lanka’s charm.
For many people safari is an important part of any trip to Sri Lanka. Possibly the best-known place to go is Yala National Park, home to elephants, leopards, deer, crocodiles, monkeys and exotic birds and insects. Another hotspot for wildlife watching is Minneriya National Park, where you can enjoy a less crowded experience.
Sri Lanka is a mystical land, home to many religious and historical places of interest. From the ‘Cultural Triangle’ with its temples, lost cities and sacred sights to the Royal Rock Temple, which is thought to have been a Buddhist place of worship since the first century BC.
Sri Lanka is surrounded by spectacular crystal blue sea, so it’s no surprise that the island is renowned for its beautiful beaches. However, you may not expect to find the plethora of activities that are available, from surfing to diving and whale watching to non-motorised water sports like canoeing and sailing.
An excellent destination choice for touring and adventures, Sri Lanka boasts a diverse range of activities, whether it’s exciting inland adventures or thrilling water sports. Thrill seekers will love the fast pace of white water rafting on the Kelani River and the exhilaration of waterfall trekking and abseiling.
Eating out represents great value for money in Sri Lanka. A destination renowned for its spices, Sri Lankan cuisine is popular with those who love hot food. Sample traditional cuisine, which is influenced by Sri Lanka’s colonial past, but served with a modern twist. Try Lamprais, rice cooked in stock and baked in a banana leaf.
Take in the urban buzz of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city. From the mass of historic buildings, which reflect the country’s rich colonial past to the thriving atmosphere of Pettah, with its open-air bazaars and markets. Absorb the vibrant atmosphere of this eclectic city, where sacred temples and churches exist alongside glitzy shopping malls. Walk along tree-lined Cinnamon Gardens or head to the energetic and modern Galle Road, which provides a fantastic contrast to the rural countryside that you’ll see elsewhere in Sri Lanka.
No cultural visit would be complete without a visit to the ‘Cultural Triangle’, where you can catch a glimpse of some of Sri Lanka’s beautiful temples and sacred sites. The lush core of the island is home to 2000-year-old ancient cities, that still today remain a devout Buddhist place of worship, and an abundance of UNESCO declared world heritage sites. See the rock frescoes of Sigiriya, the fascinating rock caves of Dambulla and Ritigale, the birthplace of Buddhism.
North of Colombo and only 20 minutes from the airport, Negombo has a resort-like feel. This humble beach town provides a wonderful contrast to the congestion of the capital, providing many points of interest that include canals and rich colonial history. Colourful fishing boats cluster in the harbour, vendor stalls line the narrow streets and churches adorn themselves with brightly coloured flags, bunting and ribbons to celebrate the frequent festivals.
Sri Lanka’s second largest city, Kandy is nestled beside a lake, high in the verdant hills at the centre of the island. Home to the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, which is the country’s most holy place of worship. The surrounding areas include many shrines, spice gardens, elephant sanctuaries and the opportunity to buy local handicrafts. To the north of Kandy, you’ll find the cultural triangle, which incorporates the ancient cities of Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Trace the country’s historic past and Buddhist heritage.
Located at the centre of Sri Lanka’s famous tea growing region, where vast tea estates cling precariously to the side of steep mountain slopes. Nuwara Eliya has a strong British influence, where red telephone boxes and English-inspired architecture provide a throwback to colonial times. The cool climate and dramatic landscape makes this a popular retreat from the tropical beaches of the southwest and hustle and bustle of Colombo. Take an early morning stroll in Horton Plains National Park, which is home to many exotic animals and the scenic Baker Falls.