Affectionately called “the Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, Sri Lanka bears a resemblance closer to that of a classic teardrop-shaped pendant. Paradise is still the most commonly used word to describe Sri Lanka – a lush, tropical island of golden beaches and brilliant blue waters. Famed for the amazing diversity of our culture, the natural beauty of the landscape and a complex history stretching back to 543 BC.
The early history of the island is shrouded in romance and folklore. Awesome, indeed, are her magnificent religious complexes and arresting architectural accomplishments, more than 2000 years old and second only to those spectacular structures of Egypt – not forgetting the intricate and ingenious irrigation works.
Sri Lanka was famously described by Marco Polo as one of the finest islands in the world, and it has a history that dates back thousands of years. Although it’s small, there is so much history, nature, and beauty to see in this country. Explore the beaches, jungles, tea plantations, temples, and much more from our list of the most beautiful spots in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka having a history as long as many ancient civilizations, positioned at the crossroad of the East and the West with its multicultural society, celebrates a wide variety of festivals, ceremonies and events throughout the year.
Sri Lanka is home to eight world heritage sites declared by UNESCO: Anuradhapura, Central Highlands/Horton Plains, Dambulla, Galle, Kandy, Sigiriya, Sinharaja Rain Forest and Polonnaruwa, plus many more breathtaking locations such as Waterfalls, Botanical Gardens, Zoological Gardens, Wild Life and Leisure Parks, Museums, Dutch Churches, Prison, Canals, Waterways to name a few.
PLACES OF INTEREST
The ancient capital of the Island. The city's history which dates back to the 4th century BC can still be seen strongly in the well preserved ruins of this ancient kingdom which was once the seat of power and culture of the Sinhalese.
Huge tanks which served as reservoirs made it possible for the ancient civilisation of Sri Lanka to flourish in the island’s dry zone, the extensive north central plains and a smaller area in the southeast.
The surfer’s paradise of Sri Lanka. Arugam bay is the ideal place for surfers; water sports freaks and wildlife enthusiasts.
Surfing: Arugam Bay is renowned for its fantastic waves, which attract surfers from all over the world. Although you can surf here all year round, the most favoured season is from April to October with the average height of waves being 1.5 to 2.5 meters. Main surf spots are Pottuvil point, Main Break and Crocodile Rock.
Sri Lanka’s equivalent of the Maldives, with never-ending white sandy beaches, coral islands and shimmering blue seas, the best place to soak up then sun and relax by the Beach.
Trincomalee is one of the finest natural deep-water harbours in the world and is home to the fine beaches of Nilaveli, Uppuveli and the off-shore Pigeon Island.
Jaffna is a city on the northern tip of Sri Lanka. Nallur Kandaswamy is a huge Hindu temple with golden arches and an ornate gopuram tower. By the coast, star-shaped Jaffna Fort was built by the Portuguese in the 17th century and later occupied by the Dutch and British. Jaffna Public Library is a symbol of the city’s post-war regeneration. Jaffna Archaeological Museum has Dutch cannons and pre-colonial artefacts.
This wild life park is the ideal location for any tourists looking to explore into the jungles by day and relax by untouched beaches by evening.
Of all the National Parks in Sri Lanka, Yala National Park gives the best opportunity to witness Sri Lanka’s broad variety of wildlife
The Ideal place to visit for a quick day trip. Bentota is just an hour’s drive from Colombo and is a tourist hotspot for its beaches, water sports and other adventures, with a variety of activities such as wind surfing, jet skiing, banana boat riding along the river which flows into the Indian Ocean.
Sigiriya once the rock fortress of King Kashyapa in 475 AD remains today a UNESCO world heritage site and probably Sri Lanka's most spectacular tourist attraction.
The ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya with its stunning frescoes and famed mirror wall is the keeper of many fascinating legends
The highest most elevated city in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is home to Sri Lanka most famous tea plantations. Nuwara Eliya is well known amongst tourists for its cold climate, and beautiful scenery. Following the Coffee Blight in Sri Lanka during the 1870s, the plantation of tea was introduced by Sir James Taylor resulting in the development of the Nuwara Eliya district as the heart of the tea growing region of the central highlands of Sri Lanka, then called Ceylon. The first plantation on experimental stages was established in 1867 at the Loolecondera Estate situated between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya.