Sri Lanka is a country of spectacular natural beauty. Flavorful food, famous tea, fun trains, rolling surf, oodles of elephants, welcoming people, timeless ruins, cheap prices and endless beaches are the main features of this South Asian country in the Indian Ocean. If you are looking to have some wonderful experiences in this beautiful country, consider visiting the following places:
Galle is a destination with attractions that include a reasonably well-preserved and easily accessible coral reef for snorkeling, well sheltered waters for swimming, and world class beaches and has to be considered when planning your holiday to Sri Lanka. Built by the Dutch in the 17th century, Galle boasts of Unawatuna beach that is often regarded as one of the 12 best beaches around the world. Visiting Galle, you can expect to take part in a number of beach activities including surfing, beach hopping and snorkeling.
Yala National Park
Sri Lanka is regarded as one of the most popular Safari destinations in the world and Yala National Park is the best of many national parks Sri Lanka have. Also known as Ruhunu National Park, Yala National Park is the second largest and most visited national park in Sri Lanka. Wildlife lovers visiting Yala can expect to see wild elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, leopards, buffaloes, wild boars, bear and various species of rare birds in their natural settings.
One of the main characteristics of Sri Lanka is endless number of Buddhist sites and Kandy is the place you can find highest number of Buddhist temples and other archeological sites in Sri Lanka. Popularly known as the city of Senkadagalapura, Kandy was the last capital of Sinhala kings who ruled the island nation until 1815 when the British took over. At the time of the last Sinhala kings, Dinahala culture flourished in the region and visiting Kandy you can get good understanding of that culture. The most sacred shrine of Buddhism, the Temple of the Tooth is located scenically right in the heart of the town. So, there are plenty to do and see in Kandy for tourists.
Sigiriya is the name of one of the many symbols of Sri Lanka as this giant rock has great historical value. It is one of the most visited attractions in Sri Lanka. The rock contains a spectacular fortress, which is said to have been built by King Kassapa. Kassapa transformed the rock into a heavenly palace with frescoes, walls, moats, and water gardens. Gallery of frescoes is of great interest to every tourist visiting this giant rock. The frescoes are painted on the rock face and around 22 of 500 pictures are still there and most of them are in really good condition.
Nuwara Eliya is a spectacular city with temperate climate, one of Sri Lanka’s perfect luxury holiday destinations. As there is a great number of colonial architecture, this beautiful city is often called as a “Little England”. The nearby Haggala Botanical Gardens, tea gardens are of great interest to the tourists.
Photos: Muhun, Iris Liu.