Some of best tourist destinations
One of Sri Lanka’s foremost pilgrimage sites, this soaring summit bears the revered impression of what is said to be the Buddha’s own footprint and offers the island’s most magical and enigmatic views.
Sri Lanka’s ancient system of holistic health care uses herbal medicines and a range of traditional techniques, from gentle massages and steam baths to blood-letting treatments with leeches and fire.
From immense dagobas to mysterious forest monasteries, this vast ruined city bears witness to the great Sinhalese civilization which flourished for almost 2000 years.
The pleasantly unspoilt southern end of Bentota beach is home to the island’s finest select of luxury beachside hotels.
Sri Lanka’s most beautiful village, offers verdant walks amongst the surrounding tea plantations and a marvellous view through the Ella Gap to the plains below.
Gangarama Temple (Colombo)
The Gangaramaya Temple is a place of worship and learning. Featuring a Vihara (temple), the Cetiya (Pagoda) the Bodhitree, the Vihara Mandiraya, the Simamalaka and the Relic Chamber, it also has a museum, a library, residential hall, a three-storied Pirivena, educational halls and an alms hall. Since 1890, it contributed greatly to the traditions of Viharas and Pirivenas.
Sri Lanka’s most perfectly preserved colonial townscape with sedate streets of personable Dutch villas enclosed by a chain of imposing ramparts.
Beautifully situated amidst the central highlands, the historic city remains the island’s most important repository of Sinhalese culture, illustrated by the Esela Perahera festival and the Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Join the crowds thronging to the colourful nightly temple ceremonies at this remote pilgrimage town, held sacred by Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims.
National Museum, Colombo
Established in 1877, the National Museum is the oldest and largest Museum in the country. Housed in a fine colonial-era building, the museum is famous for its collection of ancient royal regalia, Sinhalese artwork (carvings, sculptures et al.), antique furniture, china, and Ola manuscripts. The museum contains: more than 4.000 palm leaf manuscripts; ancient and medieval jewellery; rare collection of traditional masks; wood and ivory carvings; temple frescoes; ceramics objects including VOC plates of the Dutch period; stone sculpture and lithic inscriptions.
Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage
One of the island’s most popular attractions, Pinnewala is home to the world’s large troupe of captive elephants, from dignified elderly matriarchs to the cutest of babies.
Colombo’s colourful and chaotic bazaar district offers an exhilarating slice of Asian life, crammed with markets selling a bewildering assortment of merchandise from cheap saris to sackfulls of chillies.
Home to the island’s finest collection of ancient Sinhalese art and architecture, from the giant Buddha statues of the Gal Vihara to the remarkable religious buildings of the Quadrangle.
Sri Lanka’s most remarkable sight, this towering rock outcrop is home to the fascinating remains of one of the island’s former capitals, complete with ancient graffiti, elaborate water gardens, a giant lion statue and perfectly preserved frescoes of voluptuous heavenly nymphs.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Sinharaja is Sri Lanka's last existing tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. There is much endemic wildlife, especially birds, but the forest is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka's endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians.
Hortan Plains (World’s End)
Marking the point at which the hill country’s southern escarpment plunges sheet for almost a kilmoeter to the plains below, the dramatic cliff offers one of the finest of the hill country’s many unforgettable views.
Yaala National Park
Sri Lanka’s most popular and rewarding national park is home to birds, monkeys, crocodiles and elephants, as well as the island’s largest population of leopards.