Kandy the last kingdom of Sri Lanka in the central foot-hills of the island. It is one of the most sought after locations in Sri Lanka.
There are a plenty of excursion in and around the city of Kandy. Take a quick break and leave the rush of the city behind and visit the ancient Kandy, the last kingdom of Sri Lanka.
Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. The temple is located in Kandy city which was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.
Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya is situated about 5.5 km to the west from the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka and attracts 2 million visitors annually. It includes more than 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees.The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall.
Udawattakele, is a historic forest reserve on a hill-ridge in the city of Kandy. During the days of the Kandyan kingdom, Udawatta Kele was known as "Uda Wasala Watta" in Sinhalese meaning, "the garden situated above the royal palace". The sanctuary is famous for its extensive avifauna. The reserve also contains a great variety of plant species, especially lianas, shrubs and small trees.
Gadaladeniya Viharaya is one of the must-visits in a trip to Kandy in Sri Lanka. Inspired from South Indian architectural style, this temple was built during the reign of Gampola King Wicramabahu somewhere around 1344 and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Buddhist temple architecture.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northwest of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. It is a must visit place, probably the only place in the world where you can blend in with hundreds of these majestic animals at close range.
Nuwara Eliya with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate, is in the hill country of the Central Province. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. The city is well known as “Little England” and famous for the Victoria Park, Haggala Botanical Garden, Horton Plains and Gegory Lake.
Ella is a small village located high in the mountains in Badulla District. The sleepy village is nestled in a valley peering straight through Ella Gap to the plain nearly 1000m below. Ella is surrounded by hills perfect for walks through tea plantations to temples and waterfalls. It is special for its climate which reminds of a hot English summer. Hot during the day and nice and cool at night
Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site situated in the central province. It is a sacred pilgrimage site of 22 centuries, this cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries, is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 m2 ) are of particular importance, as are the 157 statues.
The Sigiriya Rock Fortress of Sri Lanka is situated in Matale district close to Dambulla. It is famous for its Water Gardens, Frescoes - The Sigiriya Damsels, The Mirror Wall with Graffiti, Lion Platform and The Summit. Sigiriya is significant in showcasing the wonders of Sri Lankan City Planning, Gardenscaping , Arts, Engineering and Defense of the 5th Century AD.
It was the capital of Sri Lanka from the Fourth Century BC up to the turn of the eleventh Century and was one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. It is also one of the most sacred cities of World Buddhists.
Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It is 216 kMs from Colombo and 122 kMs from Kurunegala. The city comprises, the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century and today it is a showcase of the great ancient Sri Lankan architecture of said era.
Yala National Park is located in the south eastern region of Sri Lanka. The safari tours in the l Park are extremely famous. It provides the greatest opportunity to sight the Sri Lanka’s broad variety of wildlife. A total of 32 species of mammals and around 130 species of birds have been recorded. Leopards can be seen throughout the park and it is also home to a huge number of elephants.
Minneriya National Park is located 182 km away from Colombo in the North Central Plains of Sri Lanka. The Park affords the opportunity to sight herds of Elephants throughout the year. Among the 24 species of mammals resident in the park are Elephants, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Porcupine & Indian Pangolin etc. Minneriya also has recorded over 170 species of birds.
Arugam Bay is a bay situated in the dry zone of Sri Lanka's southeast, 314 km from Colombo, 2 ˝ km south of the small town of Pottuvil in the Ampara district. The bay is located 320 km due east of Colombo. It is a popular surfing and tourist destination with Lagoon tours, bird watching, elephant watching, Kumana National Park etc.
Beruwala, is a town in Kalutara District, Western Province. It is famous for turtle hatchery, water sports,, Boat trip on Bentota river, visit to Kande Vihare Buddhist Temple, visit Sri Lanka's tallest Buddha Statue. Visitors also can visit the Mask museum in Ambalangoda, Galle Forts and explore the Gem industry in Sri Lanka.
Located on the west coast of the island and at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, in Western Province, Sri Lanka. This city is an ideal and liberal place for those who want quick access to and from the country's international airport. The 100 km long canal network running through the city, the Dutch fort built in 1672, as well as centuries-old Portuguese and Dutch houses, Muthurajawela marshland, The Protected mangroves of the Negombo lagoon home to over 190 species of wildlife are significant.
According to marine biologists, Mirissa is one of the best locations to watch whales in Sri Lanka because of its close proximity to the coast. Increased sightings of both blue whales and sperm whales in Mirissa can be found just a few miles offshore. There are other activities also such as Sports Fishing, Coastal Cruises etc. The coastline around Mirissa is wellknown for its wonderfully unspoilt coconut fringed beaches and coves.