Sri Lanka may be a little island in the Indian Ocean but offers everything bigger. The country, called as Ceylon, shows an ancient civilization, golden sandy beaches with offering you coconut palms, mountains, and rubber and tea plantations. While heading the island, you’ll find colonial architecture with combination of Portuguese, Dutch and English. An overview of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka:
Bentota gives varied things to do in this tourist town on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. One of Sri Lanka’s most famous beaches offers water activities, such as surfing, sailing and snorkelling are tried by the adventure lovers. Here you can go to sea turtle hatchery and conservation centre, which combines five of the 7 species of sea turtles in the world. You can also take in a 17th century fortress, lush gardens and an old Buddhist temple to explore the city more.
Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka for more than 2,000 years when its huge natural harbor made it famous with ancient trades from Italy to China. The city is ruled over by first Portuguese and later by British colonists, Colombo is a celebrated tourist attraction. One of the most recognized destinations is Galle Face Green, a strip park along the Indian Ocean. You have to explore the Gangaramaya Temple, which is known for its combination of ethnic architectural styles.
- Yala National Park
Yala National Park, a wildlife sanctuary is about 240 km from Colombo. Yala offers a plethora of things to do including a safari to watch animals such as elephants, water buffalo and leopards, found here in higher density than any other place in the world. The park has 215 bird species, of which seven are native to the park and a perfect scene to capture through your cameras. Top sights, besides wild animals, are Sithulpauwwa, an ancient rock temple where12000 monks lived.
If you’re planning to stay in a tropical paradise, Mirissa just might be the solution to your dreams: swaying coconut palms, wonderful golden sand beaches, days spent rocking away in a hammock. Nothing can be better than this place. This paradise definitely has the most splendid sunsets and sunrises in Sri Lanka. Mirissa is the largest fishing port on the south coast and is a heaven to go dolphin and whale watching.
If you’re interested in archaeology then need to put Sigiriya on the top of the list of must-see places to head in Sri Lanka. This ancient city is established on a steep slope, topped by a plateau almost 180 meters high. This plateau is famous as Lion’s Rock as it oversees the jungles below. You can visit to the site is through staircases and rooms emanating from the lion’s mouth. You’ll also watch clear ponds, huge gardens and fountains. Pretty cool! Locals believe the site the eighth wonder of the world.
You can take direct flights to Colombo and have fun with family.