Reach the ancient royal fortress of Sigiriya, Lion Rock, one of the most spectacular sites on the island. Walk through the royal gardens and follow the central path leading up to the stairs of the imposing ochre-colored rock. Start the ascent, and halfway, contemplate the famous gallery of Sigiriya. Then reach the platform suspended on the side of the cliff, famous for its huge lion’s paws. Once you reach the summit, discover the ruins of the old palace and enjoy an exceptional panorama of the surroundings, over 370 meters high.
The city is one of the most important historical and cultural sites in Sri Lanka and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is home to many ancient monuments and ruins, including the Abhayagiri Dagoba, Jetavanaramaya, and the Ruwanwelisaya & sacred tree “Sri Maha Bodhi. Overall, Anuradhapura is a must-see destination for anyone interested in history, culture, and architecture.
Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the central part of Sri Lanka. It is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in the country and is renowned for its beautiful and intricate cave paintings and statues.
Herbal and Spice Garden
The “spice gardens” should not be confused with spice plantations. These gardens are better described as “show gardens” with a primary focus on retailing indigenous Ayurveda medicine and small quantities of a variety of spices. The Ayurveda oils and medicines are derived from a mixture of the spices and herbs which are grown locally.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. The temple of the tooth is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple and the relic.
Here too you can see the tea process at work, how to tea picking, how the green tea leaves end up in drinkable tea through various steps of drying, rolling, fermentation, oxidizing, drying again, followed by sorting and bulk packing.
Nuwara Eliya is a beautiful hill station located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is a mountain station at 1,868 m (6,128 ft) of altitude, in a splendid landscape. The city pretends to be particularly well-kept and neat, and the always green grass gives to the locality an aspect of “colonial British style”. The city is known for its stunning natural beauty, colonial architecture, tea plantations, and rich cultural heritage. You can visit Victoria Park, Lake Gregory, Hakgala Botanical Garden & etc.
The train ride Nanu Oya to Ella is one of the most spectacular journeys you will ever make. A cool and scenic train ride through the hills, giving you a breath of absolute fresh air!
Mini Adams Peak
Little Adam’s Peak, is a mountain located in Ella, Sri Lanka. It is a popular hiking destination, known for its beautiful views of the surrounding area, including the famous Nine Arch Bridge. The hike to the summit typically takes around 1-2 hours, and the trail is well defined and easy to navigate. Along the way, hikers will see beautiful tea plantations and can experience the local culture. The peak is also considered as a one day trek and can be done as a family or alone. At the summit, hikers can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. It is also a great spot for sunrise and sunset.
Nine Arches Bridge
The Nine Arches Bridge is a famous landmark located in Ella, Sri Lanka. It is a beautiful railway bridge built during the British colonial period, and it is considered to be an engineering marvel due to its impressive construction.
Ella Rock is a popular hiking destination in Sri Lanka, known for its scenic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The hike to the top of Ella Rock takes about 2-3 hours and offers beautiful views of the Ella Gap and the Little Adam’s Peak. It is a challenging climb and requires a moderate level of fitness. Along the way, you will pass through tea plantations, small villages, and dense forests. The summit of Ella Rock is a great spot for picnics and photography. It is recommended to start the hike early in the morning to avoid the heat and crowds.
Yala National Park is located in the southeast region of Sri Lanka and is one of the country’s most popular national parks. The park covers an area of approximately 979 square kilometers and is known for its diverse wildlife, including elephants, leopards, crocodiles, and over 200 species of birds. It is also home to a variety of habitats, including wetlands, forests, and grasslands. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Sri Lanka.
Hummanaya Blow Hole
Sri Lanka is home to Hummanaya, the second largest blowhole in the world. It’s a rumbling sound like distant thunder in the sea and then a mighty hiss as the spray of salty water hits 120 meters in the air.
The small town of Dondra was one of the island’s primary places of worship until its grand Tenavaram temple was destroyed by the Portuguese back in the 16th century. Today it’s famous as marking the southernmost point in Sri Lanka
Experience whale watching as the gentle giants mesmerize you with their aquatic dances in Sri Lanka. Mirissa is the ideal place for whale and dolphin watching as the waters become a playground for a myriad of whales and dolphin species.
Most people probably know Mirissa for Coconut Tree Hill. From the summit of this incredible location, you can see the limitless ocean and the Mirissa Bay region. From Mirissa Beach, it takes about 10-15 minutes to stroll up the street.
Stilt Fishing is a traditional fishing method practiced by local fishermen in Sri Lanka, especially along the southern coast. A narrow pole is tied to a stick that is anchored on the sea bed and fisher folk climb onto this stick and settle on the pole for a few hours in an effort to catch some fish with perfect balance and invincible patience.
The Galle Fort, or Dutch Fort as it is also known, is a fortification first built by the Portuguese on the Southwestern coast of Sri Lanka.
Maritime Museum is the only museum which aware the public on marine biological and anthropological aspects of Southern coastal area. The first gallery depicts the types of watercrafts used in passenger transport and maritime trading in Southern Sri Lanka. The traditional life style of fishing communities and such fishing techniques are displayed with attractive models and replicas. The second Gallery is focused on marine eco systems and their flora and fauna. Models of mangroves, sea shore plants, turtles, sea birds and marine mammals are displayed with their taxonomic details. Specimens of corals, marine shells and some invertebrates can be observed in the exhibition while a large skeleton of a Whale mounted in the roof giving you a wonderful experience.