12 beautiful places in Sri Lanka everyone should visit!
Updated: Jul 19
I am indeed delighted in taking you around a vivid tour of my exotic country, Sri Lanka.
Ceylon, as known by previously, is an appealing Island located in South Asia. Sri Lanka has divided into 9 provinces which further divided into 25 districts. Sri Lanka, while having its own blend of modernization is also a country rich in culture and heritage. Every corner of Sri Lanka has fantastic locations.
1) The Astonishing Center of Sri Lanka
Mountains are iconic of the central province of the country. Both the districts of Kandy and Nuwara Eliya contribute to the astounding view of the central province.
A) Magnificent View of Kandy
This is the main district of the central province as it was the last capital of the ancient kings’ era in Sri Lanka. This district consists of two places that are definitely worth visiting!
The Largest Peradeniya botanical gardens which is evergreen with a ton of valuable and rare plant species and relaxing places. Personally, a walk around this place is soothing and peaceful. It takes around half of the day to visit the whole area; nevertheless worth the effort!
Moreover, the Buddha temple known as Sri Dalada Maligawa is a historical place built by king Vimaladharmasooriya. The most important fact is that the tooth of Lord Buddha has been enshrined here. Therefore, this place is special. Every August, they take the tooth out of the temple and bring it around the Kandy town as a procession. It is a special celebration for to entire Kandy.
B) Frosty Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya is also in the central province. This district records the lowest temperatures compared to other places in Sri Lanka.
This place is famous for a ton of glittering waterfalls, luscious tea estates and little England cottages. Once you enter the district, you feel the fresh air with the fragrance of tea factories.
The cottages built here are similar to those found in English estates along with the cold climate. If you love to enjoy your vacation in chilled weather, then Nuwara Eliya should top your bucket list.
April is the best season month to visit Nuwara-Eliya
Furthermore, a part of the world-famous historic Ramayana story is related to Nuwara Eliya. As a part of the story, Ravana kidnaps Rama's wife Seetha and brought her to Sri Lanka. This place where Seetha was held captive till Rama come to save her. This place has beautifully preserved as a temple without changing the old environment and named 'Sita Eliya'.
In a nutshell, a visit to Nuwara Eliya leaves you awestruck with its spectacular view!
2) Sigiriya Rock
It is an ancient rock fortress also known as world wonder located in the Matale district in the central province. It was built by king Kashyapa.
This rock is also known as lion rock. This name of Sigiriya arises from Sinha(Sinhala name of a lion). From the top of the rock, it gives the most beauteous view of the entire city. The collections of incredible rock paintings drawn by ancient artisans that date back to the 5th century are still preserved today.
3) A hiking to Adam's peak
Adam's peak is a conical mountain located in the central and sabaragamuwa provinces of Sri Lanka. If you are fond of hiking, this is one of the best places to enjoy hiking in Sri Lanka. It takes around one day to reach the mountain top; where it gives you a breathtaking view.
Moreover, A small buddha temple is also situated at the peak.
Besides the temple, you can find a large foot print. This depression of the foot is attributed differently by various cultures and beliefs. It has believed by Buddhists as its Buddha's feet. Therefore, they call this place “Sripada”.
The hindu people believe it as Siva's feet. Therefore, they call it “sivanolipathamalai”. The Christians and Muslims trust it to be Adam’s footprint and call it 'Adam's peak'.
4) The evergreen Sinharaja (Lion king) forest reserve
Sinharaja is the largest rainforest in Sri Lanka. It is the most valuable biodiversity hotspot. Hence, it has recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. It has been named Singaraja because it is believed that the lion (Sinha in the Sinhala language) had protected the forest.
Another specialty of the Singaraja forest is that it has 8 magnificent water falls.
5) Heritage Style of Galle fort
It locates in the Galle district of the down south of the island. It was built by the Portuguese and then extensively fortified by Dutch and British in the 16th century.
This Galle fort has the heritage style of buildings and the tallest lighthouse. When you enter the fort, you would experience a time travel back to the 16th century.
6) Hikkaduwa Beach - seaside resort town
It is a small town in the southwestern region of Sri Lanka. A clean blue beach with palm trees of Hikkaduwa brings the vacation mood. This beach is loved by the tourists. Offering an array of beach activities like scuba diving, surfing and fishing along with trained personnel; Hikkaduwa is a favourite tourist destination.
7) A Beauteous View of Nilaveli Beach
The Nilaveli beach locates in Trincomalee, the north eastern side of Sri Lanka. It has a spectacular view of the sea.
It is an iconic place in the east. Moreover, It is apt for evening visits with its unique, serene and magnificent view. Tourists who visit Sri Lanka never miss to envision the beauty of the beach.
8) The nine arch bridge of Ella
Ella is a town in the Badulla district located 200Km away from the east of Colombo. Ella is famous for the historical structure of the nine-arch bridge beneath the train tracks.
A train ride along this route would be spectacular with lush mountains and waterfalls.
Also, one of the tallest waterfalls in Sri Lanka, the Diyaluma (liquid light) falls is found in Ella.
9) A Journey to the North
Jaffna is one of the beautiful districts located at the top of the northern side of Sri Lanka.
After the end of war in 2008, access to visit the Jaffna has been possible with the emergence of roads, hotels and restaurants. The Nallur Hindu temple is an iconic place in Jaffna.
People who visit Jaffna never miss to visit another divine place, Naina theevu, which is an island off the coast of Jaffna that has Buddhist temples and Hindu temples. The sea around temples has a breathtaking view.
10) Anuradhapura- An ancient capital
Anuradhapura district locates in the north-central province. This district is famous for the numerous buddha temples like Ruwanwelisaya, Abayagiri, Mirisavetita, Isurumuniya and many more.
All the temples are enormous and built by region of powerful kings.
The isurumuniya temple has a peculiar carving of a man and a woman. This carving has been named as the "isurumuniya lovers". This carving sculptured is based on a true love story of prince Saliya and Asokamala. He gave up the throne for his love lady , Asokamala who was a girl from a low caste family.
The view of the enlarged size temples attached to the beautiful ponds and tanks with the breeze of Anuradhapura brings the serene within you.
11) Breezy Beaches of the Western coast of Sri Lanka
Negombo is one of the stylish places without chaos located on the western coast of Sri Lanka. It is well known for its gorgeous beaches and centuries old fishing industry. It has many well renowned hotels and is very convenient for tourists looking for a luxury beach holiday.
Moreover, every corner of Negambo has a church. Therefore, it called "Little Rome".
12) The Wonderful Colombo City.
And last, but not the least, The Galle face is an iconic historical location that all Sri Lankan’s have a wonderful memory with. Also, there are numerous shopping malls and well-structured hotels locate in Colombo.
The main highlight of Colombo is the lotus tower which recognized as one of the tallest towers in South Asia. The top of the tower is visible from any corner of Colombo city.
All in all, I hope this mini travel guide stimulates the wanderlust in people to visit Sri Lanka and explore its beauty.
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