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12 beautiful places in Sri Lanka everyone should visit!

Updated: Jul 19, 2021

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.

12  beautiful places in Sri Lanka  everyone should visit!

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!

12  beautiful places in Sri Lanka  everyone should visit!

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.

12  beautiful places in Sri Lanka  everyone should visit!

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