Places to visit in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with an abundance of natural resources, beautiful beaches, mountains and rivers. It is a stunning island with something for almost everyone to enjoy. From scuba diving, swimming, surfing to golf, trekking and gambling, Sri Lanka has it all and therefore makes for a great holiday destination.

Some of the most sought after places in Sri Lanka are:

  • Colombo
  • Galle
  • Kandy
  • Anuradhapura
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Sigiriya
  • Dambulla
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Colombo – It is the commercial capital and also the largest city on the island of Sri Lanka with plenty of shopping centers and all the facilities of a typical metropolitan city.

Colombo has a relaxed lazy charm and an active night life with many clubs and casinos. The popular sights of Colombo are:

•  Clock tower

•  President's residence

•  Colonial buildings

•  Cinnamon Gardens

•  Dehiwala Zoo

Galle – Situated 116 km south of Colombo on the southwest corner of Sri Lanka, Galle is a well preserved Dutch fort built by Europeans in the 16 th century.

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Kandy – Also known as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka Kandy is an important tourist destination. It is the second largest city in Sri Lanka and major attractions include

•  World's End

•  Adam's Peak

•  Dalada Maligawa showcasing the Sacred Tooth of Buddha

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Anuradhapura – This was the first capital of Sri Lanka and is considered the most important ancient city. It constitutes the oldest temple called Thuparama Dagoba . Owing to its many historically significant monuments, this city is known to be an archeologist's delight.

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Nuwara Eliya – Known as “little England,” Nuwara Eliya was the home of the English planters during the days of the British rule. Today it is a premier hill resort owing to its splendid scenic beauty. Major attraction includes the highest mountain peak named Pidurutalagala (2524 m).

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Sigiriya – It is one of the leading tourist destinations of Sri Lanka located in the north- central province of the island. This Splendid rock fortress is an archeologist's dream with its outstanding 15 century old frescoes.

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Dambulla – This place is renowned for its cave temples and is located at a distance of 19 km from Sigiriya on the Sigiriya–Kandy road. Dambulla consists of over eighty caves and huge paintings of the reclining Buddha adorn the interiors of these caves.

 

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