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Chinese Journalists fascinated by the beauty of Sri Lanka

SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lankan's National Carrier and Oneworld alliance member, organized a familirization tour for a group of journalists representing China's leading newspaper. China is one of Sri Lanka's main airline markets and one of Sri Lanka's top tourism feeder markets, the airline has steered numerous measures to maintain Sri Lanka's attractiveness as a desired destination among Chinese travelers, post-Easter.

SriLankan Airlines welcomes free visa on arrival facility to 48 countries

SriLankan Airlines welcomes the launch, as part of a concerted attempt to increase tourism in the Indian Ocean island nation, of the free visa on arrival unit that the Government of Sri Lanka is providing to residents of 48 nations in Australasia, Europe, and North America from 1 August for a period of six months.

Advisory issued from SriLankan Airlines on the London Heathrow strike

SriLankan Airlines has made preparations to minimize inconvenience to its valued passengers at London’s Heathrow Airport that may occur as a result of the strike action planned by ground staff of Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) on the 5th and 6th of August.

Senanayaka Samudraya of Inginiyagala

The biggest watercourse ever produced in Sri Lanka is Senanayaka Samudraya with an enjoyable view during sunset. This gigantic reservoir is

Maduru Oya National Wildlife Park

The Maduru Oya National Wildlife Park is wealthy in flowering, fauna and cultural heritage and has established itself as a catchment

Henanigala Panchawasa Raja Maha Viharaya

Considered to be one of 64 temples constructed by King Kaouanthissa, Senanigala came to fame by choosing a rock monastery against

Camping in Kumana National Wildlife Sanctuary 

Camping in Kumana became a fad between enthusiasts of wildlife when the Kumana National Park reopened almost two years ago and

The Japanese Peace Pagoda 

Constructed by A Japanese Buddhist Monk Nipponzan-My Founder, a worldwide peace initiative initiated by NichidatsuFujii?h?The Japanese Pagoda for Peace in Ampara

Govinda Hela of Siyambalanduwa

Once the unattainable fortress of King Buwanakabahu, dating back to the six centuries A.C., the leaders of Eastern Digamadulla ruled by

Wadinagala

It’s an idyllic view on the night scattered by a few fishing ships and ever-current elephants around it, built close the

Samanabedda Cave Temple

Another King Saddatissa, who ruled the kingdom of Digamadulla under his brother, the Grand King Dutugamunu, was set in the midst

Omunugala Cave Monastery

In the midst of Mahaoya jungle lies Omunugala, a cave monastery that was established in the third century before the Christian

Kumana National Wildlife Park

A bird paradise known as Kumana is located in the Southeast corner of Sri Lanka, boarded by the Kumbukkan Oya. The

Maduru Oya Reservoir

The Maduru Oya reservoir is a magnificent sight with an uplifted Buddha statue, a dry zone jungle rising in the background,

Veheragala Temple

In the Mahaoya, near the warm water wells, there is an old temple of the second century BC, which even a

Inginimitiya Gal Oya National Park

The reservoir of the Gal Oya River in Inginimitiya Gal Oya National Park, originally formed as the catchment of Senanayake Samudraya,

Muhudu Maha Viharaya

The hero of the Mahavansa Chronicle, a Muhudu Maha Vihara or a Sea Temple is a stone throwback from the town

Bandaraduwa

Bandaraduwa is today a forest reserve wealthy in biodiversity and one of Vedda’s adopted residences, which were displaced by the GalOya

Nuwaragala

Beliefed as Prince Saddatissa’s refuge during his rebellious times with his brother King Dutugamune of Sri Lanka, Nuwaragala was a convent

Rambakan Oya

The fantastic Rambakan Oya once dammed and tamed by the fantastic kings of Sri Lanka like king Saddatissa and Paracramabahu is

Mullikulamalai

In the middle of the ruin-cloistered jungles today, the Batuwawu Kanda convent was once a big monastery in Bikkhunis.

Okanda Devalaya

Okanda Devalaya is thought to be the place where God Skanda sailed for the first time on a golden ship into

Lahugala Kitulana Forest Reserve- The Playground of Elephants

The LahugalaKitulana Forestry Reserve is a 1554 hectare wildlife and architecture reserve that feeds nearly 200 elephants on thriving grasslands around

Hot Water Wells of Mahaoya

The Mahaoya’s seven warm water springs are wrapped in legends of their origins and their mythical healing powers, and a magnet

Veddagala 

The rock scattered around Veddagala near the iconic Mullikulammalai monastery used to be a shelter for the meditative monks. For the

Pallan Hela Mountain

A mountain of 1065 meters in height over the basin of Gal Oya, Pallan Hela is said to have been a

Alioluwa Lake

Alioluwa wewa is a reservoir connected with the Senanayaka Samudra in Inginiyagala. Formerly called the “Ali gal ge wewa,” the lake

Kotaveheragala

A tale about a novice monk who resided in the KotapabbathaVihara temple and who built a path to the “AkasaChethiyta” or

Kebiliththa Devalaya

Maha Siyambalawa Devalaya of Kebilitta is known to be

Kudagala Forest Reserve & Monastery 

For the last two thousand years, the monastery had been known as the Kuda-Sigiriya for its drop-lifted caves decorated with murals.

Gonagolla Monastery (Punchi Seegiriya)

One of the older monasteries of Digamadulla and remains of mural dating back to the tenth century BC are a few

Aranthalawa 

Aranthalawa once witnessed the slaughter of thirty-three Buddhist monks, many of their pre-teen novice monks, and four civilians by LTTE terrorists

Sangamankanda Point

Sangamankanda is Sri Lanka’s easternmost point and is still a hilarious and 100 meters broad beaches.

This lighthouse was

Henanegala Len Viharaya

Believed as one of King Kawanthissa’s soixante four temples, Senanigala shot fame by choosing the rock monastery against King Elara, the

Habuthala Viharaya or Tharulengala Monastery

At the corner of Hulannuge, HabuthalaViharaya or Tharulengala Forest Hermitage is only a few hundred meters from the Karandahela reservoir. The

Samangala Forest Hermitage

In the first century, BC Samangala forest hermitages created by King Sadatissa are now ruined. The ruined mountain top is six

Ancient Veheragala of Pulukunawa

The path to the village of Pulkunawa is part of a vast once monastery constructed by a donor to an Arhant,

Kudumbigala Monastery

Kudumbigala is a convent of more than 200 cave accommodation located in the Northern part of Ruhuna National Wildlife Park, a

Ancient Deegawapiya 

Deegawapie is one of Lanka’s seventeen most sacred pilgrim sites built in the second century B.C. by King Saddatissa, enclosing the

Bowattegala Monastery

His old monastery of the 3rd century B.C. lost to the forest and wild beast, the caves, the rock, and Buddha

Nagapabbatha Monastery in Bambaragasthalawa

The remains of an old Monastery lost in the moment and the jungle is hidden in the middle of the Kudumbigala

Piyangala Forest Hermitage

The King Dutugamunu Piyangala Forest Hermitage’s principal wife, who was built by the Queen Rajitha in the 1st century BC, remains

Neelagiri Stupa

The greatest stupa in the East Province of Sri Lanka is to be hidden in the vast jungles of the forest

Rajagala

Most of the rainfall is on the west side of the mountain, although Rajagala is spread throughout the monastic village. Two

Arugambay & Pottuvil Point

The Arugam Bay is a page from a dream book for surfers, where the shore is wide and white, the waters

Magul Maha Viharaya

Histoire was made in this place when King Kelanitissa, daughter of the Kingdom of Kelaniya, married the King of Rohana, King

Jayanthi Wewa

It is an idyllic sight on an afternoon scattered with a few fishing ships, built to dam the Pallan Oya River

Buddhangala Monastery

The Buddangalamonastery, Buddhist meditation center almost 2300 years ancient, is hidden among a dense jungle filled with wild elephants and leopards.

The History Of Srilankan Airlines

Established by the Government of Sri Lanka in July 1979, following the closure of Air Ceylon, Air Lanka initially operated two Boeing 707 jets on lease from Singapore Airlines.

Eat at Harbour Court – Kingsbury Hotel Colombo

You're going to be hungry after a hot day walking around Fort's streets. Check out the nearby Kingsbury Hotel, one of the most prestigious venues in the city, and dine at its top restaurant, Harbor Court. The all-day restaurant serves numerous sumptuous dishes, mixing influences from Western, Indian, Japanese and South East Asia.

Port of Colombo

While many parts of the harbor remain closed to the public due to security issues, it is still worth talking about a walk around the area to experience commercial and naval activities as a result of decades of civil war. The Port of Colombo is not only Sri Lanka's busiest port, but also South Asia's busiest because of its ideal location in the Indian Ocean.

Beira Lake , Colombo

The Beira Lake extends from Fort to the heart of the city, making a wonderful walk and allowing you to soak in the exotic atmosphere of the diverse capital of Sri Lanka. Once spread over more than 165 hectares of land, it was reduced a decade ago to 65 hectares.

World Trade Center Sri Lanka

Center stands as a symbol of the increasingly vibrant business scene in Colombo, offering state-of-the-art offices and facilities in addition to several restaurants, shops, and other entertainment venues. Run by the Overseas Realty Ceylon, this is one of the most sought-after trading locations in the country and provides significant access to global market links.

The Dutch Hospital Colombo

The Dutch Hospital is considered to be the city's oldest building and dates back to Dutch domination's colonial times. Since it was built c. In 1681, there were several purposes for the historic building. It was later used by seafarers and the Colombo Apothecaries as a health center for Dutch East India Company staff until it was eventually converted into a shopping and dining area.

Pettah , Colombo 11

Pettah is a Colombo, Sri Lanka neighborhood located east of Fort City Centre. The neighborhood of Pettah is famous for the Pettah Market, a series of bazaars and markets open-air. It is one of the busiest commercial areas in Sri Lanka, where there are a huge number of wholesale and retail shops, buildings, business institutions, and other organizations.

Good Market at Colombo Racecourse’s

Good Market Global is a curated social enterprise and responsible business community that is good for people and good for the planet. It makes finding, connecting, and exchanging with new economy participants easier. A weekly market event and an organic and natural food shop are coordinated by Good Market within Sri Lanka.

Colombo City Centre

Colombo City Center is a 47-story mixed-use development that includes a 5-story retail space of 3,675 m2 (39,560 sq ft), a 164-room hotel and 192 residential apartments. The building is located at Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo 02, opposite Beira Lake.

Arcade Independence Square Colombo 07

The Arcade Independence Square is a shopping complex located in the Sri Lankan city of Colombo, housed in a group of renovated buildings including the former Jawatta Lunatic Asylum (later known as the building of the Auditor General) and the former Western Provincial Council Building. It was built as part of the Sri Lankan Government's Independence Square Redevelopment Program.

Colombo Fort

Fort Sri Lanka's Colombo Central Business District. It is Colombo's financial district and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) location and Colombo's World Trade Center from which the CSE operates. It is also the headquarters location of the Bank of Ceylon. The Galle Face Green Promenade, built in 1859 under the administration of Sir Henry George Ward, the governor of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) during the British colonial administration, is located along the foreshore of the Fort area. Fort also houses the General Post Office, hotels, departments and offices of government.

Old Parliament Building

The building of the Old Parliament is the building that houses Sri Lanka's Presidential Secretariat. Located in the sea-facing fort area of Colombo, it is close to the House of the President, Colombo and adjacent to the General Treasury Building. The building housed the legislature of the island for 53 years until Sri Jayawardenepura opened the new parliamentary complex in 1983.

Mount Lavinia Beach

Mount Lavinia Beach is just outside the city of Colombo. For the locals as well as the tourists visiting Colombo, this beach strip has a lot to offer. There are plenty of nice restaurants and relaxing areas along the beach. Mount Lavinia Beach is a must visit as a tourist visiting Colombo.

R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPS) Colombo

R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPS) is a cricket stadium on Khettarama Road, Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka, also known as Khettarama Stadium, Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium or simply as Premadasa Stadium. Before June 1994, the stadium was known as the Khettarama Cricket Stadium and is now one of the main venues in which the Sri Lankan cricket team has hosted over 100 one-day international matches.

Sri Lanka Armed Forces

The Sri Lanka Armed Forces are the overall unified military of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka encompassing the Sri Lanka Army, the Sri Lanka Navy, and the Sri Lanka Air Force;

Gems Of Sri Lanka

A gemstone is the naturally occurring crystalline form of a mineral which is desirable for its beauty, valuable in its rarity,

Auspicious Times for Sinhala & Tamil Aluth Avurudu 2019

The New Moon

For the new lunar year, the new moon should be viewed on Sunday 7th April

Sinhalese New Year (Aluth Avurudda)

Sinhalese New Year, generally known as Aluth Avurudda (Sinhalese: අලුත්අවුරුද්ද) in Sri Lanka, is a Sri Lankan holiday that celebrates the traditional New Year of the Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka.

The National Museum of Ratnapura, Sri Lanka

The National Museum of Ratnapura, located in the Ratnapura district, is one of Sri Lanka's many museums. On May 13, 1988, the beautiful building called "Ehelepola Walauva" was opened as a museum for the public. It has showrooms containing prehistoric archeological inventions, natural heritage, geological, anthropological, zoological artifacts and models related to the Province of Sabaragamuva.

Batadombalena of Rathnapura

Batadombalena is an 8,000-year-old archeological site, Balangoda Man, 85 km (52.8 mi) from Colombo, Sri Lanka, a two-hour drive from Colombo. Here, 460 m above sea level, lying in the foothills of Siri Pada, Sri Lankan archeologists discovered fossil evidence of the Balangoda Man's prehistoric human settlement, a term forged to refer to the anatomically modern skeletal remains of Homo sapiens found in caves near Balangoda.

Gem Mines of Rathnapura

Sri Lanka is a land famous for producing some of the world's most beautiful jewels, such as the Blue Bell that decorates the British crown and the' Star of India.' Ratnapura is the island's place of gem mining, and a visit to this town would allow you to see the process of digging the pits and washing the gravel that contains the gems.

Bambarakanda Waterfalls of Badulla

Bambarakanda Waterfall is one of the places to visit if you're visiting the district of Badulla. It is Sri Lanka's highest waterfall, at an impressive height of 790 feet. It ranks as the 299th highest waterfall in the world with a height of 263 m (863 ft).

Maha Saman Devalaya of Rathnapura

Maha Saman Devalaya located in Ratnapura is a shrine dedicated to the deity Saman.it is believed to have once visited Ratnapura by a court minister and vowed that if his gemming expeditions went right, he would build a shrine dedicated to the deity of Sumana Saman.

Kitulgala

Kitulgala is the place you should go to if you're looking for places to visit near Ratnapura. Located in the wet zone rainforest, this town in Sri Lanka is experiencing two monsoons throughout the year, making it one of Sri Lanka's wettest places.

Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) of Rathnapura in Sri Lanka

Adam's Peak (Sri Pada) is previously known as `Samanthakuta' first mentioned in the Deepawamsa, the earliest Pali chronicle (4th century), and also in the Mahawamsa chronicle of the 5th century, where it is stated that the Buddha visited the Sri Pada peak.

Boptah Ella Water Falls in Rathnapura, Sri Lanka

Bopath Ella is a waterfall located in Sri Lanka's Ratnapura District. It has a very similar shape to the Sacred Fig or "Bo" tree leaf that earned it that name. The waterfall is the country's main tourist attraction. Local myths say it's haunted and a treasure trove is hidden. Due to its shape, the name "Bopath Ella" was given to the waterfall.

Udawalawe National Park in Rathanapura, Sri Lanka

Udawalawe National Park is located in Sri Lanka on the border between Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces. The National Park was established to provide sanctuary for wildlife displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River and to protect the reservoir catchment.

Sinharaja Forest Reserve Sri Lanka

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Yapahuwa – Stop By

There is a huge lion staircase which leads to the temple of Buddha with a sacred tooth relic. These stairs are half-way up to the hillside and they are considered to be a masterpiece of the citadel of Yapahuwa but unfortunately, now they are in ruins.

Munneswaram Temple – Pray

Munneswaram Temple is considered to be one of the most important sanctuaries in Sri Lanka which has been devoted to Shiva. It is believed that Durga is invincible, Shiva teaches wisdom and Vishnu is the protector.

Padeniya Raja Maha Vihara – Visit

The mentioned name is a Kandyan styles temple, which is worth a visit if you are passing by it. The temple is located about 25 km Northwest of Kurunegala and 85 km South of Anuradhapura, where the Anuradhapura and Puttalam roads have met.

In And Out – Dine

This is a bakery restaurant, which is unexpectedly modish. The restaurant is situated 30m away from the bus stop. It offers nice western and Sri Lankan dishes. Among the available items, there are rice and curry, omelettes and cakes.

Ridi Viharaya – Visit

Ridi Viharaya is a very popular Buddhist Site and is located in the middle of a forest and caves. One can find many statues of the Lord Buddha, and all of them are very historical. The site itself bears the signs of ancient architecture.

Kurunegala – Intercity Bus Ride

Kurunegala is a city, which has a varied option of transports. You can have a bus or a jeep or a three-wheeler called tuk-tuk or taxi. However, one of the highlights of these available means of transportation is the intercity bus that goes between Kurunegala and Dambulla.

Animal Rocks – Explore

One of the things to do near Kurunegala is to examine various rocks which resemble animal shapes and have been named after those animals. There are not instantly identifiable similarities, but if you look up and close you will be able to form the outlines of different animals.

Kurunegala Lake – Sunset Point

Kurunegala Lake is also known as Rantalia Lake or Kurunegala tank. It a marvelous water body, which is situated away from the city traffic and on the edge of the main town. Sitting near the lake of walking around it and enjoying the view is, of course, free of cost.

Welagedara Cricket Stadium – Visit

Another one of the things to do in Kurunegala is that you can visit the Welagedara Cricket Stadium. This is not the biggest stadium of Sri Lanka but it will still remind you that Sri Lanka is a country that loves sports. If you turn up here you can encounter local boys playing cricket.

Samadhi Meditation Buddha – Meditate

This is one of the unmistakable beauties of Kurunegala. The huge statue of Buddha is situated on the entrance to the city and is bound to mesmerize you with its grandeur. The statue does not only possess great artistic value, but it also offers a grand view of the townscape.

Agro Technology Park

The island nation of Sri Lanka has been growing fast as a developing country today. In order to attract youth in the agriculture sector, many respective governments do plan and implement new concepts and schemes for the betterment of agro-technology.

Walawe River Safari

You can’t miss out Walawe River Safari during a Sri Lanka trip. Known for its rich biodiversity, this area is perfect for spotting some wildlife. In fact, many visitors across the universe visit this place to encounter the 6 varieties of mangroves beside 52 fish species, 72 bird species, 38 plant varieties and of course 28 animal species.

Kumana National Park

Kumana National Park is located in the southeast of Colombo in Sri Lanka's southeastern coast. This popular tourist attraction is renowned for many things, especially avifauna and the flock of the migratory waterfowl and wading birds. This 391 kilometres long park is home to rare flora and fauna.

Mirijjawila Botanic Gardens

One of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka, Mirijjawila Botanic Gardens is popular among the locals and tourists for its scenic beauty and serene walking trails, among other things. Other botanical gardens in the island country include Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Hakgala Botanical Garden, Henarathgoda Botanical Garden, and Seetawaka Botanical Garden.

Birds Research Center & Resort

The Birds Research Center & Resort is Asia's largest Birds Park and Research Centre located in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. This park is believed to be home to over 180 varieties and around 3200 endemic and exotic birds today. If you are a bird lover, then this research centre could be your perfect escape.

Ussangoda National Park

Being the newest and 21st national park in Sri Lanka, it has been receiving visitors from across the world. This national park is equipped with the latest amenities and facilities for visitors.

Mahapelessa Hot Springs

Being one of the most popular tourist attractions, the Mahapelessa Hot Springs receives visitors throughout the year. The tourists need to go through the wild animal infested jungles and boat rides to reach the hot spring where they can see and touch the hot water well.

Dry Zone Botanic Gardens

Being one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka, the Dry Zone Botanic Gardens remains popular due to its panoramic

Ridiyagama Safari Park

One of the most popular things to do in Hambantota is visiting Ridiyagama Safari Park. This 500-acre safari park seeks the attention of nature lover travelers to Sri Lanka.

Bundala National Park

Your Sri Lanka visit will remain incomplete if you don’t spend a day in the Bundala National Park. Recognized as an internationally important wintering ground for the migratory water-birds,

Fishing Deep Seas Around Sri Lanka

If you are fond of fishing activities then here in Anuradhapura you will get the opportunity to go for fishing excursions in the pristine rivers.

Bicycle Excursion

Want to discover the simplicity in the beauty of Anuradhapura? Go for a bicycle ride excursion.

Jungle Kayaking

Board on the waters of Wannemaduwa tank at dawn on a kayak to take a tour of the wildlife of the forest to meet and greet them in their most active state.

Trekking

Are you a keen trekker and want to explore the natural beauty of Anuradhapura through trekking trails?

Hot Balloon Ride

Hot Balloon ride offers an experience which makes you feel out of the world. It is much different than traditional air travel. You will get breathtaking views of just not Anuradhapura but the complete tropical paradise of Sri Lanka.

Boating

Anuradhapura is known for boasting an amazing coastline which is very soothing to the eyes. Pristine views of the rivers attract tourists to the shores in large numbers.

Nature Camping

You can enjoy the adventurous experience at Anuradhapura while camping in the middle of nature. Wilpattu National Park offers you the scope to enjoy camping experience just within 7 km from the park’s entrance and around 500 meters from the boundary of the park.

Wildlife Jeep Safari

Wilpatthu National park is one of the most beautiful Srilankan National parks worth visiting during your trip.

Charty Beach

Located 23 km north of Jaffna town in Allaippiddy, this is a very clean beach and a great place to visit in Jaffna on your trip to Sri Lanka.

Dambakola Patuna

If you’re a true history buff then Dambakola Patuna will be your best place to head towards while in Sri Lanka. This place is rich for its 2000 years’ history and it was the ancient port in Sri Lanka.

Casuarina Beach

In Karainagar, Jaffna District Sri Lanka you will find Casuarina Beach which is one of the most attractive places to visit in Jaffna Peninsula.

Keerinalain or Naguleeswaram Temple

Keerinalain ranks among the top 10 places to visit in Jaffna, this temple is a must visit one. Travelers from all parts of the world mainly arrive here to enjoy a bath in the natural water spring.

Kandarodei Temple

This is another amazing destination which should be included in the top places to visit in Jaffna town. This is an ancient Buddhist place in Jaffna which is known for its historical events.

Jaffna Fort

Among the top tourist places to visit in Jaffna Sri Lanka, Jaffna Fort is considered as one of the major ones. This fort was established in the year 1618 by the people of Portuguese Origin during the Portuguese invasion in Jaffna.

Nainatheevu

This tourist place is famous for boat services. You can surely enjoy the boat ride and visit the island. This island

Nallur Temple

Pilgrims from all parts of the world visit Nallur Temple. The prime feature of this Nallur Temple is the golden arch and the extended Gopuram. People visit here mainly to explore this Gopuram.

Jaffna Library

Jaffna Library is considered as one of the most significant historical and important places to visit in Jaffna. This library was opened in the year 1959. It was established by Alfred Duraiappah who was Mayor of Jaffna at that time.

Sangilean Thoopu

Among the important places to visit in Jaffna, this is definitely one. If you want to get the essence of the history of Jaffna then the existence of this Royal Palace can never be ignored.

World’s End

Further down south after Ambewela and higher up the mountains is Horton Plains National Park, which includes World’s End. The hiking trails in Horton Plains are top-notch and a must if you like hiking. World’s End is a drop-off at the edge of a huge cliff at the end of the Horton Plains plateau.

Hakgala Botanical Gardens

The Hakgala Botanical Gardens are believed to be the highest altitude botanical gardens in the world. On the road to Badulla, stop at the green gates and visit the beautifully manicured gardens full of roses and orchids and other plant species.

Moon Plains

The Moon Plains of Nuwara Eliya is a rather new area for visiting. Moon Plains are an open area full of fields, forests, walking paths and surrounding mountains. This is the kind of place for visitors who love taking walks in nature or spending the day out in the open.

St. Clair’s Falls

Nuwara Eliya is hill country, meaning that it’s also a tea country. There are hundreds of acres of tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya and plenty of tea factories to visit in the area. A little further away from town is St. Clair’s Falls, one of the widest falls in Sri Lanka and definitely worth a visit.

Ambewela Farm

The largest and more prestigious dairy farm is also in Nuwara Eliya. Just a little bit out of town and you reach the rolling hills of Ambewela where the cows roam free to graze in turns. Visitors can see the milking stations of the dairy cows and see the calves in the nursery. The cows are well taken care of and the visit is quite pleasant. The farm is pretty big so there is a lot of walking. Drink a fresh glass of milk at the cafe station up the hill and buy some cheese to eat.

Post Office – Nuwara Eliya

The Nuwara Eliya Post Office is housed in an antique Tudor Manor built in 1894. It’s one of the oldest post offices in the country and was featured on a stamp in 1990. Definitely worth a visit.

Winter Market

The Bale Bazaar in Nuwara Eliya is aptly nicknamed the Winter Market because they sell winter clothes for the cold Nuwara Eliya weather. Locals who live abroad shop for inexpensive winter fare here before going back. If you forgot a sweatshirt or want to have a fun stroll, head to the market.

Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake is a huge lake in the middle of the Nuwara Eliya. There is a calm park next to it with walkways and benches to rest on. There are horses roaming which are offered for rides, plus for a few hundred rupees, tourists can take a 20-minute speedboat ride on the lake. The cool air is lovely on the water and the sights are unbeatable. Gregory Lake was created by Governor William Gregory between 1872 and 1877. It was used for watersports during the British colonial period.

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya

Built-in 1891 as the home for the governor of Sri Lanka, Sir Edward Barnes, the now Grand Hotel is the perfect place to spend the night the right way in Nuwara Eliya. The hotel has great dining options and a lovely high tea. They can also organize activities like trekking, fishing, and sunrise safaris.

Main Market & Kandy City Center

With ample shopping options, Kandy City Center and Central Market offer a world of exciting opportunities for travellers. Exploring the local marketplace is certainly one of the best things to do in Kandy. The city centre mall distinguished for its ultra-modern features, and unique architecture caters to a major chunk of visitors planning a visit to Kandy.

Horton Plains National Park

From standing on the verge of World’s End overlooking an almost 900 m plunge to planning camping and hiking in the park area, an excursion to the Horton Plains National Park is indeed the best thing to do in Kandy for adventure seekers. The chain of mountains in the national park area features exciting trails across the most popular peaks in Sri Lanka. Enchanting and inviting they are!

Kandy Lake

A comforting nature walk around the central lake must be in your Kandy things to do list! The areas around the lake mostly thronged by the peace-loving visitors. A peaceful walk in the morning hours with Tooth Relic Temple and rainforest looming in the backdrop make for the perfect setup to go for a leisure stroll around the Kandy Lake.

Nilambe Buddhist Meditation Center

13 km to the south of Kandy lies Nilambe Buddhist Meditation Centre – a peaceful sojourn offering daily meditation classes to the seekers and nature enthusiasts. The meditation center is the perfect place for everyone looking to make the best of a memorable holiday in the island nation. With lots of greenery and Buddhist monks around nothing in Kandy could get you as much comfort as Nilambe Meditation Center. Walk through the sprawling tea estates and pump yourself up. This place has a lot to offer!

Dambulla Cave Temple

If you are a traveller looking to sample the unparalleled beauty and vast diversity of Sri Lanka, take a leisure stroll in and around the Dambulla Cave Temple. The temple regarded as one of the most ancient (dating back to 2nd century BC) and prized possessions of Sri Lanka boasts of prehistoric paintings, carvings, and peace. A popular place for spiritual seekers and Buddhists, the cave temple is certainly one of the most sought after place in Kandy.

Take An Elephant Ride

One of the best things to do in Kandy and the most loved fun activity in the town, an elephant ride is one of its kind experience when you are in Kandy. Ride the beast, play with them, feed them, and take a shower as they empty their trunk full of water, elephant ride is one of the important highlights of top things to do in Kandy.

Ashburnham Estate

Unique rooms, vast tea estates in the boutique premises, and exciting nature around make Ashburnham an important place to stop by when you are looking for best things to do in Kandy. The 100-acre campus located at a one hour distance to the northeast presents stunning views of the Knuckles mountains, waterfalls, tea estates, and has exciting stay options. The huge bedrooms with modest design are a treat to the travellers.

Historical Mansion Museum

The Historical Mansion Museum is a quaint restored Dutch house inside Galle Fort that’s filled with artefacts from the past. Cupboards and shelves are lined with jewellery, antique typewriters and pottery to name a few.

Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

Ancient and peaceful, Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya is a beautiful Buddhist rock temple with walls covered in murals in the Kandyan style. The complex also features a dramatic rock cavern and an old bodhi tree.

Rumassala Sanctuary

Once called ‘Buono Vista’ owing to its terrific views, Rumassala is now a sanctuary and rightly so. It’s rich in biodiversity including coral reefs and purple-faced langurs, which are endemic to the country.

Japanese Peace Pagoda

Back in 2005 when Sri Lanka was in the midst of war, Japanese Buddhist monks built a peace pagoda on a hillside in Rumassala, Unawatuna. Today, it continues to stand as an important symbol of peace. A visit to this haven is one of the popular things to do in Galle Sri Lanka. You can drive or walk although the latter is a better option as you get to enjoy the scenery better and really take in the beauty.

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna Beach is quite possibly one of Sri Lanka’s best. Palm trees and vegetation border one side while the sand and sea stretch out on the other. Spending the day here is one of the best things to do in Galle Sri Lanka especially when you want to take a break from sightseeing. Nearby, a small hill with a big Buddha statue provides lovely views of the area.

Maritime Archeology Museum

One of the top things to do in Galle is to visit the Maritime Archeology Museum. It showcases artefacts of maritime life such as models of boats, artillery and relics and features other attractions like statues and video presentations. Although damaged in the 2004 tsunami, the museum was restored and later reopened to the public

Flag Rock

Owing to its strategic location, Flag Rock was once used to signal incoming ships. Today, the huge rock at the end of Galle Fort is the perfect place to watch the sun set into the horizon. It’s a popular activity and as you make your way there, you’ll notice locals and tourists doing the same. Carry a camera to photograph the play of colours across the sky and the rock itself which rises out of the sea

Surfing And Scuba Diving

Sri Lanka is an island which means its coastline provides endless adventures including surfing and scuba diving. You can head about half an hour outside Galle to Hikkaduwa, which was once a fishing village and is now a popular surf town. Unawatuna, meanwhile, offers terrific scuba diving opportunities. You can approach the Unawatuna Diving Center, which is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Resort.

Galle Fort

One of the first things to do is to make your way to Galle Fort. The Portuguese and Dutch fortification dates back hundreds of years to the 16th century and is heavy with history.

Traditional Puppet Art Museum

Puppet shows hold a lot of meaning and importance in Sri Lankan culture. So this museum is single-handedly responsible for upholding a lot of the fold tradition and values of the island country even to this day.

Old Galle Buck Lighthouse

Old Galle buck lighthouse is situated in close proximity to the Galle Face Green within the area of the Sri Lankan Navy. It offers solitude to those who want it and you can climb up to the rustic lighthouse and take in the panoramic visions of the crashing Indian Ocean as you feel the wind in your hair. Always head over here after 5 PM to get the best views as this place works its magic after sunset.

Dehiwala Zoo

Operating since 1963, this Zoo is also known as the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. The zoo was established with an aim to provide protection and shelter to a wide range of wild animals and birds. While here don’t miss out of the amazing performances by the sea lions, chimpanzees and elephants. There are also some of the most exotic varieties of fish, mammals, birds, reptiles and more.

Attidiya Bird Sanctuary

This is one of the only places in the entire city that is known for providing shelter to a minimum of 50 different species of birds. This includes both migratory and local birds.

Viharamahadevi Park

Comprising of a park, a zoo, waterfalls, picnic hotspots, walking trails, thrilling rides, and an unruffled statue of Buddha, Viharamahadevi Park is one of the must-visit places in Colombo for every traveller. Other than all the aforementioned activities, the park also features a library for travellers to relax and be all by themselves. Treating families, couples, and friends alike, make sure you don’t miss out on this one when in Sri Lanka.

Bally’s Casino

Be it fine dining, accommodation & spa, table games, live betting, or non-stop entertainment, Bally’s Casino is the place to be for those who want to enjoy the best of nightlife in Sri Lanka. From live concerts to DJ nights, play poker through the night at the one and only Bally’s Casino.

National Museum Of Colombo

Founded by the former British Governor Sir William Henry Gregory of Ceylon which is how Sri Lanka was popularly known, the National Museum of Colombo showcases the works of renowned artists that portray the cultural heritage of the emerald nation.

Red Mosque of Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

The first thing that you will notice about the grand mosque of Jami Ul-Alfar is that of its candy-like red and white striped exterior.

The Independence Square

A historical landmark that witnesses the independence celebration of the Sri Lankan citizens from the British rule, Independence Memorial Hall or Independence Square is a must visit for every traveller when in Sri Lanka.

Galle Face Green

Once a line of fire for the army of Dutch, Galle Face Green is a marvellous open space and an urban park that allows the travellers to enjoy a massive space of the 12 acres, and a shimmering coastline of about 500 metres.

St. Lucia’s Cathedral

With a capacity of accommodating about 6000 people, St. Lucia’s Cathedral is one of the main parishes in the entire Sri Lanka which consists of only fifteen cathedrals.

Colombo Dutch Museum

Located right in the heart of the Pettah market which is known for the best local shopping in Sri Lanka, the unique, and unusual-looking Dutch Museum, does come as a surprise to many travelers in Colombo.

Seema Malaka

Ever heard of an island temple? Offering the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, Seema Malaka is one of the few places to visit in Colombo for couples which exudes tropical charm.

Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya

In a land full of temples and famous for its enchanting environs, the temple of Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya is one of the highly-valued Colombo points of interest.

Diyatha Uyana

Ever heard of bringing the dead back to life? Don’t be scared but the transformation of Diyatha Uyana from a wasteland to one of the most attractive Colombo tourist places has been nothing less than phenomenal. Housing an incredible lake, an aquarium, local eateries, and few handicrafts stalls, the place now is graced by the unique 3D art implemented by local artists.

Beddagana Wetland Park

Beddagana Wetland Park is considerably a new addition which is aimed to protect the land from floods and improve the locals’ quality of life by the Government of Sri Lanka.

The Culture Of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the few countries with a very vast and rich cultural diversity. The culture is itself very unique and thereby contributes to the Sri Lankan identity.

The National Sport of Sri Lanka

Sport in Sri Lanka is a significant part of Sri Lankan culture. Volleyball is the national sport in Sri Lanka. Cricket is the most popular sport in Sri Lanka.

Tuk Tuk Sri Lanka

Tuk Tuk is a motorized development of the traditional pulled rickshaw or cycle rickshaw. An auto rickshaw is a common form of urban transport, both as a vehicle for hire and for private use, in many countries around the world, especially those with tropical or subtropical climates, including many developing countries.

Sri Lankan Cuisine

Sri Lankan cuisine has been shaped by many historical, cultural and other factors. Contact with foreign traders who brought new food

Colombo Lotus Tower (Nelum Kuluna)

The Lotus Tower, also referred to as Colombo Lotus Tower is a tower of 350 m (1,150 ft), located in Colombo, Sri Lanka. When completed, the tower will be the tallest self-supported structure in South Asia.

Colombo Zero Center Point

Old Colombo Lighthouse or Colombo Fort Clock Tower is a clock tower and was a lighthouse in Colombo. The lighthouse is no longer operational, but the tower remains

Colombo Named ‘Must-Photograph’ Travel Destination of 2019

A study names Colombo City as the ‘must-photograph’ travel destination of 2019.

MICE tourism to generate 20% contribution to tourist arrivals this year

Sri Lanka’s tourism industry officials expect the contribution of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Exhibition) tourism to overall tourist arrivals to increase.

SL Tourism generates over Rs. 2.1 bn within three months

Sri Lanka generated over Rs. 2.1 Billion worth of travel leads in the last three months alone. Hence, Sri Lanka Tourism was a well-deserved winner of the e-Swabhimani Award for its special Travel Inquiry Management System.

Cruise Ships ferry 72,500 tourists to Sri Lanka

With regards to the rise in tourist arrivals, Sri Lanka tourism is experiencing an increase in cruise liners calling in Colombo.  Throughout 2018, Sri Lanka saw the arrival of 53 cruise liners with around 72,500 onboard passengers.

Tourist Arrivals In October

The total number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka during October 2018 was 153,123. Data released by the Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka leading wellness tourism destination

Many countries and cities are defining themselves as wellness tourism destinations but few could match Sri Lanka’s rich cultural and wellness lifestyle-based heritage.

Its ‘So Sri Lanka’ not ‘wonder of asia’

The tagline ‘So Sri Lanka’ is to aim to bring out the authenticity of Sri Lanka’s tourism product with greater engagement with travelers

Sri Lanka claims top spot in lonely planet

Sri Lanka secured the top spot in the Lonely Planet’s best travel destinations list of countries to visit in 2019.

A tourist city in Matale

 

Elkaduwa Plantation Company Mr.Nalaka Dewinda Madawala said that Mathale Sembuwatha can be developed as Ella.

මාතලෙත් සංචාරක පුරයක්.

ලංකාවේ ඇල්ල වගේම

2 Million Tourists Arrive in Sri Lanka

According to the latest statistics, in August 2018, 200,359 tourists were arriving in Sri Lanka, according to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).

Sri Lanka’s Most Valuable Elephant

Nadungamuwa Raja is an Indian tusker born in 1953 in Mysore and he is the current chief casket bearer of the procession of Esala held in Kandy Sri Lanka.

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