Wednesday, 3 April 2019

10 Best places to visit on your Sri Lanka tour

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island country located in South of Asia, in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of Bengal and to the southeast of Arabian Sea. It is defined as one of the finest islands in the world to travel, Sri Lanka has attracting lots of travelers for many centuries. It has so much to offer for visitors and is definitely a best place to visit once in your lifetime. In this amazing island, you will get the chance to experience and see so many different places. From the beautiful pristine beaches to ancient ruins, from picturesque towns to local temples and the amazing wildlife. Here, I will give you the list of best places to visit in Sri Lanka for first-time visitors which will transform your travel into a life changing experience.

Things to do in Sri Lanka

1. Sigiriya Rock Fortress


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The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is also known as Lion’s Rock, it is an ancient fortress built on the top of a rock and named from a giant lion’s paws at the entrance gate of it. Be a part of the guided tours of Sigiriya to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, which also referred as the eighth wonder in the World. There is also a interesting story behind this beauty from the 5th century. With his attractive gardens and amazing architecture, this is really a very beautiful place to visit for every traveler in Sri Lanka.

2. Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth


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Sri Lanka is situated between the beautiful precipitous green hills, Kandy is a city in Sri Lanka and it is the second largest city of the country and previous ancient capital. This city is home of the most sacred temple of Buddha's in the world, the Temple of the Tooth. The best ways to visit Kandy to enjoy its beauty is Private tours or day trips from Colombo and many more options to visit there.

Kandy Festival - kandy festival is organized between July and August months, this festival of the Tooth is a religious procession with beautifully adorned elephants, drummers, fire eaters, dancers and many more. It is definitely worth to see. Kandy is one of the best place to visit in Sri Lanka.

3. Adam’s Peak


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The Adam’s Peak is known as a Sri Pada by the locals, it is a 2.243 m peak located in the central region of Sri Lanka. This amazing peak has becomes a important pilgrimage site in the country for the last 2 thousand years. There are different stories about this peak according to the different religions. According to Buddhist tradition, it is a footprint of Lord Buddha. For Christians, it is first step of Adam’s after being exiled from the Garden of Eden. On the other hand, Hindu peoples believes that, it is Lord Shiva’s footprint. The night trekking to the top of this peak just before the sunrise which you will hardly forget in your life! But, the trekking to this peak is very challenging, it takes around 2-4 hours to reach at the top of the peak and 1-2 hours to come back down. But visiting to this place is definitely provide a very unique experience.

4. Yala National Park

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Yala National Park in Sri Lanka is like a paradise for wildlife lovers, it is one of the best places in Asia to experiencing amazing wildlife. Yala is the most famous National Park in the country, surrounded by variety of animal species. This national park has the highest number of leopards in the world. It also hosts many other species such as Buffalos, Elephants, Monkeys, Crocodiles and a variety of Birds. If you are a nature lovers, then this place is one of the most incredible places to visit in Sri Lanka for you!

5. Arugam Bay

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If you are looking for some epic sea waves for surfing or you just want to enjoy the beach life, then this is the perfect place for you. This beautiful coast of Sri Lanka is famous for the best surf spots in the country. But there you can get lots more than surfing, like peaceful atmosphere, stunning beaches, relaxing weather and fresh air, it is very different from others crowded coast in the country. Here you can also visit to the historic temples or nearest Kumana National Park.

6. Galle and his Dutch Fort

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Galle is surely one of the unforgettable places to visit in Sri Lanka, it's charming Dutch-era villas and amazing seaside views. Galle is really worth to explore and many travelers are impressed by its beauties and fascinating atmosphere. There are many different activities to do in Galle, the city hosts Unesco World Heritage, Galle Dutch Fort, which surrounded by ocean on three sides. The fort was built by the Portuguese and completed by the Dutch in 17th century.

7. Mirissa

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Mirissa is a little sea side village where anyone can't be feel bored. Many travelers prefer this place for visit and It is definitely one of the best beach towns in the country! There are lots of reasons why you visit this place. Here you will find beautiful clean water beaches, watersports activities, tasty foods and amazing nightlife. But, the most interesting thing is, here you will get the opportunity to experience Whale Watching.

8. Nuwara Eliya and Tea Plantations

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It is just like a little England of Sri Lanka. The good climate, surrounding areas and amazing architecture of this area are very different than other villages. Its cooler climate is most important for tea production in Sri Lanka. The area has many natural beauties, like waterfalls, hills, tea plantations and the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka "Pidurutalagala". Once you get there don’t forget to taste a cup of tea! Nuwara Eliya tea plantation area is located between Kandy and Ella. To go there you can take most beautiful train ride in Sri Lanka. A ticket from Kandy can cost you around $2,50. It will takes around 4 hours from Kandy to reach there and this train route is known as one of the most beautiful train routes in the world. So enjoy the journey.

9. Polonnaruwa

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Polonnaruwa is a ancient city of Sri Lanka, which was ruled by the kings from 800 years ago, when it was a commercial and religious center. Here you can see the story of that age in the archaeological treasures which still give a pretty good knowledge of how the city looked in its ancient time. There are hundreds of ancient structures, tombs and temples, statues and stupas to explore. If you like to explore history, then this is definitely one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka. Visit the Polonnaruwa Museum and unique Gal Vihara.

10. Dambulla Golden Cave Temple


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Dambulla Golden Temple is declared as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1991, it has total five caves and 157 statues of the Lord Buddha, many paintings on the walls and ceilings displays the artistic talent of ancient period. Something over 2000 years ago the image of Buddha was first created here. This beautiful complex of rock temples situated in the southern part of Dambulla. There are superb views over the surrounding countryside from caves; Sigiriya is clearly visible from there.

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