Experiences

Experiences

Sacred City of Kandy

Located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, Kandy is one of the major and most beautiful cities of Sri Lanka. The city is situated in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy, being the capital city of the Central Province, is also both an administrative and religious city. One of the most significant features of Kandy City, is that it is the home of the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. Besides this, the city was also declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. Another feature which adds to the beauty of Kandy is that, located within the heart of the city is the scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), which is popular for strolling. The best time to visit Kandy is in July/August as this is the season for the most colorful festival in the city to happen, the Kandy Perahera.

Ancient City of Sigiriya

Sigiriya an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin encircled by the remains of a widespread network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. Sigiriya consists of an ancient castle built by king Kassapa during the 5th Century AD. It is a popular tourist destination. Sigiriya or Lion Rock is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock around 180 metres (590 ft) high. Sigiriya has it all and its prehistoric paintings (frescos), which are significant of the Ajanta Caves of India. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this area was a large forest, then after storms and landslides it became a hill and was selected by King Kashyapa (477 – 495 AD) for his new capital. He built his palace on top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes.

Sacred City of Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sinhala civilization. The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the centre of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. In the morning, based on the itinerary you will visit the Thuparamaya, considered to be the first dagaba or pagoda built in Sri Lanka, which enshrines the collarbone of the Lord Buddha. If you love visiting ancient ruins which have historical values, one of the best places to travel to would be Anuradhapura !!

Old Town of Galle

Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British. It is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. Galle was built as a fortified coastal city with large walls along the seashore. It was designed with a European way of thinking – to prevent armed attacks from colonial competitors that could come from the sea as well as the land. Battlements along the walls provide the means for defense in case of an invasion.

An Overview of Polonnaruwa

It is located in the North Central province of Sri Lanka. Due to its archeological prominence and the ancient technological superiority, UNESCO declared Polonnaruwa as a World Heritage in 1982 under the name of Ancient City of Polonnaruwa. Poḷonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa is a great city in Sri Lanka which came in to prominence during its’ brief period of 2 Centuries of Sri Lankan history, being second only to the ancient city of Anuradhapura in ancient cultural heritage. Polonnaruwa today is a showcase of the great ancient Sri Lankan architecture dating back to 12th Century AD, which was interwoven with many Buddhist monasteries and monuments which were built by the King Parakramabahu.

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Dambulla cave temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country.[1] This site is situated 148 kilometres (92 mi) east of Colombo, 72 kilometres (45 mi) north of Kandy and 43 km (27 mi) north of Matale. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include Vishnu and the Ganesha. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square metres (23,000 sq ft). Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha’s first sermon.

An overview of Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is a national park located in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. Being part of the elephant corridor which joins up with Kaudulla and Wasgamuwa National Parks, Minneriya National Park gives the opportunity to see herds of Elephants throughout the year. May to October is the best period to visit Minneriya National Park in view of the World famous Great Elephant Gathering of the Asian wild elephants. Along with Kaudulla and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. The park is situated 182 kilometres (113 mi) from Colombo.

An Overview of Kaudulla National Park

Kaudulla National Park is a national park on the island of Sri Lanka located 197 kilometres (122 mi) away from the largest city, Colombo. It was designated a national park on April 1, 2002 becoming the 15th such area on the island. In the 2004–2005 season more than 10,000 people visited the National Park, generating an income of Rs.100,000 from entrance fees. Along with Minneriya and Girithale BirdLife International have identified Kaudulla as an Important Bird Area. Historically Kaudulla was one of the 16 irrigation tanks built by King Mahasen. Following a period of abandonment, it was reconstructed in 1959. It now attracts and supports a variety of plant and animal life, including large mammals, fish and reptiles.

An Overview of Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park is a national park on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces in Sri Lanka. The park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972. The park is 165 kilometres (103 mi) from Colombo. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan elephants. It is a popular tourist destination and the third-most visited park in the country. You are able to spot animals such as elephant, buffalo, deer, crocodiles, leopards, and exotic birdlife among the park’s 119 square miles (308 square kilometers).

An Overview of Yala National Park

Yala National Park is a huge area of forest, grassland and lagoons bordering the Indian Ocean, located in the southeast Sri Lanka. It’s home to wildlife such as leopards, elephants and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species. Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Yala combines a strict nature reserve with a national park. Divided into 5 blocks, the park has a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons.

An Overview of Wilpattu National Park

The park is located on the northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka, the park is 30 km (19 mi) west of Anuradhapura and 26 km (16 mi) north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km (110 mi) north of Colombo). Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu, “Land of Lakes”) is a national park in Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” (natural lakes) – natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. The park is 1,317 km2 (508 sq mi) (131,693 hectares) in area and ranges from 0–152 m (0–499 ft) above sea level. A remote camera survey conducted in Wilpattu from July to October 2015 by the Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust captured photographs of forty-nine individual leopards in the surveyed area, the core area density of which was between that of Yala National Park’s Block I and Horton Plains National Park. Popular visiting periods span between the months of February and October, although there are a number of private ecotourism groups that conduct safaris year-round.

An Overview of the South coast - Mirissa

Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in the Matara District of the Southern Province. It is approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) south of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 4 metres (13 ft) above sea level. Mirissa’s beach and nightlife make it a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island’s main whale and dolphin watching locations. The Whale and Dolphin watching in Mirissa are one of the most thrilling water activities in Sri Lanka. The warm waters around Sri Lanka are ideal to spot blue whales, Bryde´s whales, sperm whales, fin whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and sometimes killer whales. Spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, and striped dolphin can be seen too. If you are a whale and dolphin watching enthusiast, the best place to travel will be to Mirissa.

An Overview of Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya is a coastal town located in western region of, Puttalam District. The Kalpitiya peninsula consists of a total fourteen islands. It is developing as a tourist destination. The beautiful beaches, the ancient Dutch Fort and the church and with a chance to go kayaking in the Kalpitiya lagoon are just a few of the main tourist attraction here in Kalpitiya. It makes your trip to Kalpitiya that more memorable!!

An Overview of East coast - Trincomalee

Trincomalee is a port city on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka. Set on a peninsula, Fort Frederick was built by the Portuguese in the 17th century. Within its grounds, the grand Koneswaram Temple stands on Swami Rock cliff, a popular vantage point for blue-whale watching. The holy complex contains ornate shrines and a massive statue of Shiva. Nearby Gokanna Temple has panoramic views over the city and the coastline.

An Overview of Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka located in the Southern Province, about 17 km (11 mi) north-west of Galle and 98 km (61 mi) south of Colombo. Hikkaduwa’s economy was traditionally based on fishing and coconut cultivation. This was replaced by tourism when its golden sandy beaches were discovered. It is a well-known international destination for board-surfing. Hikkaduwa is very popular for its coral rocks. (which can be viewed by travelling in glass bottom boat). The other place of interest for the traveler is the Hikkaduwa National Park. This is one of the three marine national parks in Sri Lanka. The national park contains a fringing coral reef of high degree of biodiversity. The area was declared a wildlife sanctuary on May 18, 1979, and then on August 14, 1988, upgraded to a nature reserve with extended land area. The growth of the number of visitors in the next 25 years increased the degradation of the coral reef. To reduce the effects to the ecosystem, the reef was declared a national park on September 19, 2002.

An Overview of Uppaweli Beach

Located about 10 minutes outside of Trincomalee lies the small beach village of Uppuveli.Similarly, to Nilaveli Beach, Uppuveli is a long, sandy beach with clear waters and no waves. It attracts a bigger crowd than Nilaveli Beach as there is more going on in the area.When tourists speak of Trincomalee, they are often referring to Uppuveli Beach. It’s the more popular destination of the two, offering a better vibe and festive atmosphere when compared to the relaxed feel of Nilaveli.

An Overview of Weligama

Weligama is a town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in Matara District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. The name Weligama, literally means “sandy village” which refers to the area’s sandy sweep bay. It is approximately 144 kilometres (89 mi) south of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 9 metres (30 ft) above the sea level.The main industries are tourism and fishing. Weligama is a popular tourist destination and hosts several boutique hotels including an off shore islet known as Taprobane, which houses a villa constructed by the French Count de Mauny, and is currently owned by Geoffrey Dobbs. It was the birthplace of the scholar monk Weligama Sri Sumangala.There are a number of sites of historical importance within Weligama and its vicinity, including a 3 metres (9.8 ft) high bas-relief statue of Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, carved into the surrounding rock, between the 6th-9th century AD.

An Overview of Unawatuna

Unawatuna is a coastal town in Galle district of Sri Lanka. Unawatuna is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and known for its beach and corals. It is a suburb of Galle, about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) southeast to the city center and approximately 108 kilometres (67 mi) south of Colombo. Unawatuna is situated at an elevation of 5 metres (16 ft) above the sea level. Despite significant development in the last decade it is still home to the endangered and endemic purple-faced langur, an usually shy monkey species that can only be found in Sri Lanka’s forests.There are many beautiful places of accommodation available here since it’s located very close to Galle.

An Overview of Baticaloa

Batticaloa, fondly called Batti, located at a distance of 314 km from Colombo, is a post card pretty city on an island. On full moon nights a faint but distinct musical sound emanated by a unique breed of fish arises from the lagoon. An old Dutch Fort near the lagoon is another tourist attraction of this city. Around the town, there are many gorgeous beaches that are still unexplored and undeveloped.Batticaloa is the seat of the Eastern University of Sri Lanka and is a major commercial city. It is on the east coast, a bit over 100kms south of Trincomalee. Situated half on an island in a vast lagoon and across a short bridge to the mainland. Coastal beaches north of the lagoon entrance (‘The Bar”) are popular tourist destinations. Locals regard the lagoon as home to the Singing Fish. (See them on Youtube). Hotels price are generally cheaper. The sheltered location makes for less cooling wind than right on the coast. Days can get very sultry during the South-West Monsoon. That said, the friendly people and picturesque lagoon views and good city parks make walking a pleasure.

An Overview of Aluthgama

Aluthgama is a coastal town in Kalutara District in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. It is approximately 63.5 kilometres (39.5 mi) south of Colombo and 68 kilometres (42 mi) north of Galle. Aluthgama is situated on the southern bank of the Bentota Ganga (River) mouth.The main income is from tourism and banking.The many beautiful places of accommodation at Aluthgama and it’s close proximity to Bentota City, makes it a very popular tourist destination.

An Overview of the East - Coast - Arugambay

Arugam Bay, known locally as “Arugam Kudah”, is situated on the Indian Ocean in the dry zone of Sri Lanka’s southeast coast, and a historic settlement of the ancient Batticaloa Territory. The bay is located 117 kilometres (73 mi) south of Batticaloa, 320 kilometres (200 mi) due east of Colombo, and approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south of the market town of Pottuvil.While traditionally fishing has dominated the local economy, tourism has grown rapidly in the area in recent years. Arugam Kudah’s literal Tamil translation is “Bay of Cynodon dactylon”. Tourism in Arugam Bay is dominated by surf tourism, thanks to several quality breaks in the area, however tourists are also attracted by the local beaches, lagoons, historic temples and the nearby Kumana National Park.

An Overview of Pottuvil

Pottuvil is a town in the Ampara District of Sri Lanka, located in the Eastern Province on the eastern coast of the Island. It is situated 4 km (2.5 mi) north of the popular tourist destination Arugam Bay.Agriculture is generally seen as the basic economic route of the town. In addition, the town’s internal economy is strengthened through animal husbandry, coastal and inland fisheries, small and medium business, tourism, and trade. It is evident that there are plenty of natural resources here. Paddy fields, forests, beaches, mountains and springs are parts of the town’s landscape. Paddy is the main crop in the area.The area is said to be rich in soil as it is home to beaches, rivers and reservoirs. Coconut cultivation is being carried out on a small scale in the coastal villages of Komari, Manarasena, Victor Garden, Hitayapuram, Urani and Ullai. In addition, chilli is the main crop in vegetable cultivation.The city is also known for its beaches and the world-famous Arugam Bay for waterboarding. The nearby beaches are also known as Ullai Beach.

An Overview of Ella Rock & Little Adam’s Peak

Little Adam’s Peak in Ella should not be confused with Adams Peak in Dalhousie.The latter is a sacred mountain that is home to the annual pilgrimage taking place between December and May. It’s a tougher hike than both Ella Rock and Little Adam’s Peak and will see you climbing throughout the night.From Little Adam’s Peak you have a beautiful view of Ella and the valleys below. Whilst the view from Ella Rock is equally as gorgeous, Little Adam’s Peak takes this one as there are far more viewpoints.The Ella Rock hike is more rugged, untouched and quieter, whilst Little Adam’s Peak is well marked and an easy trail to follow with steps directing you to the top.

An Overview of Horton Plains and World’s End

Horton Plains National Park is a national park in the central highlands of Sri Lanka that was designated in 1988. It is located at an elevation of 2,100–2,300 m (6,900–7,500 ft) and encompasses montane grassland and cloud forest. It is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Ohiya, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the world-famous Ohiya Gap/Dondra Watch and 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Nuwara Eliya.The Horton Plains are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli, Kelani, and Walawe. In Sinhala the plains are known as Maha Eliya. Plains Stone tools dating back to Balangoda culture have been found here. The plains’ vegetation is grasslands interspersed with montane forest and includes many endemic woody plants. Large herds of Sri Lankan sambar deer feature as typical mammals and the park is also an Important Bird Area with many species not only endemic to Sri Lanka but restricted to the Horton Plains.World’s End is located within the Horton Plains National Park in Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka. It is a sheer cliff, with a drop of about 4,000 feet (1,200 m). It is one of the most visited parts of the Park, and a key tourist attraction in the Nuwara Eliya District and the country at large.1 km away from the main cliff is a smaller cliff with a 1,000 feet (300 m) drop, colloquially known as Mini World’s End. The Indian Ocean, 81 km to the south, can be observed on clear days.The sheer precipice of World’s End and Baker’s Falls are among the tourist attractions of the park.In 20th century there are some records of elephants again in the park.

An Overview of Knuckles Range

The Knuckles Mountain Range lies in central Sri Lanka, in the Districts of Matale and Kandy. The range takes its name from a series of recumbent folds and peaks in the west of the massif which resemble the knuckles of clenched fist when viewed from certain locations in the Kandy District.The higher montane area is often robed in thick layers of cloud. In addition to its aesthetic value, the range is of great scientific interest. It is a climatic microcosm of the rest of Sri Lanka as the conditions of all the climatic zones in the country are exhibited in the massif. At higher elevations there is a series of isolated cloud forests, harbouring a variety of flora and fauna. Although the range constitutes approximately 0.03% of the island’s total area, it is home to a significantly higher proportion of the country’s biodiversity.More than 34 percent of Sri Lanka’s endemic trees, shrubs, and herbs are only found in these forests. Knuckles Conservation Forest was included in UNESCO natural world heritage list in 2010 as part of Central Highlands of Sri Lanka.

An Overview of Kitulgala

Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest, which receives two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country. The Academy Award-winning movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge. Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometres upstream and also popular as a location for adventure-based training programs.

An Overview of Meemure

Meemure is approximately a 7-hour drive from Colombo, in an off-road vehicle. The main route is via Kandy city which is 116 km away from Colombo. Then Kandy-Mahiyangana Road (A26) towards Mahiyangana. Turn Left from Hunnasgiriya Junction which is 35 km away from Kandy. Then go towards the Loolwatte Village which is 15 km away from Hunnasgiriya Junction. Then from Loolwatte it is about another 15 km to the Meemure Village. The nearest Police station is Udadumbara Police.On your way to Meemure from Colombo are a number of sites, including Hulu Ganga (River), Victoria Reservoir, Teldeniya New Town (Teldeniya was flooded in filling the Reservoir behind the Victoria Dam, Mahaweli Project), Dothalugala Forest and Botanical Garden, Mini Worlds End, Coberts Gap (Attala Mottuwa) a place where lot of wind blowing to the other side, Meemure and Lakegala Mountain where, according to legend, King Rawana lifted his Air Plane called Dhadu Monara.If you are someone who enjoys peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Meemure Village is the best place to be.

An Overview of Pidurangala

Pidurangala is a massive rock formation located a few kilometers north of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. It has an interesting history closely related to that of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Climbing to the top of Pidurangala Rock is more strenuous than climbing Sigiriya. If you are fit and adventurous it is a climb worth making. It will take you about two hours.Destination for moderate hikes & climbs to the top of the rock, popular for panoramic views.

An Overview of Adam’s Peak

Adam’s Peak is a 2,243 m (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well known for the Sri Pada, i.e., “sacred footprint”, a 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) rock formation near the summit, which in Buddhist tradition is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Hanuman or Shiva, i.e., “Mountain of Shiva’s Light”, and in some Islamic and Christian traditions that of Adam, or that of St. Thomas.The mountain is located in the southern reaches of the Central Highlands in the Ratnapura District and Nuwara Eliya district of the Sabaragamuwa Province and Central Province —lying about 40 km (25 mi) northeast of Ratnapura and 32 km (20 mi) southwest of Hatton. The surrounding region is largely forested hills, with no mountain of comparable size nearby. The region along the mountain is a wildlife reserve, housing many species varying from elephants to leopards, and including many endemic species.Adam’s Peak is important as a watershed. The districts to the south and the east of Adam’s Peak yield precious stones—emeralds, rubies and sapphires, for which the island has been famous, and which earned for it the ancient name of Ratnadvipa.Adam’s Peak is the source of three major rivers in Sri Lanka: Kelani River, Walawe River, and the Kalu Ganga (river).

An Overview of Bentota

Located in the district of Galle of the Southern Province, Bentota is a coastal town in Sri Lanka. It is approximately 65 kilometres (40 mi) south of Colombo and 56 kilometres (35 mi) north of Galle. Situated on the southern bank of the Bentota River mouth, at an elevation of 3 metres (9.8 ft) above sea level, Bentota is also a tourist attraction, with a local airport (Bentota River Airport) and a handful of world-class hotels.Bentota is also a destination for watersports as well and known to deliver an ancient art of healing called Ayurveda. Bentota is also famous for its toddy production, an alcoholic beverage made out of coconut nectar. It also has a turtle hatchery, located on Induruwa beach.Southeast of Bentota is Lunuganga, the estate and gardens of architect Geoffrey Bawa. Northeast is his brother Bevis’s Brief Garden.

An Overview of Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa is very popular for its coral rocks. (which can be viewed by travelling in glass bottom boat). The other place of interest for the traveler is the Hikkaduwa National Park. This is one of the three marine national parks in Sri Lanka. The national park contains a fringing coral reef of high degree of biodiversity. The area was declared a wildlife sanctuary on May 18, 1979, and then on August 14, 1988, upgraded to a nature reserve with extended land area.Hikkaduwa’s economy was traditionally based on fishing and coconut cultivation. This was replaced by tourism when its golden sandy beaches were discovered. It is a well-known international destination for board-surfing.Hikkaduwa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka located in the Southern Province, about 17 km (11 mi) north-west of Galle and 98 km (61 mi) south of Colombo.

An Overview of Pasikuda

Pasikudah is a coastal resort town located 35 kilometers northwest of Batticaloa, Batticaloa District, Sri Lanka. Historically a small Tamil hamlet alongside nearby Kalkudah, it used to be a popular tourist destination, however suffered huge devastation following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the Sri Lankan Civil War.Foreign travel to Pasikudah has recently increased due to growth in investment and development. It is home to the Pasikudah Mariamman temple. Pasikudah is easily accessible from the cities of Trincomalee and Batticaloa.The magnificent beaches of Pasikuda and Kalkuda flank Batticaloa as two beautiful consorts protecting a dowager queen. On moonlit nights a melodious sound emanated from the picturesque lagoon is attributed to its singing fish.The nearest airport to Pasikudah is Batticaloa Airport, which has scheduled flights operating from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport.

An Overview of Kirinda

Kirinda is a coastal village in Sri Lanka. It is located in the Southern Province.Kirinda is a coastal township located 10 km south of Tissamaharama. It is known for Kirinda Temple that lies atop a small rocky hill nearby the coast. Built by king Kavantissa, the temple is frequented by hundreds of pilgrims and tourists daily. Being at the temple premises, you could see the breathtaking views of the long sandy unpopulated beach, long huge sand dunes, Great Basses reefs off the shore and on the other side, verdant vegetation and national parks. The statue of Queen Viharamaha Devi is also one of best attractions at Kirinda.

An Overview of Colombo

Colombo, city, executive and judicial capital of Sri Lanka. (Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, a Colombo suburb, is the legislative capital.) Situated on the west coast of the island, just south of the Kelani River, Colombo is a principal port of the Indian Ocean. It has one of the largest artificial harbours in the world and handles the majority of Sri Lanka’s foreign trade.Colombo’s important buildings include the Secretariat, the Town Hall, the Clock Tower, St. Lucia’s Cathedral, and the Galle Face Hotel. Other distinctive buildings in the city are the Wolvendahl Church, built by the Dutch in 1749; a complex of hospitals; the University of Colombo (1921); several Buddhist and Hindu temples; and the residences of the head of state and of the prime minister.Colombo has numerous parks and playing fields. Among them are the Galle Face Green by the sea, the Vihara Maha Devi Park, and the Ridgeway Golf Links. Cricket and football (soccer and rugby) grounds are located throughout the city; tennis and track events are also popular. Sea bathing and surfing can be enjoyed at Mount Lavinia Beach, which is about 7 miles (11 km) south of the city. The National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka are located at nearby Dehiwala.

An Overview of Negambo

Negambo is located on the west coast and at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, in the Western Province, 38 km from Colombo via Colombo – Katunayake Expressway. Negombo is popularly known for its long sandy beaches and centuries old fishing industry. Due to this, this city has become an easily accessible tourist destination. Apart from tourism, Negombo is also popularly known for its cinnamon production.Negambo is a popular choice for many travelers. What makes it a natural choice and a tourist destination are the beautiful and gorgeous beaches and water sports. Offering many stay options from hostels to five-star resorts, it becomes easy for the travelers to explore the popular places to visit in Negombo.

An Overview of Trincomalee

Trincomalee, often referred to as Trinco, is located on the north-east coast of Sri Lanka offering two of the best beaches in the country, Uppuveli and Nilaveli Beach.Trincomalee is also home to the popular snorkeling site, Pigeon Island and all 3 of these attractions are relatively close to one another.This famous port town is not along the main backpacker route and you will need to take a slight detour to get there. Because of this, it’s often overlooked by travelers with limited time, but if you have the flexibility in your Sri Lanka itinerary, the best thing to do would be to venture to the east and explore the beaches in Trincomalee.