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What to see in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Attractions


Tourist attractions in Sri Lanka have accumulated over a long and interesting history, leaving many things to see including seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sri Lanka's history can be experienced at the fascinating ancient sites of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Panduwasnuwara. The National Museum in Colombo is a good stop for those passing through the city as it houses a variety of artefacts illustrating Sri Lanka's complex culture and history. The complexity of this multi-cultural country is also apparent elsewhere in the capital city, like in the Pettah Bazzar district where exotic smells and goods are traded. Calmer attractions in Sri Lanka include the lovely seafront in Galle, a coastal town very popular with tourists, or the peaceful lake city of Kandy, which has many historical attractions.

For those keen to leave the cities and towns altogether attractions include treks into Yala National Park and up Sigiriya or Adam's Peak. Of course, many prefer Sri Lanka's beautiful sandy beaches, which stretch hundreds of miles, to any amount of sightseeing. The best beach destinations in Sri Lanka include the picturesque fishing village of Marawila, on the northwest coast, the resort town of Negombo, on the west coast, and the gorgeous Weligama Bay, in the south.


Adam's Peak

The legendary mountain, towering 7,297 feet (2,224m) over the island of Sri Lanka, known as Sri Pada or Adam's Peak,…

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Anuradhapura

The remains of the ancient city of Anuradhapura are situated about 130 miles (205km) north of Colombo, standing majestically…

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Dambulla Cave Temples

Sri Lanka's Buddhist heritage is nowhere as evident as in the Golden Temple of Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.…

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Galle

The port town of Galle, about 60 miles (100km) south of Colombo and a short distance west of Matara, is steeped in the…

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Horton Plains National Park and World's End

Located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, Horton Plains National Park contains some of Sri Lanka's highest mountains,…

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Kandy

The relaxed and peaceful atmosphere of Kandy, in the heart of Sri Lanka's hill country, is probably the result of being…

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Sigiriya

Sigiriya is an important Buddhist site in central Sri Lanka, about 100 miles (161km) northeast of Colombo. The remains…

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Trincomalee

The ancient port city of Trincomalee (affectionately called Trinco), on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka, has a perfect…

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Yala National Park

Elephants are the most frequently spotted inhabitants of the vast Yala National Park (also known as Ruhunu), in the southeast…

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Our Travel Expert

After a 10-year career in the financial services I eventually bit the bullet and left the UK to embark on a three month journey. I travelled to South America, fulfilling some of my childhood dreams. I went to work overseas for the award-winning experts, Kuoni Travel, taking up positions in Switzerland, Egypt and the Maldives, where I worked on a total of 8 resorts before a couple of years of working back in the UK in the product division at Kuoni HQ.

Returning to the Maldives for a short time, my work took me back to Sri Lanka, where I have remained now for the last five years and regard it as my adopted home!

Working with clients, I love to impart my knowledge and lead people in their pursuit of discovery! There is so much to see and do in Sri Lanka, many clients return year after year to re-visit a special place or discover new secret hideaways.

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