AttractionsPay a visit to the most wonderful locations around Sri Lanka!
Heritage & Culture
Anuradhapura served as the capital of Sri Lanka for nearly 1400 years dating as far back as 3rd Century BC. It offers the largest number of ancient monuments of the Sinhala civilization. It is where the first sapling of the sacred Bo tree, a branch of the very tree under which the Lord Buddha attained enlightenment was brought to and worshiped by Buddhists all over the world. It is also the oldest historically documented tree in the world. Marvels of ancient architecture, sculpture, art and craft can also be evidenced in Anuradhapura.
Second capital of Sri Lanka after the decline of Anuradhapura during the period 10th to 12th century A.D. It is considered most flourishing period, boasting man made reservoirs, ruins of palaces , parks and religious monuments. The Galviahara complex , Thivanka Image House and the quadrangle are the well known for its Buddhist sculptures and frescoes are the most visited places.
The Fortress in the sky build in 5th century AD. This ancient rock citadel was declared as world heritage site by UNESCO. The garden city and the fortress were built in 477-495 AD with beautiful frescoes with “Heavenly Maidens” half way up.
The cave temple with beautifully carved statutes of Lord Buddha and Hindu Gods is believed to date back to the 12th century. Bur some of the frescoes in these caves are believed to be over 2000 years old. The most impressive is a 47ft. long recumbent figure of the Lord Buddha carved out of the rock.
Aukana is the site of the elegant Buddha statue carved out of a single rock dating back to 5th century.
Kandy is the hill capital and the last kingdom of Sri Lanka before surrendering to British in 1885. The focal point of Kandy is the Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic ( popularly known as Dalada Maligawa ). This is also the venue for Esala Perahera ( pagent) held in July or August, the dates decided by the authorities of the temple. Royal botanical garden, Peradeniya was a pleasure garden for the royal family dating back to 1371. This garden covering 60 hectares well known for its variety of plants including 300 varieties of orchids.
Galle was the main sea port of the island before Colombo port was developed. The fortress originally built by Portugese and subsequently developed by Dutch is the main attraction of the city. However, this 90 acre fort has no signs of original Potugese Fortress which has also been declared as a “World Heritage Site” . Most of the buildings in side the fort are of the Dutch period and the oldest building remaining today is National Museum building built in 1656. There are many places of tourist interest around Galle. Hikkaduwa tourist resort, Unawatuna, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Koggala & Rumassala are some of those places.
Popularly known as “Trinco” by locals and the major city in the East Coast, it is famous because of the best natural harbours in the world. In the north of Trincomalee, you can find the beautiful coast line of Uppeveli, Nilaveli and the Pigeon Island. Following settlements of Portuges & Dutch, British forces took residency in Trincomalee at Orrs Hill. The swami rock with a straight drop of 130 metrs known as “Lover’s Leap” due to a historical legend . The Koneswaram temple is located at the peak of the rock.
Jaffna is the splendor of the far north with colorful mix of customs & festivals. The city has a rich cultural heritage mixed with colonial influence of Portuguese, Dutch and British. Nallu Kandaswamy Kovil is the premier place of Hindu worship.
Kataragama is revered pilgrimage site 283 KM from Colombo in the deep South. Skanda or Lord Lataragama , the Hindu God of war is believed to have made Kataragama his abode. The annual procession is held in July and August.