The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia’s most evocative sights. The sprawling complex contains a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas, soaring brick towers, ancient pools and crumbling temples, built thousand years ago. Today several of the sites remain in use as holy places and temples; frequent ceremonies give Anuradhapura a vibrancy. Current-day Anuradhapura is a rather pleasant albeit sprawling city.A UNESCO World Heritage Site also the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
The place located in south east of the country,is a fine beach near associated with fishing villages. It has been identified as the best surfing beach in Sri Lanka and 4th best in south east Asia. It also comes with the ten best surfing beaches in the world. Wide sandy beaches and lagoons associated with neighbouring Kumana bird sanctuary are added values for visitors going to Arugam bay. Lahugal National Park are Yala East National Park are also located within 10–30 km.In addition to beaches, wildlife, culture heritage and nature places of interest make Arugambay a unique tourist attraction in Sri Lanka.
The commercial capital of Colombo is by far the most happening city in Sri Lanka. From the busy streets of the Pettah Bazaar to the serene environs of the Diyawannawa Leisure area and Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo is where the nation’s heart beats. Colombo offers an eclectic mix of old colonial architecture combined with modern high-rise buildings and tree-lined boulevards and parks. Colombo is also a shopper’s paradise with many department stores such as Odel, House of Fashions, Paradise Road, Laksala and Lakmedura offering a wide range of items including garments, jewellery and souvenirs. Colombo comes alive when darkness falls with an abundance of Casinos, Bars and Night Clubs more suited for night owls.
This long sandy beach is largely protected by headlands, reefs and sand-bars, making it safer for swimming.The headlands have reefs along their rocks, close to the beach. Swimmers can snorkel out from the beach to watch colourful reef fish amongst the rocks.
Galle is a town of colour, texture and sensation totally unlike anywhere else in Sri Lanka. It is at once endlessly exotic, bursting with the scent of spices and salty winds, and yet also, with its wonderful collection of slowly decaying Dutch-colonial buildings, vaguely familiar, like a whimsical medieval European town unexpectedly deposited in the tropics. one architectural surprise after another. Fort a World Heritage Site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers. However, is that it isn’t just a pretty place. Rather, it remains a working community: regular folks populating the streets and add definite buzz of energy in the air.Galle has derived from a word ‘Gallus’ which means rooster so the Dutch have also used the rooster as a symbol of Galle.
Persians,Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Malays, Indians, and Chinese were doing business through Galle port. By the fort a mound-like hill,which local tradition associates this hill with Ramayana, one of the great Hindu epics.
Landmarks-Natural harbor, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral, main Shiva temples on the island. Picturistic Galle International Cricket Stadium.
This the first area to be developed for tourism. The famous coral reef and scuba diving gets tourist's more pleasure there. Hikkaduwa is Sri Lanka’s candy-floss and ice-cream beach resort par excellence. First ‘discovered’ by that much-maligned group of people, back in the 1970s. Hikkaduwa has been a firm fixture on the tourist map ever since. There’s an increasing range of activities on offer and, with the town slowly waking up to its demise, an increasing number of higher-class places to stay and eat. Hikkaduwa still lives up to its reputation of providing cheap and cheerful fun in the sun.
The fun-loving coastal town of Hikkaduwa is located 98 km from Colombo towards the south of Sri Lanka. Hikkaduwa features a gorgeous beach and coral reef making it an ideal location for snorkelling and diving. For those who like to enjoy the corals while keeping their feet dry, glass bottomed boats are also available. The coral sanctuary is adorned with layers of multi colored corals, home to countless number of colourful fish. There is a collection of tine islets off the beach surrounded by beautiful coral formations and hundreds of species of exotic fish and large turtles can be found here. Hikkaduwa is also home to the ever-popular ‘Hikka Fest’ an annual mega
Two separate beaches situated 228 km from Colombo. These are famous for its sand and calm water. These spectacular back-to-back beaches, 34km north of Batticaloa, present as stark – and confusing – a juxtaposition as you could imagine.
Relax on the pristine beaches of Pasikuda, located nestled in Sri Lanka's East Coast, 35 km off Batticaloa and 300 km from Colombo. Pasikuda’s pristine white beaches, the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and abundant watersports make it one of the most popular beach destinations in Sri Lanka. It is also one of the closest beaches to Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle making it an even more destination of choice.
The place located 43 km from Colombo is important spice trading centre from Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial times. The city also named as one of the sacred city of Buddhist people in the country has large hollow dagoba (Buddhist shrine) near the River Kalu.
Kandy the last stronghold of Sinhala kings against the British Empire, lies picturesquely surrounded by mountains, lakes and rivers in Sri Lanka’s hill country just 115 km away from Colombo. Kandy is home to the temple of the tooth or The Dalada Maligawa, which holds the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha and is the most sacred of all Buddhist shrines. The temple is bordered by the beautiful Bogambara Lake, adding tranquility and beauty to the city. Kandy is also home to the world-renowned Annual Esala Perahera, the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, the Spice Gardens and the Victoria Golf Course - rated among the world's best. A visit to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is an absolute must during any visit to Kandy.
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