The small tear-shaped islands of the Indian Ocean have become the latest hotspot for tourists. After 30 years of civil war has ended and all travel advice has been lifted, tourists can’t wait to head for the exotic island of Sri Lanka. The friendly and friendly people of Sri Lanka can turn their hands in turn and use’Ayobowan’ on their lips for the most memorable holiday.
Tourism in Sri Lanka can be broadly divided into three categories. Beaches, cities of cultural, historical and religious importance. Don’t be fooled by the size of your country. This small island has plenty of places to visit all three categories. Join me as you unravel the wonders of Sri Lanka.
The bustling city of Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka. It is about an hour drive from Bandar Nike International Airport. Like other big cities, Colombo is the center of activity. There are many places to see. Being a coastal city, you can enjoy stunning ocean views in the evening with a pool facing Galle Face green. If the deserted beach is what you are pursuing, go elsewhere and it will appear in my list later. Other than that, you can visit the National Museum, the National Zoo, and Independence Square, which represents freedom from the UK in Sri Lanka. You can shop your mind at Majestic City, Liberty Plaza or Odel. There are buses, radio taxis and auto rickshaws called tuk-tuks, making it easy to commute downtown.
Sri Lanka is not just a beach. Many treasures are found when traveling inland. If you are a fan of a colder climate, there are not many places in Sri Lanka, but Nuwara Eliya will definitely be one of them. Nuwara Eliya is a hill station located in the center of Sri Lanka, just off the south side. When Sri Lanka was under British rule, this is where most British came for an ideal summer vacation. Colonial influences can still be seen in the city, regardless of the nickname of the city’Little England’ or various activities that can be immersed, such as architecture or boats, golf, or horses. riding.
Another important aspect of Nuwara Eliya is that it is one of the most important cities when it comes to tea production. While approaching Nuwara Eliya, be prepared to see the tea plantations unfolding endlessly on both sides. Don’t forget to fall into one of the many tea factories along the way, like Labukele Tea Real Estate. People there will gladly talk through the process of making tea, from picking leaves to processing. Be prepared to panic with the variety and flavor of tea you can buy there.
Nuwara Eliya has as many places as there are tourist attractions. For those familiar with the Hindu mythical epic of Ramayana,’Seetha Kovil’ or Theta Temple will be a place of interest. According to legend, the king of Sri Lanka’s Ravana kidnapped Queen Sita from the kingdom of northern India and took her to Sri Lanka. It is believed that this place was where this temple was and kept her. There are also giant footprints that are thought to be honorable Hanuman. Even unbelieving unbelievers will stand up and experience a strange and erratic sensation while looking at the hills covered with lush green mist, wondering what this place has witnessed for centuries.
Hakgala Botanical Garden, a bit ahead of Seetha Kovil, is an interesting place to visit. Spread over a large area, it’s enough to capture nature lovers for hours.
In Sri Lanka after Colombo, Kandy (Maha Nuvara) is the most important. There is nothing to do and where to visit. Historically, Candy was important because it was one of the last kingdoms independent of the colony. On the way from Colombo, it will be the first major city to Central Highlands.
The first thing you’ll know about Kandy is probably the huge lake in the heart of the city. Adjacent to this lake is one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Buddhist temples, Chia temples or Sri Dala da Maligawa. After traveling several miles in India for centuries, the sacred relics of Buddha’s teeth have been found on the island itself to protect it from those who want to destroy it. A place to relax at this temple. It is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can see various rituals performed in the temple three times a day, about 5.30 and 09.00 in the morning and 06.30 in the evening.
The Esala Perahera festival, held every year in July or August in the full moon, is meant to honor this relic. The whole of this competition is a sight to see traditional Kandyan dancers, beautifully decorated elephants, fire acts and more. It is also interesting to note that whenever a tooth artifact is taken out for an open fair, it almost always rains.
There are many good hotels around the lake. Close to the Chia Temple is the modern Candy City Center and shopping complex, which is a good example of the beautiful blend of modern and ancient that this wonderful city has.
Kandy Suburb is the city of Peradeniya. This is where the famous Ferrella University and the largest royal botanical garden on the island are located.
Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are two cities that together with Kandy complete the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. If you are a history lover and are interested in Sri Lanka’s ancient heritage, don’t miss this place. These two cities were UNESCO World Heritage Sites and flourished as the capital of the ancient Sri Lankan kingdom. Anuradhapura was Sri Lanka’s first ancient capital, and the ruins you see today tell stories about a stable kingdom that flourished when it was plundered by the southern Indian Kola Kingdom from the 4th to 11th centuries BC.The capital is Polonnaruwa Moved to. In Polonnaruwa, the reign of King Parakramabahu I was considered the golden age of Polonnaruwa.
Both cities have many temples, water tanks and ponds, stupas, statues of kings and buddhas, and scattered palace ruins, and it’s worth a visit to get an idea of the rich historical and archaeological significance of these two cities. A must not miss in Anuradhapura, the Sri Maha Bodhi tree is said to have grown from saplings from sacred bodhi tree in Gaya, India, where Buddha was enlightened in the 3rd century BC. At Polonnaruwa, Parakrama Samudra is a place worth visiting. It’s actually a reservoir built in the 4th century AD to keep the village enough, but it’s called’Samudra’ as it looks as vast as the ocean.
Another essential place in Sri Lanka and Sigiriya or Lion Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you approach, you’ll be stunned in this 5th-century palace, located on the top of a 600-foot rock, and you can see miles while flipping your head back in the middle of miles of lush green flats. It is said to have been built by the king of Kashia, who was afraid of aggression by his half-brother and built this palace for his protection. You may be surprised at the numerous shelters or water sources at the bottom. As you climb up to 1200 weird stairs, you can see frescoes in the middle, looking at the mirror walls that acted as mirrors at once. For the king however it has now become a place of graffiti showing the ancient Singhalese script. Called because of the large lion’s feet at the entrance, the lion’s gate leads to the summit, a large flat of scattered ruins of the ancient palace, including the ancient throne and swimming pool. The scenery from the top is breathtaking. You can see Anuradhapura and Polon Naruwa from afar. Often, too windy will make you feel bad. Don’t forget to take your water because there is no shop. Apply enough sunscreen and wear sleeved clothes and a hat. This precaution is necessary to protect not only from the blazing sun, but also from occasional wasp attacks.
Dambulla village has far more places than cricket! Yes, there is an international standard cricket stadium here, but did you know that this historic city also has a World Heritage Site? Dambula Cave Temple, located near Sigiriya, is also famous. This cave temple is located about 160 meters from the city. The 5 most important caves here are gathered together and can be seen for a small fee for the ticket. There are many guides familiar with the history of the place and the various statues of the Buddha and the symbols of other gods and goddesses. It is interesting to ponder the fact that some of these caves date back to the 2nd century BC. King Balaam was used as a refuge during his exile.
If we talk about the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya and Dambulla form the center of this triangle. It is wise to base yourself on Sigiriya and discover and discover Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa on a day trip.
Another place worth visiting in Sri Lanka is the 2,243m high mountain located at the southern end of the central highlands. The most amazing thing on this mountain is that it teaches us about the unity of religion. It is respected by people of all religions. The mountain is also referred to as the’Sri Pada’ or’Holy footprint’, which means imprinting on the top of the mountain. Buddhists believe this to be the Buddha’s footprint, Hindus believe it to be the Shiva god’s footprint, it’s St. Thomas’s footprint for Christians, and for Muslims the first man’s footprint. The best time to climb the mountain is from December to March, when camps and better facilities are provided. Most pilgrims start climbing around midnight, reaching the summit over time and seeing the stunning sunrise. You need to wear a lot of warm clothes. Pilgrims are unable to withstand heat immediately once the sun comes out.
Sri Lanka is rich in flora and fauna, has many wildlife sanctuaries and nature reserves, some of which are famous for the Gal Oya National Park, where you can see herds of elephants with one of the largest leopard densities in the world, an important famous epic of La Banana Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, including Ravana Falls and Cave. All these places have beautiful scenery and are rich in nature. Therefore, it is difficult to choose what to write. However, Shinha Raja Biosphere Reserve is one of the most important because it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the last remaining rainforests in the world. Due to the density of vegetation, the number of animals that can be seen is small, but for those who want to study rainforest plants, the dream of a botanist with lots of Sri Lankan natives comes true.
Another place worth mentioning here is the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, which you can visit on the way to Kandy. More than 100 elephants live. You can enjoy the appearance of an elephant marching happily on the banks of the Ma Oya, which is held twice a day. You can also supply milk from a bottle with the help of mahouts or helpers. Donate bananas or milk for elephants and try a little bit to donate! Any experience of seeing these gentle giants teasing on the river is truly unforgettable.
The country that was newly liberated from the hands of ethnic conflict has now been open to tourists. One such place is Yapaanam, the northern part of Yafna. A narrow land called the Elephant Pass, which can be considered an island connected to the mainland of Sri Lanka. Jaffna has many shallow lagoons and offshore islands. One of the most important islands is Nagadipa and is located in the sacred Viharya or Buddhist shrine. In Jaffna, you can enjoy the culture and traditions of the Sri Tamil. Another highlight is Jaffna Fort and the temple of Nallur Kandaswamy, a Hindu temple located on the outskirts of Jaffna. Prayer starts five times in the morning, and the last prayer is performed on time from six in the evening to six times a day. The best time to visit this temple is from July to August, when the annual festival is held.
Since it is an island, the sea is never far from Sri Lanka. And if you like the beach it will spoil your choice here. The best way is to land at the current international airport in Sri Lanka near Katunayke, head to Negombo city, then travel south along the coast, discover many coastal cities and enjoy the beach. You will pass the commercial capital of Colombo. Colombo may not be one of the best places if the beach is your favorite, but the towns of Lavonia, Bentota, and Balapitiya are all budget hotels. And many activities that you keep using. Hikkaduwa can see coral from a glass-bottom boat, and Galle is famous not only for its beaches, but also for ancient forts. Close to Galle, Unawatuna Beach is considered one of the best in the world due to its excellent musical name, as well as its flawless beauty, coral reefs and opportunities for scuba diving. Also home to Mirissa Beach, famous for cultivating cinnamon and Sri Lanka’s southernmost and towering lighthouse, Dondra is a dolphin and whale watching spot. Arungam Bay is known for hosting many international-level surfing competitions.
The port city of Trincomalee, located on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, boasts beautiful Nilla Valley, Uppuveli and Red Rock beaches with beautiful rocks. Between June and September, the Trincomalee coast has become a popular spot for whale and dolphin watchers. There are many hotels related to this sport in Sri Lanka, and we can help you make an unforgettable experience. Trincomalee is not only home to the fortress of Frederick, the largest Dutch fortress in Sri Lanka, but also has many places of interest to Hindus and Buddhists such as the Koneswaram Hindu Kovil and Seruwila Temples. The Navy Museum and Hood Tower, which were the observation decks of the British Navy, offer stunning 360-degree views of Trincomalee that you should not miss. Trincomalee is important because it is actually the fifth largest port in the world. Be prepared to face some routine checkpoints located within the area that were part of the ethnic conflict.
If shopping is what you are pursuing, you can buy a tea that comes in many flavors. Local handicrafts are another option. Locally crafted batik work is great. Batik is a textile technology that uses waxes and dyes. You can purchase wall mounts, sari and other items made using this technique. The gems and gems available here are of another value. In fact, the town of Ratnapura (literally a jewel town) is famous for its ruby, sapphire and emerald. You can also bring a variety of quality spices to your home. There are many spice gardens across the country and you can learn more about growing and using various spices.
One small island, but there are many reasons. Head to this beautiful country for your next vacation.