The magnificent island country of Sri Lanka is a true paradise. A tranquil tourist destination in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, it enchants every soul with a sense of solace, romance and adventure. This teardrop shaped haven has an array of striking sites and sights for you.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
The mystifying Sigiriya Rock Fortress is situated atop a rock plateau and overlooks lush green forests. The 660-feet tall rock boasts a proud cultural significance. A rickety-looking staircase leads to the ruins of the famous 5th century fortress. Built by King Kasyapa, the giant ‘Lion Rock’ here awes the onlooker.
Explore the medieval history of Sri Lanka as you travel to Polonnaruwa. It is an ancient city with various 12th century sculptures and Buddha effigies. It also home to ruins of the garden city crafted by Parakramabahu and monuments constructed by the Cholas. Undoubtedly, it is considered one of the most sacred cities in Sri Lanka.
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Constructed in 1975 on 25 acres of land alongside the Maha Oya River, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage lets tourists witness elephants in their natural habitat. Enjoy the sights of elephant herds on river banks. Also, see volunteers bottle feed baby elephants.
Bundala National Park
Serenely nestled amidst lush coconut plantations, Bundala National Park is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. Defined as a wonderland for birdwatchers, it offers spectacular views of waterways, dunes and lagoons. Discover around 200 species of birds such as open-billed storks, aquatic birds, flamingos and bee-eaters. It is always a good plan a visit the park between September and March.
The Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla Cave Temple is a prominent attraction in Sri Lanka. It is the largest temple region with five distinct rooms with Buddha statues in different positions. One can’t help but marvel at the various paintings and statues dating back to the 12th century. The temple is constructed on a large black hill and is graced with white walls. The overall ambience is very peaceful.
Yala National Park
An astounding attraction for every tourist, Yala National Park is home to a plethora of birds and wildlife species. Enjoy sights of monkeys wander through the trees, elephants roaming around in herds, peacocks, leopards, deer, water buffaloes and jackals. Tourists can enjoy safaris, camping and barbeques under the open skies here.