Sri Lanka is a treasure trove of stunning landscapes, abundant wildlife, lush plantations, pristine beaches as well as charming, little villages. If you are looking forward to experiencing it all, follow our trail to discover popular sites and attractions as well as hidden gems in this tear-drop shaped island:
A World Heritage Site, the city of Kandy is located in the heart of Sri Lanka. A significant cultural and religious centre in the country, the city was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988. Based around a beautiful eponymous lake, amongst the city’s many attractions feature gorgeous Buddhist temples, tropical forests as well as tea and spice plantations. You must visit the iconic Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Giragama Tea Plantation, Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden, Dalada Maligawa Museum as well as the Kandy Lake during your visit.
For a laid-back time and a change of pace, the quaint and charming town of Ella is your best bet. However, those seeking adventurous trails, walking or jogging trails won’t be disappointed by stunning landscapes that they will encounter on their way. From climbing up Little Adam’s Peak to walking along the rails on the Nine Arch Bridge and from swimming at Diyaluma Falls, 2nd highest waterfall in Sri Lanka to hiking up to the top of Ella Rock, there are plenty of memorable experiences you can have in Ella.
Wildlife lovers cannot leave Sri Lanka without visiting Udawalawe, a small town located in the Ratnapura District of Sri Lanka. Popular for Uda Walawe National Park, known to have one of the largest populations of Asian elephants, Udawalawe region is a great place for a family-friendly vacation. In addition to elephants, one can also find mongooses, jackals, water monitor lizards, lots of crocodiles, sloth bears and leopards in this park along with 30 varieties of snakes and at least 210 species of birds.
Popular as the gateway to the stunning beaches of southeast Sri Lanka, Tangalle is ideal for soaking in the sun. Goyambokka, Rekawa, Medaketiya, and Marakolliya beach areas are popular amongst tourists. If you are looking for an adrenaline high, try adventure in Medilla, Pallikaduww, Mawella and Seenimodara villages. Just 10 kilometres away from the town, you can also have the rare experience of turtle watching at the beaches of Rekawa and Kahandamodara.
A paradise for bird lovers, Koggala Lake in Thalpe, along the south coast of Tangalle is popular tourist spot. Boasting lush corners and scenic beaches as well as renowned cultural sites and unique experiences, Koggala Lake has a different experience to match the needs of all kinds of travellers. You can start your exploration at the Cinnamon Island, producing some of the country’s finest export-quality cinnamon. Visit the popular Galle Fort next, A UNESCO World Heritage site, boasting unique combination of beautifully crafted European architecture and South Asian traditions. Take a sip of the prized Virgin White Tea at Handunugoda Tea Estate and end your journey by spending a few idyllic hours by the golden sands of Unawatuna Beach.