Sigiriya is one of the most appreciated and the most visited historical place in Sri Lanka. It is considered as ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’ by the locals.
Situated on a rock plateau that is around 370 metres above the ground level, Sigiriya is very much in the centre of the island in between the towns Dambulla and Habarane.
The plateau is also around 200 metres above the neighbouring jungles and is formed from the magma of an extinct volcano. The tourist attraction is famous for its ruined palace, lush green gardens, canals etc.
The main entrance was designed in the shape of a huge lion. However, the upperparts are said to have been destroyed and only the feet can be seen.
Sigiriya was declared as a ‘World Heritage Site’ in the year 1982.
The Golden Temple of Dambulla has been a pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus. It is situated in the central part of the country. It is also the largest and the best preserved cave complex of Sri Lanka.
Dambulla cave temple is located around 100 meters above the plains. Tourists and pilgrims have to climb several stairs to reach the peak. From the summit, the striking view of the fortress of Sigiriya is visible. The five caves of Dambulla having multiple pictures of Lord Buddha are close to the peak.
UNESCO has preserved the Golden temple of Dambulla as a ‘World Heritage Site’.
The art in the cave temples are designed to impart the teachings and principles of Lord Buddha.
Mirissa is a small town in the southern part of Sri Lanka.
The Mirissa Beach is a sandy beach that offers a magnificent view of the tropical paradise. The beach is close to the equator as it lies in the southern tip of the country. The beautiful beach attracts tourists from across the globe.
The nightlife in and around the beach is another reason for its popularity. It is also a famous fishing port.
Adventurous activities in the beach include snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing, speed boat tours along with dolphin and whale watching.
Located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa district.
It is an ancient city and was in fact the first city of the land. Polonnaruwa was the capital of Sri Lanka in the 11th century. Anuradhapura, the capital prior to Polonnaruwa was destroyed by South Indian armies.
It is recognised as a ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO.
It is a city of ruins and is known for attractions like ‘Parakrama Samudraya’, palace and statues of king Parakramabahu, ‘Gal Potha (stone book), etc.
Udawalawe National Park
The Udawalawe National Park is around 200 kilometres to the south of Colombo.
It is a main eco-tourism spot in the country and is known for the large number of elephants that are living in its territory. It is believed that there are around 400 elephants in the national park. Apart from this, there are many other species of animals like the water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deers etc. It is indeed a great location for wildlife and bird photography. Though the park doesn’t have dense forests, it is simple and beautiful in its own way.
It is also famous for the safaris.