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The 5 Most Beautiful Spots in Sri Lanka - From Adam’s Peak, Galle Fort, the Lion Rock, and so much more!

Marco Polo best defined Sri Lanka as one of the world's most beautiful islands. It has a long history that dates back centuries! This list of the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka comprises epic beaches, lush green jungles, splendid tea plantations, magnificent temples, and so much more!


Adam's Peak

Adam's Peak is a mountain in central Sri Lanka situated in a diverse biological site. The 2,243m (7,359ft) climb is a common Buddhist pilgrimage trail. It is said that an image of Buddha's footprint can be found near the top. The climb takes between 2 to 4 hours. You must try and climb early morning to arrive at the summit at dawn for a spectacular sunrise. At 2243 metres, Adam's Peak is Sri Lanka's 4th tallest mountain. Adam's Peak, also known as Sri Pada, is a popular pilgrimage destination in Sri Lanka. There are no mountains of similar scale in the area of Adam's Peak, which is entirely surrounded by forested hills. Since 2011, the Adams Peak, Horton Plains, and the Knuckles Mountain Range have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.



For a refreshing city break, go to the city of Galle on Sri Lanka's southwest coast. There are many delightful Dutch-era villas in this area as well as beautiful views of the sea. Plan a visit to the Galle Fort, a Dutch fort that has been claimed as a World Heritage Site and is the largest surviving European-built sea fort in the Asian continent. The natural harbour, the St Mary's Cathedral, and the Galle International Stadium, generally considered one of the most beautiful cricket grounds across the world, are among the other highlights located here. Make sure to book accommodation at the best hotels in Sri Lanka. For instance, you can check out brands like Araliya Hotels & Resorts.



The rock fortress of Sigiriya often referred to as the 'Lion Rock,' is located in the Matale district. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been dubbed one of Sri Lanka's most popular must-see attractions. You must climb toward the historical ruins, that is surrounded by beautiful gardens, ponds, and stunning frescoes. You will also get spectacular views of the jungle's rolling hills below. If you are interested in hiking, archaeology, history, and glorious sunrise views, then this is the place to be for you!


Yala National Park

The best spot to see wild animals in Sri Lanka is the Yala National Park, which is located on Sri Lanka's southeast coast. The park has the world's largest concentration of big cats like leopards. This place is also a vital refuge for Sri Lankan birds and elephants. The park's grassy fields and woodland areas are home to crocodiles, monkeys, and other animals.



This former ancient capital of Sri Lanka is best visited for its natural scenic views. It is well known for the Buddhist temple, which holds the tooth relic of Lord Buddha. If time permits, you must make sure to spend at least a day here!