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15 Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka - The best picks of the paradise island for discerning travellers!

Be it history, culture, wildlife, beaches, or the amazing cuisine this tiny island nestled in the Indian Ocean is blessed with all this and more beckoning those intrepid travellers to explore and savour the bounty of treasures and take away unforgettable memories of this paradise island.


A fascinating tea plantation visit

Producing both low and high-grown tea famous around the world, visiting a tea plantation in Sri Lanka is a must. Blue Field Tea Garden in Ramboda on the Kandy Road founded in 1921 produces high-grown tea and is worth a visit from your Kandy hotel in Sri Lanka. Do the free-of-charge tour done by professionals and wind up the visit by enjoying a lovely cup of tea at their restaurant.


Kandy Lake and the Temple of the Tooth

Kandy is the capital of the last kingdom in Sri Lanka and has a lot of natural beauty as well as history around it. Kandy lake is an artificial lake however beholds a picturesque setting and attracts many guests from hotels such as Earl's Regency Kandy to enjoy a walk around at dawn and sunset. The temple of the tooth is home to the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha attracting devotees from all over the world and is a must-see venue.


The ancient city of Anuradhapura

Situated in the north-central of Sri Lanka, the old section of the city is an archaeological park designated as a UNESCO world heritage site containing ancient ruins. In the vicinity are serene temples, sculptures and ancient reservoirs and ruins of palaces demonstrating a high standard of civilisation.


The enchanting Galle Fort

Also known as the Dutch Fort of Galle, this is a fort erected initially by the Portuguese on the southwest coast of the island and further modifications by the Dutch later making the charming Fort an important historic, archaeological and architectural monument. Visit this Fort to experience the feel of an ancient era.


Nuwara Eliya or Little England

Embrace the cooler climes even in the summer by visiting this picturesque city in the central hills of Sri Lanka. Witness the enchanting beauty of Lake Gregory, the landscaped beauty of Hakgala Gardens, acres of tea carpets and the Galway National Park.


Year-round beach experiences

Sri Lanka's tropical beaches are held in high esteem by many travellers due to the extensive coastline, a variety of beaches offering sun and sand-based over-the-water attractions as well as brilliant experiences of corals and underwater marine life.


Visit a national park

Whether you like to predominantly spot the Sri Lankan leopards, or the gatherings of Sri Lankan elephants should determine which national park you want to visit, Udawalawe, Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks are abounding with elephants whilst Yala national park is famous for the highest concentration of leopards. Of course, many other varieties of wildlife such as peacocks, deer, buffalo, birds etc can also be observed at these parks.


Dambulla Cave Temples

Famed as the cave temple complex which is best preserved in Sri Lanka Dambulla cave temple had been a sacred Buddhist Temple for many centuries. The five caves making up the complex are unique with many murals, statues, and innovative architectural features.


Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Also known as the Lion Rock, this rock fortress and palace complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a sought-after attraction as the ruins of the palace gardens, ponds and amazing frescoes make you feel in awe of the ingenuity of these creations many centuries ago. The view from the top of the rock provides a breathtaking panorama.


The commercial capital Colombo

The fast-paced city of Colombo is a must-visit place during your visit to Sri Lanka to witness the modern skyscrapers blending with colonial buildings in the Colombo Fort area. The ideal way to experience the charm and the vibe of this city is to complete a city tour covering the main attractions such as the Fort Area, Museum, Independence Square the sea promenade called the Galle Face Green and many others.