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  • Because of the artistic diversity of places to visit in Sri Lanka, it has become a very popular destination for tourists. 

    Sri Lanka is also known for the exotic beaches and the golden sun shining all around the year. This island in the Indian Ocean watch the golden sunrise and sunsets, one can enjoy surfing on the waves, diving among the splendid coral reefs and spend the best times on the idyllic beach relaxing. Negombo, Bentota, Ambalangoda, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Dickwella, Polhena and many more beaches are ready to give these glimpse to you.

    You can also have an adventurous experience of witnessing the wildlife of the country with Jungle safari and some great National Parks such as Yala National Park, Bundala National Park etc. 

    Here we have collected 101 Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka that can give you a marvellous experience of this place which you will never forget.
  • Tourist Places in Sri Lanka

  • 01Visit Sigiriya

    Visit Sigiriya
    Image Credit : Pavel Dobrovsky - Flickr
    A visit to this place will show you a 1600 years old Sigiriya Fortress which was built by King Kasyapa. This massive compound is protected by two moats and three ramparts. It is once known to be the private residence of King Kasyapa. It is 165 km from Sri Lanka.

    If you are interested in ancient places, this is one of the best tourist places to visit in Sri Lanka.


    Location: 31 min (16.8 km) from Sri Lanka via Inamaluwa

    Timings: Opens daily from 7 AM to 5:30 PM.

    Price: Approximate price starts from INR 3955.

    Best time to visit: This area will be early in the morning or late in the afternoon.


    Sigiriya Rock Fortress Day Tour - Flat 23% off

    Sigiriya Rock Fortress Day Tour - Flat 23% off

    NNNNN33 Ratings

    h3 HourslDambulla

    O4,200

    Starting from

    O3,200

  • 02World's End Nuwara Eliya

    World's End Nuwara Eliya
    Image Credit : Christopher - Flickr
    One of the most jaw-dropping experience you can ever have in Sri Lanka is the World’s End on the Horton Plains. Enjoy a tuk-tuk ride to the Horton plains from Nuwara Eliya.

    You can see animals such as leopards and deer. Experience the amazing flora and fauna which will be an amazing experience.


    Location: The nearest station is in Nanu Oya which is about 8km.

    Highlights
    : Baker’s fall which is truly spectacular

    Price
    : Approximate price starts from 3500 LKR 

    Best Time to Visit: The best time to reach there is before 10:00 AM before it gets too cloudy because you will not be able to see anything after that.
    Day Tour to Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka

    Day Tour to Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka

    NNNMM29 Ratings

    d1 DaylNuwara Eliya

    O5,444

    Starting from

    O5,104

  • 03Yala National Park, Hambantota

    Yala National Park, Hambantota
    Image Credit : Kazue Asano - Flickr
    Spotting a leopard prowling in the Park of Yala is quite an ordinary spectacle. Witness the untamed world of nature in the Yala National Park and quench your eagerness to explore and learn more about wildlife. Yala National Park is located in the South-East part of Sri Lanka.

    Amidst both nature and wildlife, you will also find some faint cultural ruins which give the travellers a deeper insight about the earlier civilization. the Yala National Park lies in the south-eastern part of Sri Lanka closely hugging the Indian Ocean. It is amongst the famous Sri Lanka tourist places that attracts a lot of tourists every year.


    Highlights: A safari to this natural park will surely leave you jaw drop as you will be able to witness Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, Leopards, and Elephants in big numbers.

    Prices: Approximate price starts from 3700 LKR

    Day Trip to Yala National Park-flat 21% off

    Day Trip to Yala National Park-flat 21% off

    NNNNM29 Ratings

    h8 HourslHambantota

    O5,600

    Starting from

    O4,400

  • 04Visit Polonnaruwa Sacred City, Colombo

    Image Credit : Jonybraker - Flickr
    Just walk into the Golden age by entering the city of Polonnaruwa which is not only its capital but also an ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka too. You will find some of the ancient remains of palaces, shrines and stupa. It is amongst the highly visited Sri Lanka tourist places.

    Each of these historical remains is blessed with a glorious past of their own.Once you have reached the place it will keep you glued to it that you wouldn’t even realize when time flies by.

    Location: Approximately a 5 hour drive from Colombo

    Highlights: You shouldn’t miss the chance to see the statue of Parakramabahu I who had his reign during the golden age. You can also witness a spectacular view of the Lotus Pond with its lotus-shaped petals built on 4 tiers, the majestic view is not supposed to miss.
  • 05Visit Anuradhapura

    Image Credit : Jonybraker - Flickr
    Anuradhapura is one of the world heritage site and the place gained importance only after the coming of the Bodhi tree which is known as the tree of enlightenment. The cutting of this tree was brought to Sri Lanka by Sanghamitta.

    The tree is well protected from wild elephants during the reign of King Kirthi Sri Rajasingha. It is one of the popular Sri Lanka tourist places to visit.

    Highlights: Apart from the Bodhi tree, you can have a look at the Ruwanwelisaya which is one of the magnificent stupas.

    Best time to visit: April and September.

    Location: It is approximately hours from Anuradhapura-Padeniya highway

     Price: 25$
  • 06Dambulla Cave Temple, Kandy

    Dambulla Cave temple is also known as the Golden Rock temple is also one of the world heritage city declared by UNESCO. The cave temple is made with a massive granite outcrop.

    The word ‘Damba’ means rock and ‘Ulla’ means fountain, hence you can see drip of water from the main house. If you have an eye for paintings then you can also see some of the historic paintings which shows the majestic manifestation of the first sermon of Buddha.


    Highlights: Don’t forget to visit the Golden temple Buddhist museum which will leave you jaw dropped with its spectacular entrance from the golden mouth of lion like beast.

    Location: You can come via Ambepussa and Kurunegala which is approximately 4 hours from Colombo.

    Prices: There are no prices charged for the same, however you have to pay  200 LKR for keeping the luggage.
  • 07Bentota

    Image Credit : Rajarshi MITRA
    An extraordinary experience amidst an ordinary setup lies 65 kilometres from Colombo and is named Bentota beach. Soak yourself in the ordinary golden sand while enjoying the marvellous sound of the mighty Indian Ocean crashing against the shores.

    The mesmerizing view of the sea will leave you speechless. If you are planning to break the monotony of the routine just try your hands at adventure sports found alongside the palm trees. You should not miss to visit this S
    ri Lanka tourist place as it is quite popular amongst tourists.

    Highlights: You can visit Kasgoda Turtle Hatchery and also go on a boat cruise on the Bentota River.

    Getting there: Bentota is very well connected with the cities and is very easily accessible. You can ride from Galle or you can take a ride from Colombo. 
    Bentota is approximately 101km south of the airport from Colombo
  • 08Horton Plains National Park, Ohiya

    Image Credit : gωen - Flickr
    Horton National Park is a ‘food for the soul’ kind of mesmerizing locale. The park is perched in the shadows of the country’s 2nd and 3rd highest mountains, Kirigalpota and Totapola. The place is also termed as world’s end due to its undaunting mysterious views of waterfalls, misted lakes and earthy species of flora and fauna. The national park is actually a plateau and is 2000m high.

    It is better to start early in the morning to witness this heavenly place.

    Highlights: An array of wildlife such as Samba deers, leopards, wild boars, purple faced langoor; an ideal site for birdwatchers as you may encounter a variety of flying wonders such as bulbul, Ceylon blackbird, Ceylon white eyed arrenga, mountain hawk etc; the epic walk to world’s end(4kms) and Farr Inn hunting lodge.

    Location: 11 kms approx from Ohiya.

    Price: Adult – 1895 Child: 1011.

    Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
  • 09Have Fun at Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, Rambukkana

    Have Fun at Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, Rambukkana
    Peradeniya Gardens is a spacious 147 acre of natural extravaganza consisting of more than 4000 species of plants, and 10,000 varied kinds of trees, incidentally serves as the largest garden of Sri Lanka.

    The unique and rarest collection in these gardens is the Giant Bamboo of Burma which grows 12 inches each day to a height of 40 meters. Apart from this other amazing collections include Javan fig tree, Cannonball tree, Double Coconut Palm and about 200 other varieties of palm trees and versatile collection of flora. 

    Highlight:  
    One can pack some food to enjoy an open-air picnic here or can relish the cafeteria inside serving local and western cuisine. The Peradeniya Botanical Garden is one prime tourist attraction of hill country and remains quite flooded with tourists every weekend. 

    Timings
    : Opened daily from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

    Price: Approximate price starts from 2353 LKR for adults and 1177LKR for child
    Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Tour from Kandy - Flat 25% off

    Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Tour from Kandy - Flat 25% off

    NNNNN23 Ratings

    h8 HourslKandy

    O2,200

    Starting from

    O1,650

  • 10Udawalawe National Park, Colombo

    Udawalawe National Park, Colombo
    You will be surrounded by herds of elephants once you reach Udawalawe National Park. The amazing jungle backdrop which this National Park provides will leave you totally mesmerized and will bring you much closer to nature.

    This National Park was an attempt to protect the wild animals who were displaced because of the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir. It is one of the must-visit places in Sri Lanka.

    Location: South East of Colombo.

    Highlights: Elephant Transit Home which is the elephant orphanage which has housed 25 baby elephants who have lost their parents. Pinnewala is the spot where you can spot elephants quite closely because usually, elephants are bottle fed there.

    Best time to visit: July and August

    Prices: is Rs.2195 along with 12% vat.
    Day Trip to Udawalawe National Park-flat 15% off

    Day Trip to Udawalawe National Park-flat 15% off

    NNNNM24 Ratings

    h12 HourslUdawalawe

    O6,500

    Starting from

    O5,500

  • 11Sinharaja Forest Reserve

    Sinharaja Forest Reserve
    Image Credit : ceylonsteps.com

    Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Sinharaja Forest Reserve (kingdom of the lion), is a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers. It is home to a vast number of endemic species of birds and mammals of Sri Lanka. About 95 per cent of Sri Lankan endemic birds and more than 50 per cent of endemic mammals are known to have their habitats in this Forest Reserve. 

    Year round, the forest is covered by plenty of rain clouds. It is one of the famous places to visit in Galle. You can experience the leisurely pace of wildlife and the splendour of dense and copious evergreen rainforests. 


    Location: Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Southern Province

    Timings: Opens daily from 6:30 AM to 6 PM

    Price: Approximate price ranges from INR 260 to INR460 (664 LKR to 1160 LKR)

  • 12Galle Face Green, Colombo

    Image Credit : Richard Tanton - Flickr
    Avid Joggers, walkers and kite flyers for whom honking horns are a big turn off. We have Galle Face Green, a beautiful stretch of lawn facing the sea right in the very heart of Columbo. You will breathe, the way a person from a crowded city would love to. This place is bustling with life all the time. It is one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka.
     
    For people who don’t mind putting on that extra calorie can try some street side food from the local hawkers, who gather there to fill up your stomach with some tasty food.The local food is too hard to resist for food lovers who would love to tickle their palate with the same


    Highlights: If you breathe shopping then this place is aptly for you. You can buy hand-loomed bedspreads, cushion covers, lampshades available at different price range from Designer Barbara Sansoni which is located in old villa.
  • 13Tea and Herb Tour in Colombo

    Tea and Herb Tour in Colombo
    Sri Lanka is known for its exclusive varieties of tea. The capital city of Colombo is covered with a green carpet of tea plantations that demands a separate tour in itself. The aroma of tea and herbs in these estates lend an incredible magic to this place.

    And for the tea lovers, this is like a heaven where you will get to taste after manufacturing directly from the factory.

    Location: Starts from the Bogawantalawa valley and other plantations that range at 1500m above sea level. 

    Highlights:
     You not only get to witness the process of manufacturing tea in the factories here, but you also get to taste the different brands of tea. Sounds interesting, isn’t it? You will find tea of different kinds of price ranges here and you will get to know the minute differences among each variety. 

    Timings:
    These tours are available all through the year from leading tour operators. 

    Price: Approximate prices starts from 5700 LKR and can vary based on the processes covered in the tour.
    Tea and Herb Tasting Tour in Colombo

    Tea and Herb Tasting Tour in Colombo

    NNNMM37 Ratings

    h4 HourslColombo

    O3,743

    Starting from

    O3,403

  • 14The Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

    Image Credit : Suranga D Wijeratne - Flickr
    Even when in Sri Lanka you will feel as if you are in Europe. Get a chance to witness the works of Europeans in Sri Lanka by visiting the Old Town of Galle and its fortifications situated 120 km from Colombo. A perfect amalgamation of European architecture and South Asian traditions. Galle is one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka

    The best way to explore this beautiful place is by hiring a bike and wandering the streets of Galle. Best time to visit is January and February which are comparatively drier periods. It is said that the mighty and the strong fortifications which were built around the city of Galle was started by Portuguese and was further developed by Dutch people. It is Galle which is the cultural world heritage site.


    Highlights: You can check out the gelato shop and the other restaurants which are around.

    Price
    : Approximate price starts from 3000 LKR to 30000 LKR
  • 15Visit Casino in Colombo

    Image Credit : http://chandimagomes.blogspot.in/

    A visitor’s delight, Colombo is a place of many beautiful tourist attractions. When you are here, do not miss to visit the casinos of the place. These are perfect joints to keep you entertained with their world-class interiors and customised services. The four most attractive casinos in Colombo are Bally’s, Bellagio, MGM Colombo and Marina Colombo. 

    Bally’s is located right in the heart of the city and is a popular Sri Lanka tourist place. Bellagio on the main Duplication Road, the highly-sought-after MGM, in close vicinity to Majestic City Shopping Mall and Marina, a high-profile casino on the Marine Drive.

    Timings: The joints are opened 24/7 on all days of the week.

    Price: Approximate price starts from just LKR 100 onwards at joints like Bally’s. That’s not all! You get to taste some awesome dishes as well, while you try your luck at these places.

  • 16National Museum of Colombo

    If you are a history lover and have a keen eye for architecture, the National Museum is probably one of the first few places to visit in Colombo.

    Established during 1877, this is the biggest museum in the island nation and is undoubtedly the pride of Sri Lanka. The place houses some of the best and personalised collections of the ancient Kandyan dynasty rulers. 

    Location:
     The museum built in Italian architecture style, is located right in the heart of the Colombo city. 

    Highlights:
     The museum’s library deserves special mention as it contains rich manuscripts in palm leaves in languages like Burmese, Sinhala, Telugu, Tamil and much more. 

    Timings:
     The museum is open on all days except national holidays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. 

    Price:  Approximate price for local adults and kids are 35 LKR and 20 LKR respectively, whereas, for foreign adults and kids, the prices are 600 LKR and 300 LKR respectively.
  • 17Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, Kandy

    Image Credit : Andy Nobes - Flickr
    This place showcases a breathtaking view of the entire Kandy town. The 88ft high statue of Buddha is something one should not miss while in Kandy. The white statue can be seen from any part of the Peradeniya city as it is strategically located on top of the Bahirava Kanda (devil’s) hill.

    You can either climb the steps to reach the viewpoint or else hire a tuk-tuk to do so. The beauty of the statue doubles during the night when it is lit by lamps. Best hour to visit this place is early morning or after sunset. This place should be definitely there on your list of places to visit in Sri Lanka.

    Highlights:
    Panoramic view of the city down, including a view of the lake, tea factory, and football stadium; gallery that has artefacts based on the life of Buddha; a souvenir shop which has lovely goodies at a much friendlier price

    Location: Peradeniya, Kandy.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 200 LKR.

    Timings: Open 24 hours a day.
  • 18Stroll Dutch Reformed Church

    Image Credit : yeowatzup
    One of the finest and most traditional Tourist attractions in Galle which is worth to visit and admire is the Galle Fort. The Dutch Reformed Church is the ancient building located in the premises of the fort. The building’s date goes back the 18th century during the Dutch period.

    A walk through the Fort ground along with the humble caretaker, immersing in his never-ending fancy stories will take you back to the era whence it was built. The Church is also known as Groot Kert.

    Highlights: Many tombstones dating back to the 17th can be observed; this church also is a Cruciform with shorter transepts separated by two arches. The floor is marked with gravestones. The beautiful pulpit made from Malaysian wood, calamander is a beautiful sight and near to the pulpit is the memorial of De Ly Family.

    Location: Church Street, Galle fort

    Timings: 9 am to 5 Pm

    Best Time to visit: 
    The best month to visit this place in February
  • 19 St. Clairs Falls, Tawalantenne

    St. Clairs Falls, Tawalantenne
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    If you are planning to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life then St, Clair Falls is the perfect option for you. Also, known as the Little Niagara of Sri Lanka this is one of the wildest waterfalls here. It is one of the famous Sri Lanka tourist places visited ample of tourists every year.

    There are two waterfalls namely Maha Ella " Maha Ella " (Sinhalese "The Greater Fall"), (260 ft) high and "Kuda Ella", (Sinhalese "The Lesser Fall"), which (160 ft) high and located immediately downstream of the main fall. These breath taking waterfalls are located along the Kotmale River.

    Highlights: This cascading waterfalls falls under one of the six waterfalls affected by the Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project.

    Location: The St Clair’s Waterfalls are located at Tawalantenne - Talawakele Rd, Sri Lanka

    Price: Free entry for the waterfalls.


  • 20Dehiwala Zoo

    Dehiwala Zoo or the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka was set up during 1936 with the sole ambition of providing ultimate protection to a wide range of wild animals and birds. 

    When you are here, do not miss the impressive performances from elephants, chimpanzees and sea lions. It is one of the most amazing places to visit in Sri Lanka.

    Location: This zoo is located at 
    Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Dehiwala

    Highlights:
     This place is one of the members of WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums). In order to encourage breeding, this zoo is actively involved in animal exchange programs. The place is known for its exotic varieties of mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and marine invertebrates

    Timings: The zoo is open from 8.30 AM to 6:00 PM on all days. 

    Price: 
    Approximate price starts from 100 LKR for adult and 30 LKR for child, for foreigners 500 LKR for adults and 250 LKR for child.

    Also Check: Best Attraction Visit tours in Colombo
  • 21Kandy Esala Perahera, Kandy

    Image Credit : Charith Gunarathna - Flickr
    The biggest and the brightest Buddhist festivals celebrated in Sri Lanka is Kandy Esala Perahera. The festival is filled with glitzy and glamour, you can find dancers, jugglers and musicians all around, after all, that is what the word ‘Perahera’means.

    Mighty elephants are also beautifully decorated and are seen parading in the streets to add to the festivities. It is a ten-day long festival and is celebrated in the month of Esala, a month after which Buddha attained enlightenment.

    Highlights: As per the customary ritual, it is important to plant a Jackfruit tree which leads to the commencement of the festival. During the festival, people also carry the sacred tooth relic of Buddha throughout the streets of Kandy. It is one of the major tourist attraction for all the people of Sri Lanka.RandoliPerahera- it is one of the most beautiful and magnificent Perahera with some 50 tuskers.
  • 22Hike to Adam's Peak, Sabaragamuwa

    Hike to Adam's Peak, Sabaragamuwa
    One of the natural landmarks is the summit of Adam’s Peak. A trek toward this colossal Adam’s peak can be very exhausting. Besides being just a natural landmark the place is also considered to be a sacred pilgrimage because of the curious depression which is found on the summit and is painted in gold people term this as Sri Pada or Sacred Footprint of Buddha.

    The trek starts from the far end of Dalhousie village and reaching the large standing Buddha. Trekking can be really exhausting especially when it is 5500 steps and do wear warm clothes as it is cold up there.

    Location: It is approximately 5 hours from the airport.

    Best time of visit: The Adam’s Peak should be made by night so that you reach them by dawn and the ideal month would be December and January.

    Trek to Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka

    Trek to Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka

    NNNNM26 Ratings

    h15 HourslNuwara Eliya

    O5,444

    Starting from

    O4,695

  • 23Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo

    Gangaramaya Temple is not only one of the most beautiful but also one of the most iconic Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. It is more than a century since this temple was constructed; however even today, the temple doesn’t stop to surprise tourists and devotees and is therefore one of the best tourist places in Colombo.

    The pathways and doors that lead into the main sanctum sanctorum contain intricately carved sculptures that are simply breath-taking. 

    Highlights: The ceilings and walls contain pictures and miniature paintings that explain stories from Buddhism religion. In the main sanctorum, a huge Buddha statue exudes a brilliant sense of calmness in the devotees. Built in a mix of various architectural styles including India, Burmese, Thai and Chinese, this temple also houses a museum. 

    Location: The temple is located right on the Jinaratana Road in the heart of Colombo city. 

    Timings: The temple is open from 5.30AM to 10PM. 

    Price: Entry fee is LKR200 per adult.
  • 24Surfing at Arugam Bay

    Welcome surfers! 320 km away from Colombo Arugam Bay is waiting for you to unveil your adventurous side. An ideal place to be when you want to break free from being just mundane. The bay will definitely fill in some adrenaline rush making you feel all charged up for the biggest challenges of life.  

    The most popular surfing break is ‘Main Point’ which is towards the south of the bay. This adventure spot is well complemented with a relaxing atmosphere. Although one might not find many inhabitants in and around the place as it was once victimised by Tsunami which caused a lot of damage to the bay.


    Highlights:
    Although, it’s quite ironic to its name but a visit to the Tsunami hotel is a must which serves some of the best rice and curries. If you are a nature lover you can also check out the nearby Kumana National Park which will be equally exciting.

    Getting There: The easiest way to reach the Arugam Bay is to take a can from the airport.
  • 25Explore The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy

    Image Credit : Hafiz Issadeen
    Nestled close to the Udawattakele Sanctuary, The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is one of the most important shrines of Sri Lanka. Also named as Dalada Maligawa, this temple is based in the royal palace of the Kingdom of Kandy.

    Housing the legendary Budda tooth, the temple is a World Heritage site though very little are the remnants of the original temple built around 1600. Amazing ornamentation with golden fence and extravagant Canadian architecture makes it a blissful sight for the visitors.

    Dedicated monks unanimously chant the prayers of Malwatte and Aegirine, three times every day, during dawn, noontime and evening at the inner temple. Every Wednesday a holy symbolic bath of the Relic is done is fragrant water and that water is distributed among the visitors known to have healing powers.


    Location: Royal Palace, Kandy

    Time: 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM

    Price: Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR  to 2134 LKR
  • 26Ceylon Tea Museum, Kandy

    Image Credit : Dave Lonsdale
    Located at Hantane, the 1925 vintage Ceylon Tea Museum is one of the important attractions of the hill country, Kandy in Sri Lanka. The Tea Museum is a building of four floors where from ground floor to second floor it’s all old machineries, library and auditorium.

    For purchasing lip smacking variety and flavors of Sri Lankan tea one must visit the third floor which is sales unit. The fourth floor comprises of a magnificent restaurant where one can enjoy a free cup and the captivating and breathtaking surrounding view of the hill country from the top.

    One can visualize Matale Range and Kunckles Range through a telescope positioned here. From the top it’s an encircling view of green landscape comprising tea plantations of myriad types.

     Location: Hantane Road, Kandy


     Best Time: Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30am to 4: 30pm

    Price: 1070LKR for adults and 428LKR for child.(approx)
  • 27Attidiya Bird Sanctuary

    This is probably the only place in Colombo that provides shelter to at least 50 different species of birds (both local and migratory). 

    Highlights: A large number of water monitors, butterflies, insects and other birds tend to catch your attention as you walk through the muddy paths of the sanctuary. The biodiversity of this place is highly commendable, as you cannot help but feel awe-struck at the diverse species of birds here. As the place is replete with mosquitoes, you need to be fully covered while visiting the park. 

    Location: The sanctuary is located at Boralesgamuwa in Colombo. 

    Timings: The sanctuary is open all through the day; however early mornings and evenings are best to visit migratory birds. 

    Best Season to Visit: You must visit this place during the months between December and January, as this is the peak season for migratory birds to seek protection here. 

    Price: Entry to the place is free of cost.

    Also Check: Best things to do on your Colombo trip
  • 28The Sacred City of Kandy

    Image Credit : Maximilian Imran Falee - Flickr
    Ignite your spiritual senses by visiting the sacred city of Kandy. The city of Kandy is situated on the lush green Hill Country in the central province of Sri Lanka.

    It is surrounded by tea plantations and hill stations. The city is dominated by a large and central lake. You can just walk and visit the several shrines which will come on the way.


    Highlights: The Temple of Tooth is one of the famous amongst many tourists. This Buddhist temple is a part of the Kandyan royal palace. As per the age old tradition, it is said that the tooth of a Buddha which is saved from the funeral pyre and is protected by Sri Lankan for a very long time.Kandy Monasteries and Ceylon Tea Museum are other places of interest.

    Things to remember: One has to walk barefoot throughout the temple.

    Price
    : Approximate price starts from $20 to $100. 
  • 29 Visit International Buddhist Museum, Kandy

    Located close to the Temple of the Tooth, inside the royal palace complex, The International Buddhist Museum is a complete knowledge base and a showcase of the spread of Buddhism throughout Asia. It is one of the famous religious places to visit in Sri Lanka.

    There are separate rooms dedicated to different countries illustrating Buddhism in that location. There are photographs, models and gigantic statues which portray the spread and influence of Buddhism on people in various places.

    Location
    : Close to Temple of Tooth, Kandy

    Highlights: 
    To get a better knowledge about the spread of Buddhism displayed here one can opt for a free audio guide which is available at the ticket counter or can opt for a tourist guide at 1070LKR who explains the whole location. Do wear covered clothes from shoulder to toe and remove the shoes. There’s an elevator in the Museum which allows disabled visitors to access the Museum. 

    Time
    : 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

    Price: Approximate price starts from 1070 LKR per adult
  • 30Perandeniya Botanical Gardens, Kandy

    Image Credit : Koshyk
    Peradeniya Gardens is a spacious 147 acre of natural extravaganza consisting of more than 4000 species of plants, and 10,000 varied kinds of trees, incidentally serves as the largest garden of Sri Lanka.

    The unique and rarest collection in these gardens is the Giant Bamboo of Burma which grows 12 inches each day to a height of 40 meters. Apart from this other amazing collections include Javan fig tree, Cannonball tree, Double Coconut Palm and about 200 other varieties of palm trees and versatile collection of flora.

    The Peradeniya Botanical Garden is one prime tourist attraction of hill country and remains quite flooded with tourists every weekend. One can pack some food to enjoy an open air picnic here or can relish the cafeteria inside serving local and western cuisine.

    Location: 5.5km from Kandy

    Best Time: 7:30am to 5:00pm

    Price: 2353LKR for adults and 1177LKR for child.(approx)

  • 31 Bambarakanda Falls, Ohiya

    Bambarakanda Falls, Ohiya
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    Mark it on your bucket list to visit this one of the most tranquil place while you are in Sri Lanka. With a sheer drop of waterfall from a height of 263 meters Bambarakanda Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Sri Lanka. The dazzling waterfall lies in the Badulla District among evergreen forest in the Kalupahana Area.

    Highlights: The fall is framed by the Uduweriya Haputale Mountain and Kuda Oya, a tributary of Walawe River.

    Location: The Bambarakanda Falls is located at Kalupahana - Ohiya Rd, Sri Lanka

    Price: The entry is free in the waterfalls


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    Independence Memorial Hall in Colombo, as the name indicates, was constructed to commemorate the occasion of Sri Lankan Independence from British Rule. The construction of this memorial was completed during 1953. 

    Highlights: When you come here, you ought to visit the Independence Memorial Museum as well, which honours the people who fought for Sri Lankan Independence. Currently, this hall is the venue where Independence Day celebrations and other national events are being held. 

    Prior to the construction of the Sri Lankan Parliament, this Memorial Hall served as the ceremonial assembly as well. This place currently caters to the needs of fitness enthusiasts as the open spaces here are used for jogging, cycling, public gym, aerobic sessions and other relevant activities. 

    Location:
     The hall is located in Cinnamon Gardens and was formerly known as Torrington Square. 

    Timings: This hall is open all through the year. 

    Price: Entry into the hall is free of cost.
  • 33Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo

    Named after Queen Viharamahadevi, this park is the largest and probably the only public park & one of the best places to visit in Colombo. It is one of those places that never cease to excite you irrespective of the number of times you come here. 

    Highlights: There are lots of places to visit here like the aquarium, mini zoo, children’s play zone, war memorial, lake and the dangerous-yet-adventurous suspension bridge above it. When you and your kids are tired of running round the park, you can just relax on the cool resting places on the park, eating local delicacies like candy floss, corn and ice-creams from the sellers here. A canopy of green trees lends a beautiful ambience to this place. 

    Location: The Park is located right next to the famous National Museum in the heart of Colombo. 

    Timings: This Park is open all through the year. 

    Price: Entry into the park is free of cost.

    Also Check: Most relaxing places to stay in Colombo
  • 34Mahiyanganaya Sorabora Lake, Uva Province

    Lush greenery, tropical climate and wilderness camping is the key essence of visiting Mahiyanganaya Sorabora Lake. This is a manmade lake believed to be constructed by King Dutugemunu's betel supplier named Bulata. Counted as one of the most incredible places to visit in Sri Lanka.

    There is a beautiful sluice gate here which is a known to be quite old built in around 162 BC but believed to be still in use.Camping here is a pleasure with unlimited leisure options of fishing and enjoying boat ride on the lake. The scenic extravaganza, especially during the sunrise and sunset time, is simply breathtaking.

    Highlights
    : Fish viewing and bird watching

    Location
    : Uva Province, Sri Lanka

    Best Season
    : Throughout the year
  • 35St Anthony's Church

    St. Anthony’s Church is one of the most-visited places in the Srilanka. During weekends, Tuesdays and on major festivals, the church is flocked by devotees who come here from different parts of the world, as the place is believed to produce miracles. The church was constructed as a very small mud structure many years ago and it was made bigger during 1806. 

    Location: The church is located at Kochchikade. 

    Highlights:
    The main altar holds the statue of St. Anthony, which was brought all the way from Goa, in a safe bullet-proof glass container. Tuesdays are considered too special days here and there are special masses and benediction services in Tamil, English, and Sinhala all through the day. On week days, the church conducts Tamil and Sinhala Mass. During weekends, the church conducts Tamil, English and Sinhala masses. 

    Timings: Open all through the day. 

    Price: Entry is free of cost.
  • 36Scuba Diving near Mount Lavina

    You will find an air of liberalism in the beaches of Mount Lavinia situated just 12 kms south of central Colombo. This virgin beach remains untouched by the damaging effects of industrialisation which can be easily seen in the nearby beaches of Sri Lanka.

    The beach is known for its fun nightlife which is why it becomes the biggest attraction for young travellers. Asia’s largest national zoological gardens can be found in Sri Lanka’s Mount Lavinia.The golden sandy beaches remain the hotspot for many travellers and tourists.


    Highlights: Barracuda Reef lies close to Mount Lavinia and is a great scuba diving sight. Mount Lavinia hosts Rainbow Kite Festival which allows people of every age group to show their artistic talent of flying colorful kites.
  • 37Old Dutch Hospital

    This building is one of those areas that have preserved their charm for quite a few centuries now. Constructed during 1681, this building crossed many stages before getting converted into a shopping complex that it is today.

    Location
    : This shopping arcade is located in the Galle Fort area, at Hospital Street.

    Highlights
    : This is the most ancient building in Colombo Fort and was set up with the main purpose of providing medical assistance to people working for Dutch East India Company. Do not miss to visit Odels, one of the most decent joints selling high-quality souvenirs and clothes. If you are interested in shopping and eating good food, you have to visit this area as it lined with lots of cafés and eating joints.


    Timings
    : It is open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on all days of the week. 

    Price
    : Entry to this place is not chargeable.
  • 38Beira Lake

    If there is one place where you can get the combined benefits of adventure, pilgrimage, picnic and fun, it is the Beira Lake. This is one of the hot tourist spots in Colombo as well. One can enjoy duck paddle boat rides on the lake. It is one of the famous places to visit in Colombo..

    Location: Located quite close to the famous Gangaramaya Temple, Beira Lake offers an excellent view of the temple, especially in the evenings, when the temple is fully illuminated. 

    Highlights
    : There is another temple right in the middle of the lake – Seema Malaka Temple. This temple contains lots of Buddhist statues and a few Hindu idols. 

    Timings: The lake is open all through the year to enable visitors; however evenings are the best to come here to get a panoramic view of the temple. 

    Price
     Approximate price is 300 LKR however if you have paid for entry into the Gangaramaya temple, that will suffice here as well.

    Also Check: Best Restaurant for most delicious food in Colombo
  • 39Royal Palace of Kandy

    The Royal palace of the Kandyan Kingdom is the last reminiscence of the reigning King of Kandayan, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. The palace dates back to the 14th century, yet witnessing the glory and glamour of the kingdom is stupendous. The Palace has seen scars from many wars and tremors of foreign invaders like the Portuguese.

    The Royal court, another architectural capture has confronted many meetings formed by the king and it is here that the end of Kandyan Kingdom convention was signed.
    The temple of Tooth contributes maximum attraction to the tourists. Even though, the original palace walls have been burnt and rebuilt, the interiors remain the same.

    Highlights: Dalada Maligawa - Temple of Tooth (relic of Buddha’s Tooth), Royal Court (Magul Maduwa), Queen’s Bathing pavilion – Ulpange and the Royal gardens inside the Palace gates

     Location: Sri Dalads Veediya

     Kandy Price: Rs 100 per head Timings: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • 40Udawattekele Sanctuary, Kandy

    The Udawattekele Sanctuary, also known as Royal Park Palace is located at the hilly terrains of the Temple of Tooth Relic. The sanctuary scatters around 257 acres and is deemed as the most important Bio Reserve of the country.

    The sanctuary, centuries back was a kingdom named Kandyan and jungle area on the far side of the palace was known as the Uda Wasala Watta or the upper palace garden; hence the name.

    The forest reserve was made into a sanctuary in 1938. Additionally, the forest’s catchment areas provide fresh water to the lake and the city avail its air purification supplies from this royal forest reserve.

    Highlights: Quite a few Buddhist temples, water pond, Kodimale Peak, Senkanda Cave and Garrison Cemetery.


    Entry Fee: Rs. 570 for foreigners and Rs. 30 for Srilankans

    Location: Wevelpitiya Road, Kandy

     Timings: Everyday. But it is safe not to visit the sanctuary during rainy season
  • 41Visit Spice Garden, Kandy

    Spice Gardens forms a key attraction of Sri Lanka. The country is famous across the globe for its rare collection of herbs and spices. The key attraction of this location is to explore the popular as well as the rarest herbs being sown and processed in the most exquisite manner.

    Herbs those are common in a household like Turmeric, Pepper Corns, Cloves, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Aloe Vera, etc are being processed here. The best part of visiting the Spice Garden in Kandy is to gather knowledge about the herbs, their growth process, their benefits and usefulness in Human life.

    The natural environment and serene beauty of the Garden is one of the mesmerizing experiences for every traveller. Away from the hustle of city life, this is a complete contrast of environment.

    Located: Located at the Hill capital, Kandy this is close to Botanical Garden

  • 42 Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

    Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
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    Also known as the Kelaniya Temple, Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple which is situated seven miles from Colombo. This temple is well known for its magnificent sculptor’s art. Kelaniya Temple was built on the bank Kelaniya River which is believed to be one of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka.

    This temple was built in the era prior to the chronologically recorded history of Sir Lanka (since 543 B.C). The ancient temple was destroyed by a lot of invaders but was reconstructed again.

    Highlights: The best feature of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is its amazing architecture which has grabbed the attention of lot of tourist around the world. There is a vaulted grill that opens upto the lower patio of the temple yard. The lower patios lead four sets of flights in four directions to the Upper patio where you can see the image of Hose, Dagaba and the Bo Tree (Peepal tree) with other buildings.

    Location: The temple is located at Kelaniya, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Price: The entry is free of cost.


  • 43 Ruwanwelisaya

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    This time while you are in Sri lanka don’t miss a chance to visit the Ruwanwelisaya which is famous for its stunning architectural qualities. Sacred to the Buddhist all over the world this stupa was built by King Dutugemunu. The stupa was an ancient ruin in the 19th century but was later renovated after the fundraising by Sinhalese bhikkhu in the early 20th century.

    Highlights: Standing tall at an elevation of 338 ft this stupa is one of the world’s tallest monuments. This stupa took 33 years and 3 months to complete.

    Location: Ruwanwelisaya is located at Abhayawewa Rd, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

    Price: The entry is free while entering this stupa.


  • Other Places to Visit in Sri Lanka

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    Places to Visit in Colombo


    44. Colombo Dutch Museum: This two-story building situated at Prince Street displays the Dutch legacy. Through various coins, weaponry, furniture, ceramics this museum portrays the different facets of the lifestyle and habits of the contemporary Dutch and their culture as well.

    45. St. Lucia's Cathedral: In Sri Lanka, this St. Lucia’s Cathedral is used by the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Colombo as his seat. This cathedral is dedicated to Saint Lucy. Small structures are worshipped here which resemble its origins.

    46. DiyathaUyana: DivyathaUyana Park has become one of the attractive Sri Lanka tourist places because of the peaceful and serene yet vibrant ambience made by the luscious green garden and the musical water fountain. 

    47. Sri Lanka Planetarium: This 570-seat auditorium is the first and only planetarium of Sri Lanka. Here, on the domed screen, with the help of a Universal projector, a false sky has been created.

    48. Crow Island Beach Park: Spread amidst the marshes, mangroves, and coastal vegetation, this park was initially polluted extensively. Now, it has been transformed into a beach park and it is an ideal place for the families to spend quality time by the riverside.

    49. Colombo Lighthouse: At the South of the Port of Colombo, this lighthouse is located at the Galbokka Point and it is maintained by the Ports Authority of Sri Lanka. This is one of the attractive places to visit in Sri Lanka because of the panoramic view of the ocean one gets from this landmark of the city.

    50. Old City Hall: Established in the British Era, this place is mostly vacant now and is not maintained well now. But you can witness some great evidence of that age here like in the basement you can see old trucks and old equipment of the municipality, mahogany stairs and some great waxworks on the second floor.

    51. Lotus Tower: Still under construction, this building is going to emerge as the second tallest structure of South Asia. This building is being made in the shape of a lotus and will be used for observation, communication and leisure activities. Throughout the entire Colombo, this building will be visible.

    52. Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya: This famous Buddhist temple is mainly renowned for the annual EsalaPerehera festival. People come here to worship the Bo tree which is assumed to be one of the initial offshoots of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

    53. Diyawanna Lake: Sri Lanka tourist places include this beautiful lake for the artificial island and the DivyathaUyanapark. Also known as Parliament Lake, the Parliament building of Sri Lanka was built on the artificial island made at the centre of the lake.

    54. Bally's Casino: Bally’s casino is regarded as one of the best casinos in Sri Lanka. Unlike most of the other casinos of this country, here you can get excellent service, friendly staffs, cheap hooker and top-notch entertainment.

    55. Water World Lanka: This is a public aquarium and this is the only such aquarium of Sri Lanka. It has 500 kinds of fishes in its diverse collection. Located on the banks of Kelani River, this place is absolutely beautiful.

    56. Beddagana Wetland Park: This wetland park is the home for so many endemic birds and other species of fauna like dragonflies, butterflies,and mammals. Also, it gives shelter to migrant birds. 

    57. Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil: This is one of the most renowned Hindu Temples of the country. Though the area is small, the beautiful construction with granite stones attracts so many people. The temple transforms into a colourful one during the festival of Pongal celebrated annually in the temple in the month of January mostly.

    Places to Visit in Kandy:-





    58. Kandy Clock Tower: Kandy Clock Tower was built at the heart of the city by Haji Mohammad Ismail in 1950 in the loving memory of his son Mohammed Zacky Ismail who passed away prematurely in an accident. This monument is a landmark of the city.

    59. Commonwealth War Cemetery: This military Cemetry was built up in the memory of the British soldiers who gave their lives while fighting in the World War 1 and World War 2. 

    60. Millennium Elephant Foundation: This is actually non-government welfare organization dedicated to take care, save and protect the domestic elephants of Sri Lanka. Here you can have an elephant ride and can have an elephant walk experience.

    61. Embekka Dewalaya: Mahasen and DevathaBandara is worshipped in this temple built by the King Vikramabhu. This temple is divided into three parts named as- Digge or Dancing Hall, Sanctum of Garagha and HelisiMandapaya or Drummers’ Hall. The last one is famous for the high pitched roof and the excellent cravings made of wood.

    62. British Garrison Cemetery: Also known as Kandy Garrison Cemetry, this cemetery was mainly built to bury the people dies in Ceylon belonging to Britain. The main causes of death were tropical diseases like cholera and malaria.

    63. Take a Walk around Kandy Lake: Kandy Lake or the Sea of Milk is one of the beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka. So many folklores popular regarding this artificial lake which is now banned for fishing and is protected as it is becoming smaller in size day by day.

    64. Kandy View Point:  To have the best view of the whole city, climb up the hill which is thereby the Kandy Lake and reach this viewpoint. Enjoy the unobstructed view of the rivers, the parks and the city as a whole fully from this point. 

    65. Wales Park: This Lake is known by so many names like Royal Palace Park, Wace Park, Rajawasala park along with the name Wales park. This is a little lake located on a small hill at the centre of the city. 

    66. White Water Rafting in Kitugala: If you are looking for Sri Lanka tourist places which are adventurous, visit the jungles of Kitulgala. Inside this jungle, you can experience white water rafting. 

    Places to Visit in Galle:-



    67.
    Unawatuna Beach: Unawatuna is a coastal town in Galle is mainly popular for the serene beach and the corals. This beach is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka.

    68. National Museum of Galle: In the oldest Dutch Building of the Galle Fort, this national museum is located. This museum divided into three galleries exhibits the culture and tradition of Portuguese, British, and Dutch and of course the Sri Lankan culture and traditions through several archaeological evidence.

    69. Japanese Peace Pagoda: This pagoda was built up to strengthen the relationship between Japan and Sri Lanka. This is a serene and peaceful religious place ideal for the Buddhists to worship.

    70. Galle Lighthouse: This 24.5 meters high light station was built by the British is the oldest light station of Sri Lanka.From here you can get the full view of the ships which enter the Galle Harbor.

    71. Rumassala Sanctuary: This place has some mythological evidence. According to Ramayana, Hanumantha dropped a piece of Himalayan Mountain here. At present, you can various herbal plants in this sanctuary.

    72. Pitiwella Beach: Pitiwella Beach is the perfect place to relax and to have some peaceful time. You can hear the sound of the waves even from the hotel room. As they are very near to the sea. 

    Places to Visit in Nuwara Eliya:-



    73. Hakgala Botanical Garden: Hakgala Botanical Garden, one of the most popular Sri Lanka tourist places is the second largest garden of Sri Lanka. Because of the altitude, this garden has a cool climate almost throughout the year.

    74. Seetha Amman Temple:  According to the Hindu epic Ramayana, it is assumed that Sita was made captive by king Ravana here and she used to pray for Rama’s arrival to rescue her. 

    75. Mountaineering at Pidurutalagala: Pidurutalagala is the highest mountain of Sri Lanka. From here one can have the view of Adam’s Peak, Agra Range, Horton Plains, Chronicle Hill, The second highest peak Kirigalpotta, third highest peak Thotapla, Ambewala area etc. 

    76. Devon Falls: Devon was a pioneer English coffee planter and his field of plants used to be there near the falls. Devon Falls have been named after him. 

    77. Galway's Land National Park: This Park has been declared as wildlife sanctuary in 1938. It is a very significant birding sites and provides shelter to twenty migrant bird species and thirty native species.

    78. Nuwara Eliya Golf Club: This golf club is situated above the sea level at 1830 meters altitude. It consists of 18 holes, par 17 layouts, and 6075 yards.

    79. Aberdeen Falls: This picturesque waterfall is named after the third largest city of Scotland, Aberdeen. It is also the capital of Aberdeenshire. A big stone complex covers this beautiful waterfall. This has achieved the 18th rank as the highest waterfall on this island.

    80. Victoria Park, Nuwara Eliya: Originally used as the research field by the Hakgala Botanical Garden it has been named after Queen Victoria. NanuOyariver which runs through Victoria Park has created numerous small lakes in the park. Also, some rare birds take shelter in this park.

    81. Lover's Leap Waterfall: This is the incipient of Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, Piduruthalagala’s brooks, and streams. Over hard granite ledges the water flows and at the end, it is collected in a tank. Then the water is used for drinking.

    82. Pedro Tea Factory: If you are keen to learn the procedure of tea production and the effect of the tea production upon the economy of Sri Lanka, visit the Tea Plantation and the Pedro Tea Factory.

    83. Bomburu Ella: Perawella Falls or Bomburu Ella is a waterfall located at Uva-Paranagama. This is the widest waterfall of this country. Also, several grouped waterfalls are included in this.

    84. Moon Plains: From this place, you can have the 360-degree view of the mountain range which is stunning. Used mainly for potato farming, you can also have a view of the wildlife here such as a moose.

    85. Walk to Single Tree Hill: Through the path surrounded by the fenced compounds you can reach the hill from where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the racetrack, the town, Gregory Lake and the hills. 

    86. Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve: In Nuwara Eliya, Piduruthalagala Forest reserve is located. To have the best holiday, include this place as well as the road trip tool of Nuwara Eliya.

    Places to Visit in Negombo:-



    87. Fishing at Negombo Lagoon: If you love fishing Negombo Lagoon is the ideal place to visit for you. Negombo Lagoon is the home for 140 species of fishes, crabs, and prawns and it includes migrant species like trevallies, snappers, and groupers. This is inhabited by fishes like Indian Mackerel, Jackfish, Barracuda, tuna as well.

    88. Angurukaramulla Temple: This temple is a quiet place full of splendid statues and pictures. This place is among the best places to visit in Sri Lanka because of the wonderful carvings and the big mouth of the dragon through which you have to enter the temple.

    89. Guruge Nature Park: In Sri Lanka, Guruge nature park is the first theme park. This park offers great amusement water fun and added to that there is a great history which traces the life of Sri Lanka of 547 B.C.

    90. Mayan Water Park: This is the oldest part of this kind in Sri Lanka. Kids can learn the rich history of Sri Lanka through different exciting activities. There is also a Jurassic Park and a King’s Tower.

    91. Browns Beach, Negombo: If you love swimming and surfing then you must visit this beach. The excellent stretch of sand is surely going to make your holiday perfect.
    Places to Visit in Bentota:-

    92. KandeViharaya Temple:  KandeVihara is very important Buddhist Temple situated in Kalutara District of Sri Lanka. It is located on a top of a hill. This has been declared as an archaeological site by the government of Sri Lanka.

    93. Barberyn Island: Barberyn Island is one of the major Sri Lanka tourist places. The main attraction of this island is the lighthouse which is 112 ft high and it is made of granite.

    94. Brief Garden, by Bevis Bawa: Enter this serene and quiet place through the paddy fields, down the country lanes. Then you will find the gate of the garden where two statues are placed surrounded by flower pots for hats.

    95. Moragalla Beach: Moragalla beach is located in between Bentota beach and Beruwala beach. This is the heaven for the regular beachgoers who love to have a holiday on the secluded beach.

    96. Diyakawa Water Sports Centre:  For the people who want to have some adventure, divyakawa water sports centre is the ideal place. Here you can indulge yourself in water sports like deep sea fishing, snorkelling, windsurfing, scuba diving, canoeing etc.

    Places to Visit in Sigiriya:-




    97. Minneriya National Park: This area was declared as a national park in 197. To make the catchment of minneriya tank which has historical significance prohibited, they declared it as a national park. This park also provides shelter to elephants during dry seasons.

    98. Hike to Pidurangala Rock: You can have the best view of the sunrise from this rock. It may not have any historical importance, it is replete with natural beauty and also there is a temple on the rock.

    99. Sarath Safari Sigiriya: Watch the animals of this jungle riding in a jeep and have an experience of a lifetime. The jeep safari is provided by the government.

    100. The peak of the Sigiriya: Situated in the central Matale district, Sigiriya the ancient palace is a UNESCO heritage site. This place is one of the important places to visit in Sri Lanka because of the beautiful gardens, frescos and a whole lot of stairs. To reach the peak of Sigiriya, you have to climb 1200 steps.

    101. Sigiriya Lion Rock: Sigiriya Lion Rock is an ancient rock fortress which is associated with some archaeological and historical significance. As per Culavamsa, a Sri Lankan chronicle, this place was selected as the capital by King Kasyapa and later on his death it was abandoned.

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Wildlife in Srilanka

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Attractions

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Whale Watching Spot

Whale watching spot comes at the top amongst the major attractions in Mirissa. You can find a number of operators around this area offering trips to the Indian Ocean for dolphins, whales, and turtles spotting.


Location:  Harbour Road, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Usually, the whale watching tour starts early in the morning around 6-7 AM and lasts for 4-5 hours approximately. The ocean gets rough due to sunlight in the afternoon, hence, it is difficult to spot a whale in the water at this time.

Price: The average cost for whale watching is Rs. 2500 - 3500. However, if you are a group of 4-5 people, you can negotiate the prices to get a better deal.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to spot whale is from December to March as the ocean is not rough during this time.

Distance from Mirissa: This place is located around 15-20 KM away from Mirissa beach.

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Nine Arches Bridge

The Nine Arches Bridge is one of the most beautiful landmarks of Sri Lanka and amongst the top places to visit in Ella. There is an interesting story behind this bridge. When the British stopped the construction of this bridge mid-way due to lack of steel during World War 1, the locals constructed it using stone and bricks. 

The bridge has stood strong without a single piece of steel since then. The setting of the bridge is extremely charming and is amongst the most popular tourist places in Ella. It is located inside a dense forest near a quaint little village with tea plantations surrounding it. Watching the old world trains pass through this bridge is a sight most loved by the tourists. 


Location: Between Ella and Damodara Station

Timings: The bridge is approachable all day around. However, early morning sunrise is the best time to visit. 

Price: There is no entry fee.

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Ravana Falls

Sri Lanka is abundant with the legends of Ramayana. So much so that even the natural landscapes have compelling stories associated with them. The Ravana Falls and the nearby caves are said to be some of the places where the demon god Ravana hid. These legends and the striking landscape of this Ella attraction pulls many travellers to them. 

The waterfall is around 82 ft. in height and is layered in three tiers. The third tier is approachable after a sharp rock climb and rewards with some amazing views of the dense greens and the rocky landscape. 


Location: A 23, Ravana Wildlife Sanctuary, Ella

Timings: March- June, December- February

Price: There is no entry fee

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Secret Beach

The secret beach of Mirissa is not a secret anymore as it is easy to reach and well signposted nowadays. It is one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa for capturing some beautiful moments and epic photographs.

Moreover, most of the beaches in Mirissa are crowded so the secret beach is the perfect place to relax and sit in a peaceful environment.


Location: Secret Beach Mirissa, Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: The best thing about Mirissa beach is there is no entrance fee for it.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this beach is either early in the morning to relax or in the evening to enjoy an incredible sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: This beach is located at a distance of approximately 1-2 KM from the heart of the Mirissa town. You can reach a secret beach in several ways like you can choose to walk, hire a moped or take a tuk-tuk. However, try to start early if you’re planning to go on a walk, otherwise, it will be 20 minutes of hard work in direct sunlight on a steep pathway.

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Ravana's Cave

Ravana’s Cave is a place of the legends and amongst the top places to visit in Ella. As per Hindu mythology, it is said that Ravana had hidden Sita in this cave after kidnapping her. Legends apart, the natural scenic beauty of this cave, located at a height of around 4,500 ft.) attracts hikers and adventure seekers from all over the world. 

This caving activity is exciting, as one has to climb around 1,000 steps to reach the huge cave. Travellers love to spend time in the cool dark interiors of the cave and amidst the dense greenery. 


Location: Bandarawela- Wellawaya Road, Ella

Timings: Best time to visit is early morning or evening to escape the heat. The caves are open all year round. 

Price: LKR 150, INR 58

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Mirissa Beach

If you want to enjoy a sunset dinner at a lovely restaurant then do not miss to visit Mirissa Beach. It is one of those attractions in Mirissa where you can find plenty of great restaurants offering a variety of seafood.

Although you will find this beach a little crowded yet, it will give you a very relaxing vibe.


Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: Visiting Mirissa beach is free of cost. In fact, you can enjoy the Lion beers on free sunbeds at a very reasonable price.

Best Time to Visit: The beach gets busy from 11 AM so it is recommended to visit this either early in the morning to avoid the crowd or in the evening to enjoy a lovely sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: Once you reach Mirissa from Colombo, you can easily found this exotic beach as it is only a couple of KM away from the Mirissa railway station.

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Ella Rock

Ella Rock is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Ella amongst the most interesting places to visit in Ella. A three-hour easy trek will take you further into the luxuriantly dense forested countryside of Ella attractions. During the trek up till the rock, you will see beautiful tea plantations and get a chance to interact with the tea planters. 

Once atop the rock, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the morning sun rising from behind the lush hills. You will get a bird’s eye view of the scenic valleys rolling for miles. Travellers love to spend some quiet time in peace atop the rock in this popular tourist place in Ella.


Location: Wellawaya-Ella-Kumbalwela highway, Ella

Timings: The best time for this hike is early morning around 5:30 am

Price: LKR 3,800, INR 1,500

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Parrot Rock Bridge

Another one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa is to climb up the Parrot Rock. This small and easily accessible rock will give you a stunning view of the Mirissa area. This is a place which will take your mind away from work and stress.

It is a very quiet place where you can relax watching surfers in the high tides of water. You can also chill out in the nearby restaurants of this place.


Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: You don’t need to pay any price for visiting this place.

Best Time to Visit: You can come early in the morning to enjoy with the low tides and the amazing morning sea breeze. Visiting it in the evening is also a great idea if you want to enjoy wrapping up activities looking at the breathtaking sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: The parrot rock is located to the left side of Mirissa beach. So once you reach Mirissa beach you can easily get on this rock to have an excellent sea view.

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Ceylon Tea Factory

Ceylon Tea Factory is actually a restaurant, which has been named this way so as to intrigue and educates travellers about the tea making heritage of Sri Lanka. It is one of the most popular restaurants in the whole of the country, and not only Ella. Here, you can taste traditional Sri Lankan curries & hot rice, along with international cuisines and drinks. 

The restaurant also has a tea bar that makes hundreds of varieties of teas. Gluten-free meals are also available here. 


Location: no. 4, Passara Road, Ella

Timings: Every day 11:00 am- 10:00 pm

Price: A meal for two costs around LKR 2,290, INR 900.

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Little Adam's Peak

Due to its natural landscape, Ella has many quaint and rustic hiking trails. Little Adam’s Peak is one such popular trail that should not be missed. It is a short 50-60 minutes trek that takes you through the world famous tea plantations of the region. The greenery is a respite to the eyes and the intoxicating fragrance of the tea leaves further adds to the experience. 

Once you reach the top of the Little Adam’s Peak, you will see a Buddha statue backdropped against the mountains. 


Location: Ella- Passara Road, Ella 90090

Timings: The best time for the hike is at sunrise or the sunset. The peak is approachable all year around.

Price: There is no entry fee. 

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Coconut Tree Hill

One of the unique and unusual places to visit in Mirissa is Coconut Tree Hill. Located at the end of Mirissa beach, this place is completely covered with palm trees.

It is one of those attractions in Mirissa, which are great for taking pictures of all the tall beautiful palms overlooking the ocean. You can also enjoy a well-deserved coconut at this place to add an extra memorable element to your journey.


Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: No entry cost.

Best Time to Visit: Being in the proximity of the main beach; it is recommended to reach this place early in the morning or before sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: You can reach this place by taking a short walk from Mirissa beach. It will take 10-15 minutes approximately walking along the beach to reach this beautiful spot.

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Dhowa rock temple

Sri Lanks is known around the world for its tranquil and peaceful spiritual destinations, and the Dhowa Rock Temple is one of the best Ella attractions. Said to be around 2,000 years old, this temple is famous for its huge 39 ft. unfinished statue of Buddha. The rock art and murals in this temple are amazing sights. 

You might run into some monks here who will be more than happy to tell you stories about the Temple. Surrounded by lush greenery, the temple transports the visitors into a peaceful trance. 


Location: Bandarawela- Ella Road

Timings: 8:00- 5:00 pm

Price: There is no entry fee, but you can leave a donation at the temple

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Weligambay Beach

It is a relatively smaller beach alternative if you want to avoid the crowd. It is quieter, serene and a great place for surfing beginners. At times fishing boats outnumber the tourists, especially in low season.

In addition to being a top surfing destination, this beach is also an excellent place for Instagram lovers. You can also take a few photographs with iconic stilt fishermen, a practice rooted back to World War II.


Location: Weligambay Beach, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Best Time to Visit: It is an amazing place to have breakfast or lunch with your friends and family.

Distance from Mirissa: Weligambay beach is located at a distance of 6-7 KM from Mirissa so you can always take a tuk-tuk to your destination. It will not take more than 10-15 minutes.

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Mahamevnawa Monastery

The Mahamevnawa Monastery is one of the most important and revered Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka founded by Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero and is amongst the top places to visit in Ella. This monastery serves as an educational institution for young people and adults who want to be ordained as monks. 

Sri Lankan artists have adorned the Monastery with striking carvings, murals, and painting. Here, you can not only talk freely to the monks but also take personalised meditation lectures from them. Listening to the reverberating Buddhist hymns amidst the peaceful environs is a tranquil experience. 


Location: Bandarawela, Ella

Timings: 8:00 am- 9:00 pm every day of the week

Price: There is no entry fee

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Matara Beach

Mirissa is just a small town of Matara district so without a shred of doubt Matara beach comes amongst the popular beaches of Sri Lanka. You can enjoy long walks by the shore, taking surfing lessons, and beachcombing at this wonderful place.

Furthermore, if you are not into the mood of taking a walk or any surfing lessons, you can simply read your favourite novel gazing at the ocean in between. And post that, you can take a bath in the sea water if the tide is not so strong.


Location: Matara, Sri Lanka.

Best Time to Visit: Just like other beaches; try to get there early in the morning or before sunset as it gets crowded in the afternoon. Moreover, do not visit it on the weekend because being a major town in the country, it can get heavily crowded on weekends.

Distance from Mirissa: Being a major district of Sri Lanka, it is well connected to every major city and town in Sri Lanka. From Mirissa you can take a tuk-tuk which will not take more than 30 minutes to reach this beautiful beach.
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Uva Halpewatte Tea Factory

This place is a must-visit for the lovers of tea and is amongst the top tourist places in Ella! Sri Lanka is famous the world over for its amazing Ceylon tea. Halpewatte Tea Factory invites tourists to come inside their premise and see how their favourite tea is made- right from plucking the tea leaves, processing till final packaging. 

This is the largest tea factor in the Uva region. After the tour, you can also have a cup of tea in their tea shop and take teas home. The factory is located at a beautiful vantage point with scenic views of the hills and valleys. 


Location: Badulla Road, Hela halpem Ella

Timings: Every day 8:00 am- 5:00 pm 

Price: Adults LKR 763, INR 300, Children LKR 381, INR 150

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