Sri Lanka

Kandy

Sri Lanka's hill capital is, perhaps, its most beautiful town. It is 488 metres above sea level, and next to Colombo, Kandy is Sri Lanka's most visited place. The focal point of the town is the golden-roofed Dalada Maligawa, where the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha is enshrined. There are numerous shrines and temples in and around Kandy, where you will see rare paintings, frescoes, and stone carvings. Paradeniya Gardens is a must visit with an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Kandy is an place for shopping, with souvenirs in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony, and bronze.

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is a Tea Plantation Country and a well visited hill station. Guests can visit the tea factory here and enjoy the plantation backdrop while having a relaxed holiday.

Cities

Colombo

Colombo is a fascinating city, not only for its comfortable blend of East and West, but also for its cosy mixture of past and present. It is the commercial capital of the country.

Attractions: Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, churches the old parliament building, the zoo, museums, and art galleries

 

Heritage

Dambulla

Like Sigiriya, Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass, which houses a rock temple (formerly caves). Some of its frescoes are over 2,000 years old and there is a colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the rock, measuring 14 metres in length.

Galle

In this coastal town, the Dutch presence is still visible. Galle was an ancient port (said to be the legendary Tarshish of the Bible), and our first international commerce and trade centre. Today, Galle is the bustling provincial capital and administrative centre of the south. It is famous for its lovely Unawatuna Bay, where the sea is protected by the reef, therefore safe for swimming. The old Dutch Star fort (a World Heritages Site) covering 36 hectares, the well-preserved Groote Kerk (Dutch Church), Dutch Government House, the New Oriental Hotel (built in 1684) old bell tower and a tide-based Sewage-System, also introduced by the Dutch. In Gale they still make the Dutch pillo-lace and do fine ebony-carving and gem-polishing.

Sigriya

This rock fortress was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. In a sheltered pocket, approached by a spiral stairway, are the famous frescoes. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare, was the site of the old palace the outer wall of which was built on the very brink of the precipice. The UNESCO-sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya's 5th century Water Gardens to its former glory.

Beaches

Kalutara, Bentota

Kalutara is a resort town located approximately 40km south of Colombo. Bentota is another 25 Kms South of Kalutara. A Sri Lankan coastal city famous for golden beaches, Bentota is situated on the southern coastal tip of the Galle District of the Southern Province. The town is a popular tourist attraction. It is especially famous among the foreign tourists. Bentota hosts a handful of world proclaimed hotels.

Hikkaduwa

The first area to be developed for tourism, this is still one of the most popular of our beach resorts. Hikkaduwa is famous for its coral and sub tropical fish. The reef, which runs parallel to the shore and is only a few metres below the water, can be explored with snorkel and fippers, or in a glass-bottomed boat. There are several wrecks in the area which offer interesting dives. Scuba equipment and the services of licensed instructions are on hire from PADI centers. A little further down the coast, there's good surf, for board or body-surfing. There is a general community of international surfers in and around Hikkaduwa.

Negombo

A characteristic fishing town 6 km from the International Airport, Negambo has a fascinating and picturesque beachfront. The town has several buildings dating back to the Dutch and Portuguese Colonial days. The lagoon is famous for its harvest of lobsters , crabs and prawns and fish auctions on the beach that are worth a look.

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