Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province. This ancient palace and The fortress complex includes remnants of a ruined palace,... surrounded by an extensive network of fortifications, vast gardens, ponds, canals, alleys and fountains. It hold substantial archaeological importance and attraction of thousands of sightseers every year as eighth wonder of the world which designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
The sacred Temple of Tooth is a world renowned place of worship where the left canine tooth of the Lord Buddha is placed. This is one of Sri Lanka’s top attractions. The 18th-century Buddhist temple,... part of what was once Kandy’s royal court, is revered for housing a tooth of the Buddha kept in a gold casket shaped like a Dagobah (stupa), which contains a series of six Dagobah caskets of diminishing size.
Galle is a city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka & site the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. The Galle Fort, or Dutch Fort as it is also known, is a fortification first built by the Portugese on the Southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. The initial fortifications, which were built in the late
16th century, were quite basic. According to a statement by UNESCO the site was recognized as a World Heritage Site for its unique exposition of an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries which is the criterion number four for such recognition.
In this south coast of Sri Lanka including the beach areas are nesting sites for five of the six endangered sea turtle species namely the Leatherback, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley and Green.
Colombo is the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka by population. Colombo, with its seaport and its international airport located 35km north of the heart of city, is Sri Lanka's prime hub of transportation: main motor roads and... railway lines to all four corners of the island begin herein. The city offers historical monuments, colonial architecture, beaches, and fine dining and shopping. Independence Square, Old Parliament, Galle face green, Red mosque, Maning Market, Gangaramaya temple, Fort railway station are some of most popular places in Colombo city.
Sri Lanka Railways runs the nation's railways, and trains are a great way to cross the country. A train ride is almost always more relaxed than a bus ride & it is a real cultural experiences and the most scenic routes will be highlights of your visit.
The history of the gems of Sri Lanka can be traced back some 3,000 years or so. They are part of many legends, folk lore and literary works. These gems are the prized possessions of royalty and the rich and famous through the ages right up to this day. ... Throughout the history of Sri Lanka, this country known as “Ratna - Dweepa” this Sinhala name connotes the meaning “The Island of Gemstone”. Ceylon gems are known for large exceptional Blue sapphires and star corundum. In the world 17 out of 30 large and valuable gemstone shares the origin of Sri Lanka. The main gemstone species found in Sri Lanka are Blue Sapphire, Ruby, Padparadscha, Yellow Sapphire, Asteriated Sapphires (Star Sapphires), Alexandrite, Spinel, Tourmaline, Beryl, Quartz, Moonstone etc.
Beaches and Whale watching
Sri Lanka is a tropical island found in the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. It's the ideal place to combine a cultural tour with a bit of downtime at the beach, and it's equally as perfect for pure beach holidays spent chilling out at a resort....
And whether you're a couple looking for a romantic getaway, a family looking to entertain the kids or a solo traveler seeking peace and quiet, Sri Lanka has a beach for everyone - with our help, find your very own.
Sri Lanka’s waters are rich in marine life, and among the most notable occurrences is the annual migratory presence of one of the world’s most magnificent sea creatures, the Blue Whale.
For several years, Sri Lanka has been able to boast being the world’s top location to spot Blue Whales as well as Sperm Whales as they travel a long distance to warmer feeding grounds in the Bay of Bengal.
With Sri Lanka’s most southerly point not far from the deeper waters of the continental shelf, it is possible to see these immense, yet truly graceful mammals come quite close to shore.
Wildlife - birdwatching
One of the many reasons as to why tourists visit Sri Lanka is because of its very diverse wildlife. From flora to fauna, a lot of species are only endemic to Sri Lanka. A lot of people, even the locals come to nature reserves and forests to get a glimpse of rare creatures for maybe once in their whole lifetime. ...
natural territory since exploring the animals in the wild is an incredible experience.
With a number of national parks and reserves home to healthy elephant populations, colorful bird species and elusive big cats, Sri Lanka is a surprising wildlife destination.
Apart from wild life as for being a small country Sri Lanka is a bird’s paradise, has 33 endemic species 68 endemic subspecies of birds. There are endemic birds such as Fowls, Pigeons, Parrots, Parakeets, Malkoha, Coucal, Owl, Owlet, Hornbill, Barbet, Magpie, Bulbul, Warbler, Babbler, Thrush, White-eye, Mynah, Starling, Flycatcher, Flower pecker, Pigeon, Barbet, Flameback, Woodshrike, Drongo and Swallow.
Sightseers are allowed in to these reserves where you can take safari trips with a trained guide provided by the reserves themselves.
There are three main rail lines in Sri Lanka.
• South from Colombo - A scenic delight.
• East from Colombo to the Hill County - Through Kandy, Nanu Oya (for Nuwara Eliya) and Ella to Badulla. A beautiful route, the portion from Haputale to Ella is one of the world’s most scenic train rides.
• North from Colombo - Through Anuradhapura to Mannar and also to Jaffna
• Other Lines
Culture and Heritage
Sri Lanka is a land of great cultural diversity. Religion pervades many aspects of life and constitutes a basic element of this diversity. Buddhist and Hindu temples, as well as mosques and churches, with their own colourful rituals, are the most readily visible features of the cultural landscape. Varying degrees of
... colonial impact, modernizing influences, and wealth and income add other shades to the cultural mosaic.
Sri Lanka has sacred cities with ancient temples, royal palaces and many more heritage sites. 6 cultural and 2 natural sites have been designated as the UNESCO world heritages which should be preserved and protected. The sites are namely, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa (1982), the ancient city of Sigiriya (1982), the Golden Temple of Dambulla (1991), the old town of Galle and its fortifications (1988), the sacred city of Anuradhapura (1982), the sacred city of Kandy (1988).
The natural sites include Sinharaja Forest Reserve (1988) and the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka (2010).
Spices and Tea
Sri Lanka is a land of spices, with all the food in the island laden with rich flavors. Of all the spices used in Sri Lankan cuisine, the most famous one is Ceylon cinnamon Apart from cinnamon, ...
Sri Lanka produces all sorts of other spices, such as Cardamom, Cloves, Nutmeg and Mace, Turmeric, Curry leaves, Chili Peppers, Lemongrass and Citronella, Vanilla, Ginger; some of these are also used for natural Ayurvedic remedies.
Ceylon tea is famed for its outstanding quality and superior, unparalleled taste and variety of tea.
The humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall of the country's central highlands provide a climate that favors the production of high-quality tea. Ceylon black tea is world renowned and the most popular in the market. Green tea is the second most popular type of Ceylon tea & White tea is a special and exclusive type of Ceylon tea and quite possibly the most expensive due to its rarity.
When you are in Sri Lanka one of the most exciting Sri Lankan adventure which any traveler would love to undertake is a dip in the oceans, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, white water rafting and much more. However, if you are hydrophobic then it is best to seek some adventure on land such as camping, hiking, wildlife safari.
Ayurveda & Spa Treatments
Sri Lankan Ayurveda represents a system of healing that has been perfected over more than five thousand years. This is a place that refreshes not just the mind and body, but also the soul and spirit. Ayurvedic programmes consist of a range of herbal treatments and various types of baths and massages, together with cleansing and revitalization techniques such as yoga, meditation and special diets.