Sri Lanka is known for its great history and culture and is one of the most popular locations in South East Asia. There are lots of remarkable and beautiful destinations and attractions to see and visit.
Yala National Park in Sri Lanka consists of 5 different blocks, two of which are opened to the public. In this large area there are light forests, grasslands, bushes, tanks and lagoons. It is a wildlife sanctuary and a national park and is home to great number of mammals and birds. If you want to experience something unforgettable when on holiday in Sri Lanka, you should visit this marvelous place between February and July when animals come into the open and when you can come close to some of the popular species such as leopards, elephants, sloths, jackals, peacocks, axis deer, and crocodiles.
If you are looking for a place to relax, you should visit Ella. It is a small village situated in the South of Sri Lanka’s Hill County and is surrounded by wonderful countryside. You’ll find tea plantations, small vegetable gardens in the valleys, and forests in the hills. It is a friendly village with just a couple of small shops and restaurants. The place is perfect for relaxing before going on an adventure up the big mountains or walking around surrounding the area. You can also hike up the famous Ella Rock, a spectacular cliff face rising high above the village offering spectacular views. This is a very popular Backpackers hangout.
Another highlight of a trip to Sri Lanka is a visit to the ancient palace at Sigiriya. Sigiriya (literally translating as ‘Lion Rock’) is an ancient palace dating back to 500 CE when the large rock column was chosen by the then king to be the location of a new palace. The palace was built on top of the rock and the sides were decorated with colourful frescoes. Half way up the rock on a plateau a gateway was constructed in the form of a large, threatening lion. In more recent times Buddhist monks have called Sigiriya home. Today only the paws remain of the lion and ruins of the once magnificent palace, along with fantastic gardens, frescoes and paintings.
If you are travelling to the Central Province of Sri Lanka, Dambulla should be on your list. There you can visit the Golden Temple, the largest and best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. It’s been a sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries and it consists of five caves that are actually sanctuaries. In the temple there are numerous Buddhist mural rock paintings and more than 150 statues of different sizes. It is a genuinely spiritual place and you should be very respectful. It’s a perfect place to rest, relax and contemplate.
If you visit Sri Lanka between April and September you should visit the East coast, a tropical beach paradise. This is an emerging region with fishing villages, sandy beaches and chickens in the yard, but with a great tradition and cultural value. The amazing Hindu temples, ruins of colonial fortresses and stunning markets make a trip worthwhile. You can enjoy its hidden bays and long beaches, staying in small hotels or family-run guesthouses. While there don’t miss the natural harbour at Trincomalee, Arugam Bay (for the best surf), Quiet beaches at Uppuveli, impressive Buddha statues at Maligawila and Colonial Batticaloa Fort.