Sri Lanka in 9 photos
Sri Lanka in 9 photos
Sri Lanka is a truly diverse country and has everything from beautiful beaches, tropical rain forest to a rich cultural heritage. If you are thinking about making Sri Lanka your next travel destination but don’t know what places to visit, you have come to the right spot.
Negombo a traditional fishing town, is a perfect place to explore the local culture, meet friendly people and enjoy the beach.
It’s a multi-religious city where you can admire the various of Roman Catholic Churches, the famous Buddhist Temple and the many Hindu temples and Mosques. Go on a fantastic boat trip along the Dutch canal and into mangroves. See how fisherman mend their nets and how the “Toddy” men collect the sap from the coconut tree. Don’t forget the big fish market, a great way to observe the local fishing trade and see the amazing variety of fish.
Anuradhapura, a popular destination of Sinhalese Buddhists Pilgrimages. This city is home to many of the earliest grandest monuments of Sri Lanka. You will see some of the most famous as well as the tallest dagoba of Sri Lanka. Admire the remains from palaces, temples, monasteries, ceremonial baths and the temple of the sacred Bo tree ( Sri Maha Bodhi). It is considered the world’s oldest recorded surviving tree. The Ruwanwelisaya stupa is one of the few marvels in Sri Lanka that simply takes your breath away. With its outstanding architectural qualities it is sacred to many Buddhists all over the world.
Stay in Trincomalee at one of the most beautiful beaches, Uppuveli and Nilaveli. Take a dip in the clear water of the turquoise sea and feel that you are in paradise. Go snorkelling at Pigeon Island, It is believed to have got its name from the endemic blue rock pigeons that inhabit the island. Swim with the variety of fish with beautiful bright colours. Trincomalee is one of the oldest cities in Asia with one of the world’s best natural harbour. For a spiritual experience the Koneswaram Temple of Trincomalee is a great place to be. It is a classical-medieval Hindu Temple where the surroundings are amazing, serene and peaceful.
To see the largest and best-preserved Cave Temple in Dambulla is impressive. A big complex of historic Buddhist buildings. This complex stands on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are more than 80 caves in the area, five sanctuaries, four important monasteries and many images, which are an important statues of Buddha. The wall drawings, which cover an area of 2100 square meters, include images representing Buddha’s temptation by Mara, and Buddha’s first epistle.
Walking in Kandy being surrounded by mountains is just magical. Make it spiritual to visit one of the stunning 17th- century Temple of the Tooth, The Sri Salada Maligawa. It is the holiest shrine in the Buddhist world and to the Buddhist people of Sri Lanka.
Stroll along the lake, through the beautiful city and visit the market. You can go hiking in the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Garden. Here you can admire more than 300 species of orchids and there are numerous medicinal plants and rare trees. Finish your evening with a spectacular show of traditional Kandy Dancers.
The ever so beautiful Newara Eliya in the hill country, is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and surrounded by beautiful tea plantations. It is the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. Nuware Eliya has a subtropical highland climate with a temperature of 20°C during day time and it could drop down to 10°C at night, in the winter time even lower. Don’t forget to pack some warm clothes. The most famous site of Nuwara Eliya is Horton Plains National Park. Be amazed by the magnificent scenery at “World’s End”, a sudden end which drops straight down about 870 meters.
Yala, get ready for a safari in Yala National Park. See the most spectacular wildlife that Sri Lanka has to offer. The parkland makes up most of the reserve but also includes lakes, beaches, jungle, rivers and scrubland. This variety in habitats provides an excellent range in wildlife. Be prepared with your camara’s as the Leopards are easier to spot in Sri Lanka than any other place in the world!
An absolute must do is to explore Sri Lanka’s only remaining rainforest, Sinharaja.
The only way to get about the reserve is by foot with an excellent park guide who can lead you along slippery trails pointing out the wealth of stunning plant, bird and animal-life. It is a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka’s endemic species found.
Mirissa has a beautiful golden sandy beach, a tropical escape with relaxed atmosphere.
It is famous for its whale and dolphin spotting. Take your cap and sunscreen, and step aboard a boat to see the largest animal on earth, the Blue Whale. The sea in the south of Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to spot the Bryde’s whale, the sperm whale and sometimes even a killer whale. Enjoy your sundowner on the lovely beach in Mirissa.
These are just one of the few amazing places you can visit in Sri Lanka just to give you an idea.
These beautiful pictures are taken by our Customers, Partner and Tourmaster Sri Lanka. A big thank you to Natalia Solari, Denny Dollee, Maaike Reuvers and Leopard Safaris!