Colombo is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood, yet in some parts, the old-world charm is retained. A 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings are still to be seen in the city. The Pettah Bazaar – where one can shop for deals. The new Parliament in Sri Jawardanapura (the capital of Sri Lanka) and the folk-art centre are some of the places of Interest that one can visit to
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya Rock fortress – which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (473 – 491 A.D.) The “Lion Rock” is citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70-hectare fortified town. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The world-renowned frescoes of the “Heavenly Maidens” of Sigiriya which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by spiral stairway is one of the main attractions. The frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
The last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a world heritage city. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the Last Sinhalese king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1806, visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts museum and lapidary. The evening is the best time to visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic. There after witness a traditional cultural show.
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, founded in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation, serves as a sanctuary and nursery for orphaned wild elephants in Sri Lanka, with over 60 elephants, including babies, residing in its 10-hectare area. Visitors can observe and participate in bottle feeding sessions for the baby elephants, while the bathing and viewing area is situated on the Maha Oya River across from the orphanage.
Nuwara Eliya is a city in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, known for its scenic landscape and cool climate. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, as it offers a variety of attractions and activities, such as tea plantations, waterfalls, hiking trails, golf courses, and colonial buildings. Nuwara Eliya is also called “Little England” because of its resemblance to the English countryside and its history as a British colonial retreat.
Nine Arch Bridge
The Nine Arch Bridge, located in Ella, Sri Lanka, is a remarkable architectural marvel that spans a lush, picturesque valley surrounded by dense greenery and tea plantations. This bridge is renowned for its distinctive nine arches and is often considered a symbol of engineering excellence, credited to the local engineer P.K. Appuhamy, with support from the British. Built during the British colonial period in the early 20th century, the bridge is constructed of stone and cement, seamlessly blending with its natural surroundings. It’s a popular tourist attraction, offering stunning panoramic views of the Sri Lankan countryside, making it a favorite spot for visitors to capture the breathtaking beauty of the region.
Yala National Wildlife Park
Yala National Park, where the wild meets the waves, is not only Sri Lanka’s most visited but also the second-largest national park. Nestled in the captivating southeast along the Indian Ocean, this sanctuary-turned-national treasure spans 979 square kilometers. With 44 diverse mammal species, 215 enchanting birds, and the world’s highest leopard density per square kilometers, Yala is the epitome of Sri Lanka’s untamed beauty.
Mirissa Whale Watching
Mirissa, Sri Lanka, is a prime spot for whale and dolphin watching. Boat trips from Mirissa Harbor offer the chance to see magnificent blue whales and playful spinner dolphins in their natural habitat. It’s a must-visit for nature enthusiasts.
Galle’s colonial fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a beautifully preserved 17th-century walled city, blending Dutch and Portuguese influences with charming streets, historic buildings, and a picturesque setting along the Sri Lankan coast.
Madu River Brackish Water and Mangrove Habitat
The Madu River in Sri Lanka, the country’s second-largest wetland, encompasses 62 islands and gained World Heritage Site status in 2003 under Ramsar conservation guidelines, boasting rich biodiversity with over 300 plant and animal species, featuring traditional cinnamon cultivation and offering various island activities.