Sri Lanka first capital up to recent times, Colombo is a fascinating city, not only for its blend of the east and west but also for its cozy mixture of the past and present. It remains, the commercial city of the country. There is a lively nightlife at a number of International standard hotels, clubs, pubs and dining venues while it is limited mainly to the high end customer. During the day, Colombo’s colourful street markets, colonial-era buildings, museums and galleries, churches, mosques and temples, and the lovely Viharamahadevi Park with it beautiful trees, makes it a great place to explore on foot.
Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the south-western tip of Sri Lanka, 119 km from Colombo. Galle is the administrative capital of Southern Province, Sri Lanka and is the district capital of Galle District. The southern city well-known seaport from ancient times when merchant ships anchored here to trade for the islands famous gems, exotic spices and other commodities. The famous Fort in Galle was originally built by the Portuguese in 1589 and named Santa Cruz. After the Dutch occupation it was destroyed and rebuilt on a larger scale to cover an area over 36 hectors. This world heritage site is a very interesting place to visit old and modern city blend together in perfect harmony.
64 km from Colombo, franked by the river and sea, a famous beach resort with a 100-acre NationalHoliday Resort complex containing several major tourist hotels, a market place, a shopping center, cultural shows and exhibitions. The sea at Bentota is best from November to April.
Sri Lanka hill capital, former stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, is our most picturesque city.The focal point of the town is without doubt, the golden roofed DALADA Maliga where the sacred tooth relic of Buddha is enshrined. The highlight of the city’s calendar is the Esala perhera, when a replica of the casket is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in July by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 elephants.
Set in the heart of the tea country, this beautiful town is where the British succeeded in creating a little England with homes built in the architectural style of Georgian to Queen Anne. Situated at 1890 meters above sea level the air here is cool and fresh a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of Colombo. Situated nearby is Horton Plains. Sri Lanka’s highest and most isolated plateau. Nature lovers will revel in this wide; Patna grass covered plain, the haunt of many wild yet harmless animals and home of many species of birds.
Sigiriya the “Lion Rock” was built by the legendry King Kashyapa during his reign 477-495 A.C After passing through the remains of the beautiful eater gardens at the foot of the rock, your ascent to the summit will reveal: The mirror Wall-processing 700 Sinhala verses written by the visitors from the 5th to the 13th century, and the exquisite rock paintings of the “Cloud Damsels”.
Located in the south east of the island, the total protected area covers 98,000 hectares. Certain areas are strict natural reserves. Yala west with its scrub jungle, rock out crops, tanks and lagoons is open to visitors. Wild Elephant, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Spotted Deer, Samber, Wild Buffalo, Wild Boar, Monkey, Porcupine and Jackal can be sighted. Many migratory Birds frequent this area and over 15 species have been recorded.
With a sheltered beautiful beach in the South of Sri Lanka, Mirissa is located away from the bustles of the city; Mirissa is where life is slow paced. It is where, with amazing sunsets, you can rest and relax on the sandy beach on a tropical holiday. Also, the Continental Shelf (where the deep sea starts) is located very close to the shoreline of Mirissa. Hence it is the perfect spot for one of Mirissa’s key attractions: Whale and Dolphin watching, during the months of December to April. A great surfing area, Mirissa is perfect for riding the waves and taking turns. Beginners and experienced surfers can enjoy and experience surfing in the Sri Lankan waters; Mirissa beach is famous as a surf spot in the Indian Ocean.
You can also visit coconut and rubber plantations close by, as well as spice gardens and temples on your sight-seeing trip.
Like Sigiriya, Dambulla is vast isolated rock mass and it was here that King Valagam Bahu took refuge in the 1st Century B.C. He later turned the caves in to rock temple. Some of the frescoes are over 2000 years old. A colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the living rock; some 14 meter long is another highlight.
The Orphanage was established to feed, nurse and house young elephants abandoned by their mothers and displaced from their natural environment due to development projects. Most orphans cannot be introduced back to the wild, as other elephant family groups will not accept them. They enjoy a good life with their human parents and many find foster homes in zoos around the world. It is most interesting to visit the Orphanage at feeding time to see the baby elephants been bottle-fed. After which the entire herd is taken for a bath in the river.
Sri Lanka first capital,found in the 5th century B.C is situated 206 km from Colombo. Anuradhapura went on to become a Ceylonese political and religious capital (4th century BC) that flourished for 1,300 years. In its prime, Anuradhapura ranked alongside Nineveh and Babylon in its colossal proportions—its four walls, each 16 miles (26 km) long, enclosing an area of 256 square miles (663 km²)—in the number of its inhabitants, and the splendour of its shrines and public buildings. There is much to see at Anuradhapura, including the sacred Bodhi tree, eight major palaces, monasteries and monuments.
The island’s medieval capital (11th to 13th century A.D.) is situated 216 km from Colombo and rose to frame after the decline of Anuradapura. A site not to be missed is the largest of the man-made reservoirs, the huge Parakrama Samudra, larger in size than the Colombo harbor.