Places to Visit in Sri Lanka
Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
This is the largest and best preserved complex of buddhist cave temples in Sri Lanka. The History of this temple dates back to 1st ccentury BC during the reign of King Valagamba. There are five Caves which contain almost 150images of the Lord Buddha.
Wilpattu National Park
Wilpattu National Park is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" (Natural lakes) - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka.Wilpattu National Park, the largest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka span an area of no less than 131,693 hectares with altitude ranging between the sea-level and 152 meters.There are approximately 30 species of mammals in the Wilpattu National Park which include the Sri Lankan Elephant, Sri Lankan Leopard, Lankan Sloth Bear, Sri, Spotted Deer, Buffalo, Sambar and Mongoose.
Ritigala Mountain at a height of 766 m above the sea-level is the highest mountain in the north-central dry plains of Sri Lanka.It is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to 1st century BCE.The ruins of Ritigala monastery are located on the eastern side of the mountain at the foot of the gorge which separates the main peak from the northern ridge of the range.Legends abound on Ritigala. One of mysterious aspect is the belief of powerful medicinal herbs found near the crest. A herb called “Sansevi” is believed to have the power of conferring long life and curing all human pain. According to legend, all vegetation on Ritigala is protected by Yakkas, the guardian spirits of the mountain.
Yala National Park
Yala National Park is a huge area of forest, grassland and lagoons bordering the Indian Ocean, in southeast Sri Lanka.It is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It was at first established in the early 1890s as a game sanctuary.The Yala National Park is famous among visitors as the best place to view large mammals within one territory.
Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe National Park Being located on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces of Sri Lanka.It lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka.Udawalawe is undoubtedly the best place in Sri Lanka to see wild Asian Elephants throughout the year.Hence, this national park is ideal to observe the herds of marvelous Asian elephants in their unique natural habitats. It is known that about 400 elephants in total are sustaining here while about 250 of them are considered as permanently resident.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is situated northwest of the town of Kegalle, halfway between the Colombo and the hills of central Sri Lanka.It is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants.Pinnawala is the most popular and accessible place to see large numbers of these lovable animals in a natural habitat. It is the most popular elephant ‘attraction’ with tourists because nowhere else, except at the splendid ‘pereheras’ will you see so many elephants at such close quarters.
Spice Garden In Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has always been reknowned for its spices.Visit a spice garden , where smells of cinnamons, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and mace overwhelm the senses and the visitors are provided an insight into an age old industry of spice production, which attracted many a European and Asian merchants to the ports of ancient Sri Lanka.
Temple of Tooth Relic
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy. Sri Dalada Maligawa, or Temple of the Tooth Relic, is the holiest Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and also It is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple.The Temple of the Tooth is an art and history lover’s paradise