Sri Lanka Tourism exists since the times of Marco Polo and many other European and Asian explorers. Formerly known as Ceylon, it is an island country in South Asia near southeast India. Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.
Its geographic location and deep harbors made it of great strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to World War II. Sri Lanka was known from the beginning of British colonial rule until 1972 as Ceylon.
Mystic and fascinating Sri Lanka Tourism
Sri Lanka is home to many religions, ethnic groups, and languages. In addition to the Sinhalese, which are the majority it is home to large groups Tamils, Moors, Burghers, Malays, Kaffirs and the aboriginal Vedda.
The largest and most commercial city is the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo. The legislative capital is Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte.
It has many attractions and beautiful beaches, which you may visit in our page of Sri Lanka Beaches.
Capital of Sri Lanka the modern city of Colombo
The Capital of Sri Lanka, this is a modern city, offering many great hotels, fine restaurants, outside cafes and shopping. Here you’ll find all kinds of transport.
At the end of Galle Road, you’ll find the Fort, once a colonial stronghold, holding today many government residences and offices. To the south there is a seaside promenade where informal cricket games are played out among city folk. Just east of the Fort is the Pettah, a traditional bazaar where you can enjoy a colorful shopping experience.
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Ruins of Sirigiya in the jungle of Sri Lanka
The ruins of Sigiriya are the most important of the ancient sites of Sri Lanka. Located on top of a rock plateau overlooking a verdant jungle are the mysterious ruins of the 5th century fortress of King Kasyapa.
Be sure to climb the spiral staircase to see the spectacular 1500-year-old frescoes located on an overhang 90 meters up.
This magnificent archaeological site, an important pilgrimage site for Sri Lankans has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Tea Growing at Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka
At an altitude of almost 2000 meters, the is the highest and most attractive town in Sri Lanka’s hill region, where a cool weather gives the visitor a relief of the hot and humid weather of the coast and low lying plains.
It was built by English tea growers and was the favorite hill station during colonial times.
It features the best golf course in the country and is home to the impressive Hakgala Botanical Gardens.
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Ruins of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa
If you want to enjoy the glory of medieval Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa is an ancient and compact city featuring 12th century stone sculptures and the Gal Vihara, of three enormous Buddha figures. One of the statues is reclining and is 13 meters long, another in a standing position and the other seated. The statues, located in a cluster along a dirt road, are revered as being among the most sacred monuments in all of Sri Lanka. Also visit the palace ruins with great bas reliefs and friezes.
The following of the groom in Anuradhapura
Consider this as one of this country’s most fascinating sites, full of mysterious ancient ruins. Founded in the 3rd century BC it was at one point the heart of Sri Lankan civilization. This city is within a dense jungle and was inaccessible for hundreds of years, before being shown to the world.
Marvel at the sight of the three main Dagobas, which were the largest structures ever built in the ancient world. One more attraction is the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi, one of the world’s most revered trees. It is said that this tree grew from a cutting that was taken from the original bodhi tree, under which Buddha attained enlightenment in India.
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The Fort of Galle in Sri Lanka's west coast
Located on Sri Lanka’s west coast and bordered by the Indian Ocean is this walled city. It is full of colonial buildings and the smell of exotic spices. It is a mélange of cultures with a balance of modernity and antiquity.
The most famous site in the city is the Fort, which is surrounded by the sea on three sides and featurees an entire thriving community, complete with boutiques, cafes and offices.
Originally built by the Dutch in the 1600s, the main attraction of the fort is simply wandering around, soaking up the atmosphere and relishing in the tranquility that comes with a lack of traffic. Once a hideaway for eccentric expats, the sleepy streets of Galle are slowly waking up thanks to foreign cash and interest.
The Kandy Festival attended by thousands of people
This hilly city was the last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings and is a living witness of a magnificent past, located on some manmade lakes in a scenic hill country.
The Esala Perahera Festival is held here every August and is also called the Kandy Festival. Thousands of people from all over the country together with many Elephants parade through the courtyards of the temple.
Kandy’s star attraction is the ornate Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Tooth, which houses a sacred relic in well-guarded casket.
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The Leopard of Sri Lanka is the king of Yala National Park
Yala National Park
Sitting on the southeast side of the island, the Yala National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife destinations. It was the inspiration for Kipling’s Jungle Book, this vast region of wilderness is full of exotic animals, many of which are now so used to interacting eith humans that they have no problem with getting up close and personal with safari goers.
Elephants, sloth bears, wild boars, monkeys, and more all roam through the park freely, delighting photographers and animal lovers.
But, the real attraction of the park is the leopard, a majestic animal which is endemic to Sri Lanka.
Sri Pada is one of the most sacred places in Sri Lanka
Known is this country as Sri Pada, it is one of the most sacred places in Sri Lanka. It is a pilgrimage destination for many centuries. People of many faiths, including Christians, Buddhists and Moslems come to pray.
Located on the lush jungle of the country’s southwest region is a most. The catch is starting the ascent at midnight when the path to the top is lit up by strings of lights. The magical effect of this lighting technique is certainly not lost on hikers or observers as they climb the path that looks destined for heaven.
The whole idea of doing it is to reach the summit at sunrise. Watching the sun rise on the horizon as it illuminates the country in a warm golden glow is a unique experience.
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Udawalawe National Park with the large herds of elephants
Udawalawe National Park
Stretching across the southern lowlands of Sri Lanka, the Udawalawe National Park is known for its large herds of elephants that can be spotted all over the reserve.
It is a huge difference between the dry season and the rainy one. Once the rains start the park becomes an oasis of vivid green with many lagoons and waterholes.
While the main attraction of this park are the elephants, a number of other animals can be found here, including buffalo, monkeys, leopards, sambar deer and crocodiles.
This park is also home to the Elephant Transit Home, an orphanage for elephants who need to be supervised as they grow and develop before being released back into the wild. After release, they continue to be monitored until they have fully adapted to their new habitat.
Map of the island country of Sri lanka
credit for images
ambewela by anuradha ratnaweera
sirigiya by nataraja
nuwara eliye by dan amot
polinawra royal palace by bernard gagoon
anuradhapura by yves picq
galle by owesmcgee
kandy by ronnie verdi
colombo by fred rodriguez
yala by alice young
adam by burgeois
undalawale by mistyslav chernov
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