Upcountry begins with the pretty city of Nuwara Eliya overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. With its bustling market and numerous waterfalls it is the heart of the tea country and is considered the most important location for tea production in the country.
Adam’s peak is amongst the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka. Climb the slopes at night to watch a breathtaking sunrise at dawn that would be hard to forget. A biodiversity hotspot and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is difficult to match the spectacular views from Adams Peaks in whole of Sri Lanka.
If you only have time to see one ancient site in the country, then I would personally choose the UNESCO world heritage site Sigiriya – it’s a very beautiful and awe-inducing place to visit in Sri Lanka. Built by an eccentric monarch in the 5th century AD
Perhaps one of the most dramatic sights in Sri Lanka, get lost amongst the ancient remains, remarkable frescoes and water gardens at the astonishing Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Don’t miss the magnificent view from the top, with jungle and rolling hills in every direction. Who would want to leave?
Spend your days, soaking in the sun on a hammock and whale-watching at the little village of Mirissa, one of the most appealing beach hideaways in Sri Lanka. The real world will be forgotten as soon as you enter this beachy paradise. Mirissa, definitely has to be on your list of beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka for an amazing holiday.
The oldest capital of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura, was established in 4th century BC and continued up to the beginning of the 11th century AD. What is really special about the city is that the sacred Bo Tree, which grown from a branch of the legendary Bodhi tree that Buddha attained enlightenment, while standing under, is situated in Anuradhapura. In the vicinity of the city are situated the remains of the towering Ruwanweliseya Dagaba, of The Kuttam Pokuna, of Brazen Palace, of The Seated Buddha, and many different Temples, Parks and Palaces – all of which carry the testimony to imaginative and proud people. Among the extended ruins that cover the ancient city of Anuradhapura are also bathing ponds, monasteries, alms halls, temples, Buddha images and majestic irrigation tanks and stone carvings.
Rain Forest – “A World Heritage Site”
Sinharaja Forest Reserve is one of the least disturbed and biologically unique low
Land rain forest remaining in Sri Lanka. It is situated in the south-west lowland wet zone of the country and the forest covers an area of 11, 187 hectares of land.
The climate of Sinharaja is very wet. The average annual temperature is 23 0C and it annually receives more than 2500 mm of rainfall during the two monsoons, May-July and October-December.
Beautiful streams, springs, rivers, waterfalls, mammals, birds, butterflies, fish, amphibians and reptiles, rear trees, valuable shrubs and medicinal herbs are all found within its green canopy. A trek along the Sinharaja paths would provide an enthusiasm in nature and a never to be forgotten experience of sights and sounds and feelings.
Most important facts of Sinharaja are its high bio-diversity and high degree of endemism among the flora and fauna. Due to its high bio-diversity and ecological importance, it has been declared as a National Heritage Wilderness Area and it is the only natural World Heritage Site (declared by UNESCO) in the country. Further it is one of the few virgin forests left in the world
Minneriya national park
Large numbers of Sri Lankan elephants are attracted to grass fields on the edges of the reservoir during the dry season. The Minneriya tank contributes to sustain a large herd of elephants. Individuals of elephants gathered here is numbering around 150-200. Some reports account number of elephants to as high as 700. They migrate here from Wasgamuwa National Park and benefited from food and shelter of the park's forest. Tourists visit Minneriya largely because of elephants, especially in dry season
Yala National Park
Get dazzled by the leopards at Yala National Park, home to one of the highest densities of leopard in the world. Full of grassy plains, forest, lagoons and a coastline, this National Park is no less than a big cat paradise.
This major city located in the Central Province, easily makes this list. It was the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka and today its a important place to visit. Located in a valley surrounded by a huge lake it’s always a joy to wander around. The main attraction is the Temple of the Tooth which houses the sacred relic of Buddha’s tooth. It is a very spiritual place, even if you are not religious.
et enamoured by the stunning views through Ella Gap overlooking a spectacular gap in the southern mountain wall. Situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, with small vegetable plots, tea plantations on the hill slopes and forests on the tops this hill station is nothing less than breathtaking. Ella undoubtedly, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Srilanka.
Experience a peaceful afternoon, staring at the endless sea from the charming Galle Old Dutch Fort, the best preserved sea fort within South Asia. Nothing is going to make you want to turn back!
Perhaps the region that truly defines Sri Lanka as an island in the great expanse of the Indian Ocean is down south. Galle, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Beruwela, Unawatuna and Tangalle make coveted Sri Lanka tourist attractions. Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Weligama and Mirissa are fantastic surfing locations while Hikkaduwa reefs provide a snorkelling adventure like never before. The Dondra Point of down south is a main port for whale watching in Sri Lanka with great chances of spotting sperm whales and blue whales. Mirissa Beach too is a popular beach for Surfing and Whale watching. The seaside town of Galle is a fine example of a fortified city. The Dutch Galle Fort is a World Heritage Site and is known to be the best preserved sea fort in South Asia. The National Maritime Museum is also located within the Fort. Hidden in the south-west and southern Sri Lanka are some of the best beaches, holiday resorts and maritime places to visit in Sri Lanka. Find out more about Sri Lanka Beaches
116 km from Colombo is another fishing village known as Arugam Bay. Identified as the best surfing beach in Sri Lanka and the 4th best beach in South-East Asia and is also among the 10 best surfing beaches in the world.
A pretty little horseshoe beach backed by one of Sri Lanka’s most enjoyable villages.
3.Bentota and Induruwa
One of the finest stretches of beach on the west coast, running south from the magnificent Bentota lagoon and lined with a string of alluring hotels.
One of the south coast’s most intimate beaches, with a picture-perfect arc of sand screened by toppling palms – and a great place to go whale-watching too.
Proximity to the former war zone means that this superb swathe of sand remains remarkably sleepy and undeveloped – visit now before it all changes.
Experience White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River in Kitul gala covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 5 KM. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your White Water Rafting Tour
At the end
A complete package of natural beauty and heritage, Sri Lankan beautiful places will capture your heart. A visit to all these gorgeous spots will make a trip an unforgettable experience for you. So what are you waiting for?