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  • 1 Sima Malaka Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    LKA - Colombo

    The waters of Beira Lake add to the charm of the little Sima Malaka Temple on its eastern shore. This centre for Buddhist meditation, recently designed by Sri Lankan Geoffrey Bawa, belongs to the neighbouring Gangaramaya Temple. Try to visit during t..

  • 2 Uda Walawe National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    LKA - Hambantota

    Uda Walawe National Park, the youngest of Sri Lanka's national parks (1980), was designed around Uda Walawe reservoir. This is the land of the elephants, who move in herds and whose peregrinations are contained by fences for their protection. Don't m..

  • 3 Pettah Quarter in Colombo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Prince Street LKA - Colombo

    The Pettah Quarter, the former great bazar "outside the walls" of Colombo, is a jumble of crowds, auto rickshaws and eclectic little shops selling everything from dried fish to sandalwood chips. Sights to see include the Dutch Period Museum..

  • 4 Fort Quarter in Colombo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    York Street LKA - Colombo

    You'll have to climb up to the top floor of the Grand Oriental Hotel to contemplate the harbour, fortified by the Portuguese in the 16C, since it is off limits to the public. The Fort Quarter boasts fine examples of Victorian buildings dating back to..

  • 5 Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Interesting

    Religious buildings

    LKA - Peliyagoda

    Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara attracts fervent Buddhist worshippers to its dagoba (stupa), particularly those from Colombo to the south. The temple, rebuilt in the 18C and 19C after many trials and tribulations, boasts superb religious paintings by Solia..

  • 6 Panduwas Nuwara Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    LKA - Hettipola

    A dagoba, a surrounding wall, a royal palace and two monasteries - all way out in the countryside. This is all that remains of Panduwas Nuwara, the capital of the "South Country" built by Parakrama the Great in the 12C. Be sure to visit the..

  • 7 Arankele Monastery Interesting

    Religious buildings

    LKA - Madagalla

    Arankele lent its name to the Buddhist monastery which has stood in its midst since the 6C. The forest monks, or vanavasin, observe a strict rule based on contemplation, far from the world. A paved footpath runs under the canopy of trees - a meditati..

  • 8 Kaudulla National Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    LKA - Medirigiyira

    Herds of wild elephants cross Kaudulla National Park, located between Somawathiya Chaitiya and Minneriya parks, to the delight of safari-lovers. There are several endangered feline species here, in particular the tiny Indian leopard cat.

  • 9 Kandy Tea Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Hanthana Tea Factory LKA - Kandy

    In the 19C the British covered the mountainous centre of the island with large tea plantations since the plant was well-suited to the high altitude. Ceylon tea soon went on to become famous. The Tea Museum, housed in a former tea factory, recount its..

  • 10 Bundala National Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    LKA - Tissamaharama

    The huge marshland in the southern part of Bundala National Park is a paradise for birds - and bird watchers. Over 150 species find their means of subsistence here, either permanently or in passing, like those who come from Siberia in August for the ..

  • 11 Nilavelli-Uppuveli Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    LKA - Trincomalee

    The old city of Trincomalee (inquire before going and exercise caution), on the Gulf of Bengal, was built along a magnificent natural harbour. Uppuveli and Nilavelli beaches to the north are the perfect heavenly getaway boasting azure waters, golden ..

  • 12 Minneriya National Park

    Nature and gardens

    LKA - Habarana

    Minneriya National Park was planned around the gigantic tank which, although smaller during the dry season, is a true Eldorado for the abundant local wildlife. You can observe the elephants bathing and the water birds fishing - a spectacle one never ..

  • 13 Unawatuna

    Nature and gardens

    LKA - Unawatuna

    Unawatuna is one of the most popular beaches on the southern coast. A sort of rural seaside experience near Galle, it enjoys an exceptional setting protected from the Indian Ocean's winds by Rumassala headland.

  • 14 Victoria Randenigala Rantembe Reserve

    Nature and gardens

    LKA - Kandy

    Victoria Randenigala Rantembe Reserve in the foothills of the Knuckles Range is the country's largest national reserve, feeding three reservoirs. These artificial lakes, a godsend for the wildlife, were designed by three men who lent them their names..

  • 15 Kosgoda Turtle farms

    Nature and gardens

    LKA - Kosgoda

    Several varieties of turtles come to Kosgoda to lay their eggs. An organisation protects their nesting sites with the help of the local population, so the tortoises can reproduce thanks to a hatching ground, among others. Observation nights take plac..

  • 16 Arugam Bay

    Nature and gardens

    LKA - Arugam

    Fishing boats bob up and down in Arugam Bay, a pretty cove on the east coast forming a crescent between Pottuvil and Arugam. Stay with a local family for maximum authenticity. It's also the best surfing spot in Sri Lanka!

  • 17 Cape Kalkudah

    Nature and gardens

    LKA - Batticaloa

    Cape Kalkudah south of Trincomalee separates two vast coves with magnificent beaches coiled around them: the huge expanse of Kalkudah Bay stretches out to the south, while to the north lies the smaller Passekudah Beach. Both are undergoing tourist de..

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