Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

8 Best Places To Visit In Sri Lanka


Described as the finest island of its size in the world by Marco Polo, the tiny country of Sri Lanka is a storehouse of beauty and you should not look beyond an atlas to know why. Shaped like atear-drop falling out of the Indian subcontinent, while some call it the shape of a pearl, Sri Lanka still holds the bold claim of Marco Polo true. Here is a list of must-visit places when at the Emerald Island: 1. Dambulla Cave Temple dambullaA World Heritage Site, it is also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. With more than 80 documented caves, it is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Fab-5 contains statues and paintings related to the live of Lord Buddha.  2. Yala National Park yala-national-parkThe most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, it attracts a lot of tourists all throughout the year. A conglomeration of various smaller parks, it is situated at the southern tip of the island. Other than the wildlife, it is said, Ravana established his kingdom here.  3. NuwaraEliya NuwaraeliyaIf the heat of the coast and low lying plains bother you, NuwaraEliya is the perfect hill country to be in Sri Lanka. Situated among beautiful tea gardens, it is one of the most beautiful towns in the country. With a cool climate, owing to the fact that it is at one of the highest places on the island, it also boasts of the best golf course in the country.  4. Kandy kandyThe last station of the Sinhala kings, Kandy is a magnificent hill city, without a visit to which anyone’s vacation to Sri Lanka would be incomplete. Other than the beauty for which it is famous, it also holds the country’s greatest annual spectacle, the EsalaPerahera Festival in August. The main attraction here, however, is the ornate DaladaMaligawa (Temple of Tooth).  5. Sigiriya SigiriyaThe ancient 5th century remains of King Kasyapa’s fortress, Sigiriya’s ruins are the most unique of the ancient sites of Sri Lanka. With 1500 years old frescoes that are led to by a rickety spiral staircase, it takes some bravery to explore the whole of this place that is a site of pilgrimage for the Sri Lankans and also a World Heritage Site.  6. Polonnaruwa PolonnaruwaRegarded as being among the most sacred monuments of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa’s statues of Buddha are world famous. This is a compact city featuring 12th century stone sculptures. No wonder, the glory of medieval Sri Lanka is best seen here.  7. Elephant Orphanage elephant-orphanageThe Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is one of the most popular tourist destinations here. Situated in a hilly region near Kegalle, it is home to abandoned or orphaned young elephants. Arguably, the best sight is watching the elephants enjoying their daily river soak.  8. Arugambay arugam-baySituated on the southeast coast, it is a popular surfing destination in Sri Lanka. A considerably low budget place, it is affordable to anyone wanting a visit there unlike many other places here. Sri Lanka, which is often ignored with respect to travel and tourism over its counterparts, is a hidden natural treasure of South-East Asia. Less on budget, high on bliss!

I am Shahil Shah, a traveler and blogger! I bring stories from the places for you to cherish the experiences of my travel. Stay tuned!”

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