Sri Lanka is set in the Indian Ocean and is a popular tourist destination in Asia and around the world. There’s much to do on your holiday in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s many beaches
Sri Lanka has 1000 miles of palm fringed beaches with popular resorts residing in the likes of Colombo, Negombo, Beruwela, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Galle and Mount Lavinia. The Unawatuna beach which is found in Galle is considered amongst the top 15 beaches worldwide. Travelers can visit beaches in the South which are far less populated and absolutely beautiful.
Reefs in Bentota
What better place to go to than the beaches in Bentota for travelers looking to enjoy snorkeling and diving in Sri Lanka. The best coral reefs can be found in Bentota. Divers can explore underwater caves; discover barnacled shipwrecks, water skiing, kite surfing and a myriad of water activities which are freely available in the south.
Adventures in Kitulgala
For the best adventures Kitulgala is the capital tucked away in the hill country. There are a variety of activities for adventure travelers which include mountain biking, rainforest trekking and kayaking. The wild Kelani River is found in Kitulgala. If you are up for extreme adventure, you can sign up for a class either for beginners or advanced level to indulge and experience the great white water rafting rush!
Sri Lanka is surrounded by a variety of fish and coral. This includes 300 varieties of fish and 100 types of coral which can be seen on the northeast shore of the country. In the year 1963, this was established as a marine sanctuary. This is a wonderful destination for divers and other that want to see pigeons.
The Yala National Park
For the best wildlife safari, the Yala National Park is the most popular viewing destination for wildlife in the country. Located on the southeastern coast, Yala is home to the highest number of leopards worldwide. Additionally, tourists can enjoy viewing an array of species including birds and elephants.
Kandy is a picturesque town with stunning beauty and natural resources. It is considered a cultural sanctuary where traditional rituals, age old customs, arts, crafts and the conventional ways of life are still preserved. The Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Tooth is a UNESCO listed site and is of a stunning nature in its beauty within and outside. The annual Esala Perahera is hosted in Kandy which is a glittering festival of dancers, drummers and elephants.
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
This is an orphanage which houses elephants of all ages and sizes in Asia. It is a popular tourist attraction in the country. It is ideal for tourists visiting with children. There are many opportunities to witness the elephants bathe and be fed by the mahoots.
The Sigiriya Rock Fortress
The Rock Fortress in Sigiriya is stunning and of natural beauty. It is once again a UNESCO listed site. The Fortress was built in the fifth century and stands atop a towering rock with steps leading up to the heavenly nymphs.