Rich in history
Steeped in thousands of years of history Sri Lanka suffered a brutal 26-year civil war ending only in 2009. Since then it has opened it’s doors to tourism, welcoming international visitors, who relish the incredible cultural and historical wealth of this magnificent island state.
Some of our picks of must-see parts of Sri Lanka include:
- The Sri Dhalada Maligawa and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens in Kandy. Also don't miss out on the traditional Sri Lanka dance performance held every day at 17:00 in the city hall.
- The ancient frescoes and panoramic views when you climb the Sigiriya or Pidurangala Rock at Matale
- Go to Raththota, Matale and climb Riverstone, see the Mini Worlds' End and directly travel to Wasgamuwa.
- The beautiful ancient temples and ruins at Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa
- The English-like villages at Nuwara Eliya
- The incredibly beautiful beaches of Unawatuna, Galle, Trincomalee (Nilaweli Beach), and Pasikuda
- Whale watching and dolphins at Mirissa and Kalpitiya
- Go to Jaffna to see the Portuguese built Fort at Jaffna, Nallur Temple, Keerimalai natural fresh water pond just 10 feet from the sea and the islands in the Northern Province (Delft, Kayts, Leyden, Middlburg and many more) to see unexplored Sri Lanka.
- Yala National Park for the best wildlife Safari experience and Udawalawe to see wild elephants.
- Whitewater rafting in the Keliniya River, Kithulgala; and
- The Floating market at the Bastian Mawatha for local products shopping and dining on a floating restaurant.
Sri Lanka is a tropical country, you can expect the rain anytime of the year in different parts of the country. The two major rainy seasons are North-East monsoon (October to January) which affects the east coast and South-West monsoon(May to July) which predominantly affects the west and south coasts.