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Talaimannar Lighthouse

Talaimannar Lighthouse

Situated approximately 30 kilometers from Mannar’s main town on Mannar Island, the Talaimannar Lighthouse was built early in the 20th century...

Mannar Bird Sanctuary

Mannar Bird Sanctuary

Spanning an area of more than 4,800 hectares, the Mannar Bird Sanctuary (also known as the Vankalai Lagoon or Vankalai Sanctuary) is home to...

Giant’s Tank

Giant’s Tank

Home to the legendary Yoda Wewa (“Yoda” is the Sinhalese word for “Giant”), the Giant’s Tank Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary covering an area...

Arippu Dutch Fort

Arippu Dutch Fort

Located approximately 20 kilometers south of the Mannar Fort on Mannar Island, the Arippu Dutch Fort (also known as the Allirani Fort)...

Keeri Beach

Keeri Beach

When considering the many beautiful beaches that Sri Lanka has to offer, the country’s southern and western coasts receive the lion’s share of attention, and entire beach towns have been...

Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu

Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu

The Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu is considered the holiest Catholic shrine in Sri lanka, possessing a history that goes back for more than 400 years. Situated in the Mannar district...

Mannar Island

Mannar Island

Mannar Island in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka is an island off the coast of Mannar, linked to the mainland via a causeway and that is also said to have once been connected..

Thanthirimale

Thanthirimale

Located approximately 80 kilometers outside of the town of Mannar and 40 kilometers northwest of Anuradhapura city, Thanthirimale is an old village...

The Doric at Arippu

The Doric at Arippu

Located approximately 40 kilometers south of Mannar Island, the Doric Bungalow (also known simply as The Doric) at Arippu was once the home of the first British Governor of Ceylon...

Thiruketheeswaram Kovil

Thiruketheeswaram Kovil

The Ketheeswaram temple (alternatively called Thiruketheeswaram) is an ancient Hindu kovil located in Mannar, in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. It is one of the island’s Pancha...

Adam’s Bridge

Adam’s Bridge

Located in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, Adam’s Bridge is a chain of limestone shoals that connects the northern end of the country’s Mannar Island to...

Baobab Tree

Baobab Tree

Mannar Island in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka is home to several attractions, and was once said to act as a connection to the southern tip of India. Known for its sunny weather and ancient baobab trees, it was...

Mannar Fort

Mannar Fort

On the southern tip of Mannar Island, just outside of its main town, Mannar Fort offers stunning views over the ocean between itself and the mainland of Sri Lanka. The square-shaped...

Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park

The Udawalawe National Park is located approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Tangalle, making it a great base to embark on an exciting...

Tangalle Lagoon

Tangalle Lagoon

The Tangalle Lagoon is a haven for a myriad of birdlife and marine life. Located towards the south of Tangalle, the lagoon provides a great...

Rekawa Turtle Watch

Rekawa Turtle Watch

The southern golden beaches of Rekawa is known to attract several endangered species of sea turtles; which includes loggerhead, hawksbill...

Mulkirigala Rock Temple

Mulkirigala Rock Temple

Mulkirigala Rock Temple, also known as Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaya in the local dialect, is located in Tangalle and makes for a great day...

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary Wetland

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary Wetland

The Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary is a secluded wetland located in Tangalle, that serves as the ideal place for bird watching enthusiasts and nature...

Hummanaya Blow Hole

Hummanaya Blow Hole

Hummanaya Blow Hole is located in the town of Dickwella, approximately 20 minutes from Tangalle. Known to be the largest blow hole...

Sea Turtle Hatchery and Rescue Centre

Sea Turtle Hatchery and Rescue Centre

Situated a few kilometres north of the main Hikkaduwa town lies the Sea Turtle Hatchery and Rescue Centre, a centre with the aim of conserving some of the endangered species of turtles...

Tsunami Honganj Viharaya

Tsunami Honganj Viharaya

Although not known for its ancient historical significance, the Japanese built Tsunami Honganji Viharaya is a sombre reminder of the tsunami that devastated the coastal belt ..

Tsunami Museum

Tsunami Museum

The tsunami that occurred on Boxing Day in 2004 is considered to be one of the largest natural disasters the island has ever faced, as many coastal towns were directly affected...

Hikkaduwa National Park

Hikkaduwa National Park

The Hikkaduwa National Park has long been known to be one of the most kaleidoscopic attractions of the southern coast of the island. Boasting of a myriad of coral, along with an array of...

Hikkaduwa Beach

Hikkaduwa Beach

Ever since the 1960s, the beach town of Hikkaduwa has been a major tourist hotspot, mainly because of the pristine Hikkaduwa Beach. Known for its palm-fringed landscape with alluring waters..

Ratgama Lake

Ratgama Lake

Located further down south from the main town of Hikkaduwa, the Ratgama Lake is a welcoming site to many as it provides a more rustic landscape, as opposed to a typical beach...

Castlereagh Reservoir

Castlereagh Reservoir

The Castlereagh Reservoir is one of Sri Lanka’s best-kept secrets; hidden in a valley and circled by tall green peaks, the reservoir is perhaps the most idyllic location in the hill country...

Lover’s Leap Waterfall <br/>Hatton

Lover’s Leap Waterfall
Hatton

As its name suggests, the story behind this cascade’s name is rather tragic, however this story has been passed down through so many generations that it got a life on its own and now..

Hakgala Botanical Garden<br>Hatton</br>

Hakgala Botanical Garden
Hatton

In some ways, the Hakgala Botanical Garden can be considered as being a personification of Sri Lanka’s history; the garden has been embroiled in local history..

Warleigh Church

Warleigh Church

The Warleigh Christ Church is an Anglican church that was built in the 19th century by the British. The church was founded by William Scott, the manager of the Governor’s Mansion...

Horton Plains National Park<br/>Hatton

Horton Plains National Park
Hatton

Even though Horton Plains National Park is two-hour drive from Hatton, visiting the park makes the drive worthwhile. Horton Plains is one of the few national parks..

St. Clair’s Falls

St. Clair’s Falls

St. Clair’s Waterfall is one of Sri Lanka’s widest waterfalls, and referred to as the “Little Niagra of Sri Lanka”. Although the cascade is just off the Hatton - Talawakele road..

Adam’s Peak

Adam’s Peak

An hour drive south of Hatton, you will find Adam’s Peak. Also known as Sri Pada, this is perhaps the most famed mountain in Sri Lanka and is a holy site..

Sinharaja Rainforest

Sinharaja Rainforest

One of the thing’s Sri Lanka prides itself on is its rich biodiversity. In spite of its small size, this magical island is home to a myriad of different landscapes...

Taprobane Island

Taprobane Island

Taprobane Island is a small islet off the west coast of Weligama Bay. Taprobane (the name which the Ancient Greeks had called Sri Lanka) is perhaps the...

Devil Rock

Devil Rock

Weligama and its surrounding beaches have some great shallow reefs which are guaranteed to provide some exceptional snorkelling experiences...

Handunugoda Tea Estate

Handunugoda Tea Estate

One of the things Sri Lanka is famous for is its world-renowned tea. While tea estates are generally found in the hills of the central province...

Prince Heinrich Patch

Prince Heinrich Patch

Often regarded as one of the best beaches in the world, the 2km golden sandy strip of beach between Weligama and Mirissa is a great place to begin...

Agrabodhi Vihara

Agrabodhi Vihara

The Agrabodhi Vihara in Weligama is an ancient temple that dates back to the time of King Devanampiyatissa (250-210 BC). The Bodhivamsa, a chronicle...

Weligama and Midigama Beach

Weligama and Midigama Beach

Surfing on the turquoise waters of Weligama is a must when you’re in Sri Lanka. The season for the southern coast is from October - March as that is when...

Old Dutch Trade Centre

Old Dutch Trade Centre

Believed to have been built by the Dutch in 1775, right after the construction of the Star Fort, the Old Dutch Trade Centre, also known as the Nupe Market...

Matara Fort

Matara Fort

Located just a few minutes away from the Star Fort, the Matara Fort was built by the Dutch Empire much earlier than its Star Fort counterpart to...

Dutch Reformed Church

Dutch Reformed Church

Built in the year 1706 by the Dutch Empire, the Dutch Reformed Church is one of the oldest operating protestant churches in the island, making it one...

Dondra Head Lighthouse

Dondra Head Lighthouse

Considered to be one of the more iconic lighthouses in the entire island, the Dondra Head Lighthouse serves to be the island’s tallest lighthouse, standing...

Weherahena Temple

Weherahena Temple

One of the more unique Buddhist temples in the island, the Weherahena Temple is a large tunnel temple, which is believed to be the first and largest in the entire...

Polhena Beach

Polhena Beach

Located not far from the city centre of Matara, the Polhena Beach offers the perfect atmosphere for a beach getaway, without the crowds of tourists...

Star Fort

Star Fort

Built in the year 1765, the Star Fort is one of the more unique looking colonial fortresses in the entire island, due to its interesting architecture. The fort is...

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

One of the most incredible things about Sri Lanka is that this small island is home to two of the world’s largest animals: whale and elephants. Mirissa is...

Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay is a wonderful snorkelling site and as its name suggests, it’s a great place to potentially spot a few turtles. There are seven species of turtles...

Surf Breaks

Surf Breaks

One of the things Sri Lanka is most famous for is its surfing waves, and Mirissa is certainly a great surfing location. Situated on the south coast of the island...

Secret Beach

Secret Beach

Secret Beach Mirissa, is a small hidden beach with a bay area just around the corner of the town’s main beach, Mirissa Beach. Although Secret Beach is no...

Parrot Rock

Parrot Rock

Parrot Rock is a small rocky outcrop off the coast of Mirissa Beach. Parrot Rock is a popular attraction as you can get a wonderful view of the palm tree...

Coconut Tree Hill

Coconut Tree Hill

Just a 15-minute walk from Mirissa Beach you will find Coconut Tree Hill, a small coconut tree far atop a hillock. The hill has perhaps become the most instagrammed..

Muthiyangana Raja Maha Vihara

Muthiyangana Raja Maha Vihara

Muthiyangana Raja Maha Vihara is an ancient Buddhist temple found in the Badulla district an hour and a half away from Haputale. This temple has a...

The Devil’s Staircase

The Devil’s Staircase

Across the world there have been several man-made and natural structures which have been given the name ‘The Devil’s Staircase’, and among them..

Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park

Located approximately 1.5 hours from Kalpitiya town, Wilpattu National Park is one of the largest and oldest national parks in Sri Lanka.

Uchimunai Church

Uchimunai Church

On the northern tip of the Kalpitiya peninsula, accessible via a long sand route or through a boat ride...

Idalgashinna Railway Station

Idalgashinna Railway Station

Located between Haputale and Ohiya railway stations, Idalgashinna Railway Station is often deemed as the most picturesque railway station..

Kudawa Beach

Kudawa Beach

Kalpitiya is situated more than 150 kilometers north of Colombo, but it is quickly becoming a highlight...

Dambatenne Tea Factory

Dambatenne Tea Factory

The Dambatenne Tea Factory was built by Thomas Lipton in 1890 when he began his tea empire, and this is the factory that manufactures his famous..

Dutch Church Kalpitiya

Dutch Church Kalpitiya

The history of the Dutch Church at Kalpitiya is an interesting one. The town was once known to the ancient Tamil people of Sri Lanka as Kav Putti...

Adisham Bungalow

Adisham Bungalow

The Adisham Bungalow was once the country house of Sir Thomas Lester Villiers, but today it houses the Adisham Monastery of the St. Benedict...

Kalpitiya Dutch Fort

Kalpitiya Dutch Fort

Sri Lanka has its own rich history and culture to display throughout the island, but it is also home to...

Diyaluma Waterfall

Diyaluma Waterfall

Diyaluma Waterfall is the country’s second tallest waterfall and one of the most accessible. Like many places in Sri Lanka, Diyaluma Waterfall is yet another location..

Kalpitiya Lagoon

Kalpitiya Lagoon

Kalpitiya in the Puttalam district of Sri Lanka is a fast-growing tourist destination, consisting of...

Lipton’s Seat

Lipton’s Seat

Lipton’s Seat is perhaps the most popular attraction in Haputale. Situated an hour away from Haputale town, Lipton’s Seat is a viewpoint named after the celebrated Thomas Lipton..

Tissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya

Tissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya

Considered to be one of the largest and most important Buddhist places of worship in the entire island, the Tissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya is...

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary

The Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary is an attraction that is not to be missed when in the southern coastal town of Hambantota. Located just a few kilometres...

Kumana National Park </br>From Hambantota

Kumana National Park
From Hambantota

Located right next to the Yala National Park, the Kumana National Park may not be as popular as its Yala counterpart but still does have some unique...

Yala National Park</br>Hambantota

Yala National Park
Hambantota

Easily considered to be one of the more iconic parks in the island, the Yala National Park is the second largest wildlife park in Sri Lanka and is known for...

Ranminithenna Tele-Cinema Village

Ranminithenna Tele-Cinema Village

One of the best ways to understand local pop culture is by looking at the film industry of a particular country, and the part of Sri Lanka’s popular culture...

Mirijjawila Botanical Garden

Mirijjawila Botanical Garden

The Mirijjawila Botanical Gardens is one of the five dedicated botanical gardens in the island and was only opened in 2013. The botanical gardens’ ...

Martello Tower

Martello Tower

The Martello Tower of Hambantota is one of the rarest monuments in the world, as it remains to be the smallest and only type of fortification that was...

Madunagala Hot Wells

Madunagala Hot Wells

The Madunagala Hot Wells, sometimes referred to as ‘Madunagala Hot Springs’ is a unique attraction in Hambantota, as it is the only type of attraction...

Handun Ella

Handun Ella

The beauty of Sri Lanka’s natural landscapes is well-known, and its reputation attracts millions of visitors...

Wewalthalawa Plateau of Halgolla Tea Estate

Wewalthalawa Plateau of Halgolla Tea Estate

Sri Lanka is known for its world famous tea production, an industry that employs more than a million of its...

Makandawa Forest Reserve

Makandawa Forest Reserve

Spanning an area of 1,155 hectares and located close to the adventure-centric town of Kitulgala, the Makandawa Forest Reserve is one of the richest and most...

Nalagana Ella Falls

Nalagana Ella Falls

Besides its beaches and rich cultural history, Sri Lanka is known for the lush beauty of its tropical...

Belilena Cave

Belilena Cave

In the west of Sri Lanka, 8 kilometers away from the town of Kitulgala, Belilena is a large, well-known cave from...

Broadlands Dam

Broadlands Dam

Sri Lanka is expected to generate 100% of its electricity needs through renewable means by 2025, with the...

Calido Beach

Calido Beach

Located in close proximity to the Kalutara Bodhiya, the Calido Beach is one of those unique beaches in the...

Asokaramaya Viharaya

Asokaramaya Viharaya

The Asokaramaya Viharaya may not have the same history as the Kalutara Bodhiya, but still has an interesting story...

Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle

Built in the early 1900s, this particular building was once the mansion of the local mudaliyar (local chef), and is...

Bridge on the River Kwai Location

Bridge on the River Kwai Location

In March 1958, The Bridge on the River Kwai swept seven Academy Awards including the award for Best Picture...

Aberdeen Falls

Aberdeen Falls

Named for the city of Aberdeen, the third-largest city of Scotland and capital of Aberdeenshire....

Chilaw Lagoon

Chilaw Lagoon

The Chilaw Lagoon, located approximately 80 kilometers away from the center of Colombo on Sri Lanka’s...

Chilaw Sand Spits

Chilaw Sand Spits

The Chilaw Sand Spits in Sri Lanka is a unique bird-watching environment that fosters the growth...

Silver Beach

Silver Beach

Sri Lanka is an island country known for its tropical beach holidays, offering experiences ranging...

Murugan Temple

Murugan Temple

Lord Murugan is the Hindu god of war, also known by the names Kartikeya, Skanda, Kumara and Subrahmanya...

Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary

Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary

Situated between Sri Lanka’s major towns of Chilaw and Puttalam, the Anawilundawa Wetland...

Sri Munneswaram Devasthanam

Sri Munneswaram Devasthanam

The Sri Munneswaram Devasthanam temple (better known as the Munneswaram temple) is over...

Fa Hien Caves

Fa Hien Caves

This particular cave is a rather interesting natural attraction that explains a bit of Sri Lanka’s pre-historic...

Kalu Ganga

Kalu Ganga

Considered to be one of the more popular rivers in the southern coast of the island, the Kalu Ganga is an...

Kalutara Viharaya

Kalutara Viharaya

Located right next to the Kalutara Bodhiya is the Kalutara Viharaya, which is believed to be one of the largest hollow stupas in the world. Just like the Kalutara Bodhiya, this place of worship is ...

Kalutara Bodhiya

Kalutara Bodhiya

The Kalutara Bodhiya is one of the more sacred places in the southern coast of the island, as it is home to one of the oldest planted trees in the island, which...

St. Mary’s Cathedral

St. Mary’s Cathedral

Built in 1852, St. Mary’s Cathedral of Trincomalee is a unique place of worship in the coastal town of Trincomalee, as it is a kaleidoscope of white and...

Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Viharaya

Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Viharaya

Built in the 2nd century BC by King Kavantissa of the Anuradhapura Kingdom, the Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Viharaya in Trincomalee is one of the more...

Trincomalee War Cemetery

Trincomalee War Cemetery

The Trincomalee War Cemetery, located very close to the suburb of Uppuveli is a stark reminder of when the world was at war for the second time during...

Uppuveli and Nilaveli Beach

Uppuveli and Nilaveli Beach

Considered to be one of the more pristine beaches in the entire island, the beaches of Uppuveli and Nilaveli in Trincomalee pose the idyllic setting...

Maritime and Naval History Museum

Maritime and Naval History Museum

The Maritime and Naval History Museum is a relatively new museum in Trincomalee, as it has been in operation since 2013. Although a new...

Velgam Vehera

Velgam Vehera

Dating all the way back to the 3rd century BC, during the reign of King Devanampiytissa of the Anuradhapura Kingdom, the Velgam Vehera...

Pigeon Island National Park

Pigeon Island National Park

The Pigeon Island National Park, located in Trincomalee, is one of the newer parks in the island, and has quickly become one of the more popular parks...

Fort Frederick

Fort Frederick

Built in the year 1623 by the Portuguese, the Fort Frederick in Trincomalee is one of the more important forts in the whole of the island, as it is...

Kanniya Hot Springs

Kanniya Hot Springs

Dating more than 5000 years ago, when the island was King Ravana’s domain, the Kanniya Hot Springs of Trincomalee is a mysterious complex in that no one...

Koneswaram Temple

Koneswaram Temple

Believed to date back to 400BC, the Koneswaram Temple in Trincomalee is a significant Hindu Temple that has gone through many prosperous years, as...

Tissa Wewa

Tissa Wewa

Built by the very king who introduced Buddhism to the country, King Devanampiyatissa, in the 3rd century BC, the Tissa Wewa in Anuradhapura...

Lovamahapaya

Lovamahapaya

Located in the historic town of Anuradhapura, Lovamapahaya, often referred to as Lohaprasadaya, translates to ‘brazen palace’, because of the bronze roof tiles...

Thuparama Stupa

Thuparama Stupa

Considered to be the oldest stupa in the country and, arguably, the oldest in the world, the Thuparama Stupa in Anuradhapura, has origins that go all the way...

Ratnaprasadaya

Ratnaprasadaya

Literally translated as Jewel Palace, the Ratnaprasadaya, located in Anuradhapura, belongs to the Abhayagiri Monastery complex and was built by King Kanittha...

Isurumuniya Viharaya

Isurumuniya Viharaya

Located in Anuradhapura, Isurumuniya Viharaya was built in the 3rd century BC by King Devanampiyatissa. It was initially called the Meghagiri Viharaya and...

Jetavanarama Stupa

Jetavanarama Stupa

Although very similar to the Abhayagiri Stupa, the Jetavanarama Stupa in Anuradhapura was built in the 3rd century AD. It is considered to be the largest...

Ruwanveliseya

Ruwanveliseya

Once considered to be the fifth largest monument in the world, the Ruwanveliseya is another ancient stupa that can narrate endless tales of...

Abhayagiri Stupa

Abhayagiri Stupa

Rivalling even the great pyramids of Giza, the gargantuan structure of the Abhayagiri Stupa in Anuradhapura goes back to the 1st century BC. The...

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

Located in Anuradhapura and believed to be the oldest planted tree in the world, the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi goes all the way back to the 3rd century BC...

Popham’s Arboretum

Popham’s Arboretum

Built in 1963 by English nature enthusiast, Sam Popham, the unique arboretum is created by utilising seven and a half acres of shrub jungle, and has expanded...

Ritigala Nature Reserve

Ritigala Nature Reserve

Being in the crossroads of the many kingdoms that came to power in the country, Dambulla is known to be a major cultural site with many monuments that...

Dambulla Produce Market

Dambulla Produce Market

Although not a historical complex, the Dambulla Produce Market serves as a major economic centre for the island, as it is one of the main places in...

Ironwood Grove Forest Monastery

Ironwood Grove Forest Monastery

Believed to be one of the first monasteries outside the Kingdom of Anuradhapura that goes all the way back to the 3rd century BC, to the reign of King Uttiya...

Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

One of the more overlooked ruins of the town of Dambulla is the Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. These tombs are believed to be the place in which many...

Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temples

Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temples

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temples (sometimes known as the Golden Temple), is a kaleidoscope of artistry and is steeped...

Pasikudah and Kalkudah Beaches

Pasikudah and Kalkudah Beaches

The beaches of Pasikudah and Kalkudah are considered to be some of the finest in the country, due to its soft golden sands, and calm azure waters...

Batticaloa Lighthouse

Batticaloa Lighthouse

The Batticaloa Lighthouse, located in the suburb of Paalameenmadu, is a vestige that reminds many visitors of the colonial heritage that still reverberates...

Heritage Museum of Kattankudy

Heritage Museum of Kattankudy

Located a few kilometres away from the city centre of Batticaloa, is the Heritage Museum of Kattankudy. This museum is a relatively new museum complex...

Batticaloa Lagoon

Batticaloa Lagoon

One of the many natural attractions in Batticaloa, the Batticaloa Lagoon is a vast water body in which many flora and fauna thrive. From the many bird species...

Kallady Bridge

Kallady Bridge

The Kallady Bridge that connects the suburb of Kallady to the main city of Batticaloa, is a unique bridge that is shrouded in history and legend. Built in...

Kallady Beach

Kallady Beach

Located a few kilometres away from the city centre, the Kallady Beach is an idyllic beach to just relax and bask in the serene views of the Indian Ocean...

Batticaloa Gate

Batticaloa Gate

Located within the peaceful confines of the Mahatma Gandhi Park, the Batticaloa Gate is one of the few historic monuments in the island of Puliyanthivu...

Mahatma Gandhi Park

Mahatma Gandhi Park

Located just a few kilometres away from the Batticaloa Fort is the Mahatma Gandhi Park, which is an idyllic place to just take it easy and admire Batti’s...

Batticaloa Fort

Batticaloa Fort

Built in the year 1628 by the Portuguese, the Batticaloa Fort is one of the few remaining strongholds of what once was the result of rapid European...

Diyaluma Falls

Diyaluma Falls

Diyaluma Falls is Sri Lanka’s second highest waterfall but is possibly the country’s most picturesque one. Diyaluma roughly translates to “rapid flow of water”...

Ella Rock

Ella Rock

Hiking Ella Rock is definitely for slightly more experienced hikers or at least for the more adventurous as the whole hike takes about four 4 hours...

Dhowa Rock Temple

Dhowa Rock Temple

Dhowa Rock Temple is one of the few rock temple complexes found in the hill country. It has a rich history which dates back over 2000 year; the temple....

Ravana Falls

Ravana Falls

Ravana Falls is entrenched in myth and folklore, it is believed that the demon King Ravana, from the epic Ramayan, hid Sita in the cave behind the waterfall...

Nine Arches Bridge

Nine Arches Bridge

This is perhaps the most iconic structure in Ella and definitely the most instagrammed one! The Nine Arches Bridge, fondly referred to as the....

Little Adam’s Peak

Little Adam’s Peak

Named after its resemblance to the iconic Adam’s Peak/Sri Pada, Little Adam’s Peak is its smaller brother and a must when in Ella. The hike to the top...

Lankathilaka Image House

Lankathilaka Image House

Standing tall in the ancient citadel of Polonnaruwa, the Lankathilaka Image House is an exemplary monument that displays the elaborate and intricate...

Nissanka Latha Mandapaya

Nissanka Latha Mandapaya

One of the more unique structures built by King Nissankamalla in the 1100s, the Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is believed to be the recitation house for...

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park

Spanning a landmass of 8,000 hectares, and a major contributor to the area’s biodiversity due to the presence of the Minneriya Tank, the Minneriya...

Vatadage

Vatadage

One of the more unique structures of the entire kingdom, the Polonnaruwa Vatadage has a long and illustrious history. Considered to be the only...

Parakrama Samudra

Parakrama Samudra

Another ancient monument that was built in the 12th century during the reign of King Parakramabahu, the Parakrama Samudra is a testament to the engineers...

Gal Vihara

Gal Vihara

Built somewhere in the 12th century, during the reign of King Parakramabahu, the Gal Vihara is a unique vestige that further confirms the intricacies...

Palace of King Parakramabahu

Palace of King Parakramabahu

Once towering at 7 stories, and believed to have around 1,000 chambers, the Palace of the great King Parakramabahu is a reminder of just how...

Pottuvil Point

Pottuvil Point

When it comes to surfing, Sri Lanka really has it all; and along the East Coast are some of Sri Lanka’s most popular surf spots. Without question...

Panama Tank

Panama Tank

About 12 km south of Arugam Bay lies the coastal village known as Panama (not to be confused with the country!). The village is a great place for wildlife...

Crocodile Rock

Crocodile Rock

Just a couple hundred metres south from the ever-famous Arugam Bay lies the slightly more elusive Crocodile Rock. While its world-famous neighbour...

Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock Point, named after the rock’s supposed resemblance to an elephant, is an extremely popular surf spot for beginners, located only...

Lahugala Kitulana National Park

Lahugala Kitulana National Park

Lahugala Kitulana National Park is a hidden gem; it is one of the country’s smallest national parks, despite its size it is one of the richest in terms of...

Kudumbigala

Kudumbigala

This is the very first sanctuary built for Buddhists monks in Sri Lanka. The monastery dates back as far as 246 BC to the reign of King Devanampiyatissa...

Pottuvil Lagoon

Pottuvil Lagoon

4km away from Arugam Bay, you will find a hidden gold mine for wildlife: the Pottuvil Lagoon. You will get to cruise along the lagoon, which is 200 acres...

Muhudu Maha Vihara

Muhudu Maha Vihara

Steeped in history, the Muhudu Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple with over 2000 years of history. The temple is found on the sand dunes of Pottuvil...

Kumana National Park</br>From Arugam Bay

Kumana National Park
From Arugam Bay

The park was formerly known as Yala East before it was renamed in 2006. This is a much better option to visit rather than its neighbouring park, Yala, since...

Surf Breaks in Arugam Bay

Surf Breaks in Arugam Bay

It would be an understatement to say surfing in Arugam Bay is a MUST! Surfers from all over the world flock to the town as it boasts some of the best...

Bridge Market

Bridge Market

Batticaloa is a district where heirloom industries take precedence over others. Bustling with peddlers selling their wares, you can always find something...

Whale Watching in Trincomalee

Whale Watching in Trincomalee

From dolphins to tropical fish, and various sharks, the Indian Ocean has been quite generous with its marine biodiversity. But if you’re looking to have...

Archaeological excursions in Polonnaruwa

Archaeological excursions in Polonnaruwa

Sri Lanka has had a long and tumultuous history, filled with kings, grand battles, amazing architecture and epic stories, and that’s what makes it such an...

Kokkadicholai Thaanthonreeswarar Temple

Kokkadicholai Thaanthonreeswarar Temple

Situated about 15km southwest of Batticaloa in the Easter Province is the Kokkadicholai Thaanthonreeswarar kovil, one of the oldest and most...

Kallady Beach

Kallady Beach

Falling under the category of ‘most peaceful beaches’ in Sri Lanka, Kallady Beach is one of those places where people who despise the noise would feel...

Batticaloa Dutch Fort

Batticaloa Dutch Fort

As a country that had been repeatedly colonised, Sri Lanka’s architecture from the past few centuries is a bit of a mix-and-match of various cultures...

Batticaloa Lagoon

Batticaloa Lagoon

There is usually a lot of talk about Sri Lanka’s oceans, but we guarantee that its lagoons are just as impressive! One such lagoon that is most definitely worth...

Watersports

Watersports

Sure, Sri Lanka is famous for its beaches, but you know what doesn’t get enough love? The wide variety of watersports you could take part in while you’re here!...

Kalkudah Beach

Kalkudah Beach

Just a few kilometres from Pasikuda Bay lies Kalkudah beach, a 4km long stretch of sand that is the vision of serenity. Kalkudah beach is the less-frequented...

Pasikuda Bay

Pasikuda Bay

Along the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, right besides Batticaloa, is Pasikuda beach, a two-kilometre stretch famed for its crystal blue waters and golden sand...

St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church

Christianity has existed in Sri Lanka from as early as the 16th century, with records showing that there were designated areas for Christians in the country’s...

Dutch Fort

Dutch Fort

Sri Lanka’s history is littered with periods of brutal colonization under foreign rule, and the remnants of those war-fueled ages can be seen in buildings such...

Angurukaramulla Temple

Angurukaramulla Temple

In the heart of the city of Negombo, in Sri Lanka’s Western Province, the Angurukaramulla Temple is known for the dragon-head that guards its...

Negombo Fish Market

Negombo Fish Market

Negombo made its start as a fishing community, and fishermen today continue to hawk their wares on the city’s sandy shores. Starting from as early as 4AM...

Negombo Beach

Negombo Beach

Negombo is a coastal city that is one of Sri Lanka’s largest economic centres, known for the Dutch Canal that runs through the heart of the city...

Hamilton Canal

Hamilton Canal

The Hamilton Canal (or the Dutch Canal, as it is sometimes known) is a waterway that stretches for 14.5 kilometres between the town of Puttalam and the city...

Charty Beach

Charty Beach

About 15km away from the city of Jaffna is the white sandy beach known as ‘Charty Beach’, a beautiful little spot far from noise and crowds commonly...

Dambakola Patuna

Dambakola Patuna

The Dambakola Patuna is an ancient port located in northern Jaffna with a long history dating back to the first days of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Back in 250 B.C...

Casuarina Beach

Casuarina Beach

Along the northern perimeter of the coastal village of Karaitivu is Casuarina Beach, arguably the most popular one in the northern peninsula. Known by...

Naguleswaram Kovil

Naguleswaram Kovil

The Naguleswaram Kovil, situated atop Keerimalai, is one of Sri lanka’s most significant kovils. Keerimalai itself has quite a reputation...

Kandarodai Temple/Kadurugoda Viharaya

Kandarodai Temple/Kadurugoda Viharaya

Located in the small hamlet known as Kandarodai, the Kadurugoda Viharaya (also known as the Kandarodai Temple) is one of the last Buddhist temples left in...

Nainatheevu

Nainatheevu

Off the coast of Jaffna lies a notable little island known as Nainatheevu, with a rich and conflicting history, and is a popular destination for both locals...

Jaffna Library

Jaffna Library

The Jaffna Public Library, located about 2km from Jaffna town, is one of the city’s most major attractions. Built in 1933, the library was once one of the largest...

Sangiliyan Thoppu and statue

Sangiliyan Thoppu and statue

The Sangiliyan Thoppu is an ancient arch which was once part of the outer facade of the Jaffna Kingdom, at the palace gate. What was once part of the king’s...

Jaffna Fort

Jaffna Fort

Close to the coastal village of Gurunagar, Jaffna, is where you’ll find Fort Jaffna, an intriguing piece of architecture built by the Portuguese between 1618...

Nallur Kandaswamy Temple

Nallur Kandaswamy Temple

Situated about 3km from Jaffna town is the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, one of the most significant kovils in Sri Lanka. The 15th century kovil, dedicated to Lord...

Lovers Leap

Lovers Leap

Though this may not be the first thing on your mind when you think of Sri Lanka, the island offers some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the region, and Lovers...

Hakgala Botanical Garden

Hakgala Botanical Garden

Located about 10 to 16km from Nuwara Eliya is the Hakgala Botanical Garden, one of five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka and the second largest garden...

Seetha Amman Kovil

Seetha Amman Kovil

If you’re familiar with the Ramayana (the world’s largest ancient piece of classical literature), you’ll be familiar with Seetha, King Ravana and Rama...

Moon Plains

Moon Plains

Moon Plains, also known as Sandathenna, is a 400-metre long, ~40 metre deep valley in Ranhawadigama, about 6km from Nuwara Eliya. What was once...

Ambewela Farm

Ambewela Farm

Located in the hill station known as Ambewela (also fondly called ‘Little New Zealand’) is the famous Ambewela Farm. About 17km away from Nuwara Eliya...

Galway’s Land National Park

Galway’s Land National Park

Galway’s land is a montane ecosystem park, just a few kilometres east of the Nuwara Eliya town. Though it’s not very accessible by vehicle...

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park

The Horton Plains National Park, situated in Ohiya, is arguably the most popular attraction within the Central Province. The hazy plains is a goldmine of flora...

Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake, located in the heart of Nuwara Eliya, is a reservoir constructed by British Governor by the name of Sir William Gregory in 1873. Gregory Lake...

Pedro Tea Estate

Pedro Tea Estate

Sri Lanka is famous for its ‘Ceylon tea’, which is a favourite of many tea enthusiasts around the world. If you’re into tea as much as we are, we suggest...

Victoria Park

Victoria Park

What was formally the research field of the Hakgala Botanical Garden, Victoria Park is a 27-acre public park situated at the centre of Nuwara Eliya city...

Sigiriya Museum

Sigiriya Museum

Splendorous architecture, steeped in history and culture, is what visitors to Sigiriya are offered. But there’s much more than meets the eye at ruins of...

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Sigiriya is not just a place of historical and cultural importance in Sri Lanka, but it’s also a significant feat of architecture, with thousands upon thousands of...

Kaudulla National Park

Kaudulla National Park

Kaudulla National Park is a often less-frequented but extremely important park in Sri Lanka. Spanning 6,900ha, the Kaudulla was officially designated as...

Minneriya National Park<br/>Sigiriya

Minneriya National Park
Sigiriya

Sri Lanka’s biodiversity is an amazing feat of nature. We truly have it all, including multiple different ecosystems in close proximity to each other, leading...

Royal Gardens

Royal Gardens

The Lion Rock (Sigiriya) is on many a bucket list for Sri Lankan tourists, and there are many reasons why. The incredible architecture, the puzzling inner...

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

The Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple, is a World Heritage Site located in the town Dambulla in the Matale district. About 17km...

Pidurangala

Pidurangala

Standing at 500m off the ground, Pidurangala is the Lion Rock’s lesser-known neighbour, but it, too, has an intriguing history of its own. Back when King...

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya, now a world-renowned architectural wonder of the Ancient World and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most popular destinations in...

Pallekele Cricket Stadium

Pallekele Cricket Stadium

Sri Lanka is a country that is synonymous with the sport of cricket, which is the most popular sport on the island. It was introduced to locals by British...

Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Vihara

Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Vihara

Situated less than an hour away from the city of Kandy, on the road between Negombo and Peradeniya, the Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Vihara is one...

Wales Park

Wales Park

Wales Park in Kandy is known by many names: The Royal Palace Park, Wace Park or Rajawasala Park. Situated on top of a hill, the park covers approximately 2...

Ceylon Tea Museum

Ceylon Tea Museum

Situated around four kilometres to the south of Kandy, the Ceylon Tea Museum occupies a building that was once the Hatane Tea Factory, constructed in 1925...

Millennium Elephant Foundation

Millennium Elephant Foundation

Spanning a 15-acre estate that is located around 10 kilometres to the northwest of the town of Kegalle, the Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) is a charity...

Commonwealth War Cemetery

Commonwealth War Cemetery

During World War II, the city of Kandy hosted the Headquarters of the South East Asian Command and was a key location for the war effort. The graveyard that...

Udawattekele Sanctuary

Udawattekele Sanctuary

Spanning over an area of more than 100 hectares, the Udawattekele Sanctuary is a historic forest reserve that sits on a hill within the city of Kandy...

Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden

Once, over a hundred years ago, the 60 hectares of land that today forms the Royal Botanical Garden was reserved for the exclusive use of Sri Lanka’s...

Ranweli Spice Garden

Ranweli Spice Garden

Around an hour’s drive north of Kandy, the Ranweli Spice Garden is situated in Kawudupelella in Matale and pays homage to the long history of Sri Lankan...

Bahirawakanda Temple

Bahirawakanda Temple

The temple on the hill of Bahirawakanda, called the Sri Maha Bodhi Viharaya, is most well-known to tourists for its giant Buddha statue, which can be...

Hulu River Waterfall

Hulu River Waterfall

Hulu River Waterfall is a stunning waterfall that is located in Huluganga Town (a village within the Central Province of Sri Lanka) and is regarded by local...

Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake is an artificial lake that is also known as the Kiri Muhuda, and it can be found in the heart of Kandy city. Built in the early 19th century by King...

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Within the royal palace complex of the ancient Kingdom of Kandy, the Sri Dalada Maligawa is a Buddhist temple that is home to the tooth relic of Lord Buddha...

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Located in the village of Pinnawala, halfway between the capital city of Colombo and the ancient kingdom of Kandy, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an...

Kataragama

Kataragama

Kataragama is perhaps one of the most fascinating places in Sri Lanka, particularly in terms of its lore, as well as how it holds religious and cultural...

Magul Maha Viharaya

Magul Maha Viharaya

The Magul Maha Viharaya is an protected archeological monument located in Lahugala, 11 km from Pottuvil town. Lahugala was once part of the ancient...

Sithulpawwa

Sithulpawwa

In Hambantota, about 293 km from Colombo, you’ll find Sithulpawwa. Located about 18km east from Kataragama, the Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya...

Kebiliththa

Kebiliththa

Kebiliththa is a place considered highly sacred by Buddhists and Hindus alike, and people come from all over the world to meditate here. Located in Block 4 of...

Okanda Devalaya

Okanda Devalaya

The Okanda Devalaya (or Ukanthamalai Murugan Kovil) is located in Okanda, a small hamlet in the Ampara District along Sri Lanka’s East Coast...

Bird watching

Bird watching

Yala National Park is 978.807 km2 hotspot of biodiversity, with hundreds of flora and fauna species claiming it as their home. Alongside this feat, Yala is...

Yala National Park

Yala National Park

Without a question Sri Lanka’s most popular national park, Yala is situated about 260 km southeast of Colombo. Officially designated as a national park on 1st...

Japanese Peace Pagoda

Japanese Peace Pagoda

In 1947, a Japanese Buddhist monk by the name of Nichidatsu Fujii dedicated his life to constructing Peace Pagodas around the world as symbols of...

Galle International Cricket Stadium

Galle International Cricket Stadium

Known to cricket enthusiasts as the one of the luckiest grounds for Sri Lanka’s national team, the Galle International Stadium covers over four hectares and is...

Galle Library

Galle Library

The Galle Library, which stands next to the Dutch Reformed Church (or Groote Kerk) on Church Street in the historic Galle Fort, was established in the year 1832...

Dutch Hospital

Dutch Hospital

The Dutch Hospital (also known as the Old Galle Dutch Hospital) is a restored two-storey colonial building situated on the eastern side of the historic Galle Fort...

Sudharmalaya Temple

Sudharmalaya Temple

The Sudharmalaya Temple is a Buddhist temple situated within the Galle Fort, which is one of Sri Lanka’s five UNESCO world heritage sites. It sits at the heart...

Meeran Mosque

Meeran Mosque

Opposite the Galle Lighthouse, the Meeran Mosque is a beautifully crafted piece of architecture that lies within the ramparts of the Galle Fort, serving the majority...

Groote Kerk

Groote Kerk

Situated within the historic Galle Fort in Sri Lanka, the Groote Kerk is one of the oldest Protestant churches to serve the island. It was built by the Dutch in 1755...

Galle National Museum

Galle National Museum

The Galle National Museum is one of Sri Lanka’s major national museums, and is located within the oldest standing Dutch building in the Galle Fort...

National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum is located within the Galle Fort, one of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO world heritage sites, inside a Dutch warehouse that dates back to the...

Point Utrecht Bastion

Point Utrecht Bastion

The eastern wall of the historic Galle Fort ends at the Point Utrecht Bastion, which hosts the famous Galle Lighthouse. It is one of 14 bastions that fortified the city...

Old Gate

Old Gate

The Galle Fort is a major heritage monument that has been designated as one of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO world heritage sites, with a history that goes back for over...

Main Gate

Main Gate

Galle Fort is one of Sri Lanka’s five historic UNESCO world heritage sites, and is the largest fortress in Asia that was built by Europeans invaders. For 200 years...

Flag Rock

Flag Rock

On the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, within the Bay of Galle, the Galle Fort sits as a major tourist attraction and UNESCO world heritage site. Built by the...

Galle Clocktower

Galle Clocktower

Situated around 3.5 kilometres away from Galle’s city centre, the Galle Clock Tower can be found inside the Galle Fort immediately within its ramparts...

Galle Lighthouse

Galle Lighthouse

The Galle Lighthouse is Sri Lanka’s oldest light station, dating back to the mid-19th century and situated within the walls of the Galle Fort, a UNESCO world...

Gane Purana Raja Maha Viharaya

Gane Purana Raja Maha Viharaya

The Gane Purana Raja Maha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple located in the coastal town of Bentota, with a history reaching as far back as the Polonnaruwa...

Turtle Hatchery

Turtle Hatchery

Sri Lanka is one of the world’s major biodiversity hotspots, and a chief concern for the island is the conservation of its wildlife. The turtle hatcheries that you find...

Galapata Raja Vihara

Galapata Raja Vihara

The Galapata Raja Maha Vihara is an ancient Buddhist temple that lies close to the Bentara river. There are four other temples operating along the route of the...

Bentota Lake

Bentota Lake

Bentota Lake sits sandwiched between the town’s beach coast, the bank of the Bentota River, and Galle road. There are restaurants on its shore from where..

Lunuganga Estate

Lunuganga Estate

The Lunuganga Estate was the country home of famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, younger brother to landscape architect Bevis Bawa. It began...

Brief Garden

Brief Garden

Bevis Bawa, owner and designer of Brief Garden, was a landscape architect and the older brother of famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa...

Kande Viharaya

Kande Viharaya

Located at the top of a hill near the town of Aluthgama in the Kalutara District, the Kande Viharaya is one of the most well-known Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka...

Beira Lake

Beira Lake

Beira Lake is a well-known landmark within Colombo, situated in the heart of the capital and providing much-needed respite to the city’s residents from the...

Nelum Pokuna

Nelum Pokuna

The Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre (known simply as the Nelum Pokuna to most locals), is a major performing arts centre in the heart of the city...

Khan Clocktower

Khan Clocktower

The Khan Clock Tower is one of three ancient clock towers in Colombo. The inscription at the base of the four-storey tower in Pettah tells a story of two sons...

Independence Memorial Hall

Independence Memorial Hall

On the 4th of February 1948, in Torrington Square, Sri Lanka’s first elected parliament - that was independent of British rule - was officially opened in a...

Old Galle Buck Lighthouse

Old Galle Buck Lighthouse

A little further on from the well-known Galle Face Green lies the Old Galle Buck Lighthouse, situated in the centre of the rapidly developing zone of the Colombo...

Old & New Kathiresan Temple

Old & New Kathiresan Temple

Hidden within the crowded streets of Colombo, the Old & New Kathiresan Temples stand dedicated to Skanda, the Hindu God of War, also known as Lord...

Galle Face Green

Galle Face Green

Galle Face Green is a ribbon of land that stretches for half a kilometre along the coast of the Indian Ocean in central Colombo, measuring up to an area of five...

Gangaramaya Temple

Gangaramaya Temple

In the heart of Colombo, situated near the shore of Beira Lake, the Gangaramaya Temple is one of the oldest and most cultural significant temples of the city...

Red Mosque

Red Mosque

In the heart of the busy streets of Pettah, rising proudly out of the bustling crowds of Colombo, the red and white structure of the Jami-ul-Alfar Mosque...

Seema Malakaya Meditation Centre

Seema Malakaya Meditation Centre

In the middle of the constant hustle and flow of Colombo, the Seema Malakaya is everything that is peaceful and serene. Floating to the east of South Beira Lake...

Geoffrey Bawa House

Geoffrey Bawa House

Geoffrey Bawa was a Sri Lankan architect that lived between 1919 and 2003, and one of the most influential architects in the region at the time. His works include...

Old Dutch Hospital

Old Dutch Hospital

The Old Dutch Hospital is one of the oldest buildings in the Colombo Fort area, having been built somewhere in the late 17th century by the Dutch...

Colombo Lotus Tower

Colombo Lotus Tower

Rising out of the shores of Beira Lake in Colombo, the Lotus Tower is a landmark skyscraper that currently holds the titles for the tallest self-supported structure...

Colombo National Museum

Colombo National Museum

In the heart of Colombo, a mere stone’s throw away from the beautifully manicured lawns of Viharamahadevi Park, lies the Colombo National Museum...

Exploring Sri Lanka’s Religious Places of Worship

Exploring Sri Lanka’s Religious Places of Worship

Sri Lanka is home to many different groups of people, and amongst them, there are four main religions being practiced. Every custom and religion in Sri Lanka...

Museums In Sri Lanka You Must Visit With Your Friends

Museums In Sri Lanka You Must Visit With Your Friends

One of the best things about exploring a foreign country with your friends is that you get to explore a whole other culture together. Sri Lanka welcomes...