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World famous beaches, national parks, safaris UNESCO world heritage sites, deep sea diving and so much more. Excited already? We wouldn’t blame you.

 
POPULAR TOURS
  • Mini Island Tour    

    Mini Island Tour

    This tour will take you to historic Dambulla Cave Temple to the Dalada Temple and various cultural activities in Kandy including the Royal...

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    Peace n Serenity Tour

    Explore the unique island heritage. Head to the Kandy town and soak up its historic past and culture, explore Dambulla rock temple, climb...

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    Seat-in-coach Tour

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What To See

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island of splendor whose sights are endless and diverse. Along the coast are its famed beaches: Unawatuna, Trincomalee, Arugam Bay and Hikkaduwa. The hill country is studded with tea plantations. Some of its more popular destinations are the last ancient capital of Sri Lanka: Kandy and a scenic town named Nuwara Eliya. Sri Lankan is studded with places of unbelievable natural beauty such as Horton plains, Adam’s peak, Sinharaja rainforest and various National parks that also have an abundance of wildlife.

A visit to Ratnapura, the city of gems, will showcase some of Sri Lanka’s best kept treasures: gems and precious stones. Ambalangoda is famous for its painted wooden masks and puppet making. The country’s multiple religions have led to a vibrant culture where places of tourist interest include temples, kovils and churches that have been in existence for centuries. Sri Lanka’s iconic historic past can be seen in its archaeological cities of which several are UNESCO heritage sites: Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Galle Fort.

Tourists also like to explore the capital city, Colombo. Visit popular hangouts and shopping spots like Barefoot and Odel and the chaotic yet colonial looking neighborhoods of Pettah and Fort. Some of Colombo’s landmarks are Galle Face Green, Old Parliament, Torrington Square and World Trade Centre.

Colombo Attractions

The capital city is a favourite among tourists. Some of its attractions are the old fort originally built by the Portuguese, and the Lighthouse Clock Tower. Mount Lavinia beach is a favourite haunt among locals as well as foreigners.

Kelaniya Raja Mahaviharaya

Six miles from Colombo, the temple stands beside the Kelani River. This is one of the 3 places in Sri Lanka visited by Lord Buddha. The Kelaniya temple has reverent charm with its painted ceilings, Buddhist architecture and Buddhist depictions in sculpture.

Dehiwala Zoo

A welcome break from the concrete jungle, the Dehiwala Zoo is just a bit off Colombo. Shady pathways and arched bridges lead to the enclosures. The animals are enclosed in cages or airy enclosures. The Zoo has been in existence from 1936 and was originally a place where circus animals were trained. Some of the highlights are the elephant enclosure and the moss covered lake that is home to many birds and is surrounded by lush greenery. There is a petting corner where you can pet a python or a majestic eagle or watch a chimpanzee up to tricks. There is a diversity of animals from birds, primates, fish and reptiles. Each year the Zoo exchanges some of its animals with other Zoos in the world to widen the collection of animals. Tickets must be purchased at the gate and no polythene bags are allowed for the safety of animals.

Wolfendhal Church

A stone church build during the Dutch period has tombstones set on the floor and can be found in Kotahena as can the Garrison Church of St Peter on Church St. in Colombo 01.

Independence Square

Is a monument of independence that was erected to commemorate freedom from the British in 1948. It is located at Cinnamon Gardens in Colombo. The place has a unique architecture where stone lions stand majestically looking out into the city. The place is usually frequented by joggers and families.

Galle Face Green

A one and a half kilometer promenade built by Sir Henry ward in 1850s is one of the few community spaces in Colombo. Vendors sell colorful toys and kites and lighted gadgets. Great place to get an Isso or prawn wade or some tempered kadala in a bag.

Museums

Cutural buffs can visit the Colombo Museum. Founded in 1877, the building is a colonial architectural masterpiece. The building is steeped in the vast history of the Sri Lankan people their cultural and way of life. There is a separate wing that displays the natural history of the island. Stone antiquities, jewellery and silverware, pottery, maps and prints, brass ware, arms and weapons, textile, ola manuscripts and writings, china, glassware, coins and currency can all be witnessed at the museum. The museum has a shop where you can buy souvenirs and collectibles. Tickets must be purchased. Open from 9 a.m. till 6. 30 p.m.

The Kandy Museum
The building was one where the Queens of King Sri Wickrama Rajasingha, the last Sri Lankan King, live and portray the architecture predominant during the Kandyan This building known as Pallevahala which now holds items of historical value such as silverware, weaponry, cutlery and cooking utensils. The museum was first opened to the public in1942.

Tea Museum Kandy
IF you’d like to know the history of tea, visit the Tea museum in Hantana, Kandy where old machinery has been restored to working order. A Ruston and Hornby developed diesel engine can be found here. This and other liquid engines are exhibited in the Engine Room of the museum. The exhibit shows how power for tea estates was provided by water driven turbines. Tea making techniques such as rolling can also be observed.

Want to visit more museums? There are several across the island each with its own set of unique artifacts, predominantly showcasing regional ones.

Dutch Museum- Prince Street, Colombo 11
Independence Memorial Museum- Independence Square, Colombo 7
Anuradhapura Folk Museum Old Town (see Anuradhapura)
Brahmachari Wallisinghe Harischandra Memorial Museum- Nugawela, Katana
Maritime Museum Fort, Galle

Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura

Situated almost at the centre of the island’s northern plains, the city rose to prominence very early in the development of Sri Lanka, and maintained its pre-eminent position for more than a millennium until being finally laid waste by Indian invaders in 993. Today, Anuradhapura remains a magical place....

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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is home to the world’s largest troupe of captive pachyderms. The animals here range from newborns to elderly matriarchs, and include abandoned elephants, as well as those injured in the wild. Twice daily the elephants are driven to the Ma Oya river for a leisurely bath but...

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Hill Country
Hill Country

Occupying the island’s southern heartlands, the sublime green heights of the hill country are a world away from the sweltering coastal lowlands – indeed nothing encapsulates the scenic diversity of Sri Lanka as much as the short journey by road or rail from the humid urban melee of Colombo to the cool...

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Trincomalee
Trincomalee

Eastern Sri Lanka’s major town, Trincomalee has been celebrated since antiquity for its superlative deep-water harbour, one of the finest in the world. The town served as the major conduit for the island’s seaborne trade during the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa periods, and the harbour was later fought...

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Sigiriya
Sigiriya

About 165 km away from Colombo, the spectacular citadel of Sigiriya – a remarkable archeological site made unforgettable by its dramatic setting rises sheer and impregnable out of the denuded plains of the dry zone, sitting atop a huge outcrop of gneiss rock towering 200m above the surrounding countryside....

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