Explore Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka’s Cultural and Religious sites are many. They range from the ancient ruins of cities, temples and shrines in the Cultural Triangle including the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy to the remains of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonisation in the form of old forts (especially the one at Galle). In Colombo there are statues of cultural interest as well as modern monuments such as Independence Square.
- Ceylon Tea Museum, the History of Tea
- Sita Eliya, a Revered Site of Legend
- Ritigala, a Wild Religious Retreat
- Adam's Peak
- Nallur Kovil, a Hindu Sanctuary
- Independence Square
Nearly a quarter of Sri Lanka has dense forest cover and approximately half of that is devoted to wildlife protection. There are 16 National Parks and two Marine Parks covering the entire range of the island’s eco systems and its flora and fauna. Among these are the Horton Plains National Park which represents the montane wet-zone eco systems and the world famous Ruhunu (Yala) National Park in the southeast popular for watching elephants and leopards.
- Yala National Park li>
- Kumana National Park, a Premier Bird Sanctuary li>
- Gal Oya National Park, Centred Around a Reservoir li>
- Udawalawe National Park, a Nature Reserve li>
- Wilpattu National Park, the Home of Leopards li>
The World Heritage List compiled by UNESCO of places that are considered part of the world’s heritage which should be protected, includes eight remarkable attractions in Sri Lanka. These are the ruins of the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura, which flourished from the 5th century BC until the 10th century; the ruins of the successor kingdom, Polonnaruwa (9th to 14th century) and the incredible Sigiriya Rock, which became a fortress in the 5th century.
- Sacred City of Anuradhapura
- Ancient City of Polonnaruwa
- Ancient City of Sigiriya
- Sacred City of Kandy
- Golden Temple of Dambulla
- Old Town of Galle & its Fortifications
- Singharaja Forest Reserve
- Central Highlands
Sri Lanka is surrounded by beaches, both long stretches of golden sand along the west and east coasts and small coves and bays many surrounded by jungle wilderness on the south coast. In the north, too, there is a popular beach.
- Pigeon Island
- Mount Lavinia
- Arugam Bay
Sri Lanka still has the charm conjured up by its earlier name of Serendib or as its colonial name of Ceylon suggests. It’s an island set in the Indian Ocean, just 30km off the southeast coastal tip of India. Being close to the Equator, Sri Lanka’s seasons are not well defined and there is no cold winter but the temperature can drop to an average low of 12 degrees in the hill country town of Nuwara Eliya or soar to a high of 33 degrees in the east coast town of Trincomalee.
While the island has plenty of beaches, the most popular being along the west and south coasts, with the east coast attracting visitors from May to September, it is also a destination for the nature lover with lush vegetation, broad rivers and plunging waterfalls and wild life ranging from elephants, leopards and crocodiles to peacocks and beautiful butterflies. There are ruins over 2,000 years old, modern hotels, and a people delighted to welcome visitors.