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Restaurant serving authentic Sri Lankan Food
Come, visit Nuga Gama, a rustic haven in the middle of an urban atmosphere, serving a delicious traditional Sri Lankan buffet cooked by local ammes and a unique village experience. Trust this restaurant set around a 200 year-old banyan tree, to cast its rural charm on you.
Nuga Gama
Come, visit Nuga Gama, a rustic haven in the middle of an urban atmosphere, serving a delicious traditional Sri Lankan buffet cooked by local ammes and a unique village experience. Trust this restaurant set around a 200 year-old banyan tree, to cast its rural charm on you.
Food Scene
88 Chinese Seafood Restaurant is a long time player in the local Chinese food scene. It's incredibly popular among both locals and Chinese expats.
88 Chinese Restaurant
88 Chinese Seafood Restaurant is a long time player in the local Chinese food scene. It's incredibly popular among both locals and Chinese expats.
Hotels
Occupying an 1806 mansion on a promontory overlooking the Laccadive Sea, this striking hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Mount Lavinia railway station, and 4 km from the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. The traditional rooms come with minibars, free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, as well as wood floors. Upgraded rooms add private balconies with sea views, and suites have living rooms and dining areas. Room service is available. Breakfast is free. There are 3 restaurants, including a beachfront eatery specialising in seafood, along with a casual bar. There's also a spa and a beauty salon, plus a gym and an outdoor pool. Check-in time: 2:00 PM Check-out time: 11:00 AM
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Mount Lavinia Hotel
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Occupying an 1806 mansion on a promontory overlooking the Laccadive Sea, this striking hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Mount Lavinia railway station, and 4 km from the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. The traditional rooms come with minibars, free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, as well as wood floors. Upgraded rooms add private balconies with sea views, and suites have living rooms and dining areas. Room service is available. Breakfast is free. There are 3 restaurants, including a beachfront eatery specialising in seafood, along with a casual bar. There's also a spa and a beauty salon, plus a gym and an outdoor pool. Check-in time: 2:00 PM Check-out time: 11:00 AM
Set 1 km from both the Slave Island Railway Station and Galle Face Green, a seaside urban park, this grand resort hotel is also 2 km from Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple. Featuring picture windows, the polished rooms come with minibars, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Suites add living rooms and dining areas, and some offer kitchenettes, wet bars or butler service. There are 16 restaurants and bars offering a range of cuisine. There's also a full-service spa complex, as well as an outdoor pool, and a gym with a sauna and a steam room. Additional amenities include a shopping mall and a business centre. Parking is free. Check-in time: 1:00 PM Check-out time: 12:00 PM
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Cinnamon Grand Colombo
77 Galle Rd
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Set 1 km from both the Slave Island Railway Station and Galle Face Green, a seaside urban park, this grand resort hotel is also 2 km from Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple. Featuring picture windows, the polished rooms come with minibars, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Suites add living rooms and dining areas, and some offer kitchenettes, wet bars or butler service. There are 16 restaurants and bars offering a range of cuisine. There's also a full-service spa complex, as well as an outdoor pool, and a gym with a sauna and a steam room. Additional amenities include a shopping mall and a business centre. Parking is free. Check-in time: 1:00 PM Check-out time: 12:00 PM
Nestled between Beira Lake and the city, this upscale hotel is 2 km from Galle Face Green park. The elegant rooms provide city or lake views, and feature minibars, Wi-Fi and cable TV, along with tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms provide access to an executive lounge offering free breakfast, snacks and drinks. Suites add living rooms and personal butler service, and some have terraces. An upgraded suite adds a dining area, a kitchen, a grand piano and a whirlpool bath. There are 3 restaurants, including a polished Thai eatery. There's also a cafe, a lobby lounge and an exclusive library (members only), plus a gym, an outdoor pool and a spa. Check-in time: 12:00 PM Check-out time: 12:00 PM
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
117 Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawath
Nestled between Beira Lake and the city, this upscale hotel is 2 km from Galle Face Green park. The elegant rooms provide city or lake views, and feature minibars, Wi-Fi and cable TV, along with tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms provide access to an executive lounge offering free breakfast, snacks and drinks. Suites add living rooms and personal butler service, and some have terraces. An upgraded suite adds a dining area, a kitchen, a grand piano and a whirlpool bath. There are 3 restaurants, including a polished Thai eatery. There's also a cafe, a lobby lounge and an exclusive library (members only), plus a gym, an outdoor pool and a spa. Check-in time: 12:00 PM Check-out time: 12:00 PM
Set on the Galle Face Promenade overlooking the Indian Ocean, this upmarket hotel is surrounded by high-end shopping and dining. It's a 6-minute walk from Galle Face Green urban park and 2 km from Beira Lake. Featuring city, lake or ocean views, the refined rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities, plus minibars. Upgraded rooms add balconies. Suites offer separate living rooms and access to a club lounge. There are 4 restaurants, most with ocean views, as well as a whiskey and jazz bar, a lobby tea lounge, and a cocktail bar with a terrace. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a gym and a posh spa. Check-in time: 2:00 PM Check-out time: 12:00 PM
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
1 CGHW Highway
Set on the Galle Face Promenade overlooking the Indian Ocean, this upmarket hotel is surrounded by high-end shopping and dining. It's a 6-minute walk from Galle Face Green urban park and 2 km from Beira Lake. Featuring city, lake or ocean views, the refined rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities, plus minibars. Upgraded rooms add balconies. Suites offer separate living rooms and access to a club lounge. There are 4 restaurants, most with ocean views, as well as a whiskey and jazz bar, a lobby tea lounge, and a cocktail bar with a terrace. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a gym and a posh spa. Check-in time: 2:00 PM Check-out time: 12:00 PM
Overlooking the Indian Ocean, this refined hotel is 2 km from Galle Face Green park and Beira Lake. Chic, traditionally furnished rooms with ocean or harbour views and warm decor feature marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Upgraded rooms offer more floor space and access to the executive lounge. Luxe suites add living rooms. Room/butler service is available 24/7. There are 4 restaurants offering international fare, as well as 3 bars. There's also an outdoor pool, a plush spa and a fitness centre, plus meeting and function areas. Breakfast is extra. Check-in time: 2:00 PM Check-out time: 12:00 PM
The Kingsbury Colombo
Overlooking the Indian Ocean, this refined hotel is 2 km from Galle Face Green park and Beira Lake. Chic, traditionally furnished rooms with ocean or harbour views and warm decor feature marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Upgraded rooms offer more floor space and access to the executive lounge. Luxe suites add living rooms. Room/butler service is available 24/7. There are 4 restaurants offering international fare, as well as 3 bars. There's also an outdoor pool, a plush spa and a fitness centre, plus meeting and function areas. Breakfast is extra. Check-in time: 2:00 PM Check-out time: 12:00 PM
Linked by a walkway to Colombo's World Trade Center, this modern hotel is a 9-minute walk from Fort railway station and a 12-minute walk from the beach. Bright, warm rooms offer Wi-Fi (fee), flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Some have ocean views. Suites and club rooms gain access to a lounge offering free breakfast and snacks; they also feature separate living rooms. Room service is available. Dining options include a colonial-style pub, a karaoke bar and an Italian restaurant. There's also a gym, a beauty salon, a shopping mall, and an outdoor pool with a kids' pool and a bar. Parking is included. Check-in time: 3:00 PM Check-out time: 12:00 PM
Hilton Colombo
Linked by a walkway to Colombo's World Trade Center, this modern hotel is a 9-minute walk from Fort railway station and a 12-minute walk from the beach. Bright, warm rooms offer Wi-Fi (fee), flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Some have ocean views. Suites and club rooms gain access to a lounge offering free breakfast and snacks; they also feature separate living rooms. Room service is available. Dining options include a colonial-style pub, a karaoke bar and an Italian restaurant. There's also a gym, a beauty salon, a shopping mall, and an outdoor pool with a kids' pool and a bar. Parking is included. Check-in time: 3:00 PM Check-out time: 12:00 PM
Shopping
Upscale shopping center featuring high-end shops, an international food court & a multiplex cinema.
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Colombo City Centre
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Upscale shopping center featuring high-end shops, an international food court & a multiplex cinema.
Colombo’s first prestigious shopping development. A premier retail, entertainment and dining paradise to unite local and global shoppers From the outset, the design was planned to offer a fusion of clear sight lines, ease of access and an environment rendered in high quality materials. Providing the globe’s best known and best loved names with optimal display and foot traffic opportunities and ensuring that visitors are engaged and satisfied with an experience unlike anything else in Colombo. At the rooftop, find a plethora of alfresco dining options with cuisines to suit every taste, all with spectacular views of the ocean make this a must visit attraction for having a drink with friends, colleagues or the family. For everyday dining, the high-quality themed food court will offer familiar international brands alongside the best of local flavours with something for every palate and pocket, ensuring an endless stream of activity passing through the mall.
One Galle Face
02 Centre Road
Colombo’s first prestigious shopping development. A premier retail, entertainment and dining paradise to unite local and global shoppers From the outset, the design was planned to offer a fusion of clear sight lines, ease of access and an environment rendered in high quality materials. Providing the globe’s best known and best loved names with optimal display and foot traffic opportunities and ensuring that visitors are engaged and satisfied with an experience unlike anything else in Colombo. At the rooftop, find a plethora of alfresco dining options with cuisines to suit every taste, all with spectacular views of the ocean make this a must visit attraction for having a drink with friends, colleagues or the family. For everyday dining, the high-quality themed food court will offer familiar international brands alongside the best of local flavours with something for every palate and pocket, ensuring an endless stream of activity passing through the mall.
Sightseeing
The Lion Rock of Sigiriya is one of the most famous highlights in Sri Lanka. The photogenic rock is over 200 meters high and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On top of this rock stood the palace of King Kasyapa in the 5th century. You can still see the ruins of the palace at the top, from where you have an amazing view over the vast green jungle. The rock owes its name to the lion, carved in stone, which guards the stairs. Now only the legs are left. At the foot of the rock you will find beautifully landscaped gardens, canals, a small museum and countless monkeys roaming around. The climb up, via almost 1900 steps, is tough but well worth it. Halfway up you can make a stop at the well-preserved murals of undressed women and at a smoothly polished mirror wall in which the king could admire himself. Travel tips Sigiriya Visit Sigiriya early in the morning when it is still cool. The climb is even harder in the afternoon heat. Although the late afternoon is a bit quieter in terms of visitors. From Colombo and Kandy you can also book a full day tour to Sigiriya, often including a visit to the Dambulla Cave Temples. Take into account crowds and a fairly hefty entrance fee of approximately $ 30. Best hotels Sigiriya Budget: Sigiri Tarushan Home Stay Homestay: Sigiriya Peacock Homestay Mid-range: Sigiriya Riverside Villa with normal rooms and tree houses! Comfortable luxury: Hotel Sigiriya
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Sigiriya
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The Lion Rock of Sigiriya is one of the most famous highlights in Sri Lanka. The photogenic rock is over 200 meters high and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On top of this rock stood the palace of King Kasyapa in the 5th century. You can still see the ruins of the palace at the top, from where you have an amazing view over the vast green jungle. The rock owes its name to the lion, carved in stone, which guards the stairs. Now only the legs are left. At the foot of the rock you will find beautifully landscaped gardens, canals, a small museum and countless monkeys roaming around. The climb up, via almost 1900 steps, is tough but well worth it. Halfway up you can make a stop at the well-preserved murals of undressed women and at a smoothly polished mirror wall in which the king could admire himself. Travel tips Sigiriya Visit Sigiriya early in the morning when it is still cool. The climb is even harder in the afternoon heat. Although the late afternoon is a bit quieter in terms of visitors. From Colombo and Kandy you can also book a full day tour to Sigiriya, often including a visit to the Dambulla Cave Temples. Take into account crowds and a fairly hefty entrance fee of approximately $ 30. Best hotels Sigiriya Budget: Sigiri Tarushan Home Stay Homestay: Sigiriya Peacock Homestay Mid-range: Sigiriya Riverside Villa with normal rooms and tree houses! Comfortable luxury: Hotel Sigiriya
 Zoeken Blogs Top 20 places to visit in Sri Lanka! – with photos, travel tips, itinerary and best hotel tips Top 20 places to visit in Sri Lanka! – with photos, travel tips, itinerary and best hotel tips  Sri Lanka is one of the “hottest” destinations in Asia at the moment. This still relatively unknown holiday destination is full of beautiful places. You will find fairy-like temples, historic cities, game parks where you can go on safari, bounty beaches, surf bays, mountains and valleys, tea plantations and much more! This makes it extremely difficult to select the most beautiful places for your Sri Lanka tour. We are happy to lend you a hand and list our Top 20 with the most beautiful destinations for your holiday in Sri Lanka, in random order. Don’t miss these sights in Sri Lanka! 1. Sigiriya The Lion Rock of Sigiriya is one of the most famous highlights in Sri Lanka. The photogenic rock is over 200 meters high and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On top of this rock stood the palace of King Kasyapa in the 5th century. You can still see the ruins of the palace at the top, from where you have an amazing view over the vast green jungle. The rock owes its name to the lion, carved in stone, which guards the stairs. Now only the legs are left. At the foot of the rock you will find beautifully landscaped gardens, canals, a small museum and countless monkeys roaming around. The climb up, via almost 1900 steps, is tough but well worth it. Halfway up you can make a stop at the well-preserved murals of undressed women and at a smoothly polished mirror wall in which the king could admire himself. Travel tips Sigiriya Visit Sigiriya early in the morning when it is still cool. The climb is even harder in the afternoon heat. Although the late afternoon is a bit quieter in terms of visitors. From Colombo and Kandy you can also book a full day tour to Sigiriya, often including a visit to the Dambulla Cave Temples. Take into account crowds and a fairly hefty entrance fee of approximately $ 30. Best hotels Sigiriya Budget: Sigiri Tarushan Home Stay Homestay: Sigiriya Peacock Homestay Mid-range: Sigiriya Riverside Villa with normal rooms and tree houses! Comfortable luxury: Hotel Sigiriya 2. Ella Discover the relaxation paradise of Sri Lanka; Ella. A village with a wonderful vibe in a beautiful green, hilly environment. Ella is known as a backpacker’s paradise, but is also a great destination for luxury travelers during their Sri Lanka tour. In the vicinity you will find tea plantations, waterfalls, viewpoints and the most beautiful hiking trails. Climb Ella Rock (about 2.5 hours of hiking) for a great view and also hike up on Little Adam’s Peak (about 1.5 hours) for even more panoramas. Furthermore, the Rawana Falls, the Nine Arch Bridge and some temples and tea factories are worth a visit. Moreover, Ella is known for a famous train ride! The train journey from Ella to Kandy (around 7 hours) goes straight through the tea plantations and is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Travel tips Ella – Take beautiful walks in the surroundings of Ella, including Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock. – Take the train journey from Ella to Kandy (or vice versa) and enjoy the lush tea plantations where you can see the tea pickers at work. Tip: Make a stop along the way in Nuwara Eliya (see number 6) for a few nights to interrupt the train journey.   Best hotels Ella Budget: Ella Okreech Cottages Mid-range: The Chillout Ella Homestay: Ella Secret Paradise Comfortable luxury: Zion View Ella Sleeping in a treehouse: Ella Treehouse Pearl and Ella Eco Lodge both offer nice treehouse overnight stays!
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Ella
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 Zoeken Blogs Top 20 places to visit in Sri Lanka! – with photos, travel tips, itinerary and best hotel tips Top 20 places to visit in Sri Lanka! – with photos, travel tips, itinerary and best hotel tips  Sri Lanka is one of the “hottest” destinations in Asia at the moment. This still relatively unknown holiday destination is full of beautiful places. You will find fairy-like temples, historic cities, game parks where you can go on safari, bounty beaches, surf bays, mountains and valleys, tea plantations and much more! This makes it extremely difficult to select the most beautiful places for your Sri Lanka tour. We are happy to lend you a hand and list our Top 20 with the most beautiful destinations for your holiday in Sri Lanka, in random order. Don’t miss these sights in Sri Lanka! 1. Sigiriya The Lion Rock of Sigiriya is one of the most famous highlights in Sri Lanka. The photogenic rock is over 200 meters high and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On top of this rock stood the palace of King Kasyapa in the 5th century. You can still see the ruins of the palace at the top, from where you have an amazing view over the vast green jungle. The rock owes its name to the lion, carved in stone, which guards the stairs. Now only the legs are left. At the foot of the rock you will find beautifully landscaped gardens, canals, a small museum and countless monkeys roaming around. The climb up, via almost 1900 steps, is tough but well worth it. Halfway up you can make a stop at the well-preserved murals of undressed women and at a smoothly polished mirror wall in which the king could admire himself. Travel tips Sigiriya Visit Sigiriya early in the morning when it is still cool. The climb is even harder in the afternoon heat. Although the late afternoon is a bit quieter in terms of visitors. From Colombo and Kandy you can also book a full day tour to Sigiriya, often including a visit to the Dambulla Cave Temples. Take into account crowds and a fairly hefty entrance fee of approximately $ 30. Best hotels Sigiriya Budget: Sigiri Tarushan Home Stay Homestay: Sigiriya Peacock Homestay Mid-range: Sigiriya Riverside Villa with normal rooms and tree houses! Comfortable luxury: Hotel Sigiriya 2. Ella Discover the relaxation paradise of Sri Lanka; Ella. A village with a wonderful vibe in a beautiful green, hilly environment. Ella is known as a backpacker’s paradise, but is also a great destination for luxury travelers during their Sri Lanka tour. In the vicinity you will find tea plantations, waterfalls, viewpoints and the most beautiful hiking trails. Climb Ella Rock (about 2.5 hours of hiking) for a great view and also hike up on Little Adam’s Peak (about 1.5 hours) for even more panoramas. Furthermore, the Rawana Falls, the Nine Arch Bridge and some temples and tea factories are worth a visit. Moreover, Ella is known for a famous train ride! The train journey from Ella to Kandy (around 7 hours) goes straight through the tea plantations and is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Travel tips Ella – Take beautiful walks in the surroundings of Ella, including Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock. – Take the train journey from Ella to Kandy (or vice versa) and enjoy the lush tea plantations where you can see the tea pickers at work. Tip: Make a stop along the way in Nuwara Eliya (see number 6) for a few nights to interrupt the train journey.   Best hotels Ella Budget: Ella Okreech Cottages Mid-range: The Chillout Ella Homestay: Ella Secret Paradise Comfortable luxury: Zion View Ella Sleeping in a treehouse: Ella Treehouse Pearl and Ella Eco Lodge both offer nice treehouse overnight stays!
 Zoeken Blogs Top 20 places to visit in Sri Lanka! – with photos, travel tips, itinerary and best hotel tips Top 20 places to visit in Sri Lanka! – with photos, travel tips, itinerary and best hotel tips  Sri Lanka is one of the “hottest” destinations in Asia at the moment. This still relatively unknown holiday destination is full of beautiful places. You will find fairy-like temples, historic cities, game parks where you can go on safari, bounty beaches, surf bays, mountains and valleys, tea plantations and much more! This makes it extremely difficult to select the most beautiful places for your Sri Lanka tour. We are happy to lend you a hand and list our Top 20 with the most beautiful destinations for your holiday in Sri Lanka, in random order. Don’t miss these sights in Sri Lanka! 1. Sigiriya The Lion Rock of Sigiriya is one of the most famous highlights in Sri Lanka. The photogenic rock is over 200 meters high and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On top of this rock stood the palace of King Kasyapa in the 5th century. You can still see the ruins of the palace at the top, from where you have an amazing view over the vast green jungle. The rock owes its name to the lion, carved in stone, which guards the stairs. Now only the legs are left. At the foot of the rock you will find beautifully landscaped gardens, canals, a small museum and countless monkeys roaming around. The climb up, via almost 1900 steps, is tough but well worth it. Halfway up you can make a stop at the well-preserved murals of undressed women and at a smoothly polished mirror wall in which the king could admire himself. Travel tips Sigiriya Visit Sigiriya early in the morning when it is still cool. The climb is even harder in the afternoon heat. Although the late afternoon is a bit quieter in terms of visitors. From Colombo and Kandy you can also book a full day tour to Sigiriya, often including a visit to the Dambulla Cave Temples. Take into account crowds and a fairly hefty entrance fee of approximately $ 30. Best hotels Sigiriya Budget: Sigiri Tarushan Home Stay Homestay: Sigiriya Peacock Homestay Mid-range: Sigiriya Riverside Villa with normal rooms and tree houses! Comfortable luxury: Hotel Sigiriya 2. Ella Discover the relaxation paradise of Sri Lanka; Ella. A village with a wonderful vibe in a beautiful green, hilly environment. Ella is known as a backpacker’s paradise, but is also a great destination for luxury travelers during their Sri Lanka tour. In the vicinity you will find tea plantations, waterfalls, viewpoints and the most beautiful hiking trails. Climb Ella Rock (about 2.5 hours of hiking) for a great view and also hike up on Little Adam’s Peak (about 1.5 hours) for even more panoramas. Furthermore, the Rawana Falls, the Nine Arch Bridge and some temples and tea factories are worth a visit. Moreover, Ella is known for a famous train ride! The train journey from Ella to Kandy (around 7 hours) goes straight through the tea plantations and is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Travel tips Ella – Take beautiful walks in the surroundings of Ella, including Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock. – Take the train journey from Ella to Kandy (or vice versa) and enjoy the lush tea plantations where you can see the tea pickers at work. Tip: Make a stop along the way in Nuwara Eliya (see number 6) for a few nights to interrupt the train journey.   Best hotels Ella Budget: Ella Okreech Cottages Mid-range: The Chillout Ella Homestay: Ella Secret Paradise Comfortable luxury: Zion View Ella Sleeping in a treehouse: Ella Treehouse Pearl and Ella Eco Lodge both offer nice treehouse overnight stays! 3. Udawalawe National Park Do you want to spot elephants in the wild? Then Udawalawe National Park is the best place! The hundreds of elephants in the park ensure that there is a good chance of spotting a herd during a safari. But also crocodiles, monkeys, leopards, deer, swine and all kinds of reptiles and birds inhabit the Udawalawe savannas. Also visit the Elephant Transit Home, a shelter for injured and orphaned elephants. The home is supported by the British Born Free Foundation that fights animal suffering and by the Dutch non-profit organization World of Wildlife. The best time to visit is during feeding time. Travel tips Udawalawe National Park – Go on safari in Udawalawe. Jeep safaris can easily be booked online in advance, but you can also visit most hotels in this area or at the entrance to the park. Costs are around € 30 for a 6-person jeep regardless of the number of passengers. An extra tip is common. An organized safari tour to the Udawalawe National Park from Colomboor Galle is also easy to book online. – Entrance fees for the Udawalawe National Park are approximately € 15 per adult per day. Children 6-12 receive a 50% discount. Best hotels Udawalawe National Park Budget: Nature Park Udawalawe of Nature House Mid-range: Happy Elephant Resort of Nil Diya Mankada Safari Resort Comfortable luxury: Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort Unique overnight stay: Athgira River Camping sleep in a luxury tent on the river near Udawalawe
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Udawalawa National Park
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 Zoeken Blogs Top 20 places to visit in Sri Lanka! – with photos, travel tips, itinerary and best hotel tips Top 20 places to visit in Sri Lanka! – with photos, travel tips, itinerary and best hotel tips  Sri Lanka is one of the “hottest” destinations in Asia at the moment. This still relatively unknown holiday destination is full of beautiful places. You will find fairy-like temples, historic cities, game parks where you can go on safari, bounty beaches, surf bays, mountains and valleys, tea plantations and much more! This makes it extremely difficult to select the most beautiful places for your Sri Lanka tour. We are happy to lend you a hand and list our Top 20 with the most beautiful destinations for your holiday in Sri Lanka, in random order. Don’t miss these sights in Sri Lanka! 1. Sigiriya The Lion Rock of Sigiriya is one of the most famous highlights in Sri Lanka. The photogenic rock is over 200 meters high and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On top of this rock stood the palace of King Kasyapa in the 5th century. You can still see the ruins of the palace at the top, from where you have an amazing view over the vast green jungle. The rock owes its name to the lion, carved in stone, which guards the stairs. Now only the legs are left. At the foot of the rock you will find beautifully landscaped gardens, canals, a small museum and countless monkeys roaming around. The climb up, via almost 1900 steps, is tough but well worth it. Halfway up you can make a stop at the well-preserved murals of undressed women and at a smoothly polished mirror wall in which the king could admire himself. Travel tips Sigiriya Visit Sigiriya early in the morning when it is still cool. The climb is even harder in the afternoon heat. Although the late afternoon is a bit quieter in terms of visitors. From Colombo and Kandy you can also book a full day tour to Sigiriya, often including a visit to the Dambulla Cave Temples. Take into account crowds and a fairly hefty entrance fee of approximately $ 30. Best hotels Sigiriya Budget: Sigiri Tarushan Home Stay Homestay: Sigiriya Peacock Homestay Mid-range: Sigiriya Riverside Villa with normal rooms and tree houses! Comfortable luxury: Hotel Sigiriya 2. Ella Discover the relaxation paradise of Sri Lanka; Ella. A village with a wonderful vibe in a beautiful green, hilly environment. Ella is known as a backpacker’s paradise, but is also a great destination for luxury travelers during their Sri Lanka tour. In the vicinity you will find tea plantations, waterfalls, viewpoints and the most beautiful hiking trails. Climb Ella Rock (about 2.5 hours of hiking) for a great view and also hike up on Little Adam’s Peak (about 1.5 hours) for even more panoramas. Furthermore, the Rawana Falls, the Nine Arch Bridge and some temples and tea factories are worth a visit. Moreover, Ella is known for a famous train ride! The train journey from Ella to Kandy (around 7 hours) goes straight through the tea plantations and is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Travel tips Ella – Take beautiful walks in the surroundings of Ella, including Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock. – Take the train journey from Ella to Kandy (or vice versa) and enjoy the lush tea plantations where you can see the tea pickers at work. Tip: Make a stop along the way in Nuwara Eliya (see number 6) for a few nights to interrupt the train journey.   Best hotels Ella Budget: Ella Okreech Cottages Mid-range: The Chillout Ella Homestay: Ella Secret Paradise Comfortable luxury: Zion View Ella Sleeping in a treehouse: Ella Treehouse Pearl and Ella Eco Lodge both offer nice treehouse overnight stays! 3. Udawalawe National Park Do you want to spot elephants in the wild? Then Udawalawe National Park is the best place! The hundreds of elephants in the park ensure that there is a good chance of spotting a herd during a safari. But also crocodiles, monkeys, leopards, deer, swine and all kinds of reptiles and birds inhabit the Udawalawe savannas. Also visit the Elephant Transit Home, a shelter for injured and orphaned elephants. The home is supported by the British Born Free Foundation that fights animal suffering and by the Dutch non-profit organization World of Wildlife. The best time to visit is during feeding time. Travel tips Udawalawe National Park – Go on safari in Udawalawe. Jeep safaris can easily be booked online in advance, but you can also visit most hotels in this area or at the entrance to the park. Costs are around € 30 for a 6-person jeep regardless of the number of passengers. An extra tip is common. An organized safari tour to the Udawalawe National Park from Colomboor Galle is also easy to book online. – Entrance fees for the Udawalawe National Park are approximately € 15 per adult per day. Children 6-12 receive a 50% discount. Best hotels Udawalawe National Park Budget: Nature Park Udawalawe of Nature House Mid-range: Happy Elephant Resort of Nil Diya Mankada Safari Resort Comfortable luxury: Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort Unique overnight stay: Athgira River Camping sleep in a luxury tent on the river near Udawalawe
Kandy is the cultural center of Sri Lanka. The city is an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists because of the famous Temple of the Tooth (Dalada Maligawa Temple). Here the sacred tooth of Buddha is kept in a golden stupa. During prayer you can take a look at the room where the tooth is kept and you can sometimes see hundreds of Buddhists making sacrifices, including many monks. In the temple complex you will also find several museums and important Buddhist relics. But Kandy has even more to offer. Visit the botanical gardens, the picturesque lake in the heart of the city, the atmospheric “old quarter” and the wood and precious stone workshops where you can buy handmade souvenirs. In the evening you can attend a traditional dance show. Travel tips Kandy – Plan your visit to Kandy during the Perahera festival which is held every year in July or August. The 10-day festival revolves around the tooth of Buddha and is the most important festival in Sri Lanka. Processions take place every evening. These consist of beautifully dressed Kandy dancers, acrobats, fire dancers, musicians and decorated elephants. On one of the elephants, decorated with lights and colorful fabrics, a replica of the holy tooth is carried around the city. Special to experience during your holiday in Sri Lanka. – Book a day tour where you will see all the highlights of Kandy and the surrounding area. Check out an 8-hour tour here or this 12-hour tour. – Explore the highlands of Kandy, visit a tea plantation, admire the Ramboda Falls waterfalls, explore the Hakgala Botanical Gardens and take a walk or laze on Nuwara Eliya’s Lake Gregory with this 12-hour tour Best hotels Kandy Budget: 2in1 Kandy Hostel Mid-range: Galaxy City Hotel Comfortable luxury: Cinnamon Citadel Kandy or The Tourmaline
Kandy
Kandy is the cultural center of Sri Lanka. The city is an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists because of the famous Temple of the Tooth (Dalada Maligawa Temple). Here the sacred tooth of Buddha is kept in a golden stupa. During prayer you can take a look at the room where the tooth is kept and you can sometimes see hundreds of Buddhists making sacrifices, including many monks. In the temple complex you will also find several museums and important Buddhist relics. But Kandy has even more to offer. Visit the botanical gardens, the picturesque lake in the heart of the city, the atmospheric “old quarter” and the wood and precious stone workshops where you can buy handmade souvenirs. In the evening you can attend a traditional dance show. Travel tips Kandy – Plan your visit to Kandy during the Perahera festival which is held every year in July or August. The 10-day festival revolves around the tooth of Buddha and is the most important festival in Sri Lanka. Processions take place every evening. These consist of beautifully dressed Kandy dancers, acrobats, fire dancers, musicians and decorated elephants. On one of the elephants, decorated with lights and colorful fabrics, a replica of the holy tooth is carried around the city. Special to experience during your holiday in Sri Lanka. – Book a day tour where you will see all the highlights of Kandy and the surrounding area. Check out an 8-hour tour here or this 12-hour tour. – Explore the highlands of Kandy, visit a tea plantation, admire the Ramboda Falls waterfalls, explore the Hakgala Botanical Gardens and take a walk or laze on Nuwara Eliya’s Lake Gregory with this 12-hour tour Best hotels Kandy Budget: 2in1 Kandy Hostel Mid-range: Galaxy City Hotel Comfortable luxury: Cinnamon Citadel Kandy or The Tourmaline
Are you looking for Sri Lanka “off the beaten track”? Then visit Jaffna, all the way to the north of Sri Lanka. Here you will find the culture of the Tamils, with their own language and very authentic cuisine. Jaffna still shows many traces of the civil war that raged in Sri Lanka for years. The bomb impacts and bullet holes can still be seen in many buildings. But the Tamils ​​have also rebuilt large parts of their city. Colorful Hindu temples, beautiful churches and lots of greenery determine the cityscape. Moreover, there is a very relaxed vibe and Jaffna is a nice base if you want to explore the lagoons, coastline and islands in the area. Travel tips Jaffna – Visit the Dutch fort in Jaffna that dates from 1680 and offers a beautiful view over the lagoon. – Take a look at Point Pedro with its idyllic fishing boats and beautiful coastline. This area was considerably destroyed in the 2004 tsunami, but has since recovered much of its charm. Best hotels Jaffna Budget: Brinthavanam Days Inn Mid-range: D’Villa Guest House or Senthil Complex Comfortable luxury: Jetwing Jaffna
Jaffna
Are you looking for Sri Lanka “off the beaten track”? Then visit Jaffna, all the way to the north of Sri Lanka. Here you will find the culture of the Tamils, with their own language and very authentic cuisine. Jaffna still shows many traces of the civil war that raged in Sri Lanka for years. The bomb impacts and bullet holes can still be seen in many buildings. But the Tamils ​​have also rebuilt large parts of their city. Colorful Hindu temples, beautiful churches and lots of greenery determine the cityscape. Moreover, there is a very relaxed vibe and Jaffna is a nice base if you want to explore the lagoons, coastline and islands in the area. Travel tips Jaffna – Visit the Dutch fort in Jaffna that dates from 1680 and offers a beautiful view over the lagoon. – Take a look at Point Pedro with its idyllic fishing boats and beautiful coastline. This area was considerably destroyed in the 2004 tsunami, but has since recovered much of its charm. Best hotels Jaffna Budget: Brinthavanam Days Inn Mid-range: D’Villa Guest House or Senthil Complex Comfortable luxury: Jetwing Jaffna
Tea plantations can be found throughout “the hill country” of Sri Lanka. One of the best places to immerse yourself in tea plantations and tea factories is Nuwara Eliya. The cool climate ensured that the British settlers settled there at the beginning of the 19th century. You will still find many well-preserved British houses there. But of course you come here for tea! Be guided by Pedro Tea Estate or one of the other tea factories in the area and pick your own tea leaves on the plantation. To make the experience complete, you can spend the night in a former tea factory, where many original factory attributes have been preserved. Non-guests can also go here for a tea tasting and a high tea. What more do you want as a tea lover! Traveltips Nuwara Eliya – Nuwara Eliya is a nice stopover on the famous beautiful train ride from Ella to Kandy. Stay here for 1 or 2 nights. – Also visit the beautiful Lovers Leap waterfall and Gregory Lake. – Nuwara Eliya is the best base to visit Horton Plains National Park and World’s End (see tip 14). Best hotels Nuwara Eliya Budget: Hi Lanka Hostel or Nuwara Eliya Hostel by Backpack Lanka Mid-range: The Hill Town Cottage or Nuwara Eliya Hills Rest Luxury: Heritance Tea Factory: luxury overnight stay in a former tea factory!
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Tea plantations can be found throughout “the hill country” of Sri Lanka. One of the best places to immerse yourself in tea plantations and tea factories is Nuwara Eliya. The cool climate ensured that the British settlers settled there at the beginning of the 19th century. You will still find many well-preserved British houses there. But of course you come here for tea! Be guided by Pedro Tea Estate or one of the other tea factories in the area and pick your own tea leaves on the plantation. To make the experience complete, you can spend the night in a former tea factory, where many original factory attributes have been preserved. Non-guests can also go here for a tea tasting and a high tea. What more do you want as a tea lover! Traveltips Nuwara Eliya – Nuwara Eliya is a nice stopover on the famous beautiful train ride from Ella to Kandy. Stay here for 1 or 2 nights. – Also visit the beautiful Lovers Leap waterfall and Gregory Lake. – Nuwara Eliya is the best base to visit Horton Plains National Park and World’s End (see tip 14). Best hotels Nuwara Eliya Budget: Hi Lanka Hostel or Nuwara Eliya Hostel by Backpack Lanka Mid-range: The Hill Town Cottage or Nuwara Eliya Hills Rest Luxury: Heritance Tea Factory: luxury overnight stay in a former tea factory!
Dambulla is a “must” during your trip through Sri Lanka, but only because of the famous Dambulla Cave Temples! The caves are on top of a 160 meter high rock, from where a giant golden Buddha is luring you inside. There are 5 different caves that you can visit with around 150 different Buddha statues and murals. The beautiful images vary in size. Many have been here for 2000 years, when King Valagamba sought refuge in the caves and had the temples carved out of it. Dambulla is a popular place of pilgrimage among Sri Lankan Buddhists. The view over the area is also beautiful here.   Travel tips Dambulla – Entrance fees for the Dambulla Cave Temples are approximately € 10 per adult, children are free. – Apart from the cave temples, Dambulla does not have much to offer visitors anymore. We therefore advise you not to stay in this busy city longer than necessary during your holiday in Sri Lanka. Plan your visit to the Dambulla Cave Temples on the outward or return journey to Sigiriya. If you decide to stay in Dambulla, 1 night is enough.   Best hotels Dambulla Budget: New Peacock Resort or Dambulla City Hostel Mid-range: Dambulla Rock Arch Comfortable luxury: Arika Villa or Thilanka Resort & Spa
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Dambulla Royal Cave Temple
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Dambulla is a “must” during your trip through Sri Lanka, but only because of the famous Dambulla Cave Temples! The caves are on top of a 160 meter high rock, from where a giant golden Buddha is luring you inside. There are 5 different caves that you can visit with around 150 different Buddha statues and murals. The beautiful images vary in size. Many have been here for 2000 years, when King Valagamba sought refuge in the caves and had the temples carved out of it. Dambulla is a popular place of pilgrimage among Sri Lankan Buddhists. The view over the area is also beautiful here.   Travel tips Dambulla – Entrance fees for the Dambulla Cave Temples are approximately € 10 per adult, children are free. – Apart from the cave temples, Dambulla does not have much to offer visitors anymore. We therefore advise you not to stay in this busy city longer than necessary during your holiday in Sri Lanka. Plan your visit to the Dambulla Cave Temples on the outward or return journey to Sigiriya. If you decide to stay in Dambulla, 1 night is enough.   Best hotels Dambulla Budget: New Peacock Resort or Dambulla City Hostel Mid-range: Dambulla Rock Arch Comfortable luxury: Arika Villa or Thilanka Resort & Spa
Sri Lanka has many beautiful beaches. Hikkaduwa is one of the popular beach destinations on the south coast of the country. Ever since the 1970s, tourists have been coming here to enjoy waving palm trees and the relaxed “hippie & surfers vibe”. The growing number of hotels and restaurants has unfortunately led to quite a bit of erosion, but the sand seems to be slowly returning to Hikkaduwa beach. You will also find nice cafes and restaurants on the beach and you can go diving and snorkeling. In terms of hotels there is something for everyone; from simple to luxury. Travel tips Hikkaduwa – Are you coming to Hikkaduwa to surf? Then the months November to April are the best period for your visit. Best hotels Hikkaduwa Budget: Travellers Hostel or Main Reef Guest House Mid-range: L&D Lodge Comfortable luxury: Sapphire Seas Beachfront Hotel or Aditya Boutique Hotelor Coral Sands Hotel
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Hikkaduwa
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Sri Lanka has many beautiful beaches. Hikkaduwa is one of the popular beach destinations on the south coast of the country. Ever since the 1970s, tourists have been coming here to enjoy waving palm trees and the relaxed “hippie & surfers vibe”. The growing number of hotels and restaurants has unfortunately led to quite a bit of erosion, but the sand seems to be slowly returning to Hikkaduwa beach. You will also find nice cafes and restaurants on the beach and you can go diving and snorkeling. In terms of hotels there is something for everyone; from simple to luxury. Travel tips Hikkaduwa – Are you coming to Hikkaduwa to surf? Then the months November to April are the best period for your visit. Best hotels Hikkaduwa Budget: Travellers Hostel or Main Reef Guest House Mid-range: L&D Lodge Comfortable luxury: Sapphire Seas Beachfront Hotel or Aditya Boutique Hotelor Coral Sands Hotel
Arugam Bay is Sri Lanka’s surfers hotspot! In this small town on the east coast you will find perfect waves from April to September, some years even to November. There is a real “surfers vibe” with various surf schools, board shops and relaxed bars where you can linger all day. Arugam Bay is very quiet outside the high season, many local tents are closing their doors this month. The sea is quite rough in this tropical bay. You can swim, but keep the current in mind. Also make sure that the tours to the mangroves do not miss.   Travel tips Arugam Bay – If you travel to Arugam Bay by public transport, take the bus to Pottuvil (4 km away). You usually travel via Siyambulanduwa (37 km to the west) and you can take a bus there to Pottuvil. Buses don’t go very often, so plan your trip in advance. Best hotels Arugam Bay Budget: Little Lagoon Hostel or Beach Wave Hotel Mid-range: Hotel Babar Point Comfortable luxury: Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing
Arugam Bay
Arugam Bay is Sri Lanka’s surfers hotspot! In this small town on the east coast you will find perfect waves from April to September, some years even to November. There is a real “surfers vibe” with various surf schools, board shops and relaxed bars where you can linger all day. Arugam Bay is very quiet outside the high season, many local tents are closing their doors this month. The sea is quite rough in this tropical bay. You can swim, but keep the current in mind. Also make sure that the tours to the mangroves do not miss.   Travel tips Arugam Bay – If you travel to Arugam Bay by public transport, take the bus to Pottuvil (4 km away). You usually travel via Siyambulanduwa (37 km to the west) and you can take a bus there to Pottuvil. Buses don’t go very often, so plan your trip in advance. Best hotels Arugam Bay Budget: Little Lagoon Hostel or Beach Wave Hotel Mid-range: Hotel Babar Point Comfortable luxury: Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing
Royal city Anuradhapura is a paradise for lovers of temples, stupas, giant Buddha statues and history. The entire area is on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of the well-reserved temple ruins and historic buildings. Important sights in Anuradhapura are the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi, the tree under which Buddha found enlightenment, and the white 92-meter-high Ruwanweliseya stupa. The nearby temple complex of Mihintale is also worth a visit. Many religious buildings in the city are more than 2000 years old.   Travel tips Anuradhapura – Anuradhapura has so many temples that you need at least 2 days to see the most important ones. For those who don’t like temples, there is not much else to do in this city.   Best hotels in Anuradhapura Budget: City Capital Hostel or Swiss Garden Tourist Rest Mid-range: Gamodh Citadel Resort Comfortable luxury: Hotel White Housewith nice themed rooms or The Lakeside at Nuwarawewa
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Royal city Anuradhapura is a paradise for lovers of temples, stupas, giant Buddha statues and history. The entire area is on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of the well-reserved temple ruins and historic buildings. Important sights in Anuradhapura are the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi, the tree under which Buddha found enlightenment, and the white 92-meter-high Ruwanweliseya stupa. The nearby temple complex of Mihintale is also worth a visit. Many religious buildings in the city are more than 2000 years old.   Travel tips Anuradhapura – Anuradhapura has so many temples that you need at least 2 days to see the most important ones. For those who don’t like temples, there is not much else to do in this city.   Best hotels in Anuradhapura Budget: City Capital Hostel or Swiss Garden Tourist Rest Mid-range: Gamodh Citadel Resort Comfortable luxury: Hotel White Housewith nice themed rooms or The Lakeside at Nuwarawewa
Leopards, elephants, water buffalo, monkeys, jackals, crocodiles and hornbills; they all live in the very diverse nature reserve of Yala National Park. Yala, also called Ruhunu Park, is one of the best game parks in Sri Lanka to go on safari. Your chances of spotting elephants in the wild are quite high, with a population of a few hundred elephants. Due to the successful leopard project, you will also find a relatively large number of leopards in Yala. We spotted one on a broad branch in a tree, an amazing sight!   Travel tips Yala National Park – Go on a jeep safari in Yala and book a half or full day tour. Safaris can be arranged at most hotels and at the entrance of the park. The jeeps are often open on the side and have a roof for sun protection. – Entrance fees for the Yala National Park are approximately € 15 per adult per day. Children 6-12 receive a 50% discount. – Check the condition of the jeep with which you are going on a safari. The old jeeps are cheaper and less comfortable than the newer jeeps. The costs for a jeep safari in Yala are approximately € 25 to € 35 per jeep for half a day (regardless of the number of passengers). The driver is then immediately your guide. An additional guide can be hired for a surcharge. A tip for both the driver and any guide is common. Best hotels in Yala National Park Hotels can be found in the nearby town of Tissamaharama (20 km, a 45-minute drive from the Yala entrance) and at Yala itself. For optimum convenience, we recommend staying as close to the entrance as possible. This is often the more expensive option. Budget: Leopard City Hostel and Lakeside Cabana – both in Tissamaharama Mid-range: The Coconut Gardens in Tissamaharama Comfortable luxury: Cinnamon Wild Yala at the entrance of Yala   Unique overnight stays in Yala Sleeping in a treehouse: Yala Eco Tree House in Tissamaharama Camping in the park: Big Game Camp Yalain Yala National Park
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Leopards, elephants, water buffalo, monkeys, jackals, crocodiles and hornbills; they all live in the very diverse nature reserve of Yala National Park. Yala, also called Ruhunu Park, is one of the best game parks in Sri Lanka to go on safari. Your chances of spotting elephants in the wild are quite high, with a population of a few hundred elephants. Due to the successful leopard project, you will also find a relatively large number of leopards in Yala. We spotted one on a broad branch in a tree, an amazing sight!   Travel tips Yala National Park – Go on a jeep safari in Yala and book a half or full day tour. Safaris can be arranged at most hotels and at the entrance of the park. The jeeps are often open on the side and have a roof for sun protection. – Entrance fees for the Yala National Park are approximately € 15 per adult per day. Children 6-12 receive a 50% discount. – Check the condition of the jeep with which you are going on a safari. The old jeeps are cheaper and less comfortable than the newer jeeps. The costs for a jeep safari in Yala are approximately € 25 to € 35 per jeep for half a day (regardless of the number of passengers). The driver is then immediately your guide. An additional guide can be hired for a surcharge. A tip for both the driver and any guide is common. Best hotels in Yala National Park Hotels can be found in the nearby town of Tissamaharama (20 km, a 45-minute drive from the Yala entrance) and at Yala itself. For optimum convenience, we recommend staying as close to the entrance as possible. This is often the more expensive option. Budget: Leopard City Hostel and Lakeside Cabana – both in Tissamaharama Mid-range: The Coconut Gardens in Tissamaharama Comfortable luxury: Cinnamon Wild Yala at the entrance of Yala   Unique overnight stays in Yala Sleeping in a treehouse: Yala Eco Tree House in Tissamaharama Camping in the park: Big Game Camp Yalain Yala National Park
Galle is located on the south coast of Sri Lanka and is teeming with Dutch-colonial buildings. The city is best known for its 17th century Dutch Fort. The well-preserved Fort is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and was built to protect the Sri Lanka colony in the VOC era. Inside the walls you will find museums, churches, temples, mosques, shops and various colonial buildings. We recommend a visit to the Dutch Reformed Church, containing tombstones of Dutchmen dating back to the year 1662. Also look for the Dutch street signs that you can find in many places. Then take a walk on the walls along the sea and observe the young locals who have their favorite “hang out spot” here.   Travel tips Galle – Galle is a great location to spend a night during your tour in Sri Lanka. But you can also choose to visit Galle as a trip. You will spend a few hours there and you can stay in one of the nearby coastal towns such as Hikkaduwa (number 8), Unawatuna (number 20) or Mirissa (number 15).   Best hotels Galle Budget: Backpack Beach Hostel and Guesthouse or Windy Garden Galle or Take it Easy Beach Huts (literally a hut on the beach!) Mid-range: The Entrance Galle Fort Comfortable luxury: Amari Galle or Tamarind Hill or The Galle Fort Hotel
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Galle is located on the south coast of Sri Lanka and is teeming with Dutch-colonial buildings. The city is best known for its 17th century Dutch Fort. The well-preserved Fort is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and was built to protect the Sri Lanka colony in the VOC era. Inside the walls you will find museums, churches, temples, mosques, shops and various colonial buildings. We recommend a visit to the Dutch Reformed Church, containing tombstones of Dutchmen dating back to the year 1662. Also look for the Dutch street signs that you can find in many places. Then take a walk on the walls along the sea and observe the young locals who have their favorite “hang out spot” here.   Travel tips Galle – Galle is a great location to spend a night during your tour in Sri Lanka. But you can also choose to visit Galle as a trip. You will spend a few hours there and you can stay in one of the nearby coastal towns such as Hikkaduwa (number 8), Unawatuna (number 20) or Mirissa (number 15).   Best hotels Galle Budget: Backpack Beach Hostel and Guesthouse or Windy Garden Galle or Take it Easy Beach Huts (literally a hut on the beach!) Mid-range: The Entrance Galle Fort Comfortable luxury: Amari Galle or Tamarind Hill or The Galle Fort Hotel
Do you know those beautiful pictures from the travel guides of pristine white beaches in Sri Lanka? There is a good chance that you have seen a photo of Tangalla. Perfect beaches with waving palm trees and enjoy in peace, that’s the right place for you. We are especially a fan of Marakolliya Beach and Goyambokka beach. Keep in mind that swimming can be unsafe when sometimes there is undercurrent in the water. You can spot sea turtles on Rekawa Beach.   Travel tips Tangalle – Between April and September, sea turtles come to the beach at night to lay their eggs on Rekawa Beach. During a tour you can view this scene from a distance. The Turtle Conservation Project is one of the few organizations that tries to protect the turtles and leaves the eggs on the beach to hatch. If you want to see sea turtles in Sri Lanka during your tour through Sri Lanka, then opt for such an organization instead of a club that removes the eggs for hatching elsewhere. Yet this organization is also not saving and there are also stories at Rekawa Beach about tourists who come too close to the turtles, so keep a proper distance. Best hotels Tangalle Budget: Cinnabar Resort (also has a tree house!) Mid-range: Seven Turtles Resort or Palm Paradise Cabanas & Villas Comfortable luxury: Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort or Lanka Beach Bungalows
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Do you know those beautiful pictures from the travel guides of pristine white beaches in Sri Lanka? There is a good chance that you have seen a photo of Tangalla. Perfect beaches with waving palm trees and enjoy in peace, that’s the right place for you. We are especially a fan of Marakolliya Beach and Goyambokka beach. Keep in mind that swimming can be unsafe when sometimes there is undercurrent in the water. You can spot sea turtles on Rekawa Beach.   Travel tips Tangalle – Between April and September, sea turtles come to the beach at night to lay their eggs on Rekawa Beach. During a tour you can view this scene from a distance. The Turtle Conservation Project is one of the few organizations that tries to protect the turtles and leaves the eggs on the beach to hatch. If you want to see sea turtles in Sri Lanka during your tour through Sri Lanka, then opt for such an organization instead of a club that removes the eggs for hatching elsewhere. Yet this organization is also not saving and there are also stories at Rekawa Beach about tourists who come too close to the turtles, so keep a proper distance. Best hotels Tangalle Budget: Cinnabar Resort (also has a tree house!) Mid-range: Seven Turtles Resort or Palm Paradise Cabanas & Villas Comfortable luxury: Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort or Lanka Beach Bungalows
Horton Plains National Park is a beautiful nature reserve with mysterious landscapes and mountains. The park is located on a 2000-meter high plateau and includes grasslands, thick forests, foggy lakes, waterfalls and huge rocks. It is an excellent place for birdwatchers, but there are more animals such as boar monkeys, deer and even some leopards. The most famous highlight in the park is World’s End. Here the plateau ends in a deep abyss of 870 meters. This provides an amazing view of the surrounding villages, tea plantations and the valley. You have the best view at sunrise in the dry season (October to March). After 9 o’clock in the morning it is often very foggy.   Travel tips Horton Plains & World’s End – Horton Plains is approximately 1 hour’s drive from Nuwara Eliya. You can book a complete tour or just the transport. A return by minivan costs around € 25. – The walk from the entrance of Horton Plains to World’s End is 4 kilometers. Keep in mind that you will leave Nuwara Eliya very early if you want to see the sunrise. – The entire hiking route to World’s End is a 9.5-kilometer tour where you can also visit the Baker Falls waterfalls. It takes about 3 hours at a leisurely walking pace (excluding the stop at World’s End). – Entrance fees for Horton Plains are approximately € 15 per adult, 50% discount for kids 6-12 years.   Best hotels Horton Plains & World’s End Nuwara Eliya is a good base if you want to visit Horton Plains for a day. Our hotel tips for Nuwara Eliya can be found at number 6. But sleeping in or near the park is also possible: Budget to Mid-range: Hill Safari or World’s End Lodge.
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Horton Plains National Park is a beautiful nature reserve with mysterious landscapes and mountains. The park is located on a 2000-meter high plateau and includes grasslands, thick forests, foggy lakes, waterfalls and huge rocks. It is an excellent place for birdwatchers, but there are more animals such as boar monkeys, deer and even some leopards. The most famous highlight in the park is World’s End. Here the plateau ends in a deep abyss of 870 meters. This provides an amazing view of the surrounding villages, tea plantations and the valley. You have the best view at sunrise in the dry season (October to March). After 9 o’clock in the morning it is often very foggy.   Travel tips Horton Plains & World’s End – Horton Plains is approximately 1 hour’s drive from Nuwara Eliya. You can book a complete tour or just the transport. A return by minivan costs around € 25. – The walk from the entrance of Horton Plains to World’s End is 4 kilometers. Keep in mind that you will leave Nuwara Eliya very early if you want to see the sunrise. – The entire hiking route to World’s End is a 9.5-kilometer tour where you can also visit the Baker Falls waterfalls. It takes about 3 hours at a leisurely walking pace (excluding the stop at World’s End). – Entrance fees for Horton Plains are approximately € 15 per adult, 50% discount for kids 6-12 years.   Best hotels Horton Plains & World’s End Nuwara Eliya is a good base if you want to visit Horton Plains for a day. Our hotel tips for Nuwara Eliya can be found at number 6. But sleeping in or near the park is also possible: Budget to Mid-range: Hill Safari or World’s End Lodge.
The idyllic town of Mirissa is located in a semi-circular bay on the south coast and is an upcomming destination. Here you will find a real backpacker and surfer vibe and nice restaurants and hotels along the sandy beach. You can surf here from November to March, with great waves for both beginners and experienced surfers. But Mirissa is also known as a good location for whale watching, between November and April. The blue whale, the largest mammal on earth, regularly swims along the coast and dolphins are also often seen. Mirissa is therefore a real “must” if you visit Sri Lanka between November and April.   Travel tips Mirissa – Are you specially coming to Mirissa to spot the blue whale? In the months of December and April you statistically have the greatest chance. Before booking your whale tour, inquire about the rules that the agency handles with regards to approaching the whales, such as keeping sufficient distance and not chasing the whales with two boats. Best hotels Mirissa Budget: Hangover Hostels Mirissa Mid-range Serenity Resort or Central Beach Inn Comfortable luxury: Ubuntu Boutique Hotel by lantern
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The idyllic town of Mirissa is located in a semi-circular bay on the south coast and is an upcomming destination. Here you will find a real backpacker and surfer vibe and nice restaurants and hotels along the sandy beach. You can surf here from November to March, with great waves for both beginners and experienced surfers. But Mirissa is also known as a good location for whale watching, between November and April. The blue whale, the largest mammal on earth, regularly swims along the coast and dolphins are also often seen. Mirissa is therefore a real “must” if you visit Sri Lanka between November and April.   Travel tips Mirissa – Are you specially coming to Mirissa to spot the blue whale? In the months of December and April you statistically have the greatest chance. Before booking your whale tour, inquire about the rules that the agency handles with regards to approaching the whales, such as keeping sufficient distance and not chasing the whales with two boats. Best hotels Mirissa Budget: Hangover Hostels Mirissa Mid-range Serenity Resort or Central Beach Inn Comfortable luxury: Ubuntu Boutique Hotel by lantern
Polonnaruwa is located in the Cultural Triangle and is just like Anuradhapura one of the ancient royal cities of Sri Lanka. More than 800 years ago the country was ruled from here. Many historic ruins and temples have been well preserved here and give a good impression of what the royal city once looked like. You see many Hindu influences in Polonnaruwa. Important sights are the Royal Palace, the four Buddhas of Gal Vihara and the impressive Vatadage stupa.   Travel tips Polonnaruwa – The entrance fee is approximately € 25 per adult, 50% discount for children. – Rent a bike! The bicycle is the most convenient way to explore the sights of Pollonaruwa.   Best hotels Polonnaruwa Budget: Singha Guesthouse or Sun Guesthouse Mid-range: The Lake Hotel or Tishan Holiday Resort Comfortable luxury: Ruins Chaaya Hotel or Ekho Lake House
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Polonnaruwa
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Polonnaruwa is located in the Cultural Triangle and is just like Anuradhapura one of the ancient royal cities of Sri Lanka. More than 800 years ago the country was ruled from here. Many historic ruins and temples have been well preserved here and give a good impression of what the royal city once looked like. You see many Hindu influences in Polonnaruwa. Important sights are the Royal Palace, the four Buddhas of Gal Vihara and the impressive Vatadage stupa.   Travel tips Polonnaruwa – The entrance fee is approximately € 25 per adult, 50% discount for children. – Rent a bike! The bicycle is the most convenient way to explore the sights of Pollonaruwa.   Best hotels Polonnaruwa Budget: Singha Guesthouse or Sun Guesthouse Mid-range: The Lake Hotel or Tishan Holiday Resort Comfortable luxury: Ruins Chaaya Hotel or Ekho Lake House
The most holy mountain in Sri Lanka; Adam’s Peak, a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Christians. Climbing the 2243 meter high mountain is therefore a popular pilgrimage. No fewer than 5400 steps take you to the top of Adam’s Peak, also known as Sri Pada, from where you can see a beautiful sunrise. The climb up takes an average of 3 to 4 hours and once at the top you will find the “footprint” of Buddha, or Shiva, or Adam … whatever God you worship. This is where the many pilgrims come for. The descent takes about 1.5 hours with a reasonable condition.   Travel tips Adam’s Peak – The climb starts in Dalhousie at the foot of the mountain. You reach this place from Hatton (a train stop between Kandy and Ella) by tuk-tuk or bus. – Start your climb up on time to see the sunrise: between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. and bring plenty of water and snacks for the trip. – The best time for the pilgrim climb is December to May. But you can also climb Adam’s Peak outside these months.   Best hotels Adam’s Peak The best base for the climb of Adam’s Peak are Dalhousie or Nallathanniya, the villages at the foot of the mountain. You will not find luxury hotels here, but only in Hatton (about a 2-hour drive). Budget: Hugging Clouds Budget to Mid-range: Queens Ark or The Olive
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Aataminhuippu
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The most holy mountain in Sri Lanka; Adam’s Peak, a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Christians. Climbing the 2243 meter high mountain is therefore a popular pilgrimage. No fewer than 5400 steps take you to the top of Adam’s Peak, also known as Sri Pada, from where you can see a beautiful sunrise. The climb up takes an average of 3 to 4 hours and once at the top you will find the “footprint” of Buddha, or Shiva, or Adam … whatever God you worship. This is where the many pilgrims come for. The descent takes about 1.5 hours with a reasonable condition.   Travel tips Adam’s Peak – The climb starts in Dalhousie at the foot of the mountain. You reach this place from Hatton (a train stop between Kandy and Ella) by tuk-tuk or bus. – Start your climb up on time to see the sunrise: between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. and bring plenty of water and snacks for the trip. – The best time for the pilgrim climb is December to May. But you can also climb Adam’s Peak outside these months.   Best hotels Adam’s Peak The best base for the climb of Adam’s Peak are Dalhousie or Nallathanniya, the villages at the foot of the mountain. You will not find luxury hotels here, but only in Hatton (about a 2-hour drive). Budget: Hugging Clouds Budget to Mid-range: Queens Ark or The Olive
Trincomalee is located on the lesser-known northeast coast of Sri Lanka. The beaches of Trincomalee and the nearby beach towns of Uppuveli and Nilaveli are quite “off the beaten track”. So a nice addition to your Sri Lanka tour. Trincomalee has long been unreachable for tourists due to the civil war when the Tamil Tigers were in charge there. When the civil war finally came to an end, Trincomalee was hit hard by the 2004 tsunami. So no “happy” history, but today you can find a piece of “authentic Sri Lanka” with beautiful historical and natural sights. The port of “Trinco” is one of the most beautiful in all of Asia. Because of the Dutch-colonial history, the 17th century Fort Frederick is the highlight of the city. On Pigeon Island, just off the coast, you can go diving and snorkeling. And whale watching is possible here from May to October, with a big chance of success!   Travel tips Trincomalee – Make trips to the towns of Uppuveli and Nilaveli a few kilometers north of Trincomalee. Here you will find the most beautiful beaches. – Pigeon Island is the best place for snorkeling excursions or diving. Around this island 1 km off the coast you will find beautiful coral reefs with accompanying sea creatures. – Dolphins and whales like to show themselves off the coast of Trincomalee, throughout the year but especially between May and October. The world’s largest mammal, the blue whale, is also found here. You can also spot whales from Swami Rock, a viewpoint on the east side of the city.   Best hotels Trincomalee and Uppuveli Budget: Dutch Bay Beach Cottages or Silaa Cabana Mid-range: JKAB Park Hotel or Dyke Rest Comfortable luxury: Trinco Blu by Cinnamon or Amaranthe Bay Resort & Spa
Trincomalee
Trincomalee is located on the lesser-known northeast coast of Sri Lanka. The beaches of Trincomalee and the nearby beach towns of Uppuveli and Nilaveli are quite “off the beaten track”. So a nice addition to your Sri Lanka tour. Trincomalee has long been unreachable for tourists due to the civil war when the Tamil Tigers were in charge there. When the civil war finally came to an end, Trincomalee was hit hard by the 2004 tsunami. So no “happy” history, but today you can find a piece of “authentic Sri Lanka” with beautiful historical and natural sights. The port of “Trinco” is one of the most beautiful in all of Asia. Because of the Dutch-colonial history, the 17th century Fort Frederick is the highlight of the city. On Pigeon Island, just off the coast, you can go diving and snorkeling. And whale watching is possible here from May to October, with a big chance of success!   Travel tips Trincomalee – Make trips to the towns of Uppuveli and Nilaveli a few kilometers north of Trincomalee. Here you will find the most beautiful beaches. – Pigeon Island is the best place for snorkeling excursions or diving. Around this island 1 km off the coast you will find beautiful coral reefs with accompanying sea creatures. – Dolphins and whales like to show themselves off the coast of Trincomalee, throughout the year but especially between May and October. The world’s largest mammal, the blue whale, is also found here. You can also spot whales from Swami Rock, a viewpoint on the east side of the city.   Best hotels Trincomalee and Uppuveli Budget: Dutch Bay Beach Cottages or Silaa Cabana Mid-range: JKAB Park Hotel or Dyke Rest Comfortable luxury: Trinco Blu by Cinnamon or Amaranthe Bay Resort & Spa
The small-scale Kitulgala is the adrenaline sport mecca of Sri Lanka! Because of its location on the Kelani river and in the middle of the tropical rainforest you will find unspoiled nature and many outdoor sports options here. Kitulgala is best known for the “Bridge on the River Kwai” movie. This film is set in Kanchanaburi(Thailand), but was largely filmed on the Kelani River. You can go white water rafting, mountain biking, canyoning, mountain climbing, hiking and explore the prehistoric Belilena caves.   Travel tips Kitulgala – With two monsoons a year, Kitulgala is one of the wettest places in Sri Lanka. This makes the white water rafting. From January to March it is a dry season. The large amount of precipitation ensures the most important activity in Kitulgala, wild water rafting. – Rafting trips reach level 2 and 3, suitable for beginners, and even level 4 for advanced. Choose the tour agency with care, all excursions are similar but not every touragency has insurance.   Best hotels Kitulgala Budget: The Tree House Kitugala (sleeping in a treehouse!) or Kumbuk Sevena Adventure Camp (sleeping in sort of a tent-hut!) Or Gallene Gala Nature Resort(bungalow or tent at the river) Mid-range: Rafters Retreat or Kithulvilla Holiday Bungalow Comfortable luxury: Palmstone Retreat or Paradise Garden Resort
Kitulgala
The small-scale Kitulgala is the adrenaline sport mecca of Sri Lanka! Because of its location on the Kelani river and in the middle of the tropical rainforest you will find unspoiled nature and many outdoor sports options here. Kitulgala is best known for the “Bridge on the River Kwai” movie. This film is set in Kanchanaburi(Thailand), but was largely filmed on the Kelani River. You can go white water rafting, mountain biking, canyoning, mountain climbing, hiking and explore the prehistoric Belilena caves.   Travel tips Kitulgala – With two monsoons a year, Kitulgala is one of the wettest places in Sri Lanka. This makes the white water rafting. From January to March it is a dry season. The large amount of precipitation ensures the most important activity in Kitulgala, wild water rafting. – Rafting trips reach level 2 and 3, suitable for beginners, and even level 4 for advanced. Choose the tour agency with care, all excursions are similar but not every touragency has insurance.   Best hotels Kitulgala Budget: The Tree House Kitugala (sleeping in a treehouse!) or Kumbuk Sevena Adventure Camp (sleeping in sort of a tent-hut!) Or Gallene Gala Nature Resort(bungalow or tent at the river) Mid-range: Rafters Retreat or Kithulvilla Holiday Bungalow Comfortable luxury: Palmstone Retreat or Paradise Garden Resort
Unawatuna is the most popular beach resort on the Sri Lankan south coast, but that still means that it is not so bad when it comes to crowds. The village is in a beautiful bay with palm trees and a handful of beach resorts. Thanks to the protection that the bay offers, you can swim well in the rough sea here. Dozens of restaurants and bars adorn the roads to and along the beach and the beach is also illuminated at night. Unawatuna is one of the more touristy places, but it certainly also exudes cosiness. You can also surf, snorkel, dive and kite surf around Unawatuna.   Travel tips Unawatuna – Do you know the photos of the famous pole fishermen in Sri Lanka? Sitting patiently on a large wooden stick stuck among the rocks, they are waiting patiently for their catch. The real pole fishermen are almost extinct. The 2004 tsunami played a major role in this; much of the coral just before the coast has been destroyed, which means that fishermen have to go further into the sea to catch fish. But to the east of Unawatuna, between Unawatuna and Koggala, you can sometimes see some pole fishermen. Often they are mainly there for tourists to show their old tradition and a small tip is greatly appreciated in exchange for a photo. – You can sail from Unawatuna in 30 minutes to Jungle Beach, a beach that lies between the jungle and the sea. This unspoilt part of nature attracts few tourists and is very worthwhile.   Best hotels Unawatuna Budget: Happy Coconut Mid-range: Galawatta Beach Cabanas or Lara’s Place or Rockside Cabanas Hotel Comfortable luxury: The Frangipani Tree or Cantaloupe Levels
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Unawatuna
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Unawatuna is the most popular beach resort on the Sri Lankan south coast, but that still means that it is not so bad when it comes to crowds. The village is in a beautiful bay with palm trees and a handful of beach resorts. Thanks to the protection that the bay offers, you can swim well in the rough sea here. Dozens of restaurants and bars adorn the roads to and along the beach and the beach is also illuminated at night. Unawatuna is one of the more touristy places, but it certainly also exudes cosiness. You can also surf, snorkel, dive and kite surf around Unawatuna.   Travel tips Unawatuna – Do you know the photos of the famous pole fishermen in Sri Lanka? Sitting patiently on a large wooden stick stuck among the rocks, they are waiting patiently for their catch. The real pole fishermen are almost extinct. The 2004 tsunami played a major role in this; much of the coral just before the coast has been destroyed, which means that fishermen have to go further into the sea to catch fish. But to the east of Unawatuna, between Unawatuna and Koggala, you can sometimes see some pole fishermen. Often they are mainly there for tourists to show their old tradition and a small tip is greatly appreciated in exchange for a photo. – You can sail from Unawatuna in 30 minutes to Jungle Beach, a beach that lies between the jungle and the sea. This unspoilt part of nature attracts few tourists and is very worthwhile.   Best hotels Unawatuna Budget: Happy Coconut Mid-range: Galawatta Beach Cabanas or Lara’s Place or Rockside Cabanas Hotel Comfortable luxury: The Frangipani Tree or Cantaloupe Levels
One of the greatest religious attractions in Colombo, the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple sits in walking distance from the beautiful Lake Beira. The religious significance of the temple attracts locals and travellers alike. Fusing elements of Chinese, Indian, and Thai style of architecture and design, the temple is also an architectural marvel. The intricate carvings on the doors and walls of the temple are marvellous. The wall murals convey informative Buddhist legends and stories, while the colossal statue of Lord Buddha emanates peaceful vibes all over the temple
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Gangaramaya Temple
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One of the greatest religious attractions in Colombo, the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple sits in walking distance from the beautiful Lake Beira. The religious significance of the temple attracts locals and travellers alike. Fusing elements of Chinese, Indian, and Thai style of architecture and design, the temple is also an architectural marvel. The intricate carvings on the doors and walls of the temple are marvellous. The wall murals convey informative Buddhist legends and stories, while the colossal statue of Lord Buddha emanates peaceful vibes all over the temple
A beautiful stretch of open space sandwiched between the bustling Galle road and the Indian Ocean, Galle Face Green is one of the most popular picnic attractions in Colombo. The place received considerable footfall, especially on weekends when there are countless vendors around, tempting the little ones with all kinds of toys. It also helps that the area is lined with street-food vendors, making it one of the best places to indulge in the street-food culture of Colombo. Looked after and maintained by Sri Lanka’s urban Urban Development Authority, Galle Face Park also promises you a phenomenal sunset!.
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Galle Face Green
56 Colombo - Galle Main Rd
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A beautiful stretch of open space sandwiched between the bustling Galle road and the Indian Ocean, Galle Face Green is one of the most popular picnic attractions in Colombo. The place received considerable footfall, especially on weekends when there are countless vendors around, tempting the little ones with all kinds of toys. It also helps that the area is lined with street-food vendors, making it one of the best places to indulge in the street-food culture of Colombo. Looked after and maintained by Sri Lanka’s urban Urban Development Authority, Galle Face Park also promises you a phenomenal sunset!.
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National Museum
854 Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha
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Taking its name after Queen Viharamahadevi, the Viharamahadevi Park is the largest one in Colombo. Combining picnic spots, waterfalls, a public park, a zoo, nature trails, and much more, the park is one of the most relaxing places to visit in Colombo. It is one of those rare few places that always manage to surprise you, regardless of how many times you visit. The calming, peaceful vibes of nature combined with the adventurous rides make this place an unmissable spot when travelling to Colombo. While it is no wonder that the park is a favourite amongst kids, it also appeals equally to adults seeking respite from the banter of routine life.
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Viharamahadevi Park
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Taking its name after Queen Viharamahadevi, the Viharamahadevi Park is the largest one in Colombo. Combining picnic spots, waterfalls, a public park, a zoo, nature trails, and much more, the park is one of the most relaxing places to visit in Colombo. It is one of those rare few places that always manage to surprise you, regardless of how many times you visit. The calming, peaceful vibes of nature combined with the adventurous rides make this place an unmissable spot when travelling to Colombo. While it is no wonder that the park is a favourite amongst kids, it also appeals equally to adults seeking respite from the banter of routine life. 
Erected in the year 1953, the Independence Memorial Hall is one of the most popular tourist places in Colombo. Built as a tribute to the nation’s independence from British rule, the hall annually hosts the Independence Day celebrations along with various other national events. Sitting right in the centre of Cinnamon Gardens, there is also a museum on the premises which stands to commemorate the brave souls who fought for the nation. The hall also serves as an open space for jogging, cycling, aerobics, gymming, and other fitness activities..
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Independence Square
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Erected in the year 1953, the Independence Memorial Hall is one of the most popular tourist places in Colombo. Built as a tribute to the nation’s independence from British rule, the hall annually hosts the Independence Day celebrations along with various other national events. Sitting right in the centre of Cinnamon Gardens, there is also a museum on the premises which stands to commemorate the brave souls who fought for the nation. The hall also serves as an open space for jogging, cycling, aerobics, gymming, and other fitness activities..
Put together the elements of picnic, adventure and pilgrimage, and you have Beria Lake, one of the most beautiful tourist places in Colombo. Set in the heart of the city, Beria Lake sits in close proximity to the legendary Gangaramaya Temple, while a beautiful temple called Seema Makala temple graces the centre of the lake. The resident temple is furnished with beautiful idols of Buddhist and Hindu deities. Religious appeal aside, the lake is a popular haunt for birdwatchers and photographers, especially during the evenings when a spectacular sunset lights up the sky. Spanning nearly 160 acres, the lake is also famous for rowing and other activities. .
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Beira Lake
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Put together the elements of picnic, adventure and pilgrimage, and you have Beria Lake, one of the most beautiful tourist places in Colombo. Set in the heart of the city, Beria Lake sits in close proximity to the legendary Gangaramaya Temple, while a beautiful temple called Seema Makala temple graces the centre of the lake. The resident temple is furnished with beautiful idols of Buddhist and Hindu deities. Religious appeal aside, the lake is a popular haunt for birdwatchers and photographers, especially during the evenings when a spectacular sunset lights up the sky. Spanning nearly 160 acres, the lake is also famous for rowing and other activities. .
Jami Ul-Afar is a great mosque sitting in the confines of Second Cross Street in Colombo. The mosque is quite prominent and stands out with its red and white striped colour, almost like a candy! Built by Habibu Labbe Saibu Labbe, the mosque is one of the many culturally rich places to visit in Colombo. A dreamy synthesis of Indian, Indo-Islamic, Neoclassical, and Gothic styles of architecture can be seen here -  a true cultural gem
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
Jami Ul-Afar is a great mosque sitting in the confines of Second Cross Street in Colombo. The mosque is quite prominent and stands out with its red and white striped colour, almost like a candy! Built by Habibu Labbe Saibu Labbe, the mosque is one of the many culturally rich places to visit in Colombo. A dreamy synthesis of Indian, Indo-Islamic, Neoclassical, and Gothic styles of architecture can be seen here -  a true cultural gem
If you’ve never heard of something called an island temple, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Seema Malaka is the perfect option for those looking for a little quiet time away from the maddening rush of the city. The tropical vibes of the place make it an ideal choice for couples, too. Surrounded by lush greenery beside the water, the Seema Malaka temple carries a stunning amalgamation of the Chinese, Thai, Indian, and Sri Lankan styles of architecture. Aiming to promote peace amongst people of all cultures and religions, Seema Malaka is one of the most peaceful places to visit in Colombo.
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Sima Malaka Meditation Centre
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If you’ve never heard of something called an island temple, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Seema Malaka is the perfect option for those looking for a little quiet time away from the maddening rush of the city. The tropical vibes of the place make it an ideal choice for couples, too. Surrounded by lush greenery beside the water, the Seema Malaka temple carries a stunning amalgamation of the Chinese, Thai, Indian, and Sri Lankan styles of architecture. Aiming to promote peace amongst people of all cultures and religions, Seema Malaka is one of the most peaceful places to visit in Colombo. 
Old Parliament Building