Place of Interest

Galle

Galle, a coastal town situated in the southwest region of Sri Lanka is the administrative capital of the southern province. Blessed with the exotic Dutch fortress and many other Dutch colonial structures, Galle is one such place that you can explore on foot. The Galle fort is one of the main attractions of the area, and the reason why the town of Galle was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1988. A monument of significant interest in the Fort is the Dutch reformed church or Groote Kerk. Other sites of interest include the Dutch museum and the Galle Lighthouse. Merely 6km away from the town of Galle you find one of the Islands best bay beach resorts, Unawatuna, which is great for water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving, and is considered on of the best bay beaches around the world.

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Ella

Found on the southern range of the central highlands in Sri Lanka, Ella is a captivating little village of natural beauty. Surrounded in all directions by waterfalls of varying size that either crash down in gigantic splashes or trickle down the mountain range, this little village has views that can leave you speechless. The nine arches bridge which lies between the Ella and Dambodara railway stations, is an amazing construction by the British you find here. The RawanaElla falls, plunging down from a height of 90m is one of the most famous waterfalls found here.

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Dambulla

Dambulla, a large town situated in the Matale district of the Central province, is geographically placed in the center of the island. Historically Dambulla is well known for its agricultural prospects and has always been a popular location for vegetable distribution. It’s been known famously for being a place that many seek out for relaxation with its many monasteries and refuges. Dambulla is famously known for the sacred cave temple complex known as the Dambulla Cave Temple, which is the largest cave temple complex in the country. The sheen of the golden paint on the ceilings and the statues within the cave gave it the name of ‘’Rangiri’’ meaning Golden colored. Another major attraction of the town is the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, which is famous for the fact that its construction was completed in just a matter of 167 days.

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Colombo

Your gateway to the stunning tropical island of Sri Lanka, Colombo serves as the commercial capital of the country. The architecture of the city is amazing with it’s mix of high rise buildings interspersed with colonial structures which ends up giving you a great blend of the past and the present. The Colombo Fort is the business hub of the city (although the fortress no longer exists). Here you will find the forty storied Twin Towers called the World Trade Center and the Dutch Hospital. Other sites of interest include the National Museum, the Viharamahadevi Park, the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara and the Town Hall. Although Sri Lanka in general is not famously known for its pub culture, in the more recent times you will find that there have been some amazing karaoke bars and night clubs coming up around Colombo, all of them showcasing amazing local talent and great music. From constantly adapting itself to new changes and staying true to its roots, Colombo is definitely the spot that will give you an all-round, one stop Sri Lankan experience.

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Chilaw

Chilaw is a coastal town in Sri Lanka in the Puttalam district of the Northwestern Province, is situated at a distance of 80km from Colombo. its main attractions is definitely the long strips of beautiful beaches that you find along with the vast tracts of coconut estates you will be able to see during your drive through the town. There is a saying amongst the locals that Chilaw is famously known for its three C’s – Coconuts, Crabs and Coreas. The Corea brothers Charles Edgar Corea and Victor Corea were freedom fighters who fought for the freedom of Ceylon. Every year the town of Chilaw comes alive on two occasions where the entire population join hands in celebrating two festivals, one being feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the other being the Munneswaram Festival.

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Beruwala

Beruwala a coastal town along the southern belt that is known to attract the crowds as a result of its sheer beauty and blissful beaches. With a population dominated by Muslims, you find the Kechimalai mosque to be one of the more prominent tourist attractions and landmarks of the town. The International lighthouse of Beruwala is located in the Barberyn Island surrounded by lush greenery a small distance away from the Beruwala beach. China fort in Beruwala is the hub for gem trading, with the Muslims dominating the trade

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Bentota

One of the most scenic regions in Sri Lanka, the coastal city of Bentota acts as the border between the Western and Southern Provinces. Shaded with numerous palm trees, the landscape of this coastal city one of the most scenic places in the country. Bentota Bay Beach is one of the most famous beaches along the southern coast. The Bentota river runs parallel to the coast with a narrow strip of land sandwiched between the river and the beaches called the ”Paradise Island”. The Bentota National Holiday Resort (BNHR) launched in 1969 and designed by architect Geoffrey Bawa, is a fully fledged infrastructure of over 100 acres compromising an array of facilities, luxury hotels and amenities for the tourists.

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Bandarawela

Located at the base of the hill country, you would not find a better place to kick off your exploration of the central Highlands of Sri Lanka. Found midway between Ella and Haputale, this little picturesque town has idyllic weather conditions all year round. The Dowa Rock Temple with its 4m high incomplete carving of of Lord Buddha, which was founded by King Walagamba is one of the highlights you will find at Bnadarawela. As a center for tea growing and fruit harvest, you will find the town bustling with busy market goers picking up provisions as they go along.

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ArugamBay

ArugamBay, a paradise of soft golden sands and beautiful blue beaches dotted with fishing boats, is a picturesque bay situated in the southeast coast of Sri Lanka. To most people the name ”ArugamBay” is synonymous with surfing with the presence of the Main Point break which is thought to be the best in the country, and is the ideal holiday spot for surfing enthusiasts. Deserted beaches and cooling waters will give you memorable swimming experiences. From the Pottuvil ecotour to the Lahugala-Kitulana National Park you will find yourself aptly entertained.

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Anuradhapura

A city steeped in Sri Lankan history and a cradle to the Sinhalese Buddhist civilization, Anuradhapura is included amongst the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. Founded in the 4th century BC almost 2,500 years ago, Anuradhapura, played a major role as the capital of the nation up until the 11th century AD. From the countless stupas such as the Thuparamaya, which are thought to be second in scale only to the great pyramids of Khufru & Khafra at Gizeh, and the many bodhi trees, the most revered one being the Sri Maha Bodiya, found scattered across this city, you will be able to spot a glimpse of these historical sites where ever you turn.

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