Sri Lanka is the home to so much mystery, myths, and majesty. It is a beautiful island nation with the most amazing scenery. Sri Lanka is a part of South Asia and is officially known as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is a country with a rich cultural heritage. Sri Lanka also has 3000 years of documented writings and has historical pieces of evidence of ancient settlements dating back to 125,000 years. Once upon a time, Sri Lanka was a British colony and was then officially known as Ceylon.
A fun fact is that the name ‘Sri Lanka’ is actually from Hindu mythology and ‘Lanka’ translates to ‘Island’. Sri Lanka is a country that largely practices Buddhism but its culture and architecture is one that is a combination of both Buddhism and Hinduism.
Not only that but Sri Lanka has also been greatly influenced by British and Dutch culture as it was once their colonies. Hence one can also find a lot of cathedrals there as well. So is Sri Lanka essentially going to be a historic trip or a pilgrimage? Not necessarily, because Sri Lanka is a ‘must go to’ place if you are a nature lover; a photographer; a traveler.
Sri Lanka offers its own set of experiences which can only be described as ‘rich and flavourful’. But where does one go to in Sri Lanka; what places does one visit? This article aims to help resolve that problem.
In this article, we will discuss 10 different places that one has to visit in order to make the most out of a trip to Sri Lanka. So grab your backpacks and lets us delve into all that Sri Lanka has to offer to us
1. Adam’s Peak
It is a biodiversity hotspot and a UNESCO world heritage site. It is an amazing place to go hiking and from the peak, one can get the most amazing views of Sri Lanka.
The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is all that remains of an ancient civilization. Built by a Sri Lankan king, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress now has the ancient remains of not only a military garrison but also remains of a garden and summer palace. On scaling this rock, one can get an amazing 360-degree view; an experience not to be missed.
Polonnaruwa is an ancient city ravaged by war and time where all that remains now are the ruins of temples, tombs, stupas, and statues. This land is brimming with mystery and history. A trip to Polonnaruwa will warrant a deeper understanding of Sri Lankan culture and heritage.
4. Yala National Park
Hire a jeep and travel through a coastal jungle, searching for leopards and other interesting wildlife.
5. Unawatuna Beach
Unawatuna Beach is not only picturesque but also an amazing spot for adrenaline pumping water activities and nightlife.
6. Dondra Lighthouse
Located 165 km from Colombo, the lighthouse was built during the colonial period of Sri Lanka. It offers some of the most scenic sunsets from the top.
7. Bentota Beach
It is a beautiful beach located 65 km from Colombo where one can either relax or enjoy water activities.
Mirissa can easily be summarized into 4 words: ‘Fishing’, ‘Seafood’, ‘Whale watching’.
9. Old Dutch Fort at Galle
At Galle, one can visit a 16th century Dutch Fort. But it was built initially by Portuguese.