Sri Lanka is proud to host a large number of both man-made historical and natural wonders. Old palaces and fortresses, an abundance of old and new buddhist and hindu temples, wildlife parks, and tropical forests. In the map below there are markers for some of the most scenic locations (with links to short description), and I am glad to offer you to drive you around:
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Kataragama - Kataragama is an important pilgrimage location for Hindus and Buddhists. Up until 1950, the place was only reachable via narrow trails through the jungle, today ist well connected to the road network. Thousands of pilgrims from the northern parts of Sri Lanka gather here every year to celebrate the Kataragama-Esala-Perahera, which takes place on the Read More ...
Hikkaduwa - Hikkaduwa is a nice little town at the south-western coast, a few kilometres north of Galle. From Colombo, it takes a about an hour and a half by car. Hikkaduwa has beautiful beaches, even with some waves for surfers, and nice hotels and restaurants. From there, other interesting places like Galle or the Sinharaja rainforest Read More ...
Sigirya – the Lion’s Rock - This solitary rock is in itself a natural wonder
Anuradhapura – the oldest historical capital - Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization.
Polonnaruwa – second King’s residence - The ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom’s first rulers. Near the ancient city, there is a small town with several hotels (especially for tourists) and some glossy shops, and places to fulfill day-to-day needs. There Read More ...
Galle – center of colonial history - Galle is the administrative capital of Southern Province, Sri Lanka and is the district capital of Galle District. Galle is the fifth largest city in Sri Lanka
Kandy – last historic capital - It is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is Read More ...