Attractions in Sri Lanka
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Home to approximately 4,000 different and unique species of plants, Peradeniya is Sri Lanka’s largest garden. Open all year, Peradeniya can be found 5.5km to the west of Kandy at A1, Peradeniya 20400, Sri Lanka.
Historically famous for its spice gardens, tourists can partake in a unique cultural experience at one of the many tours available. A popular destination is New Paradise Spice Garden in Matale. For more information contact [email protected]
Temple of the Tooth
An extremely popular destination, this is one of the holiest shrines in the Buddhist world. Home to the relic of the tooth of Buddha, the item represents large amounts of political power as it is said that whoever holds the relic oversees governance of the country. Located in Kandy, the temple is open from 530am-8pm.
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue
A massive Buddha statue is home to a temple and beautiful 360 degree views of Kandy. Ticket prices are 200 rupee and the statue is located just west of Kandy City Centre.
Known locally as Sri Pada, or “sacred footprint”, Adam’s Peak is a summit amongst a range that is of great significance to the locals as they say it is where Buddha first came. In-depth details on this popular attraction can be found at http://sripada.org/
This sacred city was previously was the capital of Sri Lanka. Now capital of the North Central Province, it is a World Heritage Site, home to a variety of temples, monuments and statues that provide insight into Sri Lankan civilization. To learn more about popular attractions in this city click HERE.
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
An extremely sacred temple, the locals believe visiting can absolve them of their sins. Witness the beautiful artistry and gain insight into one of Buddha’s apparent final destinations. For more information visit their website: http://www.kelaniyatemple.org
Turtle Hatchery and Farmery
If you love turtles, this is an experience you won’t want to miss! For more information call 77 293 8338.
Bogoda Bridge and the Temple
Bogoda Bridge is believed to be the oldest surviving wooden bridge in the world dating back to 1600. The scenery on each side of the bridge is beautiful and inside the temple showcases wonderful paintings and unique wall structures made of cotton wool, bee honey and clay.
Bird Watching at Sinharaja
Visit Sri Lanka’s southern tropical rainforest to see a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. In particular, the birds here are unique and fly together in unison. The best time to view is early in the morning or in the evening.
Located approximately 220km from Colombo in Kandy, the 210 foot waterfall is one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful. The name is derived from the smoke like spray created at the end of the fall.
Dolphin and Whale Watching
Take a break from the island and explore the ocean to meet some of its friendliest creatures. More information can be found at: http://whalewatching.navy.lk/.
Lion Rock was originally developed into a complex city and fortress by a previous king. Today it is a popular destination due to its archeological remains and features including the Mirror Wall, which features writings of all sorts and three distinct gardens.
Wilpattu National Park
The islands largest park is located 200km north of Colombo and covers 425 square miles featuring Elephants, Sloth Bear, Deer, Leopards and many more. For information on visiting this wildlife sanctuary, click HERE.
If you’re a thrill seeker, try conquering one of Sri Lanka’s many challenging climbs. There many options for all skill levels including the Knuckles range, Ella range, Habarana, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Horton Plains and Buttala.
Deep Sea Fishing
With the Indian Ocean at your disposal, why not test your luck at snagging some big marine predators? Local fisherman have in the past, invited visitors to join them on their voyages just off the coastline.
Hot Air Ballooning
Want to see all the sights in Sri Lanka, but short on time? Embarking in a hot air balloon is the quickest way to take in all the wildlife, cultural sites, local landmarks, lakes and rivers. If you want an even more surreal experience, plan a trip around sunrise or sunset. Sunrise in Lanka Ballooning currently offers a fare of US$210 per adult. For more information visit: www.srilankaballooning.com.
Crystal clear water with great visibility and beautiful coral structures make Sri Lanka a hotbed destination for new and experienced divers alike. To see the most diverse number of fish species you’ll want to head south to Hikkaduwa.
Hummanaya Blow Hole
Sri Lanka’s only blow hole is a truly exhilarating experience. The blowhole is formed by a crack in the rock that shoots out water when strong winds force waves to crash rapidly. Featuring a visitor’s information center and a viewing platform, visitors can reach this destination by heading to the small fishing village known as Kudawella.
Located just east of Horton Plains National Park, this scenic view overlooks the southern mountains and features a gradual 3,000 foot drop.