Top 6 Places to Visit in Sri Lanka
Imagine evocative seashores, colonial architecture, historical Buddhist ruins, and the first place that comes to your mind is Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka tour packages are perfect for honeymoons and family vacations. The country is a wildlife haven and a destination full of beaches, temples, and forts. When visiting Ceylon, you must ensure that you make the most of your time and visit the best places. Read what places you should visit once in Sri Lanka.
The capital city is a popular getaway for Sri Lankans, with a number of tourist attractions and recreational spots. Travel agencies in Singapore providing Sri Lanka tour packages often start the trip with Colombo. You will need an entire day to go sightseeing around the city, with its impressive collection of colonial buildings. Do not miss the Viharamahadevi Park and the hectic-and-eclectic Pettah Market.
The next stop, ideally, should be Kandy. You can take the Intercity Express train in Colombo and revel in the spectacular central Highlands on your journey to Kandy. Once in Kandy, you can start by visiting the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. The British Garrison Cemetery and the relaxing Kandy Lake are good options as well. Kandy Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also travel to the scenic mountain town of Ella from Kandy by train.
The Dutch Colonial Fort in Galle is surrounded by the sea on three sides, which makes for a stunning sight. Look for a Sri Lanka tour package that lets you spend enough time Galle. The sleepy city has been a favorite with backpackers around the world. Do not miss the famous jewelry shops, ice cream parlors and the National Maritime Museum of Sri Lanka.
While you are in Negombo, The Angurukaramulla Temple and the Dutch Fort are not to be missed. The former has the famous, centuries-old, 6 meters long reclining statue of the Buddha and a dragon-style entrance. The Dutch Fort is exemplary of the historical Dutch architecture that Sri Lanka is famous for. Ask travel agencies you are in talks with, to include Negombo in your itinerary.
5. Nuwara Eliya
This hilly city is located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is rich in tropical greenery and a breezy mountain climate. Some great tourist attractions in Nuwara Eliya are the historical Lake Gregory, where you can go boating, and Galway's Land Bird Sanctuary. You must also visit The Tea Factory at Kandapola, The Ceylon Breweries, and the Single Tree Hill. At night, Nuwara Eliya can get quite cold and hence offer respite from the otherwise humid country.
Anuradhapura is a major Buddhist site in Sri Lanka, with iconic remnants of its history. One must visit the Bodhi Tree, a huge, sacred Fig tree said to be the oldest tree of the world. Anuradhapura is a must for history-enthusiasts looking for Sri Lanka tour packages. The Ruwanwelisaya is a grand Stupa, more than 90 meters high and 292 meters in circumference. You can also visit the Archaeology Museum and the Folk Museum and buy souvenirs from Mihintale.