Famous as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has everything to fascinate you. The country has it all, its unique culture, golden beaches, incredible history, pilgrimage sites, wildlife safaris, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality. Over the past few years, Sri Lanka has become a preferred travel destination.
There is a plethora of places to visit and explore. Here we are with our top 5 picks for your next vacation getaway loaded with unique experiences in the Sri Lankan country.
1. Yala National Park
Covering a vast area of 979 km2, this national park is one of the oldest national parks in the country. It is famous for its wildlife, animal variety and excellent flora and fauna amidst lush vegetation. Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and waterfowl are the key conversation in the park. It offers the opportunity to spot some of the rarest and dangerous species. It will surely give you the adventure your soul has been craving as this is just not another wildlife sanctuary. The thrilling Yala National Park safari amidst thick jungles, golden beaches, dusty tracks and muddy swamps will be a unique experience. The park is divided into 5 individual blocks in which 2 blocks named Ruhuna National Park and Kumana National Park are open for tourists.
It is located in the southern and Uva provinces of Sri Lanka at a distance of about 300 km from the capital city Colombo.
2. Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple (Vihara)
The Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple is one of the oldest and most important temples in Sri Lanka. Located on Beira Lake, it has a huge Buddha statue depicting his stories on the walls and ceilings. The architecture of this temple is a unique blend of modern and cultural essence.
The temple comprises several imposing buildings like Vihara, Pagoda, Bodhi Tree, Vihara Mandiraya, Seema Malaka, Relic Chamber, Museum, Library, Pirivena and education halls. Seema Malaka and museums are the highlights of the temple.
The temple also serves as a center of learning controlling about 40 centers. Its serene atmosphere and peaceful environment will fill you with inner peace. Due to its religious importance, it welcomes many devotees and visitors throughout the year. The temple is located in the main capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo.
3. Green Face Gall
Located in the heart of the capital Colombo, Galle face green is one of the must-see tourist attractions. Stretching 1600 feet along the coast, it is an ocean-side urban park that spans 5 acres onshore. It is the central point of the city surrounded by tall towers and buildings. The area offers many fun things to do to relax and rejuvenate. If you are a sunset lover, you should visit this beach in the evening to catch mesmerizing pictures of the setting sun. It is also known as one of the best places to try Sri Lankan street food. Galle face green is easily accessible from all parts of the city.
4. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Commonly referred to as the Temple of the Glorious Tooth, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is another famous Buddhist temple. The Temple of the Tooth Relic is located in the former royal palace complex in Kandy. The temple reserves the most important relic – Lord Buddha’s upper canine. You cannot see Buddha’s tooth as it is kept in a heavily guarded golden coffin shaped like a Dagoba. The temple is a golden-roofed heritage site built in the 17th century. The temple is open to visitors from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. It is located in Kandy at a distance of 145 Km from Colombo.
5. Adam’s Little Peak, Ella
Among the best hiking trails that you cannot afford to miss in Sri Lanka is the Little Adam Peak trail. Whether you are a nature lover or a trekking enthusiast, you simply cannot miss this trek. This is the small version 2.0 of Adam’s pic from Sri Lanka. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the altitude of the summit is 1141 meters above sea level. The trek requires around 3 hours of exploration and sightseeing. The trek takes you through the region’s famous tea plantations. Sunsets and sunrises are the best time to visit the summit as it offers spellbinding visuals. You can also try mouth-licking delights at the top restaurants and cafes on the summit.