Sri Lanka “The Pearl of Indian Ocean” – The Serendipity – As Sri Lanka, the beautiful Island with over
3000 years of documented history, variety of topography, charming landscape, typical Sri Lankan
cultural Integration and culinary flavors is unsurpassed with other travel destinations in the world.
Sri Lanka is a country that is home to a diverse array of attractions, and visitors to the island will
not be disappointed with the offerings that are provided. Sri Lanka features Golden Sandy Beaches /
UNESCO World Heritage Sites / National Parks with Variety of Wild Life / Colonial Heritage Sites /
High-Lands with Tea Estates / Botanical Gardens / Sri Lanka Cuisine / Religious Temples and Sites,
the chance to indulge in a safari of nature, and a profound history that is deeply inter woven in to the
fabric of the country itself.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Sri Lanka consists of eight World Heritage sites and six of them are ancient cultural sites and other two
are Natural Geographical areas. Cultural sites namely Anuradhapura (1 St Capital of Sri Lanka 5th Century
BC) / Polonnaruwa (Medieval capital) / Sigiriya (Rock Fortress) / Dambulla (Best Preserved Cave Temple) / Galle (Dutch Fort) / Kandy (Last Capital). Other two natural sites are Sinharaja Rain Forest
(One of High Bio-Diversity Hot Spot) / Central Highland including Knuckles mountan range, Adams Peak & Horton Plains).
Cultural World Heritage Sites
|Anuradhapura (UNESCO World Heritage)
|Anuradhapura (203 km from Colombo – App 5 Hrs Drive), Sri Lanka's first historical capital founded
around the 5 th century B.C. gives a fascinating glimpse of a stately, well laid-out pre-Christian
metropolis of gigantic Buddhist shrines and monasteries, splendid palaces, pavilions, and parks,
bathing ponds and vast reservoirs, many of them are masterpieces of architecture, art, sculpture
and engineering. Anuradhapura offers a host of memorable sightseeing highlights. The Thuparama
Dagaba which enshrines a collar-bone relic of the Lord Buddha, the Isurumuniya Rock Temple which
is a treasure trove of sculptures, the 2,200 year old Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo Tree) which is the
world's oldest historical tree, the 1 st century B.C. Abhayagiri and 3 rd century A.D. JetawanaDagabas
(UNESCO World Heritage sites) 380 ft and 400 ft in height respectively are second in height only to
ancient Egypt's two mightiest pyramids at Gizeh. Anuradhapura’s three main ancient irrigation lakes
Tissawewa and Nuwarawewa in the south and Basawakulama in the north nourished its agriculture and
adorned the capital for nearly two millennia as it does today.
|Polonnaruwa -(UNESCO World Heritage)
|The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu
I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 CE to reunite the country once more under a local leader.
The greeny environment, amazing ancient constructions, Parakrama Samudraya (a huge lake built in
1200 A.C.) Polonnaruwa Era existed between AC 1065- 1120. The governing period of this time was
about 186 years and 19 rulers had sat on the throne in that period. During the final period in the
Anuradhapura era, the cholas shifted the political power to Polonnaruwa, which was situated in the
eastern side of the dry zone. The main reason was security, as it was regarded as a strategic location
to guard against an invasion from Ruhuna, the refuge of the Sinhalese liberation force.
|Dambulla Rock Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage)
|Dambulla cave temple - also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site (1991)
in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 km east of Colombo
and 72 km north of Kandy. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.
The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the
surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings.
These paintings and statues are related to Buddha and his life. There are total of 153 Buddha statues,
3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses. The murals cover an area of 2,100
|Galle Dutch Fort (UNESCO World Heritage)
The seaside town of Galle is 116 km from Colombo by road or rail down the south-west coast. Today
the town has grown greatly and spreads into the hinterland but the Fort is the slow beating heart of
Galle's history. The walled city has stood since the early sixteenth century through the colonial periods
of the Portuguese, Dutch and British and in the present times is proclaimed as an Archaeological
Reserve and is identified as a living World Heritage Site.
A monument of particular interest in the Fort is “The Dutch Reformed Church” is near the Amangalla
Hotel. The church was built in 1640. However, it was remodeled between 1752 and 1755. The church is
paved with grave stones from the Old Dutch cemetery. The visitor should pause to study two stone lets
into the walls over the entrance and the exit of this gateway which tells the story of the conquests of
the old city. Nothing bespeaks the town's prosperity in British times as the splendid mansions with the names of Closenburg, Eddy stone, Barth field, Armitage Hill or Nooit-Gedacht, a few of which though
wrought with time's changes still exist. The best preserved is Glosenburg. A drive to Baddegama is a
delightful experience and leads out to the fine church consecrated in 1825 by Bishop Heber – Bishop of
Calcutta. The church today is decorated in a purely indigenous style and at Mass the Sri Lanka Litturgy
is said in Sinhala.
|Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage)
Kandy is a city in the center of Sri Lanka. 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 one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka; it is both an administrative and religious
city. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most
venerable places for the Buddhist community of Sri Lanka and all around the world. It was declared a
world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. The city of Kandy lies at an elevation of 465 metres (1,526 ft)
above sea level.
Sri Dalada Maligawa or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy,
Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha.
Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed
that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the
Sinhalese kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.
|Sigiriya Rock Fortress -(UNESCO World Heritage)
Sigiriya (Lion's rock) is a large stone and ancient rock fortress and palace ruin in the central Matale
District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and
other structures. A popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings
(frescos) which are reminiscent of the Ajanta Caves of India. It is within the cultural triangle, which
includes five of the eight world heritage sites in Sri Lanka. It is one of the eight World Heritage Sites of
Sri Lanka. It is also declared by UNESCO as the 8th Wonder of the World.
Sigiriya may have been inhabited through prehistoric times. It was used as a rock-shelter mountain
monastery from about the 5th century BC, with caves prepared and donated by devotees of the
Buddhist Sangha. According to the chronicles as Mahavamsa the entire complex was built by King
Kashyapa (AD 477 – 495), and after the king's death, it was used as a Buddhist monastery until 14th
Natural World Heritage Sites
|Sinharaja Rain Forest
Located in south-west Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is the country's last viable area of primary tropical
rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. There
is much endemic wildlife, especially birds, but the reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka's
endemic species of mammals and butterflies. Sinharaja Forest Reserve is situated in the south-west
lowland wet zone of Sri Lanka. Sinharaja Forest Reserve, comprising the existing and proposed forest
reserves, was declared a biosphere reserve in 1978.
The vegetation of Sinharaja may be described either as a tropical lowland rain forest or tropical
wet evergreen forest. Average height of the trees varies between 35m – 40m. The untapped genetic
potential of Sinharaja flora is enormous out of the 211 woody trees and lianas so far identified within
the reserve 139 (66%) are endemic.
Central Highlands of Sri Lanka
Central Highlands of Sri Lanka is the newest recognized World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. On 31 July 2010.
The site comprises the Peak Wilderness Protected Area, the Horton Plains National Park and the Knuckles
Conservation Forest. These are rain forests, where the elevation reaches 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) above
sea level. The region harbors a variety of mammal species including the Bear Monkey Trachypithecus
vetulus monticola the Horton Plains Slender Loris Loris tardigradus nycticeboides)
The Sri Lanka montane rain forests represent the montane and submontane moist forests above 1,000
metres (3,300 ft) in the central highlands and in the Knuckles mountain range. Half of Sri Lanka's
endemic flowering plants and 51 percent of the endemic vertebrates are restricted to this Eco region.
This Eco region is inhabited by five strict endemic mammals and eight near-endemics. The Eco region
also harbors five strict endemic bird species and 20 near endemics. The site incorporates three
|Peak Wilderness Sanctuary
Peak Wilderness sanctuary is the third largest by area natural reserve of the 50 that are in Sri Lanka.
Peak Wilderness sanctuary is a tropical rain forest that spreads over a land of 224 square kilometers
around the Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) mountain. Peak Wilderness was declared a wildlife sanctuary on
| Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by
montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 metres (6,900–7,500
ft) is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was
designated a national park in 1988. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 32 kilometres
(20 mi) from Nuwara Eliya.
|Knuckles Mountain Range
The Knuckles Mountain Range lies in central Sri Lanka, in the Districts of Matale and Kandy. The range
takes its name from a series of recumbent folds and peaks in the west of the massif which resembles
the knuckles of clenched fist when viewed from certain locations in the Kandy District. Whilst this
name was assigned by early British surveyors, the Sinhalese residents have traditionally referred to the
area as Dumbara Kanduvetiya meaning mist-laden mountain range.
Sri Lanka Beach Collection
Sri Lanka’s beaches still delight today’s traveller. With more than 1,000 kilometres of sandy coastline
to choose from, and a year-round summer with two different weather systems, visitors will always
find a beach with sunshine and calm seas. When the northeast winds blow from November to March,
it’s beautifully sunny and calm on the west and southern coasts. From April to October, during the
southwest monsoon, tranquil waters and a steady supply of sunshine can be enjoyed on the east coast.
Dreams of a tropical beach fringed by coconut palms, where the Indian Ocean sighs gently onto soft
sand, really do come true in Sri Lanka. Large sheltered lagoons, where rivers meet the sea, create a
fascinating habitat for marine and bird life, as well as an ideal environment for a range of water sports.
Bentota Beach is an oasis of tranquility and is one of the well established beach resorts of the country.
It is also a haven for the water sports enthusiasts where the possibilities here are endless. Bentota is
located 60 kilometres from Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, Colombo. Located along the South West
coastline in Sri Lanka, Bentota is extremely popular among the international travellers for its top class
touristic facilities and services.
It is also a fantastic location for numerous water sports activities such as snorkeling, jet-skiing,
diving, body-surfing, windsurfing and parasailing. Renowned hotels in Bentota that offers comfortable
accommodation along with the excitement of the Beach include Sri Villas, Bentota Beach Hotel, Taj
Exotica, Induruwa Beach Resort, Club Villa Bentota and much more.
|Mount Lavinia Beach
Mount Lavinia boasts of top class restaurants, well appointed hotels and exceptional urban lifestyle.
However, undeniably its best and biggest attraction is the stunning tropical beach. Located on the
Galle Road and positioned only 12 kilometres from the city of Colombo, Mount Lavinia has always been
a favorite among both local and international travelers. The beach resort of Mt. Lavinia is mainly
popular for its clean blue waters, white sandy beach and calm winds. It is also regarded as a perfect
spot for sea bathing. It is believed that the name Mount Lavinia derived from the residence of Governor
Sir Thomas Maitland. The house is now transformed in to the world renowned Mount Lavinia Hotel that
lies along the spectacular beach.
Like many other golden beaches that can be found throughout the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, Mount
Lavinia Beach too is a playground for the adventurous type. Water sports such as diving, swimming,
wind surfing, sailing, snorkelling are all possible here. Travellers will also have the opportunity to
explore the magnificent coral reefs and underwater flora and fauna. There is also so much to learn
from the fishing community living right along the coast.
The Negombo Beach is yet another unique treasure of ‘the blessed land’, Sri Lanka. Negombo, which
is, positioned not too far away from the commercial capital, Colombo lies as close as just 5 kilometres
from the Colombo International Airport. Above all, it occupies the finest location to spend a
memorable holiday while experiencing the best of sun, sand and beach. Due to its perfect location and
proximity to the airport, the Negombo Beach attracts travellers heading in or out of the island. It is
also a great stopover for those on their way to explore the wonders of the hill country.
The atmosphere of this stunning beach provides its visitors an unmatched experience on the daily life
of the fishing community. The Negombo Beach is a haven for water sport enthusiasts who wish to enjoy
activities such as wind surfing and diving. Water sport equipment are readily available at the nearby
hotels, or can also be rented or purchased by the many private vendors located close to the beach.
Hikkaduwa is one of the well-known and admired beach resorts of this paradise island. It is positioned
98 kilometres south from the commercial capital, Colombo. The extraordinarily attractive beach of
Hikkaduwa is a place of fun and excitement and always has something for everyone. The only marine
sanctuary of the country is situated in Hikkaduwa since its inception in 1979. The Hikkaduwa Marine
Sanctuary is home to around 70 diverse types of corals and is constantly frequented by the likes of
conservators, scientists and biologists. A beautiful stretch of a 1.5 kilometre long beach runs parallel to
the coral reefs of this beautiful marine sanctuary.
The beach of Hikkaduwa is a great place to enjoy numerous water sports activities, as well is the venue
for the annual beach festival that attractions local and international travellers in large numbers. With
regard to the various sports and leisure activities that are on offer, one of the unique highlights of the
Hkkaduwa Beach is the glass bottom boat rides that are ever popular amongst nature lovers. It is a
place of discovery and wonder for the likes of snorkelers, wind surfers, divers and for those who wish
to enjoy an enthralling deep sea fishing experience. The breathtaking beaches are also perfect for
those who simply want to relax, gaze at the Indian Ocean and ponder on the earth’s beauty.
|Unawatuna- One of best best places in Sri Lanka with Scuba Diving Locations.
About 5 km south of Galle is the golden beach of Unawatuna. It is also one of the safest beaches in Sri
Lanka as it is protected by a reef. Surfing, snorkeling & diving are some of the water sports you can
participate here. All the equipment you need can be rented from many a beachfront place.
Mirissa and its breathtaking sandy beach pretty much transforms your dreams and visions of a tropical
paradise into an everyday reality. Located close to the Southern tip of the Island of Sri Lanka. This secluded crescent shaped beach is the perfect place to sit back, relax and forget about all the hussle
and bussle of your other life that’s a million miles away. This small sandy tropical beach boasts some of
Sri Lanka’s best and most stunning sunsets and sunrises.
Whale and Dolphin watching is ideal in Mirissa during the months of December to April. All you need
to take is a boat, few kilometers from the shore. Pods of Dolphins can be seen accompanying boats
frequently during the said months. Blue and Sperm Whales in large numbers frequent the coastline of
Sri Lanka during this period and can be viewed near Mirissa beach.
|Trincomalee–World’s 5th Largest Natural Harbour
Trincomalee beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka. Every year thousands of local and
international tourists come here to spend their vacations. Trincomalee beach is located 250km away
from the Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo and about 115 miles south of Jaffna. This place is more popular
among people for its fine white sand beaches, crystal clear water and for the harbor. Some people
come here to do sports such as surfing, scuba diving and some are coming just to relax and spend
holidays. Whale and dolphin watching is also one of the main tourist attractions in this area.
Arugam Bay surf beach is located 314 km from Colombo, 2 ½ km south of the small town of Pottuvil in
the Ampara district of Dry Zone South-east coast of Sri Lanka. Arugam Bay Beach, a wide sweeping
sandy beach in front of the village of Arugam Bay is an attraction for swimming all year-round.
Arugam Bay's first international surfing competition was held by ISA (International Surfing Association)
in the summer of 2004. The long, consistent right hand point break at the southern end of the Arugam
Bay beach makes it the finest surf spot in Sri Lanka. Arugam Bay Beach with its coral reef being home
to an abundance of tropical fish affords delightful snorkeling opportunities. The beach isn’t the only
attraction at Arugam Bay. The countryside of the village of Arugam Bay brings about loveliest sceneries
that span over mangrove, jungle, lagoon, river, rice fields and dunes.
|Kalkudah & Passekudah, Sri Lanka
Kalkuda beach is located 282km east of Colombo in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. Passekudah beach is
located just south of Kalkuda beach. The Eastern coast extending from Yala National Park (South East)
spreads right up to the beautiful beaches of Nilaveli and Uppuveli at Trincomalee in the North-eastern
Passekudah and Kalkudah beaches adorned with coconut palms set up an ideal stretch for
bathing, Windsurfing and water skiing. Kalkudah Bay is a 2km long wide stretch of beach well
protected by the off shore reef. Passekuda beach is wide and long. It spread along for 4km long just
south of Kalkudah. The beach also houses a varied number of tropical fishes and exotic coral reefs. The
combined beaches of Kalkudah and Passekudah are ideal for bathing as the sea is clear, calm and reef-
protected: perfect setting for sun bathing, windsurfing, and skiing.
Sri Lanka Wild Life / National Parks
Sri Lanka is an island, with 65,610 SQ KM in area situated close to the Southeast corner of the peninsula
of India. Despite its relatively small size, Sri Lanka possesses a high level of Bio-Diversity (The total
variety of living things at the genetic, species and ecosystem level). A significant feature of Sri Lanka's
biodiversity is the remarkable high proportion of endemic species among its flora and fauna: 23% of the
flowering plants and 16% of the mammals in the island are endemic (Endemic - An organism that occurs
naturally only in a named place).
Also, Sri Lanka has been identified by the Environment Activist Group Conservation International (CI)
as one of 25 biodiversity hot spots in the world. Sri Lanka's tropical rain forest ecosystem is considered
as an area which is disturbed by human activity, but still exceptionally rich in animal and plant species found nowhere else.
|Yala National Park
YalaNational Park or RuhunaNational Park is the second largest and most visited national park in Sri
Lanka. Yala is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva
Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from
Colombo. It had originally had been designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu
it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best
known for its variety of its wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and
|Kumana National Park
Kumana National Park in Sri Lanka is renowned for its avifauna, particularly its large flocks of migratory
waterfowl and wading birds. The park is 391 kilometres (243 mi) southeast of Colombo on Sri Lanka's
southeastern coast. Kumana is contiguous with Yala National Park. Kumana was formerly known as
Yala East National Park, but changed to its present name in 5 September 2006. Kumbukkan Oya forms
the southern boundary of the national park. Some 20 lagoons and tanks support the extensive birdlife
of the national park. The lagoons are shallow with depths less than 2 metres (6.6 ft). Kumana villu is
subject to occasional inundation with seawater. The elevation of the area ranges from sea level to
90 metres (300 ft). The mean annual temperature is 27.30 °C (81.14 °F) and the area receives 1,300
millimetres (51.18 in) of annual rainfall.
|Wilpattu National Park
WilpattuNational Park (Willu-pattu; Land of Lakes) is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The
unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” (Natural lakes) - Natural, sand-rimmed water
basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone
of Sri Lanka. The park is located 30km west Anuradhapura and located 26 km north of Puttalam
(approximately 180 km north of Colombo). The park is 131, 693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152
meters above sea level.
|Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. The
reason for creating the national park was to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the
construction of the Udawalawe reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of
the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq mi) of land area and was established on
30 June 1972. Before the designation of the national park, the area was used for shifting cultivation
(chena farming). The farmers were gradually removed once the national park was declared. The park is
165 kilometres (103 mi) from Colombo. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan
Elephants. It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country
|Horton Plains National Park
HortonPlainsNational Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by
montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 metres (6,900–7,500 ft)
is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was designated
a national park in 1988. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 32 kilometres (20 mi) from
The Horton Plains are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli, Kelani, and
Walawe. In Sinhala the plains are known as Mahaweli Plains. Stone tools dating back to Balangoda culture
have been found here. The plains' vegetation is grasslands interspersed with montane forest, and includes many endemic woody plants. Large herds of Sri Lankan Sambar Deer feature as typical mammals,
and the park is also an Important Bird Area with many species not only endemic to Sri Lanka but
restricted to the Horton Plains. Forest dieback is one of the major threats to the park and some studies
suggest that it is caused by a natural phenomenon. The sheer precipice of World's End and Baker's Falls
are among the tourist attractions of the park.
|Bundala National Park
Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri
Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of Birds, the highlight being the Greater Flamingo, which migrate
in large flocks. Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated to a national park
on 4 January 1993. In 1991 Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri
Lanka. In 2005 the national park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere
reserve in Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 245 km southeast of Colombo
|Hikkaduwa National Park
Hikkaduwa National Park is one of the two marinenational parks in Sri Lanka. The national park contains
a fringingcoral reef of high degree of biodiversity. The area was declared a wildlife sanctuary on May 18,
1979, and then on August 14, 1988, upgraded to a nature reserve with extended land area. The growth
of the number of visitors in the next 25 years increased the degradation of the coral reef. To reduce the
effects to the ecosystem, the reef was declared a national park on September 19, 2002.
Sri Lanka Elephant
The Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is one of three recognized subspecies of the Asian
Elephant, and native to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan elephant population is now largely restricted to a few
National Parks and Nature Reserves. Udawalawe National Park, Yala National Park, Wilpattu National Park and Minneriya National Park are prime locations for spotting elephants.
Jeep safaris in National Parks will give you a close proximity to see the natural habitat and the
behaviour of Elephants. Also you can more enjoy in the camp site within the national park in the
night. Elephant back safaris through a jungle track will also be a memorable experience. Although
there have been approximately 36000 elephants at the turn of the century it has reduced to about
3000 due to poaching. According to recent records about 2000 of them are scattered all over the
country in small pockets and about 500 of them are domesticated.
All the Elephants in Sri Lanka now restricted to the national parks and other orphanages. Sri Lanka
most important parks to see Elephants are Yala, Maduruoya, Wasgomuwa, Lahugala, Gal Oya,
Inginiyagala, Uda Walawa.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Elephants
located at Pinnawala in Kegall district in Sri Lanka. Pinnawalla is notable for having the largest herd of
captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females
from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care
and protection to many of the orphaned un weaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the
forests of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Hill Country & Tea Estates
Don’t go back without a visit the central highlands of Sri Lanka, unlike any other part of the island;
the central highland brings out the best of beauties when it comes to scenery. The Hill Country is
exceptionally beautiful, with crystal clear waterfalls and tea plantations dotted throughout. The
temperature in this region stays cool all year round, in an atmosphere of early morning Spring.
Everything is green and lush and the landscape is elevated with layers of grass knolls and jagged waterfalls with dense mountain forest clinging to the upper slopes.
|Nuwara Eliya- “Little England”
The highest town in Sri Lanka is Nuwara Eliya, South East of Kandy. Known for its British Heritage of
Hereford Castle, strawberries and golf course, all of which thrive in its eternal spring-like climate. It is
nevertheless Sri Lankan with all the colour and bustle expected of a busy market town. A visit to a tea
plantation should not be missed to appreciate a vital part of Sri Lankan economy since 1850. Hakgala
gardens, nestling below Hakgala Peak, offer one of the most beautiful views in Sri Lanka.
|Hot Air Ballooning
As with many countries, it is become a tourist favorite to take a flight to see the sights. Sri Lanka
currently operates Hot Air Balloons from the Cultural Triangle in the North Central Province and Galle
in the South coast. Hot air ballooning in Sri Lanka has enjoyed increasing popularity over recent years,
but techniques have changed slightly since the first adventurers braved the elements and scaled the heights.
Floating at heights of 500 to 2000 feet on average, this feeling of peace and tranquillity is apparent
from the extent of sighs & smiles as the earth seems to slowly descend & rotate below you whilst the
views rapidly expand. There are many enthusiasts the world over that partakes in hot air ballooning
events and to watch one of these events, with their many colourful balloons, is truly a magnificent
sight, like no other. No other excursion can match the bird’s eye view, beauty and splendours of the Sri Lankan landscape
as a balloon flight.
Imagine floating in air, feeling completely weightless and gliding through the atmosphere putting all
your cares into perspective. With barely a wisp of a breeze to touch your skin, balloon rides are one
way of finding yourself at one with nature and seeing the world from a bird's eye view. Balloon rides in
Sri Lanka are becoming more popular and with private launch sites within the Cultural Triangle of Sri
Lanka - Kandalama, Sigiriya, Dambulla; The FORT – Galle, Tissamaharama, ; Buttala/Yala: The Sugar
and Safari Village as the Sri Lankan country side is often referred to, we offer the most sensational
Sri Lanka Water Sports
Sri Lanka is the secret garden of surf holiday making and is one of the most reliable surf destination
in the Indian Ocean. The island encompasses beautiful tropical beaches, verdant vegetation and a
thousand delights clubbed with ample opportunities to undertake a spine tingling water sport activity.
Sri Lanka is the finest island of its size in all the world and you are likely to agree to the fact Sri Lanka
is the ultimate paradise for all water sport buffs. Perfect climatic conditions and adequate diving sport
equipment etc. beckons the travellers to try out water sports in Sri Lanka. In fact Aquatic sports form an integral part of the sports and recreation in Sri Lanka.
Boating is very much a developed water sport activity in this aesthetic tropical land. Diving and sailing
forms a part of the sports and recreation in Sri Lanka Other aquatic sports include such activities as
surfing, swimming and scuba diving on the coast.
May to September is the best period for surfing in Sri Lanka as the winds are strongest during this period. Arugam bay on the east coast is Sri Lanka's best beach for surfing. Other beaches
famous for surfing are Hikkaduwa on the southwestern coast and Bentota on the western coast.
|Diving & Snorkeling
There are several dive sites along Sri Lanka's coastline where one gets an opportunity to see fantastic marine life such as corals, ship wrecks, myriad tropical fish, coral fish,
angle fish and puffer fish. Hikkaduwa and Tangalle on the west coast, Unawatuna on the south coast
and Nilaveli on the east coast are wonderful places for scuba diving and snorkeling. The best time for
diving and snorkeling on the west coast is from November to April and on the east coast is from April to September as the seas are calmest during this period.
|Rafting & Canoeing
Sri Lanka has hundreds of rivers and small streams that originate from hills and offer excellent water sports facilities. Some of the rivers such as Kelani River in Kitulgala, southwest
of Kandy, are very popular among tourists for rafting purposes. Popular sites for canoeing are the Kalu
Ganga (Black River) and the Kelani Ganga.