Sri Lanka Sightseeing

Elephants, flawless beaches, temple complexes, and endless UNESCO World Heritage sites – all these things can be found in Sri Lanka! Culture vultures flock to this country to take in the magnificent historical sights, or to soak up scenic hotspots like rainforests and beaches. From the colonial architecture in Colombo to the remote villages dotting the coast, Sri Lanka sightseeing offers an endless amount of things to see and do.

Colombo is a vibrant city, and is the capital of Sri Lanka located on the west side of the island. While it’s often cast aside for other destinations in the country, there are many things to not be missed. Visit the historical sacred place of Kalaniya Buddhist Temple, as well as Wolvandaal church – a Dutch reformed church dating from 1749. Shop in the local bazaar for fresh fruits and veggies, and interact with the locals. Experience Colombo’s colonial architecture, contrasted against modern skyscrapers. Sample some local foods, or take a walk along one of the many beaches. Getting to know the history here is definitely worthwhile, and a local guide can help you do it while Sri Lanka sightseeing.

Head to Negombo, where the Sacred Bodhi Tree is located. During King Devanampiyatissa’s reign in 288 BC, the tree was planted on a terrace at Mahamevnawa Park. After this, the kings of Anuradhapura built monasteries and stupas. The tree that stands there now is said to be the longest living human-planted tree in the world.  Other historical sites in the area include the Dual Ponds, the Samadhi Statue, Moonstone, and Rathna Prasada. Be sure to also check out the Abayagiri Museum, as well as the Jethawana Museum. Having trouble pronouncing those head-scratching words? Don’t worry – a local guide in Sri Lanka can help.

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For wildlife viewing opportunities, Yala National Park is the place to go. One of the best ways to experience the park is by jeep safari. Leopards, elephants, and bears are just some animals you might encounter along the way, as well as rare and exotic bird sightings. You may also see jackals, wild boars, spotted deer, and crocodiles. Your local guide will ensure all the safety details, so you can enjoy the experience without having to worry about a thing. Along the way, visit Patanangalla beach and the Manik River for some stunning scenic points.

For something entirely different, visit the old Portuguese fort of Galle, now a centre for ebony carving and handmade laces. See the beautiful coral formations bursting with colour at Hikkaduwa in a glass-bottomed boat, and see a turtle hatchery. You can even visit the famous workshops where the “devil masks” are created. Hire a bicycle and cycle around the city, taking in other sights and highlights. Visit any of the markets for fresh and delicious food, and stop by Murugan Hindu Temple for a little bit of history. And of course, wrap it  all up by experiencing the fort itself.

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