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.Read More ...