1. Sigiriya Rock Fortress
|Sigiriya Rock Fortress|
Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a mysterious and ancient rock fortress located in the Matale, Sri Lanka. It also refers to as the “The Lion rock” as the shape of the rock is similar to lion. It is famous for its palace located on the top of the huge rock. The palace was built by King Kashyapa during the 5th century. Almost 200m high rock which is at the centre of beautiful forest attracts millions of tourists each year. It is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The best time to visit in December to April which is also a peak time. Try to visit 7am to avoid the crowed and sun. It generally takes 2-3 hours reach on the top of the rock. You need a complete day to explore this wonderful place.
2. Sinharaja Forest Reserve
|Sinharaja Forest Reserve|
The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is the rain forest which is spread over 112 km² in Sri Lanka. It is well known for viewing the lion kingdom in its natural habitat. It is the biggest forest in Sri Lanka and one of the Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This stunning rainforest has a lot of things to do for the visitors like jungle safari, bird watching, camping, elephant ride and many more. There are several wild animals to see in the forest such are the leopard, deer, purple-faced leaf monkey, Giant Asian elephant and torque macaque. You can find many species of reptiles, amphibians, insects and butterflies.
The best time travel from January to late March. Avoid heavy rainfall, which starts from May to late July. Generally it take 3-4 hours to explore. Try to travel early morning for viewing more animals.
3. Adam’s Peak
The Adam’s Peak is the world most beautiful conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. This huge mountain is about 2,243m tall. It is well known for the Sri Pada “the mysterious” or “scared footprints”. Some of them believe that footprint refers to the Buddha, and some believe that footprint belong to Adam and this is the reason why it named as Adam’s Peak. Things to do near Adam’s peak are Mohini falls, hiking, Trekking, and visiting Warleigh Church.
The best time to visit Adam’s Peak is around December to May. Visiting in the off season would help you to avoid the crowd. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to climb and to explore adding 3 hours more. You don’t get much trouble in climbing the mountain as there is a beautiful stairs pathway, testing for your physical fitness.
4. Arugam Bay
Arugam Bay is the most beautiful and one of the famous beaches of Sri Lanka. It is famous for his lovely high waves, which attracts the surfers from all over the world. This world famous surf spot organised many big competitions by many big companies. Apart from surfing you can also enjoy the view from the beach, parties, viewing the sunset with family at elephant rock, delicious food, boating and enjoy the nightlife of Sri Lanka.
The perfect time to visit Arugam Bay in April to September, when the waves are high. If you love surfing the you need more than a day to explore this place.
5. The Mirissa
The Mirissa is one of the important beaches of Sri Lanka. This beautiful beach is well known for its stunning scenery and nightlife. The Mirissa’s beach is also very famous among the tourist. Lots of stuff to do like whale watching, coconut trees spot, surfing, famous resorts, boating, and various water sports.
The best time to visit Mirissa in November to March. More than 2 days is required to explore and enjoy the Mirissa and its beach. So try to grab as much time as you can to experience this beautiful coast.
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6. Dambulla Golden Cave Temple
|Dambulla Golden Cave Temple|
Dambulla Golden Cave Temple is the world largest and best preserved cave temple in Sri Lnaka. It covers around area of 2,100m² with stunning Buddhist statues and paintings. Dambulla Golden Cave Temple spread have total five caves filled with 157 glorious statues. This temple declared as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1991. The tourist also like to visit a stunning piece of art in Buddhist Museum & Museum of Wall Paintings which is in Dambulla.
There is not a particular season to visit, but peak time of this glorious place starts from mid-January to late April. To cover all the 5 caves in the Dambulla Golden Cave Temple it takes 2-3 hours.
7. Yala National Park
|Yala National Park|
Yala National Park is most popular national park of Sri Lanka. It is also the second largest park, which covers over 978.8 km² in southeast Sri Lanka. the national park is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 species of bird. This wildlife sanctuary is also a conservation of Sri Lankan elephants and leopards. Some more animals that you can see while visiting this park like sloth bears, sambars, jackals, deer, and crocodiles. Viewing all these animals from open jeep is extremely wonderful and thrilling.
The best to visit Yala National Park in the dry season from late January to June. At this time, it’s easier to spot animals. It required at least 2 day to explore this large park.
8. Nuwara Eliya
|The Nuwara Eliya|
The Nuwara Eliya is the largest tea production in Sri Lankan. It is important to place in Sri Lanka, as it is one of the biggest tea exports in the world. It attracts several visitors of Sri Lanka with its stunning scenery. This picturesque sight spread over 13 km² on the hills, which make this place a perfect spot to take photos. You can visit Seetha Amman Temple, a colourful Hindu shrine which is nearby.
February to May is considered to be the best time to visit Nuwara Eliya, as the temperature is pleasant to explore this place. Spending a night for viewing a stunning clear sky from the resort will be a great choice.
9. Ruins of Polonnaruwa
|Ruins of Polonnaruwa|
The Polonnaruwa is the beautiful ancient town which has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1982. It is one of the largest cities of Sri Lanka, spreads over 3,293 km² in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. The most attractive spots are Ruins of Polonnaruwa and Parakrama Samudra, a huge lake built in 1153 AD. Some must visit sites of the ruins of Polonnaruwa includes royal palace, the vatadage, shiva devale, pabalu vehera, swimming pool, and dalada maluva. It’s better to hire a guide, so that you can understand it in details.
The best time to visit Polonnaruwa is July and August, pleasant weather conditions so that you can comfortably explore the site. Since the area is very large, so it might take three to five hours to visit.
10. Temple of Tooth
|Temple of Tooth|
Temple of Tooth is one of the famous temples of Buddha. It is located in the royal palace of the former Kingdom of Kandy. The Temple of the Tooth was built in 1592. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. This beautiful and spiritual Buddhist temple is very popular among tourist. Millions of people visit here to worship god Buddha each year. In this place you can also visit sri dalada museum, botanical gardens, world Buddhist museum, royal palace of Kandy, and Kandy lake.
The best time to visit the Temple of Tooth is during the evening from 5 pm to 7 pm from December to April. If you are thinking that one day is enough then, you are wrong. only you can visit the royal palace of kandy, temple and Kandy lake in one day. You need more than 2 days to enjoy this stunning city.
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