Today, Sigiriya offers her visitors a gallery of 5th – century paintings completed with landscaped gardens unrivalled and unmatched by any contemporary citadel in the world. At 600 feet, the view from the royal pavilion sis arrestingly beautiful. The boulder and the pleasure gardens, admired for 1,500 years, reflect the skill and the technique of the early engineers. the principles used in the design of the gardens, as well as in the construction of both symmetric and asymmetric structures, speak highly for the art and architecture of 5th century Sri Lanka. Sigiriya has become a goldmine for archaeologists and art historians. While stone was used at the basement and ground – floor levels, the upper – floor levels wee all of tropical wood which was generally used for the construction of pavilions and other edifices.
The city of Kandy, located in the central part of Sri Lanka is the cultural capital of the country and is a place that’s oozing with history, culture and personality. Nestled amidst majestic mountain ranges that, the city of Kandy a beautiful and serene holiday destination for travelers who want to explore the natural beauty of the island as well as its rich and colourful culture. Home to several ancient temples, Kandy is most notably known for being the home of the ‘Dalada Maligawa’ (The Temple of the Tooth), where the sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is kept. For this reason, the temple is a place of great reverence for Buddhism in the country. Visitors to the temple will be awed by the beauty and the tranquility of this temple. Travellers can also visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, which is the biggest of its kind in the island and is home to over 4000 species of diverse plants. Kandy is also located in close proximity to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is an extremely unique experience as it is the only place in the world where guests can help bathe and feed the elephants and even get involved in working for their rehabilitation. Kandy holds many more historical and cultural treasures that you would be able to explore if you choose to spend some time in this magical city.
Nuwara Eliya is a picturesque town located in the Central Highlands of the island and is fondly known as ‘Little England’ because of its weather and the colonial architecture that can be seen all over the town. The magnificent views that adorn this mountain town will leave you breathless. Take a walk through the beautiful green plantations of world renowned Ceylon Tea and witness firsthand how this legendary tea is created. Take a boat ride on the beautiful Gregorys Lake, visit the Galways Bird Sanctuary and take in the wondrous beauty of St. Clair and Devon Falls. Just a few of the amazing places you can visit while you’re here
The Yala National Park is a world renowned wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. It is the second largest national park in the country as well as the most visited. It is known most notably for being one of the main homes of the beautiful and elusive Sri Lankan leopard, although visitors to Yala would almost definitely be able to spot a leopard despite their elusive nature. This is because of the high concentration of leopard residing within the park. Yala is a favoured destination for wildlife and nature enthusiasts and jungle safaris in Yala will definitely reward travellers with amazing sights. The diverse wildlife in this preserve will leave visitors to the park amazed
Bentota and its breathtaking sandy beach pretty much transform your dreams and visions of a tropical paradise into an everyday reality. Located close to the Southern tip of the Island of Sri Lanka and only about 200 km from the Equator, this secluded crescent shaped beach is the perfect place to sit back, relax and forget about all the hustle and bustle 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.
olombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, brings together the old and the new. Colonial ruins and buildings contrast with high – rise hotels and commercial banks. Almost everyone who visits Sri Lanka spends time in this busy city. Colombo, an eighth century port, houses administrative, financial and other offices of relevance to the traveler. A part of other offices of relevance to the traveler. A part of finest structures of its colonial heritage. The city has developed, through several phases, into a modern city. The populace of Colombo is representative of Sri Lanka’s ethnic and religious mixture.