From paradise beaches, delicious cuisine, Buddhist temples, tea plantations, Asian elephants to Sri Lanka’s first love…cricket, a holiday to Sri Lanka is really rather special and unique. Knowing where to start in this beautiful country can be hard, let me help you out with my favourite places:
I absolutely love this city – for me, it is a must-see on any trip to Sri Lanka! Kandy is located in the centre of Sri Lanka and is recognised as the culture capital of this island nation. It is a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of Colombo and an excellent base from which to explore the centre of Sri Lanka.
Kandy is in the midst of Sri Lanka’s hill country and is the most scenic city in Sri Lanka. Based around a beautiful lake, Kandy is also home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most venerable places for Buddhists and a UNESCO world heritage site.
Galle is a major city situated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka. The ancient fort in Galle was built by the Portuguese and subsequently heavily fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century. It is now an iconic landmark in Sri Lanka and makes for a leisurely afternoon strolling on the ramparts and exploring the labyrinthine streets.
Galle is also home to the Galle international cricket stadium, one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. Even for those who don’t like cricket, this is a bit cricket pitch is very special.
Just a 20 minute tuk tuk ride from Galle is the ever-expanding village of Unawatuna – a paradise for beach lovers and an excellent place to try your hand at wind surfing or snorkelling. It is now firmly established as one of Sri Lanka’s most popular resorts for visitors, and is busy and lively all year round. If you’re a cricket lover, you’re bound to be able to find some locals to strike up a game with! Watching the sun set over the bay is very beautiful – Unawatuna is my favourite beach destination in Sri Lanka!
Just 90 km from Colombo is Pinnawala and the Pinnawala Elephant orphanage. It is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist attractions and is home to around 90 orphaned elephants.
You can get up close to these gentle giants at feeding time, or watch them march down the narrow streets to the river where they bathe. It is truly spectacular and another unmissable highlight of Sri Lanka.