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  Adams Peak (Sri Pada)
This beautiful lofty peak has sparked the imagination for centuries. The top of this 2,243 meter peak consists of small temples and a giant foot print which is believed to be the foot print of Buddha. This place has been a pilgrimage site for over 1000 years and is the most visited religious site in Sri Lanka.


This rock monastery is located in Matale and the caves are situated amongst rocks that have fallen from the valley above. Buddhist doctrines were first transcribed from oral sources to Pali text by a council of monks from this temple.

  Bundala National Park

This park is the latest addition to the national park list on Sri Lanka. The park is situated 260 kms from Colombo and all species of water bird resident in the country together with many migratory birds can be seen here.

  Dambulla Cave Temples

The beautiful temples in Dambulla are made up of five separate caves which house about 150 Buddha images. A superb view of the surrounding country side can also be had from the rock which lies at an elevation of about 100 meters from the road.

   Galle Dutch Fort

This fort is the largest fort in Sri Lanka and was built by the Dutch in 1663. At present the fort has been declared a world heritage site. Lots of Dutch era buildings can still be found inside this fort and pleasant strolls can be had along the fort walls.

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  Horton Plains

Horton Plains National Park is the only national park situated in the hill country and is located in the Nuwera Eliya district. The panoramic beauty of the hill country can be witnessed in this park where endemic species such as the slender loris and purple monkeys can be found.

  Kataragama Devale

This site in Katargama along with Adams Peak is the most visited religious site in Sri Lanka. The Devale area is has small areas dedicated to different Gods and has a colourful festival in July and August.

  Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

This hatchery started off as a non profit organization and has now become commercial enterprise. The hatchery has about a dozen protected beds of sand for eggs and large tanks where hatchlings are kept before they are releases back to the sea. All varieties of Sri Lankan turtles can be seen here.

  Madu Ganga River Safari

The Madu Ganga is Sri Lankas largest brackish water lagoon and has many island to explore. Lots of bird and reptiles can be seen in the mangrove swamps around the river and local industry such as prawn trappings, coconuts product manufacture can also be seen around the river banks.

  Minneriya National Park

This park is dominated by the giant Minneriya Tank and is home to many herds from wild elephants. Lots of other animals can also be seen in this small park which makes it the best place for spotting deer and other animals.

  National Zoological Gardens

The Zoo is situated on the out skirts of Colombo and has a fine collection of animals and is considered one of the best in South Asia. The aquarium is the only one of its kind in the region and displays over 500 varieties of aquatic life. There are also walk through aviaries and butterfly parks.

  Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

This former royal pleasure garden is now Sri Lanka’s biggest botanical garden covering 60 hectares of land. A fine collection of plants and flowers can e found here. The gardens also has a cafeteria from where you can buy a guide for the gardens.

  Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

The orphanage was set up close to Kegalle by the Government to help save abandoned elephants. Since then it has become on of Sri Lanka’s most visited tourist destinations where tourist can get a glimpse of the elephants at close quarters. You can even venture out to bathe them to the river. At present there are about 60 elephants in this orphanage.


This spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka’s main tourist attractions. This fortress was constructed during the 5th century as a royal palace and subsequently became a monastic refuge during the 16th century. Sigiriya is a significant ancient site where ancient forms of architecture, gardening, urban planning and technology can be seen.

  Temple of the Tooth

This temple houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a sacred tooth of the Buddha. The tooth is said to have been snatched from the flames at the Buddha’s funeral pyre and brought to Sri Lanka. The present temple was constructed mainly by Kandyan kings during the 18th century. This temple sustained damage when it was bombed in 1998 but since then has been restored to its former glory.

  Udawalawe National Park

Situated 170 kms south east of Colombo this national park is approximately 30,821 hectares in extent. This park acts as a catchment to the Uda Walawe reservoir, and is located in the dry zone. It comprises of grass land and valuable species of trees.

  Wasgamuwa National Park

The Wasgamuwa National Park lies in the districts of Polonnaruwa and Matale. This park has a variety if wild animals that can be seen at close quarters. The environment in this park is predominantly tropical and evergreen forests.

 Yala National Park

The Yala National Park is situated 309 kms south of Colombo and approximately 1,259 sq. km in extent. It is one of the most visited national parks in Sri Lanka and has a high concentration of wild animals and scenic ocean frontage.