Posts Tagged Tourists Attractions in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is just like a paradise for beach lovers who want enjoy waves and have fun in sun. These beaches not only provide you beautiful natural scenes but also facilitate you to enjoy different beach sports and water activities including scuba diving, parasailing and surfing. If you also want to enjoy your holidays at some of the most beautiful beaches of world, consider visiting following beaches of Sri Lanka.
This famous beach is situated at the junction of Bentota River and sea. Beach lovers and sports freaks from all over the world come here as it is a popular water sports destination where you can enjoy windsurfing, catamaran rides and water-skiing. If you are going there for swimming, then the best time to visit this beach is between months of October and April. Sea is safest for swimming at this time of year. Bentota Beach is also capable of capturing hearts of visitors by its beautiful scenes. On one side of Bentota beach, there are warm blue waters of Indian Ocean while on the other side, there is a slow moving river having sapphires waters. To have a memorable stay here at Bentota Beach, a large number of hotels are also located here making you feel cared.
Negombo Beach is a popular tourist attraction and is world famous for its fine dining options and lively night life. Restaurants in Negombo Beach provide you with a unique dining experience with seafood and Swiss dishes. Names of some popular restaurants are:
- Alt Saarbrucken
- Blue Moon
- Silva’s Beach Restaurant and Bar
Bars and clubs are also located here for enjoying night life to its fullest. Some names include:
- Rudis Bar
- Golden Beach Hotel
- Club Tropicana
- Don’s Beach
Negombo Beach is also a shoppers’ heaven because it has many stalls. You can find anything in these stalls ranging from hand painted shirts to handiwork items and basket ware.
This popular beach is ranked among twelve best beaches in world. This is the best place in the world for listening melodious sound of waves and diving deep into blue waters. Facilities of swimming and diving are provided here. Within the reach of the beach, there is a coral reef which serves as a base for snorkeling. Underneath the shades of palm trees, there is Unawatuna Beach Resort which is a standard sized hotel providing all facilities. The most beautiful feature of this beach is golden sands and calm turquoise sea making it even more stunning.
Bereuwela Beach is an ideal location for spending holidays as here you will find long stretch of golden beach having beautiful palm trees and offshore islands. Coral gardens of this beach attract divers and snorkelers who can enjoy other water sports as well including fishing, diving and sailing. Other attractions at beach include a fascinating fishing harbor, the Kechimatal Mosque along with a lighthouse that is located on its offshore island. Some other attractions nearby this beach are turtle hatchery and elephant sanctuary. In this sanctuary, you can also get pleasure from elephant rides. Guesthouses and hotels are also located here for the convenience of travelers. Names of some popular hotels are:
- Tropical Villa
- Club Palm Garden Hotel
- Neptune Beach Hotel
This famous beach is located 98 KM away from Colombo and is known as a paradise of coral reefs. It is the best beach to de-stress yourself if you are stressed due to busy routine of life. On the coast of Hikkaduwa, you can find a coral sanctuary which is a large but shallow body of water enclosed by a reef. Multicolored corals are used to decorate this reef and it provides home to a number of colored and beautiful fishes. Different species of fishes and large turtles are also found on this beach. Hikkaduwa Beach is also a special place for shoppers as shops at this beach sell jewelry, antiques, masks, gems and other items.
You can not afford forgetting Ambalangoda Beach while planning a trip to Sri Lanka. Situated 85 KMs from Colombo, this beach is the best place for celebrating and organizing family picnic. Various beach sports can also be played here including cricket and volleyball. I will also suggest you to try your luck in fishing.
Kandy, which is a city of Sri Lanka, is a city of scenic mountains, sparkling lakes and beautiful valleys. There a lot of things to see in Kandy which prove to be a perfect retreat from bustling city life. Some most prominent attractions in Kandy which you must visit are:
The Royal Botanical Garden
It is one of the most frequently visited attractions in Kandy and attracts a large number of tourists from all over the globe. It is located at a distance of about 4 miles from Colombo and covers an area of 147 acres. If you are fond of watching different varieties of flora and fauna, you will like to visit this garden. Set beside a serene lake, this garden houses more than 4000 species. In this tranquil lake, you will find a number of swans and beautiful ducks swimming in its blue waters. There is also an island in the middle of this lake. But the most amazing thing to see in this garden is the bamboo collection which is on right side of lake. Some kinds of bamboo found in Royal Botanical Garden are Dwarf Chinese bamboo and Prickly bamboo.
The Temple of the Tooth
The Temple of the Tooth is the most popular tourist attraction in Kandy. This temple is not only visited by pilgrims but also by leisure tourists. This temple was built in 17th century and it is so named because it is believed that this temple contains upper left canine tooth of Lord Buddha. The tooth relic of temple is brought outside of temple. Decoration of this temple has been done in a different way because its exteriors are simple but interiors are beautifully decorated. Carved wood, ivory and lacquer are used to decorate this temple.
The Tea Museum, Hantane
The tea museum is actually the old Tea Factory of Hantane which has now changed into a museum. This museum is really interesting to visit as it has many collections like old age machinery. This museum has been decorated beautifully. Its interiors are made of wood. Several interesting pictures are also displayed in this museum.
Gadaladeniya Temple is a renowned temple of Kandy and it was built in 1344. This temple has been designed in South Indian style and its major shrine room houses four standing images of Buddha. A shrine which is sanctified to Lord Vishnu is also placed adjacent to shrine room. Beside this Vishnu Devale, there is a Stupa which is made on a rock. A roof is also constructed over this Stupa which stands on four pillars.
The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
This orphanage was built in 1975 and since then it has been the most popular attraction in Kandy. The purpose of making this orphanage was to preserve and protect decreasing number of elephants in this region. At this orphanage, you can not only see elephants bathing in river but also touch them. Visitors can also see them feeding on bottles. These elephants are cared by 110 people who take elephants to river for bath twice a day. Baby elephants are fed by bottles here in orphanage. This orphanage also serves as a breeding place for animals and since 1984 more than 23 elephants have been born here.
Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka and is full of numerous interesting attractions. This beautiful city manages to attract a huge number of visitors to Sri Lanka contributing a lot to its tourism industry. Five of its major and most appealing attractions are as follows:
If you want to see the best zoological gardens in whole South Asia, you must visit this zoo. Also known as Dehiwala Zoo, this zoo was established in 19th century. It displays more than 350 species of animals with objectives of conserving and breeding animals. It is mostly visited by families because people bring their kids to educate their young minds as the zoo also houses an education center. The most attractive feature of Colombo Zoo is Elephant enclosure which has six Asian and one African elephant. Reptile House is also a popular attraction of this zoo where you can see python and cobras along with tortoises and crocodiles. Colombo Zoo is the favorite place for those who like to see marine life. The zoo houses Mini Medura featuring 500 species of fishes. You must also visit Nocturnal House in this zoo which displays species like bats, owls and lemurs. An elephant circus show is also held every week for kids’ amusement.
Ruhuna National Park
Ruhuna National Park is the best place to see flora and fauna. This national park has been divided into two parts named Yala West and Yala East. Yala West is most popular for being best location to see leopards as this particular location houses 35 leopards. Other animals which you will see here are elephants, bears, crocodiles, wild boars, buffaloes and peacocks. You can also view different varieties of birds in this park. The best time to visit this park is from January to May because during these months, park fills with greenery which attracts migratory birds.
The Colombo National Museum
The Colombo National Museum is one of the most noted landmarks of Colombo which is commonly known as Sri Lanka National Museum. This museum is the most famous and largest in whole country and provides a detailed insight into rich culture and heritage of this country. Built in 1887, Colombo National Museum has an impressive white building displaying its unique architectural work. At the entrance of museum, you will find a limestone statue of Buddha and you will also find two historical carvings near the museum’s staircase.
One of the ancient churches in city, Wolvendaal Church is a religious place that is located in peaceful surroundings. This church is set at hill top site in Wolvendaal and its interesting features include its Doric architecture. The structure is also featured with a high roof that looks like a dome. Walls of church are quite strong and made of lime plaster and coral. Interior of church is also very fascinating as inside this church you can see ornate flower tables and the place of Governor’s family seating.
The Dutch Period Museum
The Dutch Period Museum is former residence of Dutch governor and now it is converted into a military museum. Beautiful Dutch style architecture has been blended with Lankan décor to build and decorate this museum. This museum displays different aspects of Dutch lifestyle and thus collection in the museum includes those maps, household items, furniture and charts which show period of Dutch colonialism. Coins, artifacts and arms showing contemporary life of colonizers are also displayed in museum.