What to see in Sri Lanka: Top Sights

What to see in Sri Lanka: Top 10 Sights

What to see in Sri Lanka? In this article we’ve collected the best Sri Lankan sights, which you must see during your holidays on the island: photos, video and description , as well as the map with their location.

Excursions or self-guided visits?

Most of the sights of the island of Sri Lanka can be seen as part of a tour or on your own.

If you have time, it’s more convenient to rent a car and go around all the interesting places in Sri Lanka on your own. If you come to rest on a tour for 5-14 days, then you have to choose only a few of their available places, because it’s impossible to visit them all in a short period of time.

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Bodhi Tree in Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura, the first capital of ancient Ceylon, is located 200 km northeast of Colombo. From the capital can be reached by bus, which is a journey of 6 hours. There are train connections between the cities, the train takes 5 hours.

All the attractions are concentrated in the old town of Anuradhapura. Entrance to tourists everywhere is paid, but you can buy a single ticket for 3700 rupees. With the ticket you can visit the Abhayagiri complex.

All the monuments can be seen in two days. Because of the heat, it is recommended to see the sights from some kind of transport: a bus or a rented car. A place in the parking lot costs about 25 rupees.

Separately, the Bodhi tree, sacred to Buddhists, is worth a visit. This ancient ficus grew from a scion taken from the tree under which the Buddha became enlightened. Therefore, the Bodhi tree is the most sacred and the oldest tree in Sri Lanka.

A tour of the sacred tree will cost the tourist 200 rupees.

Video about the attractions of the city of Anuradhapura:

What you can see nearby:

  • Fifty meters away from the Bodhi tree is the Bronze Palace. It was built before our era and has lost its original appearance. It is forbidden to enter the palace.
  • You can see the largest stupa made of brick, Jethawana, for free. This large structure was erected in the third century AD. It is located 300 meters from the tree.
  • At a distance of one kilometer from Bodhi is the palace of Isurumuniya, carved into the rock. It was built before our era. Admission is paid and costs 200 rupees.
  • The stupas of Ruvanvelisiya and Mirisaveti can be seen for free. Both structures are 200 meters from the tree.
  • In the northern part of the city is the Abhayagiri complex. On its territory is the second tallest stupa in the city of Anuradhapura, there are statues of the Buddha, a museum, a pond and two lakes.
  • You can visit the caves Vessagiriya, the royal palace of King Vijayabahu and artificial ponds for free.
  • A visit to the Folk Art Museum will cost Rs. 300.

Gal Viharaja in Polonnaruwa

The monuments in Polonnaruwa are not only available for viewing with group tours, but they can well be visited on their own and viewed in 2 days.

In Polonnaruwa, you must see the Temple in the Rock or GalViharaja with its huge Buddha statues. This temple has no analogues and is located on the territory of the huge Archaeological Park. There is a fee to enter the park, with a ticket price of 3,250 rupees.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Polonnaruwa Museum. The territory of the park is huge, and it is recommended to move through it by car, motorcycle or bicycle.

There are several temples and monasteries, a stupa, and a royal palace complex within the park. There are also artificial ponds and stupas.

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Photo and description: Gal Viharaya © vasse nicolas,antoine / flickr.com

  • Polonnaruwa is 200 km east of Colombo. It is very inexpensive and convenient to go to Polonnaruwa by train. There are two flights: one train departs early in the morning and arrives at noon. The second departs at 7 pm and arrives in Polonnaruwa at midnight. The ticket costs from 185 to 600 rupees.
  • The second option is the bus service. Because of the heat it is better to leave on the earliest flight. The trip from Colombo to Polonnaruwa lasts 6 hours and the ticket costs 160 rupees.

Attractions in Sri Lanka nearby:

  • Naypena Vihara Hindu Complex;
  • King Nissankamalla’s Palace;
  • The ruins of the library and the statue of King Parakramabahu 2.5 kilometers from the park;
  • Near the ruins of the library, you can see the Parakrama Sea, a lake created by the king’s order.


One of the most famous attractions in Sri Lanka according to TripAdvisor rating is Sigiriya (Lion Mountain). It is a cliff 370 m high with a complex of cultural monuments inside and on top. It is the subject of many hiking trails and is protected by UNESCO.

Tickets for the visit cost 3,900 rupees. The price includes a visit to the museum, where the history of all the structures will be told.

Panorama view of the Lion’s Rock:

  • Take buses No48 and 49 from Pettah Bus Station in Colombo to the Inamaluwa stop. There you will change to bus No 490/1 from Dambulla to Sigiriya. The full journey time will be 6 hours.
  • From Colombo, buses to Lion Mountain leave every 30 minutes.
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What to see near Sigiriya:

  • Pidrunagala Cave Temple, located 1.5 km north of Sigiriya, entrance tickets cost 200 rupees;
  • The town of Dambula and the cave temple;
  • City of Polonaruwa with sights.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth of Buddha in Kandy

Kandy is the second most populous city literally in the center of Sri Lanka.

The city is famous for its Temple of the Sacred Tooth of Buddha, which is the main Buddhist temple of Sri Lanka. It is located on the shore of a man-made lake. The temple itself has preserved its original architecture, which can be seen from the outside and inside. There is a fee to enter the temple, 1500 rupees.

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Photo: Buddha’s Tooth Temple – Kandy’s main attraction © Jorge Lascar / flickr.com

  • To get to Kandy from Colombo you have to drive 120 km going straight east by bus No1 departing from Pettah bus station. The journey time will be 4 hours.
  • It is even faster to get from Colombo to Kandy by train, only 2.5 hours.

Besides this Buddhist shrine, there are other sights to see in Kandy:

  • Asia’s largest botanical garden is 12 kilometers from the city.
  • An elephant nursery where they raise baby elephants without their mothers.
  • A stone’s throw from the Temple of the Sacred Tooth is the Kandy National Museum. It occupies part of the royal palace and houses the royal regalia and other historical artifacts. The cost of a ticket is 500 rupees. The International Museum of Buddhism is also located here in the palace. Admission to the museum costs Rs. 500.
  • Not far from the Temple of the Buddha’s Tooth are four Hindu temples. There are Hindu temples outside Kandy as well.
  • Within the city is an amazing reserve Udawattakele – forbidden forest, a piece of wildlife of Sri Lanka. It is a must visit to understand what the real nature of the island looks like.

Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu Park is located 180 km north of Colombo and 30 km west of Anuradhapura. Within its boundaries are six dozen lakes. In terms of size Wilpattu Park is the largest in the world. It is also the oldest park on earth.

To see more sights in the park, it is worth renting a car. Admission costs 2,300 rupees.

There are a huge number of local and visiting birds. The Bengal ram, a large and active predator, is seen. You can also see the local swamp crocodiles, which reach 4 meters in length.

The park is home to deer and monkeys as well as elephants and leopards.

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Photo: Leopard in Wilpattu National Park © Shashin Wijenayake / flickr.com

  • You can get here by bus from Colombo and other cities. The driver must be warned in advance to stop at Wilpattu Park.

What to see nearby:

  • Anuradhapura sights;
  • Mihintale Temple.

Golden Temple in Dambulla

The Golden Temple is located in the small town of Dambulla and is part of an entire temple complex consisting of six temples and caves. The town is located near the rock of Sigiriya. You can see everything in 1 day.

The complex was built in the first century BC. In the twelfth century there were more than 70 statues of Buddha, covered with gilding.

Very close to the Golden Temple is the Museum of Buddhism. There is also a ticket office where you can buy tickets to the temple, which costs about 1,500 rupees.

There are many paintings on the earthly life of the Buddha, as well as water, which does not obey gravity and flows upwards.

Panorama from the mountainside where the temple is located:

  • Dambula can be reached from almost any city by bus. They arrive at the town station, from where you can walk to the temple in 20 minutes or take a tuk-tuk for 100 rupees.

The sights of Sri Lanka are close by:

  • If you step 100 meters away from the temple, you can see the Museum of Buddhism. Here is a collection of samples of paintings on the rocks. The ticket there costs 250 rupees.
  • You can see the stupa Somavati. It is located at the foot of a small mountain on which the complex is located.
  • Tourists will be interesting to visit and market Dambula, which is located near the bus station.

Unique Sinharaj Park

In Sinharaja Park, you can see what the rain forests of Sri Lanka looked like. Rare plants and animals exist in the small area of the park. Sri Lanka’s last wild elephants, leopards, monkeys, three species of endemic deer, reptiles and many insects are still found here.

The tour of the park is a walking tour. The flora of the rain forest is very widely represented here. Many plants are now found only in this park. It is not uncommon to encounter a tree 50 meters tall. There are beautiful waterfalls

There is a fee to enter the park, which costs 500 rupees. If you could not arrive early, you can stay overnight in a special camp, which is located at each entrance, to go on a tour in the morning. A four-hour guided walk will cost 1,600 rupees and an eight-hour walk will cost 3,200 rupees.

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Photo and description: Sinharaja Park © Stefan Krasowski / flickr.com

  • From Colombo, Sinharaja Park can be reached by bus. The forest is very close to the city of Galle.
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The nearest attractions are in the town of Unawatuna:

  • Japanese Pagoda, admission is free;
  • Unawatuna Temple, admission is also free;
  • Yatagala Temple on the outskirts of Unawatuna;
  • Turtle Farm, admission is 400 rupees.

Adam’s Peak.

One of the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka is Adama Peak. It is a mountain of 2243 m, the top of which can be climbed as part of the tour.

At the top is a depression that resembles a giant footprint. This is the “sacred footprint” of Buddha. For followers of Hinduism, it is the footprint of the supreme deity Shiva. And Christians consider this footprint the footprint of the Apostle Thomas. A temple is built over the footprint.

To get up to the temple, you have to overcome more than 5000 steps. The length of the stairs is 8 km. After every 150 meters of the stairs are made platforms where you can rest, buy water and food.

Many people start climbing at night to reach the top by dawn. The stairs are well lit. At the top of the peak is always windy and cold, and you need to bring warm clothes.

The ascent takes anywhere from 3 to 5 hours, and the descent takes no more than an hour and a half. Admission to the stairs for ascent is free.

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Photo: Adam’s Peak view at dawn © Manu Praba / flickr.com

  • Adam’s Peak can be reached from Colombo by bus from Pettah bus station to Hutton. You can also come here by train.

What to visit in Sri Lanka nearby:

  • Badulla town and attractions;
  • Sinharaja Rain Forest;
  • Elephant Nursery in Pinavelle.


At the foot of Adam’s Peak is the town of Ratnapura. From Colombo you can come here by bus or train. The journey is 100 km long.

It is the center of Lankan gems. The largest sapphires in the world are found here. There are no modern high-rise buildings and entertainment venues in the city. There are strange huts everywhere, which close the entrances to the nuggets of gems.

Tourists who come here with a tour will see how they are mined. The most daring ones can go down into the mines, go underground, and look at the structure of the mines.

The labor of the gem miners is very primitive. The rock is extracted with a pick and shovel, and then washed in the local river. The sludge of the larger fractions is picked by hand. The tour will continue to the factory where the mined gems are processed.

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Photo and description: gem mining in Ratnapura © hassage / flickr.com

What to see in Ratnapura:

  • Ratnapura has a state museum with collections of jewelry made from local gems, tools from Sri Lanka’s most primitive tribe, the Veddas, and the remains of prehistoric animals.
  • Near the city is a very revered temple of Maha Saman Dewal.
  • The local market, which is located right in the center of town. This market is what many people visit Ratnapura for. Here you can buy gems very cheaply.

Peradeniya Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden of Sri Lanka is one of the best in the world.

The largest river in Sri Lanka, the Mahaweli, runs through the park. Here it forms a loop. The park was created on the site of the ancient royal gardens, which were laid out back in the 13th century.

There are collections of heat-loving conifers, ebonite trees, palms, bamboos, ficuses, ferns. The main treasure of the park is the collection of ornamental and species orchids.

There are corners devoted to the design of gardens and parks. These include a suspension bridge, a Japanese garden, a flower garden, alleys of different palms, a spice garden, and its own waterfall.

The garden has name trees planted by famous people from around the globe. Including trees planted by Nicholas II and Yuri Gagarin.

There is a fee to enter the garden. The cost of admission is 1500 rupees.

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Photo: Peradeniya Garden © Buddhika Rangebandara / flickr.com

  • From Colombo, you can take a bus to Kandy. In Kandy, take buses No644 and No 652 to the stop called “Botanicgarden”.

What sights to see nearby:

  • Temple of the Buddha’s Tooth;
  • Sigiriya;
  • Royal Palace of Kandy;
  • Dambula.


Sri Lanka has beautiful beaches with the clearest ocean water. Hikkaduwa is a resort located on the south coast of Sri Lanka about 100 km from Colombo. If you drive from Bandaranaike Airport, a cab will cost about 9,000 rupees.

The beaches here are large with a wide strip of excellent clean sand. There are beaches open to all winds with a real ocean wave, and there are indoor beaches where the wave is not felt at all.

There is a coral reef. It was severely damaged by the 2004 tsunami waves. You can see swimming in shallow water sea turtles and a variety of fish.

Hikkaduwa Coral Garden is one of the most popular attractions in Sri Lanka.

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Photo: Sri Lankan coast near Hikkaduwa © Amila Tennakoon / flickr.com

What else to see in Hikkaduwa:

  • National Park;
  • Gemstone Mines;
  • Monument to the victims of the tsunami;
  • Mask Museum 10 kilometers from Hikaduwa.

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On the map below you will find the location of all attractions in Sri Lanka in Russian.

To display only the points of interest on the map, click on the menu icon in the top left corner and uncheck all categories except “places of interest”.

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What are the must-see sights in Sri Lanka?

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Sri Lanka is a truly amazing country that attracts more and more tourists every year. The choice of what to see in Sri Lanka is incredibly vast! Ceylon is not only the delicious tea and the Indian Ocean, as it may seem to the uninformed tourist.

Parks with tropical vegetation, botanical gardens, nature reserves (where you can watch the life of leopards, elephants, crocodiles, wild roe deer in their natural environment). Beautiful ocean and swanky beaches, surfing. Kilometer-long forests and high mountains. As well as the ancient Buddhist and Vishnu temples, which can easily surprise even the most avid travelers with their unique history. The ruins of ancient cities, remnants of sanctuaries, ancient frescoes and petroglyphs high in the mountains, centuries-old statues of Buddha and other deities.

A unique history and many cultural monuments that are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Perhaps with a list like this, it would not be difficult to make a plan for what to see in Sri Lanka when traveling around the island.

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We suggest you get acquainted with the most interesting and beautiful places in the wonderful island of Sri Lanka. The top 10 attractions are only a short list of places of interest in the country, in fact, there are many more. But after all, it is not so easy in a short period of vacation to have time to get acquainted with all of them. Choose popular attractions and resorts, and complete this list in the comments to your liking.


This place is considered one of the most visited on the island (besides the beach area). Sigiriya, aka Lion’s Rock, is a historical cultural monument. The height of the rock plateau is 370 meters. At its summit in the 5th century was the residence of the Kandyan king Kassapa.

The entrance to the fortress on Mount Sigiriya was made in the form of the paws of a lion and its head, but unfortunately to this day, only the limbs have survived. Historians say that the shape of the wild animal was chosen for a reason. This is how King Kashyapa feared his rival, Ravana, who had made an attempt on the throne. Soon the king was overthrown, and until the 14th century in this fortress was a Buddhist monastery, which has since been abandoned. So was the fortress itself.

After so many centuries, the frescoes inside are remarkably well preserved. But of the 500 pieces, only 19 have survived. The frescoes depict naked women. There are two versions: women – concubines of King Cassapa, the second version – deities in the female form.

To look at this art – have to go a long way. To the ruins is a long staircase – 1200 steps. But despite this, the road will be able to overcome, both children and people of advanced age. Hundreds of tourists and locals of all ages climb Sigiriya Peak every day. Many of them do not make the ascent for the first time.

How to get to Sigiriya

For a detailed itinerary of how to get to Sigiriya from different parts of the country, read more.

You can take a cab directly from Kandy to Lion Mountain, which takes about 2 hours. But from Colombo – 3-3,5 hours. From Negombo it’s 3 hours. You can also take an intercity bus, for this you need to come to Dambulla or Khabarana (the nearest towns to the mountain) and then from the local bus station drive to the right place.

Price and schedule

You can climb Sigiriya as part of a tour. You can book a tour in any major city in Sri Lanka, perhaps in the hotel where you live. Its cost will be approximately from $ 50-60 for one person from Kandy. From Colombo, Negombo – up to $ 100. From Unawatuna, Galle, Hikkaduwa and resorts on the south and west side, around $100.

The entrance and ascent to the mountain is from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. local time, and the cost per ticket is $30.

Whales in Mirissa.

Whale Safari

Whale Safari.

In recent years, whale safaris have been considered one of the most requested excursions not only by tourists but also by the local population.

Whale watching is available in several towns, but the most popular location is Mirissa.

Mirissa has a small port from where you can take a boat into the middle of the ocean to watch the whales migrate. There are dozens of agencies in town to help you find tours and services.

If you have not booked a place on the tour in advance or want to make the tour cheaper, you can come early in the morning to the pier, and arrange to go to sea on the spot. But what will be the quality of services – it is difficult to understand.

During the trip, if you are lucky, you can enjoy the diverse aquatic world of Sri Lanka and see not only blue whales, but turtles, killer whales and dolphins. Keep in mind that you should not go into the ocean during bad weather. It is difficult to see whales during a storm – a waste of money and time.

Motorboats leave the pier at about 7am, so you definitely need to be here 30-40 minutes before sailing. You don’t want to be late, as no one will wait here.

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How to get to Mirissa

You can visit Mirissa from the airport or Colombo by train, bus, or cab. If from the airport, you should first go to the railroad (station 1-2 km from the airport), buy a train ticket to Colombo. In the capital change to the train to Matara.

Or from the airport to Colombo. Then at the Pettah bus station take a bus to Mirissa.

The price of the tour

It costs 5000-6000 rupees. Children under the age of 6 can ride for free, and under 12 is half the cost of the tour. This price also includes a light breakfast.

Some travel agencies have a rule: if you can’t see the whales, you will be offered a second trip the next day for free. Clarify in advance.

Adam’s Peak.

The height of Adam’s Peak is 2243 meters. The mountain has become famous for the beautiful scenery, sunsets and sunrises from its summit. Millions of tourists climb here every year to enjoy the incredible beauty along the way and on the peak itself.

You’ll have to hike late at night to encounter the stunning sunrise.

Climb the stone staircase, which has lighting only in season. Out of season, climbing the mountain can be dangerous.

A total of 5,000 steps have to be climbed. At the beginning of the road there are sites where you can take a break, have a snack and quench your thirst.

At the top of the mountain, in addition to the observation deck, there is also a small plateau. It is a place of pilgrimage for people of different faiths. On the plateau you can distinguish the imprint of the foot that left Shiva, Jesus or spiritual teacher of the Lankans Buddha – each religion attributes the mark of the deity itself.

The Adam’s Peak tour season begins in December and ends in April. The best times to visit are January, February, and March.

How to get to Adam’s Peak
Ticket price

Entrance to the mountain is 24 hours a day. No need to buy tickets, admission is free or for donations.

Hikkaduwa beach and turtles

Hikkaduwa is a must-visit if you love the ocean, waves and are into surfing, and want to see huge sea turtles in their natural environment.

In Hikkaduwa you can often meet Russian tourists. There are several cafes with the usual food, there are Russian-speaking guides. This is the most popular beach resort on the island, not only with our compatriots, but also travelers from all over the world.

Feeding turtles (free entertainment)

Centennial turtles swim close to the shore several times a day. You can feed the reptiles with algae right from your hands! It’s safe to do so.

Another attraction in Hikkaduwa is the National Coral Reserve.

A beautiful underwater world, the view can be enjoyed by snorkeling, diving, and even just looking into the water!

How to get to Hikkaduwa

You can get here from the airport by cab, bus on the highway or by train. First: Airport-Colombo (train, cab, bus or tuk-tuk). Then change by bus or train to Hikkaduwa.

The distance is 140 kilometers.

You can take a cab, it will be many times more expensive, but with comfort.

Travel time is up to 3 hours on the expressway. The price is about $60.

You can book a transfer online in advance, or take a cab straight from the airport.

Yala Park.

Some time ago, the site of Yala Park was a hunting ground of British settlers (colonists). Today it is a huge protected area of 130 thousand hectares. The main attraction of Yala Park – leopards, of which there are only 30 specimens. An endangered species of wild cats that not everyone is lucky enough to see. In July and August, leopards are “more sociable”, in these months it is more likely to see animals.

Elephants drink water

During the safari you can see elephants, deer, buffalo, many birds and even crocodiles. The only way to see all these animals is to book a tour of the reserve. In jeeps, with a local driver. Travelers can choose any option offered, depending on the budget. You can take a half-day tour, a day tour, or even stay overnight in a tent. The latter option is not official.

How to get to Yala Park

You can get to Yala Park by cab from anywhere on the island. From some resorts there is an option to take a train or intercity bus.

Take a bus or train to the town of Matara, where the railroad ends. Then transfer by bus to the locality of Tisamaharama, which is near Yala Park.

Price and schedule

The park is open from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Jeep tour is $40 half day and $75 all day (this is the price for a jeep with a driver that accommodates 6 people).


Polonnaruwa is the remains of an ancient city, the former capital of Sri Lanka, which was founded in the 11th century AD. Relics that were found during excavations are now in the National Museum of Colombo, the de facto capital of the island.

In Polonnaruwa you can visit the royal palace (6th century AD). It is a building of 7 floors and 50 rooms. The most amazing thing is that such a scale was built without a single piece of construction equipment.

There are also many temples in the city, such as Shiva Dawale, Hatadage, Lankatilaka and Gal Viharaya. They are definitely worth a visit, and especially the Gal Viharaja temple, which is built on top of a mountain. The sacred place is adorned with Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes.

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Another artifact of antiquity is the Tivanka Mural House (7th century AD). Despite the respectable age of the wall paintings, they still retain their pristine colors. Vivid pictures of people, deities, animals.

How to get to Polonnaruwa

Initially, study the route on how to get to Kandy.

From Kandy it takes 3.5 hours by cab, from Colombo or Negombo it takes no more than 4 hours. There are also direct buses from Colombo from Pettah Bus Station. The Colombo-Kandy train runs daily.

Ticket prices and opening times

Explore the ruins of Polonnaruwa from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Temple of Buddha’s Tooth in Kandy


The city of Kandy is the second most populated city in Sri Lanka.

Tourists as well as pilgrims from all over the world flock here to visit the Temple of the Buddha’s tooth. The temple is located on the shore of an artificial lake. The building has preserved the original architecture to this day.

The artifact is hidden “behind seven locks”. The tooth is kept in a casket, which stands closed. In other words, you can look at the precious box in which the tooth of the spiritual teacher is stored.

How to get to the Temple of the Buddha’s Tooth

For a detailed itinerary to Kandy from any resort in Sri Lanka, see above.

You can travel from Colombo by direct intercity bus from Pettah Bus Station. The distance between the two points is 120 kilometers, it will take you about 4 hours. You can also get here by train. The Colombo-Kandy train runs daily.

The price of the tour

Price to enter the temple: 1500 rupees.

Peradeniya Botanical Garden

Peradeniya Botanical Garden is one of the best botanical gardens in Asia.

On the territory of the park flows the largest river in Sri Lanka Mahaweli.

On the site of the park in the 13th century were located royal gardens, which eventually “grew” into a national botanical garden.

There is a unique collection of conifers, palms, bamboos, ferns and ficuses, but the main attraction of the park is the collection of rare ornamental orchids.

One of the main attractions for “our” man will be the trees planted by Nicholas II and Yuri Gagarin.

In the park you can walk along the suspension bridge, visit the Japanese or flower garden, look at the alley planted with bamboo, the alley of palms, roses. Separately, there is a spice garden.

How to get to Peradeniya

The botanical garden is located in Peradeniya, which is 5 km from Kandy. Therefore, the initial route is to Kandy and then take bus number 644 and 652 from Peradeniya. The final stop is called “Botanicgarden”.

Ticket prices

Entrance to the Botanic Garden: 1500 rupees.

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla is a small village located 16 kilometers from Mount Sigiriya. Cave Temple Dambulla consists of 80 caves, inside of which are ancient statues of Buddha (over 150!), statues of ruling kings, stupas, monastic cells, wall frescoes.

The complex was built in the 1st century AD. The temple has remained in its original form to this day. In the 12th century there are about 70 statues of Buddha, which are covered with gold. The rock frescoes cover an area of 2,100 square meters!

In the temples you can see many images of Buddha, telling about his earthly life.

How to get to Dambulla

To get to Dambulla you can take the route “to Sigiriya”, read above.

You can buy tickets to enter the temple complex near the Buddhism Museum. The ticket price for tourists is Rs 1500.

Admission to the museum is Rs 250.

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya or “little England” is a beautiful town located in the mountains in the central part of the island of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya – it’s tea plantations on the green slopes, waterfalls, golf courses, restaurants with European food, leisurely walks along the man-made Lake Gregory, rest in the park of Queen Victoria.

Several centuries ago, British colonists lived here. The British set the atmosphere calm and measured. In other words, Nuwara Eliya is an elite part of the island, which is strikingly different from other cities in Sri Lanka.

The famous Nuwara Eliya – Ella train is a stunning view of the mountains and tea plantations. According to National geographic, the route the train takes is one of the most scenic landscapes in the world!

How to get to Nuwara Eliya

Read the detailed itinerary on how to visit Nuwara Eliya from anywhere in Sri Lanka. Options: train, bus, cab, tuk-tuk.

This is just a short list – the top 10 sights to see in Sri Lanka. In fact, there are many more unique, beautiful, amazing places to see!

What to see in Sri Lanka with children

Hiking Mt. Sigiriya or climbing Adam’s Peak will be difficult with young children. Such excursions are for adults.

Going out into the open ocean – whale safari, also an excursion is not for everyone. Sea sickness can catch everyone, regardless of age.

With children it would be interesting to visit beach resorts, turtle farm, go on a safari in Yala Park. And also take a walk through the nature reserves and parks of the country.

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