This charming island inhabited by ever smiling people with a polite disposition has already earned a name and fame as a tourists’ paradise. Your are fortunate to selected Sri Lanka where you can enjoy your holiday to your heart’s content. The emerging environment – friendly modern towns, sites of ancient ruined cities, world heritages like Sigiriya rock fortress and animal sanctuaries and many more attractions portray Sri Lanka as a picturesque country in Asia.
The Turtle Farm
Enjoy the experience of seeing turtles which have been rescued and hatching of eggs. 15 minutes away! If you would like to release some baby turtles that’s also possible.
Visit a large Buddhist temple with one of the largest Buddhist statues in Asia. Walk around the temple and find out about the Buddhist way of life.
A small tranquil waterfall with a large natural pool about 45 minutes inland. Have a peaceful picnic and swim in the cool water surrounded by tropical forest.
Buddhist Ceremony at the Local Temple
Just 10 minutes away experiences the peaceful surroundings and spiritual Buddhist ceremony. Truly magical! You may make a donation to the temple if you wish.
Hikkaduwa by Train
The beautiful beach and bustling village with a stretch if souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants and art galleries is a lovely way to spend the day. Leave in the morning on the train and take in the wonderful view of the palm fringed beaches, traditional villages and Sri Lankan way of life. Enjoy a tour on a Glass Bottom Boat, admire the various fish, animals and coral.
Walk through the local market and take in the colours, sounds and culture. Wander around with a guide and look at the fresh fruit, vegetables, clothes, souvenirs and spice garden.
The Bentota Ganga is a beautiful river teeming with wildlife. Spend a morning exploring the mangrove, river banks and lily clad islands on the search for prehistoric creatures such as monitor lizards, crocodiles and the beautiful birds of prey which patrol the area. You may also see the rivers sand digger boats and hand pulled ferry.
We offer boat tour either 4 hour or 1 day tour. You may row around mangroves along the Bentota river watching birds of many different hues, crocodiles, reptiles. One day tour with luscious fruits and fresh fruit drinks. During the one day tour you may climb Pahurukande hill and take a panoramic view of the eco diversity and also visit little Adam’s Peak.
Over a period of fifty years Geoffrey Bawa took time and consideration in creating his magical country home, Lunuganga. He was a firm believer that a city house was convenient and allowed people to direct their own affairs with more efficiency; but it was a country home that preserved a person’s strength and restored his mind with literature and comfort. As you view this garden retreat, so lovingly created over a span of fifty years, it is hard to appreciate just how much effort has gone into its creation. The land in which the Lunuganga estate resides now has a long beautiful history. It was a Dutch cinnamon garden and then a British rubber estate. The area around Lunuganga is the wettest and most fertile region of the island. To the east of the estate, lies the mysterious Sinharaja Forest, which is the last surviving primeval rain forest in the country. The estate itself sits beside two low hills along the Dedduwa Lake, and as you look further down you can see the Indian Ocean splash over coral reefs. As you breathe in the fresh air, you get a feeling of complete peace.
Captain Bevis Bawa (1909–1993) was a Sri Lankan artist. He was one of the most renowned landscape architects in Sri Lanka and was the Aide-de-camp to the Governors of Ceylon.
Bawa’s father was Justice B. W. Bawa a wealthy and successful lawyer, of Muslim and English parentage, and his mother Bertha Marianne Schrader, was of mixed German, Scottish and Sinhalese descent. His younger brother was Geoffrey Bawa the most renowned Sri Lankan architect.
Educated at the prestigious Royal College Colombo, Bevis had to leave school at seventeen when his father died while in England. Bevis took up the management of the family estates.
Bevis was commissioned as an officer in the Ceylon Light Infantry, a reservist regiment of the Ceylon Defense Force in 1929, later gaining the rank of captain. In 1934, Bevis was appointed as Aide-de-camp Sir Reginald Edward Stubbs and went on to serve on the staff of Sir Andrew Caldecott, Sir Henry Monck-Mason Moore and Lord Soulbury until 1950.
Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla is a big town, situated in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka, situated 148 km north-east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. Due to its location at a major junction, it’s the centre of vegetable distribution in the country. Major attractions of the area include the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka, and the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, famous for being built in just 167 days. The area also boasts the largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia, and the Iron wood forest, or Na Uyana Aranya. Ibbankatuwa prehistoric burial site near Dambulla cave temple complexes is the latest archaeological site of significant historical importance found in Dambulla, which is located within 3 kilometers of the cave temples providing evidence of the presence of indigenous civilisations long before the arrival of Indian influence on the Island nation.
Sigiriya is located in the central Matale District of the Central Province, Sri Lanka in an area dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa the site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 AD) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king’s death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.
Kandy Temple of Tooth
Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most venerable places for the Buddhist community of Sri Lanka and all around the world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km (8.1 mi) northwest of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawalla is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to many of the orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC).
Anuradhapura, is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. It was 3rd capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata after Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara. The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. It is believed that from the 4th century BC, it was the capital of the Sinhalese until the beginning of the 11th century AD. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles (40 km²).
Polonnaruwa is a town. It’s the main town of Polonnaruwa District in the North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa, remains as the royal ancient city of polonnaru kingdom. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader. The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Nuwara Eliya is a city, in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The city name meaning is “city on the plain (table land)” or “city of light”. The city is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka.
Ella is only a small village located high in the mountains. Most visitors to Ella only spend a couple of days there. But if you are willing to travel out of town, you can find plenty of things to do to keep you occupied.
Yala National Park
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park (block 1) and Kumana National Park or ‘Yala East’ for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds.
Bundala National Park
Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of Birds, the highlight being the Greater Flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated to a national park on 4 January 1993. In 1991 Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. In 2005 the national park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 245 kilometres (152 mi) southeast of Colombo.
Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972. Before the designation of the national park, the area was used for shifting cultivation (chena farming). The farmers were gradually removed once the national park was declared. The park is 165 kilometres (103 mi) from Colombo. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan Elephants. It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country.
Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of “an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.