Top 5 cities of Sri Lanka you must visit

  • Sri Lanka

    Known as ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, the island country of Sri Lanka is a popular getaway among the globetrotters due to its splendid natural beauty. From rich wildlife and majestic mountains to scintillating beaches and ancient Buddhist ruins, your sojourn in this paradise will stay close to your heart forever. Get your Sri Lanka visa and pack your bags to experience the best of this country. Here's some of the interesting places you can include in your itinerary

    1. Galle

    Galle Light house

    Galle, the fifth largest city in Sri Lanka, is an abode of temples, beautiful churches and unimaginable beauty. Visit the Seenigama temple and get lucky. Legend has it that if you make donation and say your prayers here, you will be blessed with good luck. A photographer’s delight, the Galle Lighthouse is nestled within the walls of the ancient Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which offers breathtaking vistas of this tropical haven.

    2. Colombo

    Nelum PokunaTheatre, Colombo

    Colombo, the capital of this country is a beautiful place and invites travellers throughout the year with its tropical climate. For history buffs, the Natural History Museum and the Dutch Period Museum will be a rewarding experience. You can also visit the Turtle Conservation Villa and enlighten yourself on the significance of protecting turtles, the adorable sea dwellers. For the art lovers, hit the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, a performing arts centre, which hosts operas and orchestra concerts.

    3. Sigiriya

    Sigiriya

    Nestled in the central Matale district, Sigiriya is an ancient fortress overlooking lush forests. Built on top of the rock, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is popular for its palace ruins and gardens. At its entrance, you’ll see huge sculpted lion paws which gives this place, the name ‘Lion Rock’.

    4. Kandy

    Esala Perahera Festival in Kandy

    Nestled in the midst of hills, the sheer beauty of Kandy will take your breath away. Popular attractions of this city include the Temple of the Tooth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha and the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. If you happen to be here in July or August, you must experience the Esala Perahera Festival. It features dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and beautifully decorated elephants.

    5. Nuwara Eliya

    Nuwara Eliya

    Treat your eyes to greenery by visiting Nuwara Eliya. It’s a serene hill station popular for its charming landscape and is an important location for tea production. It houses the best golf course in Sri Lanka and is home to the stunning Hakgala Botanical Gardens.

    Best time to visit

    January to April when the weather is pleasant

    If you’ve made up your mind, then book your Sri Lanka holiday and create everlasting memories.

    Author: Vijaylaxmi Thakur