The beautiful tear drop shaped island of Sri Lanka is popular with both sun seekers and explorers alike. There are many luscious sandy beaches, sprawling nature reserves and sites of great historic and religious importance.
Within a short journey from the airport, Negombo is a popular place for visitors to either base themselves for the length of their holiday or just to use as a starting base. There are many beach hotels and although there are undoubtedly better beaches in Sri Lank, Negombo still boasts a huge sandy beach. A lively bar scene and great food at reasonable prices make it a great place to begin your adventure in Sri Lanka.
To the north of Dambulla is the truly awe inspiring citadel of Sigiriya. Translating as “Lion Rock” it towers 200m high over the plains beneath. Inscriptions found around the caves in Sigiriya suggest that the area was used a religious retreat thousands of years ago. Sigiriya was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the early 80’s and no visit to Sri Lanka would be complete without a visit.
Wilpattu National Park is huge, and despite its wildlife suffering during the violence involving the Tamil Tigers it is beginning to thrive again. A visit to Wilpattu gives you the opportunity to see leopards, elephants and deer. Its vast size ensures that you never get the sense of being over crowded which only heightens the feeling of being in the animals’ natural habitat.
Colonial Kandy is one of the greenest areas of Sri Lanka and is easily reachable by rail or road from Colombo.
The tea gardens of Kandy are extremely well maintained and this contrasts with the rugged green hills that surround it. Kandy is also home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth which holds great importance to Buddhists in the country.