Famous Ramboda Falls, the 11th tallest in Sri Lanka is added to the beauty of this small hill country village.
White-water rafting anyone? Recently discovered popular adventure sports destination amidst thickly forested hills was once the film location for the 1957 Oscar-winning movie Bridge on the River Kwai.
Trincomalee, one of the finest deep-water natural harbours in the world has been the target for many attacks over the centuries.
Yala National Park is a light forest of 1270 Sq Km with grassy plains and blackish lagoons rich in wildlife.
Tissamaharama, this larger-than-life snowy white stupa looming between the town centre and Wirawila Lake believed to be built around 200 BC with a circumference of 165m and 55m high is a breathtaking view against the colourful sky in the mornings and when lit up at nights.
Every day almost 100 orphan elephants of all ages march down a narrow village street that is flanked on both sides with tiny shops, for a bath in the nearby river. With their mahout in the lead, one can hear the rumbling of footsteps long before the elephants come in sight; shoving and pushing each other a bit eager to reach the water.
Arugam Bay, home to a number of quality surf breaks with famous ‘Main Point’ towards the south of the bay, is a paradise for the adrenaline junkies.
Vast swathes of green fields set against emerald forests with a waterhole here and there makes the perfect meeting place for oodles of Sri Lanka’s favourite gentle giants, elephants, in Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks bordering Habarana jungle; experience the gentle sway of an elephant ride or witness the soul-stirring scene of an elephant mother gently pushing her baby to safety after a bath in a waterhole.
Majestically rising from the central plains, Sigiriya Rock is Sri Lanka’s single most dramatic sight. Awestruck and open mouthed, one wonders where the heavenly bound flights of stairs through the colossal lion’s paws carved in to the bedrock leads. Steep vertiginous staircases attached to near vertical rock walls leads to the flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of the fallen kingdom of King Kassapa.
The climb upto the most famed rock cave temple can be tiresome on a humid day, but as you step in to the threshold of the cave temple the sound of a water droplet falling into a vessel in rhythm and the cool breeze that engulfs you alleviate the weariness.
South shoreline city of Sri Lanka and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The heart and the center of Galle is the Fort, a magnificent structure built by the Dutch in early 1660’s during their occupation. This walled enclave, surrounded by the ocean in three sides have been a strategic vantage point for any enemy advances.
History of Kalpitiya runs back to Portuguese colonization in early 17th century and then the arrival of Dutch and associated with maritime trade and a strategic base of a military garrison and naval outpost.