The first ever capital of Ceylon, Anuradhapura is a City of Kings. Reigned by over 100 kings it was more sophisticated in its time than any other civilisation. Its architectural marvels and engineering excellence have survived for over 2500 years and need more than a day to absorb and appreciate. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura is the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities.
Sri Lanka’s bustling commercial capital Colombo is the country’s busy business hub. Historically known as the garden city of the East Colombo sits about an hour’s drive south of the Katunayake International Airport Colombo and holds a variety of activities for the urban visitor.
The Dambulla Cave Temple or the Golden Caves of Infinite Buddhas is another UNESCO World Heritage Site located 148km from Colombo, approximately a 4.5 hours drive. It is an isolated rock mass, 500 feet in height with a history dating back to the 3rd Century BC when it was a meditation center where Bhikkus lived in caves.
The seaside town of Galle is 116 km. from Colombo by road or rail, down the southwest coast. Both routes are very picturesque, following the coastline closely for much of the way. At some places you can still see the devastating effects of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.
The transformation of Jaffna to a bustling teeming city and the reawakening of some of the country‘s oldest archeological treasures and natural beaches are a must see. The Jaffna Fort, Delft Island, Point Pedro Beach and its unique mouth watering cuisine are only a few reasons to travel North.
The once impenetrable Kingdom of Kandy is home to the famous Temple of the Tooth and a lush 60-hectare Botanical garden. Full of ancient legends, cultural treasures and festivals Kandy can also be cozy and quiet. The drive offers stunning views of the hill country.
That doubles as a historical hotspot, Negombo is full of old world charm, folklore, fishing and friendly people. Once a great trading stop known for honey and spices Negombo is now better known for its fishing port and sunny beaches.
Sri Lanka is known for its tropical beaches, sun and the warm climate, but within a four hour drive from the Colombo airport lies Nuwara Eliya, the main city of the Hill Country at an elevation of 1990 meters from sea level.
Polonnaruwa is the second historical capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th – 13th Century AD. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is 215km from Colombo, approximately a 5 hours drive, passing through Minneriya National Park.
The rock fortress of the mighty King Kasyapa who created both legend and lore with the help of this mighty citadel. Inside is a world of elaborate constructions, beautiful frescos and countless stories of the God King, his people and his City in the Sky.
Sinharaja Rain Forest
Sinharaja Forest Reserve is considered one of the most important natural habitats in Sri Lanka; this virgin rain forest is located in the south western lowland wet zone eco-region of the country. The vegetation is tropical wet evergreen forest and the area covered by the rain forest is more than 11000 hectares.
Legend, History and Nature all combine to make this sunny East Coast of Sri Lanka come alive for those who makes the effort to visit. Blessed with long white beaches, the best natural deep-water harbour, great cuisine, and the newest attraction of whale watching Trincomalee is a great place to escape and unwind.Located 257 kilometres from Colombo, Trincomalee could be reached easily through Anuradhapura or Habarana in the cultural triangle area.
Yala National Park
Drive-through safaris, camping for adventurous types and bungalows for quieter visitors all combine to make your Yala experience one to remember. The second largest national park Yala is home to leopards, herds of elephant, deer and wild buffalo. Best visited during dry spells when animals throng to dwindling waterholes.