Most travelers call Sri Lanka the pearl of the Indian Ocean. It is a small island situated in the Indian Ocean, close to India. The number of tourists arriving is increasing every year due to the growing attraction to the Island.
Cultural places to travel
Listed below are the most popular cultural places in Sri Lanka, which travelers can visit at any time as there are no closing times. Please note that shorts and sleeveless tops such as skinnies are not allowed in these places hence, please be careful to wear something appropriate. With regard to Sigiriya rock, travelers can wear anything they wish and the preferred time to climb the rock is in the morning hours.
Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka. This ancient city contains a rich collection of architectural wonders such as dagobas, soaring brick towers, ancient pools, crumbling temples, etc. At present several of these sites remain in use as holy places and temples.
Mihintale is the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is believed that the Buddhism inaugurated in Sri Lanka was due to the meeting of a Buddhist Monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa at the Mihintale Hill.
Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in the year 993. Travelers can see many ancient structures, temples, statues, and stupas in Polonnaruwa.
Sigiriya is popular due to the amazing palace built on top of the Sigiriya rock by King Kashyapa, it is listed as one of the wonders of the world mainly due to the technology used in its construction. Tourists from all over the world travel to Sigiriya to see this amazing place.
Kandy is one of the major cities in Sri Lanka, considered as the second largest city after Colombo. Kandy is famous among travelers due to the Sri Dalada Maligawa which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha and The Kandy Esala Perahara, a festival which is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
National Parks and wildlife
Yala National Park
Yala national park is a famous park among nature lovers. Home to 44 varieties of mammals and 215 bird species. Leopards, Majestic elephants, Sloth Bears, Sambars, Jackals, Spotted dear, Peacocks and Crocodiles are among the popular animals at Yala.
Horton Plains National Park
This is one of the most scenically stunning national parks in Sri Lanka. The park is situated 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) from Ohiya, 6 kilometers (3.7 mi) from the world famous Ohiya Gap/Dondra Watch, and 32 kilometers (20 mi) from Nuwara Eliya.
Bundala National Park
Sri Lanka’s premier bird-watching destination, providing a home to thousands of colorful birds and the wintering ground for migratory waterbirds from far afield.
Restaurants and Hotels
Travelers typically like to taste the foods of the world and when in Sri Lanka there is no exception. There are plenty of Sri Lankan restaurants that cater their food to foreign tastes (with fewer spices). Away from Sri Lankan restaurants, there are also Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, and Western restaurants. Travelers can select a restaurant depending on their appetite or indeed, on their budget. Travelers can find high-class restaurants as well as normal small restaurants in Sri Lanka.
Some travelers look for beautiful hotels to spend their vacation in, which Sri Lanka caters to plentifully.
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