Experience an exciting trip through Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a small country, not much bigger than Wales, but there are ancient cities, tea plantations around the hillsides, wildlife sanctuaries and, of course, brilliant beaches . Let's take a look around this beautiful country to see what they have!
1. Stop at Colombo
After a long flight, you can stop one night in Colombo . Like most Asian cities, there are high-rise buildings that grow quickly but still retain many of their own charms. You can explore the narrow lane lined with old colonial houses to get a feel of the nostalgic Colombo era, you can also visit attractions such as the National Museum, the Gangaramaya Buddhist temples, Old Dutch Recovery Hospital, and Pettah marketplaces.
2. Visit Galle fortress
Because of the new highway connecting Colombo to the South, it takes only about two hours to pass 128 km to Galle city. In the 18th century, this fortress was promoted by UNESCO's world heritage site.
3. Watch turtles on the beach
Going east along the coast, you will visit the Hatchery turtle beach. The beaches here are the main nesting place for natural turtles. Here you can witness the close up of the sea turtles' lives.
4. Stop at Nuwara Eliya
Heading north and through the mountain area for six hours on winding narrow roads of about 253 km, you will feel the climate is different and there are vegetation changes before your eyes. At this time you are stopping at Nuwara Eliya at a height of 1,000 m, you will feel the scenic beauty of the impressive forest cover.
Climb up a bit and you will see the capital of the hilly region founded by the British in 1846, they have fences and manicured lawns.
5. See tea plantations
Although the British are no longer here, tea plantations continue to thrive and the hillsides are covered in green tea forests and workers still gather tea by hand. One of the tea plants has been transformed into a hotel, complete with its own garden, where you can try your tea picking skills and enjoy the fruits of your labor if you have time. two days to dry the leaves.
6. Visit Kandy town
To get to Kandy you need to drive for three hours and go 85 km through the fog and drizzle, this time the ancient capital of Sri Lanka will welcome you. The town has an artificial lake, surrounded by an eye-catching green hill. The biggest attraction is the Dalada Maligawa , or Temple of the toothbrush, where it is said that there is a fang of Buddha, hidden inside a coffin box of the coffin. This caused the followers to line up to see the monks open the ivory box twice a day.
7. Tourist landscape in Sigiriya
Going north to the plain, after 95 km and three hours drive, you will arrive in Sigiriya. It is famous for the Rock fortress, also known as the " sky castle " built in the 5th century. It is a giant red rock rising to 600 ft above the ground and climbing to the top. between the feet of a lion.
Below it is the remains of the Royal Palace with a lake and a great museum. On the way to the palace there is a mural depicting topless women with stunning scenery.Note that this road has warning signs about bee attacks, but there will be a safe shelter just need your attention.
8. Visit Minneriya National Park
There are several national reserves in the vicinity, in which Minneriya is known for its very crowded elephants. You can switch to a special vehicle for the deep journey into the forest to see more than 250 elephants living around the lake, some of them start to bathe when the sun sinks on the horizon.
9. Visit the great name Polonnaruwa
Not far away is Polonnaruwa, a land of great size, reinforced by three concentric walls and connected to an irrigation system, temples and shrines. You will need guidance from local people to determine the direction of walking. The highlight of this place is the Buddhist temple with four giant Buddhas carved in stone in the form of sleeping, sitting and standing.
10. Passikudah Beach
A few hours to the east is Passikudah, a small coastal village about 35 km from Batticaloa . There is a golden sand here, clear water is very safe to bathe. At the end of the day, fishermen use lights to attract ink, and this is their main catch.
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