Sinhalese Samanalakanda - "butterfly mountain", and also "Sri Paadaya"; is a 2,243 meters(7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well known for the Sri Pada, i.e., “sacred foot print", a 1.8 meters (5 ft 11 in) rock formation near the summit, in Buddhist tradition it is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Muslim and Christian tradition that of Adam, or that of St. Thomas.
Famous large cave in Sri Lanka. It is located 8 km from the town of Kitulgala. It holds evidence of a lost generation of Sri Lankans some 12,000 years old; at this time the cave was occupied by Balangoda Man, described as Homo sapiens Balango Densis by Paul E. P. Deraniyagala, who found ten skeletons of these people. They lived 2,000 feet above sea level. It is believed they lived more than 32,000 years ago.A visit requires a rope or rope ladder for entry. The part of the cave beyond the lake that fills it a short way from its mouth still remains unexplored.
Royal Botanical gardens in Peradeniya This is one the most beautiful and largest botanical garden of Sri Lanka. It was initially built as a pleasure garden by a Singhala king and was expanded by the British. It extends up to 147 acres and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. It is also renowned for the collection of more than 300 varieties of Orchids, along with other spices, medicinal plants and much more.
Explore the intricate coral formations just 200m offshore from Hikkaduwa. This short distance from the beach is home to a collection of tiny islets surrounded by breathtaking coral formations, which are inhabited by countless colorful coral fish, lobsters and turtles. Additionally, four different shipwrecks waiting to be explored are a treasure for any diving enthusiast. If you feel like experiencing life below the waves visit the PADI Certified dive centers along the beach
Diyaluma water falls' is 220m high and the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 361st highest waterfall in the world.It is situated 6 km away from Koslanda in Badulla District on Colombo-Badulla highway. The Falls are formed by Punagala Oya, a tributary of Kuda Oya which in turn, is a tributary of Kirindi Oya.
The coldest and windiest location in Sri Lanka consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. At an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, Horton Plains spreads across over 3,169 hectares of the highest tableland of the island. In view of the large number of endemic flora and fauna species.
The seven hot springs at Kanniyai are just 8 km away and known for their therapeutic properties. A high wall bounds the rectangular enclosure which includes all seven springs. The water is warm, the temperature of each spring varies from one another.People believe that this hot water is good for some skin deceases and it has healing power for Arthritis and Rheumatic.
Is a blow hole located on the southern Sri Lankan coast. The ocean water flows underneath the shore, and then comes out of this hole due to pressure. Water shoots up every minute or so, and it gives a very serene feeling.
Belongs to the Megalithic pre-historic era.Archaeologically the ground date back to around 750 BC to 400 BC.Here,several tombs can be seen covered with stone slabs and another interesting fact is those tombs had contained personal items such as clay pots, necklaces etc. Some items had contained Gem Stones which are seen in India giving some hints about the links with the India. Archaeologists present several arguments on this site as the people lived in this area has had trade with a foreign country as beads, glass and terra-cotta were discovered
Kandy view point is located at Rajapihilla Mawatha near Kandy Lake. around 1 km steep climb to the Rajapihilla Mawatha, there is a place where you see the Kandy city in a panoramic view. with lake and Sri Dalada Maligawa. Very famous tourist location. Restaurants and souvenir shops.
The range takes its name from a series of recumbent folds and peaks in the west of the massif which resemble the knuckles of clenched fist when viewed from certain locations in the Kandy District. Whilst this name was assigned by early British surveyors, the Sinhalese residents have traditionally referred to the area as Dumbara Kanduvetiya meaning mist-laden mountain range At higher elevations there is a series of isolated cloud forests, harboring a variety of flora and fauna, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Lookout rivals the views from World’s End (and it’s free). The Scottish tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton used to survey his burgeoning empire from here.Take the signed narrow paved road from the tea factory and climb about 7km through lush tea plantations to the lookout. From the tea factory the ascent should take about 2½ hours. Look forward to the company of Tamil tea pickers going off to work as you walk uphill to Lipton’s Seat.
Madu River which flows across Balapitiya (approx 80kms down south) is one of the rarely visited and unspoiled attractions any nature lover can find in Sri Lanka. She boasts of having a cluster of 64 small islands scattered along her path and the most of which are uninhabited and covered with mangroves.
Is a national park of Sri Lanka, acts as a catchment of the Maduru Oya Reservoir. The park was designated on 9 November 1983. Providing a sanctuary to wildlife, especially for elephants and protecting the immediate catchments of five reservoirs are the importance of the park. A community of Veddah people, the indigenous ethnic group of Sri Lanka lives within the park boundary in Henanigala
Situated deep in Trincomalee, Mable beach is one of the most fascinating beaches of Sri Lanka. Sea water at marble beach is clear and calm as glass. Low depth and the calmness of water has made Marble beach one of the best beaches to swim in Sri Lanka.
The main attraction of Moon Plains is the mini Worlds End at the edge giving a 360 Degree view of the surrounding peaks and towns. The plains is home to Elk, wild buffaloes, dear and many types of birds. This area is also visited by leopards.To access the moon plains worlds end take the road to the Government Potato Seed Farm at Nuwara Eliya on the upper lake road. Else drive along Lake Gregory main road and turn off at Magastota (tiny junction) to get to the Potato Farm.
Is a marshy land situated in north of Colombo in the Negombo lagoon. There are many varieties of flora and fauna which are interdependent in this coastal ecosystem. The meaning can be translated in to English simply as “Swamp of Royal Treasure”. Treasures of kings in olden days are believed to be buried in that area. Muthurajawela Marsh is said to be the island’s largest saline peat bog. It is believed to have originated about 7000 years ago. There are some residuals which extend up to 500 years towards the history from now. Muthurajawela bears staggering species of flora and fauna. Numerically 192 flora and 209 fauna, excluding 102 species of birds have been discovered. Some indigenous floras and faunas have also been found in Muthurajawela marsh. Visitors may see water birds such as herons, egrets in abundance in the lagoon and the marsh. It is also a residence for 40 different species of fish, of which 15 falls under the category of indigenous fauna. The nocturnal animal, slender Loris, which is believed to be endangered, can be seen once in a blue moon.
Negombo Lagoon is a large estuarine lagoon in Negombo, south-west Sri Lanka. The lagoon is fed by a number of small rivers and a canal. It is linked to the sea by a narrow channel to the north, near Negombo city. It is surrounded by a densely populated region containing rice paddies, coconut plantations and grassland. The land is used for fishing and agriculture. The lagoon has extensive mangrove swamps and attracts a wide variety of water birds including cormorants, herons, egrets, gulls, terns and other shorebirds.
A mile North of the Sigiriya Citadel is Pidurangala which served as the royal monastery. A despoiled dagaba at the foot of the hill could well have been the cremation site of King Kasyapa who founded the Citadel. Carbon dating at the site coincide with the traditional date of the demise of the King. Above the modern temple are the old image houses. A flight of steps leads to the summit, where a long cave has a large recumbent image of the Buddha in brick and stucco. It has been dated to the late Anuradhapura period around the 10th century.
Is 109 m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass. It formed by Panna Oya which is a tributary of Kothmale Oya. Altitude of the falls is 945 m above sea level.
Legend: These tunnels prove beyond doubt the architectural brilliance of King Ravana. The tunnels served as a quick means of transport through the hills and also as a secret passage. They networked all the important cities, airports and dairy farms. A close look at these tunnels indicates that they are man-made and not natural formations.Existing tunnel mouths are also situated at Ishtripura in Welimada, Senapitiya in Halagala, Ramboda, Labookelle, Wariyapola in Matale, and Seetha Kotuwa in Hasalaka and in many more places.
Pretty windy with quite a few hairpins turns but in good condition, offers great views all around with a mini worlds end, lot 20 less travelled by main stream tourists. Climatic conditions here are very similar to Horton plains with the addition of having two great waterfalls “Sera Ella” and “Bambarakiri Ella”, both of which are a site for sore eyes, don’t forget to relax on the rock seats of “Sera Ella” relishing the cold misty spray of water on your face and Thelgamu Oya offers a great site for a dip in crystal clear but chilly water.
Is a massive hill oddly out of place in the landscape just outside the Galle harbor. Legend details that during the Rama – Rawana war Rama's brother Luxhmana, was injured and Hanuman was sent to Himalayas to fetch medicinal herbs. Hanuman forgot the name of the herb but he brought a chunk of the peak containing many herbs. However the mountain fragment slipped and broke into five pieces of which one fell to Rumassala. It should be noted that the renowned scientist Sir Arthur C. Clerk has a bungalow in the precincts of Rumassala, as it is said to be the place that has the highest specific gravity globally.
Is a tourist attraction situated at Elkaduwa in the Matale District of Sri Lanka, adjacent to the Campbell’s Lane Forest Reserve. Sembuwatta Lake is a man-made lake created from natural spring water. Alongside the lake is a natural swimming pool.
Reserve is considered one of the most important natural habitats in Sri Lanka. This majestic rainforest was deemed an International Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and deservedly designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989. The forest offers a huge diversity of species both flora and fauna with a large proportion of those being indigenous to the country and some more specifically endemic to Sinharaja itself.
Small Adam's Peak, which is also known as Punchi Sri Pada in Sinhala, is situated in Ella, It is a short walk of 45 mins from Ella to the Little Adam's Peak. You will pass by a tea plantation on the way up there. Your climb awards you a splendid view of Ella Gap and the surrounding landscape.
Formerly Ceylon, is of high importance to the Sri Lankan economy and the world market. The country is the world's fourth largest producer of tea. In 1995 Sri Lanka was the world's leading exporter of tea, (rather than producer) The humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall in the country's central highlands provide a climate that favours the production of high quality tea. The industry was introduced to the country in 1867 by James Taylor, the British planter who arrived in 1852.
In Ella or Nuwara Eliya you will got on the train that was built by the British in the Colonial times a and probably hasn't changed much since then. The views are amazing, zig zagging around the mountains, through tea plantations and across stunning bridges! The journey is around three hours trip.