A Quick Guide to The Places to Visit in Sri Lanka

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An abode of panoramic landscapes, teeming tea gardens, exotic beaches, and historic places, this tiny island is ready to stir you with its magnificence. Unwind yourself by gazing at the drop dead gorgeous views of the enormous mountains, sandy beaches and historic sites. Whether you are on a romantic vacation or you are on a family visit, Sri Lanka has all in store for you. So, let the magic of the island spin your souls, pack your bags now and visit the magnificent country of Sri Lanka.

Why go there: Culture | Heritage | Scenic views
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Solo trips
Things to bring back: Spices, handicrafts, souvenirs, Gems and jewellery, Ceylon Tea, Cinnamon sticks, antiques and more

Also Read: Things To Do in Sri Lanka 


Places To Visit In Dri Lanka 

12. Ella

Elevated at a height of 1041 metres from sea level, Ella is a tinsel town located in the Badulla District of the Uva Province. With some ravishing views of the hillocks, you can take a walk along the Nine Arch bridge in Ella, trek to the little Adam’s peak, gaze at the vast tea fields, hike up to the top of the Ella Rock. If hunger strikes you in between, then take a stroll and visit the eateries like Café Chill, Adam’s Breeze, In reincarnation and relish some appetizing dishes.

Distance from Colombo: 201 Km
Time required: 3-4 days
Ideal for: Friends | Family
Best Time to visit: March – June, December – February


11. Polonnaruwa

If history exhilarates you, then a visit to Polonnaruwa becomes mandatory. Explore the town located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. Gaze at the remains of the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa and get the insights of the archaeological treasures preserved in the form of tombs, temples, statues and Stupas.

Distance from Colombo: 227 Km
Time required: 1 day
Ideal for: Friends | Family
Best Time to visit: July – November


10. Adam’s Peak

Located in the heart of Sri Lanka, Adam’s Peak is said to be the “sacred foot imprints” of Lord Buddha. It is a hot spot for hikers which makes it one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka. We recommend you start your trek post-midnight, to enjoy the blissful site of the sun rising into the enormous blue sky which would make for a heavenly site at the Adam’s Peak.

Distance from Colombo: 152 Km
Time required: 1 day
Ideal for:  Friends | Family
Best Time to visit: December – April, January – February


9. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Do you want to see a herd of elephants soaking themselves in the sun? If yes, then visiting the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in the Pinnawala Village will make you take glimpses of the friendliest creatures in the World. Pinnawala serves as an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian Elephants.

Distance from Colombo: 87 Km
Time required: 2 days
Ideal for: Friends | Family
Best Time to visit: March-May


8. Dambulla Cave Temple

A World Heritage Site located in the heart of the country is said to be a cave temple complex located 148 Kilometres East of Colombo. The most astonishing thing about the Caves is that it inhibits 80 documented caves in it and 5 major caves which comprise Buddha statues and paintings in it. If you are on a quest to find tranquillity, then visiting the Dambulla Cave Temple is quite necessary.

Distance from Colombo: 159 Km
Time required: 1 day
Ideal for: Family | Friends
Best Time to visit: 7 Am – 7 Pm


7. Mirissa

Make your way to the hippie town of Marissa which is enveloped with lush green trees and blue sandy beaches. Immerse yourself into the leisure of floating in the sea on a pleasing hammock which will give you an experience that you can cherish forever. A whale watching experience in the deep blue Indian Ocean will be a great escapade for you.

Distance from Colombo: 154 Km
Time required: 2 Days
Ideal for: Family | Friends
Best Time to visit: November – April, June – October


6. Yala National Park

Want to experience the wild? Head out to the Yala National Park, an abode to the highest number of Leopards in the World. The second largest National Park in Sri Lanka is situated near the borders of the Indian Ocean which makes it a stunning site. A plethora of flora and fauna the Yala National Park has some of the most endangered species in its vicinity like the golden palm civet, orange breasted green pigeon, Sri Lankan sloth bear and many more.

Distance from Colombo: 195 Km
Time required: 1 day
Ideal for:  Friends | Family
Best Time to visit: February to June


5. Sigiriya Rock Fortress

A table top mountain amidst the verdant woods makes for a stunning site. The remains of the ancient rock fortress is a locale of historic and archaeological significance which is stretched up to a height of 200 metres nearly 660 feet. Said to be a Lion Rock, Sigiriya served to be the capital of the royal Kingdom which was abandoned after the death of the King. With a blend of history and beauty, Sigiriya Rock Fortress will give you views of some ravishing landscapes.

Distance from Colombo: 177 Km
Time required: 2 days
Ideal for: Family | Friends
Best Time to visit: February to April


4. Galle Fort

Built by the Portuguese in 1558, Galle Fort is in the South West Coast of Sri Lanka. Being a World Heritage Site, it is made with intricate carvings and has two massive gates named as Portcullises gates. It also inhibits a Galle Lighthouse which is 58 feet high and was built in the year 1938. Another marvel in the Galle Fort is a tower erected to commemorate the victory of Queen Victoria. Galle Fort also known as the Old Dutch Fort offers you an alluring view of the sea which makes it one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka.

Distance from Colombo: 131 Km
Time required: 1 day
Ideal for: Friends | Family
Best Time to visit: February – April


3. Nuwara Eliya

Visit the Little England in the Central Province of Sri Lanka which will offer you panoramic views of the landscapes. A train ride to Nuwara Eliya will be the most stunning experience in your Sri Lankan journey when you pass through those magnificent waterfalls and verdant tea plantations. Nuwara Eliya has a colonial touch to it with its golf courses, clubs and mock Tudor buildings. So, book your tickets now and visit Nuwara Eliya.

Distance from Colombo: 171 Km
Time required: 2-3 days
Ideal for: Family | Friends
Best Time to visit: February – April


2. Kandy

A bustling city located in the heart of Sri Lanka was the last capital of the ancient times. Lying amid the hills of the Kandy Plateau, Kandy is an abode of Temple of the Tooth which is one of the most religious places in Sri Lanka and a World Heritage Site. Worshippers from all over Sri Lanka gather to worship the relics of Lord Buddha at Kandy. Take a road trip from Colombo to Kandy and relish spending some time in the authentic city of Kandy.

Distance from Colombo: 115 Km
Time required:  2-3 days
Ideal for: Family | Friends
Best Time to visit: December to April


1. Colombo

The buzzing city of Colombo is one of the most visited place in Sri Lanka and often called as the “City of Oceans”. Whether you start your journey from Colombo or end it right there, Colombo will make sure you have seen the best of Sri Lanka. Located in the heart of the city and along the Indian Ocean, Galle Face Green is a historic landmark and is a must visit destination in Colombo. Visit the Gangaramaya Temple and Viharmahadevi Park to get the touch of history along with some ravishing views of the landscapes. A quick bite of some Sri Lankan dishes will make your trip even more exciting

Distance from Colombo Airport: 32 Km
Time required: 2-3 days
Ideal for: Friends | Family
Best Time to visit: Throughout the year


Other Attractions

  • Clairs Falls
  • Dehiwala Zoo
  • Arugam Bay
  • Bentota
  • Ceylon Tea Museum

Hidden Gems

Anuradhapura: Worship the Bodhi Tree in the quaint town of Anuradhapura. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka.

World’s End Nuwara Eliya: An astounding place to view the panoramic landscapes are the valleys of Nuwara Eliya. Take a tuk-tuk ride from the Horton Planes and reach before 10 Am before its too cloudy to take the glimpses of the ravishing view.

Bambarakanda Falls: Gaze at the magnificent cascade in Ohiya which will spellbind you in its allure. It is said to be the most tranquil place, so visiting the falls is bound to be the most amazing experience for you.

Beira Lake: Take a picnic near the Beira Lake located in Colombo which offers an excellent view of the twinkling lights of the buildings accompanied by worshipping at the Seema Malaka Temple.

Cashkaro recommendation

Are you planning your holidays to Sri Lanka? We have curated the must-visit places in Sri Lanka for you, check them out.

  • Experience royalty at the Royal Palace of the Kandyan Kingdom in Kandy.
  • Visit the spice garden and explore the rare collection of spices and herbs like cardamom, cloves, cocoa, nutmeg and more.
  • The Attidiya Bird sanctuary has some of the rarest birds, so a visit to the sanctuary will be the most ecstatic experience for you.
  • Visit Bentota and enjoy the nightlife where the music will make you dance to some of the famous tracks and dining at some of the exquisite cafes will also be a worthwhile experience for you.

How to reach Sri Lanka

Take a flight from your nearest International Airport and avail great discounts using: Goomo promo code | Air India Express

Where to stay in Sri Lanka

The Fortress Sri Lanka | Amangalla | Best Western Eylon
If you are looking to avail discounts then book your hotel stay using: Trivago coupons | Cleartrip Hotel offers


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