Due to its shape, Sri Lanka is often nicknamed the ‘Teardrop Island’, and is located just off India’s south coast. And because it boasts everything from ancient kingdoms to secret beaches, Sri Lanka has something for everyone.
So, if you’re visiting Sri Lanka anytime soon, here are our must-see highlights:
Easily accessed by a train from Colombo, Galle is the perfect place to eat, shop and absorb the local culture. Based around a historic fort that was established by the Portuguese in the 1500s, this fort town is well worth a visit, hence why it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Horton Plains National Park
For the ultimate walking-through-the-clouds experience, you’ll need to get to this National Park early. Trekking through its misty forests, meadows and grassland, you’ll eventually end up at World’s End – one of Sri Lanka’s most jaw-dropping viewpoints. It’s also home to Baker’s Waterfall, which just adds to the majestic feel of this location. All in all, this is a 9km walk that loops around, but you’ll want to allow plenty of time for this hike so you can do plenty of bird watching en route – you may even see a deer, too!
This little village is truly charming and boasts a tranquil, dream-like feel especially when you arrive here by train. To get the most out of this location, you’ll want to hike up to Little Adam’s Peak or Ella’s Rock (this takes around two hours) where you’ll be rewarded with stunning views. Or, for a cooling dip, you might want to head to Rawana Ella Falls.
Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Kandy is the perfect place to go if you want to cool down and escape from Sri Lanka’s relentless heat. While you’re there you’ll want to visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, where many Buddhists make a pilgrimage to as it’s home to Buddha’s sacred tooth. There are also plenty of tea plantations to visit, including those in Nuwara Eliya.
- Minneriya National Park
If you’re heading to Sri Lanka to see its wild buffalo and elephants, Minneriya National Park is your go-to place. A place that has both savannah and jungle, you’ll see plenty of wildlife visiting the area’s waterholes, giving you a great insight into these creatures’ natural habitats.
Whether you’re making the trip to Sri Lanka to learn more about Buddhism or you want to see its natural wonders, you’re sure to find this and more when you visit this remarkable location.