This jewel-shaped country in the Indian ocean truly is a gem. It offers the most beautiful palm-fringed beaches, endless greenery, one of the most epic train rides in the world and it is home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Besides its undeniable beauty, Sri Lanka has the most welcoming culture, a delicious cuisine and is described as a wellness destination with many Ayurvedic spas and resorts.
The first capital of Sri Lanka
Anuradhapura was the first capital of Sri Lanka. The sacred city was inhabited by Sri Lanka’s ruler and filled with temples, dagobas and stupas. Today, Anuradhapura is an enormous and impressive archeological site, spread across 40 square kilometers. The city is said to be built around the Bodhi tree: Buddha’s ‘tree of enlightenment’ and is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists.
The Royal Rock Temple
The Royal Rock Temple is the largest preserved rock temple in Sri Lanka. It is a complex of five caves with the most magnificent Buddha statues and paintings. The first cave houses a giant 15 meter long Buddha and the second cave is filled with a whopping 56 statues. The temple is situated on a 160 meter high rock and offers stunning views.
Visit the Galle Fort
Galle is a beautiful and well preserved colonial town. With Portuguese, English and Dutch influences it has a completely different atmosphere to the rest of the island. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Galle Fort or just wander around town with its many boutiques, cafes, galleries, restaurants and luxury hotels.
Mesmerising and charming
Kandy is mesmerising. It is built around a lake and surrounded by rolling hills full of tea plantations and rainforest. Kandy is the island’s second largest city but it still has a charming small town feel. It is home to the island’s most important Buddhist temple, the Temple of the Tooth and the Esala Perahera festival, which is one of the most important Buddhist festivals in Asia.
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