Sri Lanka Travel Guide

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An island country just off the coast of India in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka was once a jewel of the Indian Ocean. Today, the northern parts of the island have been devastated by the conflict between the Sri Lanken military and the rebel forces of the LTTE, or Tamil Tigers. While the skirmishes between the two factions have currently ceased, be sure to check with your local embassy for updates on the region. Be warned that even veteran travelers should stay away from the region for the foreseeable future.

Despite the difficulties the country has had in recent years, this island jewel—home to the sci-fi author Sir Arthur C. Clarke from 1956 until his death in 2008—is a tropical paradise. Ringed with golden beaches of soft sand slowly making their way back into the spotlight after the devastation of the 2004 tsunami, with a mountainous interior and lush jungles making up such places as the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka boasts an untold number of treasures that are just waiting to be discovered.

From the vertical drop at the edge of Horton’s Plains known as World’s End to the wildlife safaris in Yala National Park, or the capital city of Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka contains a variety of destinations and pursuits for all levels of travelers. Hiking, backpacking, sunning on the beach, crawling through the underbrush of the jungle, or simply sitting on the edge of a cliff enjoying the sunrise, there is something for everyone. The country is in the middle of monsoon territory, so trips should be planned around the seasons. December to March is the first, and June to October is the second.

English will only be understood in the tourist regions. The rural parts of the country will know little more than simple “yes” and “no”. Accommodations and transportation will vary depending on where you stay, with the larger, touristier areas having the best of both.

Colombo #1 most popular location
Colombo, Sri Lanka's largest city, a beehive of commotion with more than a million inhabitants.The capital city of Srilanka with it's frenetic traffic and general chaos is a little too much f…
712travelers 69reviews 40blogs
Kandy #2 most popular location
This sacred Buddhist site, popularly known as the city of Senkadagalapura, was the last capital of the Sinhala kings whose patronage enabled the Dinahala culture to flourish for more than 2,5…
122travelers 37reviews 25blogs
Negombo #3 most popular location
Negombo situated by the shores of a lagoon by the same name once has been a trading port for Portugese and Dutch and is a ideal place for those who want quick access to and from the airport. …
51travelers 26reviews 13blogs
Galle #4 most popular location
The capital of the southern province is a city with a colourful history. UNESCO declared World Heritage Site the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. 300 year ol…
61travelers 15reviews 19blogs
Nuwara Eliya #5 most popular location
Situated at around 2000m above sea level and surrounded by lush tea plantations Nuwara Eliya is the main hill resort of Sri Lanka and the heart of the tea industry. Once a pleasure retreat of…
8travelers 10reviews 8blogs
Hikkaduwa #6 most popular location
Hikkaduwa is one of the earliest tourist beaches of Sri Lanka famous for its sandy beaches and superb waves for surfing. Once a popular coral reefs at Hikkaduwa are now nearly extinct. There …
18travelers 11reviews 3blogs
Bentota #7 most popular location
Across the river from Aluthgama, you can find refuge in Bentota a gentle leafy sprawl of hotels and guest houses spread along the coast. The sea is calm here, as are the waters of the river, …
9travelers 8reviews 1blogs
Dambulla #8 most popular location
Dambulla is a part of the Cultural Triangle declared by UNESCO is on the main road from Sigiriya to Kandy about 19Km from Sigiriya. There are over 80 caves in the surrounding and some of them…
6travelers 17reviews 8blogs
Sigiriya #9 most popular location
Sigiriya is one of the main archaeologial attractions in Sri Lanka, and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The site contains the ruins of a 5th century palace, which sits on top of a huge s…
9travelers 14reviews 17blogs
Unawatuna #10 most popular location
Sublime Beach : Unawatunna is a world famous bay beach located in the southern coast of Sri Lanka. A 15 minute drive from the city of Galle, Unawatunna boasts one of the most visited beaches …
11travelers 9reviews 7blogs
Anuradhapura #11 most popular location
Anu-radha-pura Kingdom lasted one thousand and five hundred years from 380BC. This city is home to many of the earliest grandest monuments of Sri Lanka. A popular destination of Sinhalese Bud…
14travelers 6reviews 7blogs
Polonnaruwa #12 most popular location
Polonnaruwa lies 216 km northeast of Colombo, 140kms northeast of Kandy and 104kms southeast of Anuradhapura. Sri Lanka's medieval capital (11th - 12th Century AD) is a well-preserved city of…
9travelers 10reviews 9blogs
Ella #13 most popular location
Ella is a small village nestled Hill Country in the the Badulla District. Ella is a favourite spot for backpackers and travellers alike to recharge their batteries. There are easy walks thro…
5travelers 21reviews 7blogs
Tangalle #14 most popular location
7travelers 3reviews 1blogs
Wadduwa #15 most popular location
Situated along the Galle Road ( Colombo - Galle) on the western Coast of Sri Lanka, Wadduwa was considered to be a beach getaway considered to be in close proximity to Colombo ( in terms of …
2travelers 6reviews 2blogs
Kalutara #16 most popular location
Kalutara is a major city located along the western coast of Sri Lanka. It belong to the western province and is the main city in the District also named Kalutara. The Main attraction in Kalut…
13travelers 7reviews 1blogs
Beruwala #17 most popular location
The most popular beach resorts of the south coast area starting around here and streaches towards Galle and beyond. There are many large hotels catering the tourists but are often busy during…
3travelers 2reviews 2blogs
Tissamaharama #18 most popular location
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Mirissa #19 most popular location
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Haputale #20 most popular location
A Picturesque Town located along the Colombo Badulla Main road, Haputale is famous for its breathtaking view points owing to its strategic location. It can be considered as the Door to the Uv…
8reviews 6blogs
Mount Lavinia #21 most popular location
Located in the Colombo District and about 10 kms from the heart of the City , Mount Lavinia offers the best beaches within close proximity to Colombo. Most known for the famous Mount Lavinia …
10travelers 2reviews 2blogs
Trincomalee #22 most popular location
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Jaffna #23 most popular location
12travelers 6reviews 2blogs
Habarana #24 most popular location
Habarana is in the heart of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. A perfect base for exploring this area. Located in the dry zone of Sri Lanka, Habarana is the centre point from which visitors …
2travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Pinnawala #25 most popular location
Located in turn off from just past Kegalle along the Colombo - Kandy main road ( 85 kms from colombo) , travelers head to Pinnawala for one reason and one reason alone : Elephants. Pinnawala …
1travelers 5reviews
Weligama #26 most popular location
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Koggala #27 most popular location
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Katunayake #28 most popular location
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Ratnapura #29 most popular location
History has it a Rain of Gems fell upon Sri Lanka in ancient times, and no city was more blessed than that of Rathnapura - The Gem Capital of Sri Lanka. Rathnapura and Gems are synonymous ter…
3travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Kosgoda #30 most popular location
Bandarawela #31 most popular location
An Urban City in the Hill Country Bandarawela is one of the first major cities to be urbanized along the Colombo - Badulla Main Road. Its strategic location combining roads from four directio…
5travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Yala National Park #32 most popular location
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Yala #33 most popular location
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Matara #34 most popular location
Matara historically belongs to the area that was called the Kingdom of Ruhuna, which was one of the three kingdoms in Sri Lanka (Thun Sinhalaya තුන් සිංහලය). Matara was pr…
24travelers 1blogs
Dalhousie #35 most popular location
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Hambantota #36 most popular location
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Vavuniya #37 most popular location
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Kegalle #38 most popular location
12travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Arugambay #39 most popular location
It's a great beach, but definatly not in the raining time in december (never Seen so mich water as in December in Arugam), but April was fine, not much waves, for surfing it ist maybe better …
7travelers 1reviews
Matale #40 most popular location
6travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Horton Plains #41 most popular location
Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 metres…
2reviews 3blogs
Tissa #42 most popular location
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Wellawaya #43 most popular location
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Kataragama #44 most popular location
The Home for God Sri Skanda ( Kataragama Deviyo), Kataragama is mainly known for the Katargama Devalya arguably the most venerated Devalaya ( Temple for Gods) in the Country. With crowds in …
1travelers 1blogs
Dehiwala #45 most popular location
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Kandalama #46 most popular location
Uda Walawe National Park #47 most popular location
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Uppuveli #48 most popular location
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Batticaloa #49 most popular location
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adam's peak #50 most popular location
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