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TRAVEL & TOURISM

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN SIGIRIYA

1. Sigiriya Rock (climbing early morning is recommended)

2. Sigiriya Frescoes and the Mirror Wall

3. Water Garden, Boulder Garden and Terrace Garden

4. Cobra Hood Cave

5. Audience Hall

6. Lion’s Paw Terrace and Lion’s Paws

7. Top of the Rock (views and ruins)

8. Sigiriya National Museum

9. Pidurangala Rock (next to Sigiriya Rock)

10. Minneriya – Giritale Sanctuary (elephant watching in the afternoon)

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN ANURADHAPURA

1. Stupas (Ruwanvelisaya, Thuparama, Jetavanarama, Abhayagiri, Mirisavatiya)

2. Tanks (Nuwara Wewa, Basswakkulama, Tissa Wewa)

3. Sri Maha Bodhi Tree

4. Palaces (Brazen Palace, Ratnaprasada – Gem Palace)

5. Ponds (Kuttam Pokuna – Two Ponds, Eth Pokuna – Elephant Pond)

6. Isurumuniya Rock Temple

7. Moonstone

8. Samadhi Buddha Statue

9. Royal Palace (including the Dalada Maligawa and Mahapila Refectory)

10. Museums (Archaeological, Isurumuniya, Abhayagiri, Jetavanarama, Folk)

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN POLONNARUWA

1. Temples (Pabula Vihara, Rankot Vihara, Kiri Vihara, Potgul Vihara)

2. Relic Houses (Vatadage, Hatadage, Atadage)

3. Palaces (Royal Palace, Nissanka Malla Palace)

4. Ponds (Nelum Pokuna, Royal Bathing Pool, Royal Baths)

5. Statues (Standing Buddha, Reclining Buddha, Parakaramabahu)

6. Devales (Shiva Devale No 1, Shiva Devale No 2)

7. Gediges (Lankatilaka Temple, Satmahal Prasada, Thuparama Gedige)

8. Halls (Audience Hall, Buddha Seema Prasada, King’s Council Chamber)

9. Unique Structures (Tivanka Image House, Gal Pota, Velaikkara Slab Inscription)

10. Archaeological Museum

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN KANDY

1. Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth)

2. Museums (Sri Dalada Museum, World Buddhism Museum, National Museum)

3. Devales (Kataragama Devale, Natha Devale, Vishnu Devale, Pattini Devale)

4. Kandy Lake and Queen’s Bathing Pavilion

5. Churches (St Paul’s Church, St Anthony’s Cathedral, Trinity College Chapel)

6. Ceylon Tea Museum, Hantane

7. Hotels (Queen’s Hotel, Royal Bar & Hotel, Olde Empire Hotel)

8. Kandy Esala Perehera (generally held in July/August)

9. Degal Doruwa Raja Maha Vihara (Cave Temple), Lewella

10. Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN AND AROUND TRINCOMALEE

1. Beaches (Nilaveli Beach, Marble Beach, Kuchchaveli Beach)

2. Fort Frederick

3. Thirukosenwaram Temple

4. Swami Rock (Lovers Leap)

5. Hoods Tower Museum

6. Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara

7. St Mary’s Cathedral

8. Velgam Raja Maha Vihara, Kanniya

9. Kanniya Hot Springs

10. Pigeon Island National Park, Nilaveli

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN GALLE

1. Galle Fort (including Flag Rock, Point Utrecht Bastion, Old Gate and Main Gate)

2. Groote Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church)

3. National Maritime Museum

4. National Museum

5. Marine Archaeological Museum

6. Dutch Hospital

7. Dutch Market

8. Galle Lighthouse and Clock Tower

9. Colonial Hotels (Amangalla, Tamarind Hill, Closenberg Hotel, Galle Fort Hotel)

10. All Saints Anglican Church

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN THE JAFFNA PENINSULA

1. Dutch Forts (Jaffna, Hammenhiel, Delft)

2. Casuarina Beach

3. Hindu Temples (Nallu Kandaswamy Kovil, Naga Pooshani Amman Kovil)

4. Buddhist Temple (Nagadipa Purana Vihara, Kadurugoda Temple)

5. Christian Churches (St Mary’s Cathedral, St James’ Church, Our Lady of Refuge Church)

6. Point Pedro (northernmost point of Sri Lanka)

7. Keerimalai Springs (Miracle Springs)

8. Royal Palace, Nallur

9. Bottomless Well, Nilavarai

10 Causeways (Elephant Pass, Karativu)

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN COLOMBO

1. Museums (National Museum, Dutch Period Museum, Sri Lanka Air Force Museum)

2. Buddhist Temples (Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Gangarama, Dipaduttaramaya)

3. Hindu Temples (Old & New Kathiresan, Ganesha, Siva Subramaniya Swami)

4. Churches (St Anthony’s, St Lucia’s, Wolvendaal, Galpalliya, St Andrew’s)

5. Mosques (Jami-Ul-Alfar, Grand Mosque, Dawatagaha Jumma Masjid & Shrine)

6. Hotels (Galle Face Hotel, Grand Oriental Hotel, Mount Lavinia Hotel)

7. Buildings (Cargills, Lloyd’s, De Mel, Whiteways, HSBC)

8. Government (Old Parliament House, Old City Hall, General Post Office)

9. Towers (Clock Tower Fort, Clock Tower Pettah, Galle Buck Lighthouse)

10. Halls & Theatres (Independence Memorial Hall, BMICH, Lionel Wendt, Regal Cinema)

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN BANDARAWELA/ELLA/HAPUTALE/BADULLA

1. Temples (Dowa Rock Temple, Japanese Pace Pagoda)

2. Waterfalls (Ravana Ella, Diyaluma, Dunhinda, Bambarakanda)

3. Mountains (Ella Rock, Little Adam’s Peak Ella, Fox Hill Diyatalawa)

4. Viewpoints (Lipton’s Seat, Haputale Gap)

5. Buildings (Adisham Monestery Haoutale, Cargills Bandarawela, Bandarawela Hotel)

6. Bridges (Demodara Nine-Arches, Bogoda Bridge Badulla)

7. Railway Hiking (Pattipola, Idalgashinna)

8. Horton Plains National Park (Peak Wilderness Sanctuary)

9. Dambetenna Tea Factory (tea manufacture tours)

10. Randeniwela Memorial, near Ella (commemorating the Sinhalese defeat of the Portguese)

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN NUWARA ELIYA

1. Hotels (Grand Hotel, Golf Club, Hill Club, St Andrews)

2. Gardens and Parks (Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Victoria Park)

3. Mountains (Pidurutalagala, Single Tree Hill)

4. Galway’s Land National Parks

5. Gregory’s Lake

6. Buildings (Cargills, Post Office, Governor’s Residence - Queen’s Cottage)

7. Seeta Amman Temple, Site Eliya

8. Roads (Ramboda Pass hairpin bends, Mahagastota Hill Climb - racing)

9. Waterfalls (Ramboda, Lover’s Leap)

10. Moon Plains (including Mini-World’s End)

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT ON THE EAST COAST OF SRI LANKA

1. Portuguese/Dutch Forts (Trincomalee, Batticaloa)

2. Beaches (Kuchchiveli, Nilaveli, Passikudah, Arugam Bay, Thennadi, Sallative)

3. Hindu Temples (Koneswaram Kovil Trincomalee)

4. Churches (St Anthony’s - Batticaloa, St Mary’s Cathedral - Batticaloa, St Mary’s Cathedral - Trincomalee)

5. Mosques (Auliya Mosque - Batticaloa)

6. Temples (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, Seruvila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara - Trincomalee)

7. Lagoons (Nanthi Kadal, Kokkilai, Uppar, Batticaloa, Arugam)

8. National Wildlife Parks (Kumana, Yala East)

9. Pigeon Island National Park, Nilaveli (Snorkelling/Diving)

10. Hoods Tower Museum, Trincomalee

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT ON THE NORTH-WEST COAST OF SRI LANKA

1. Portuguese/Dutch Forts (Negombo, Kalpitiya, Arippu, Mannar)

2. Beaches (Negombo, Kalpitiya)

3. Hindu Temples (Thiruketheeswaram Kovil – Mannar, Munneshwaram Kovil - Chilaw)

4. Churches (St Anne’s Talawila, St Mary’s - Chilaw, St Sebastian’s - Negombo)

5. Mosques (Mohiyudeen Khutba Mosque – Puttalam)

6. Wilpattu National Park

7. Lagoons (Negombo, Chilaw, Puttalam)

8. Giant’s Tank (Yoda Wewa), near Mannar

9. Talaimannar Pier (and nearby, the “dancing islands” of Adam’s Bridge)

10. Doric Bungalow, Arippu

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT ON THE SOUTH-WEST COAST OF SRI LANKA

1. Snorkeling/Diving/Surfing (Hikkaduwa)

2. Beaches (Hikkaduwa, Bentota, Wadduwa, Mt Lavinia)

3. Mosques (Masjid Al-Abrar Mosque – Beruwela: Oldest mosque in Si Lanka)

4. Ancient Buddhist Temples, Bentota (Galapatha Raja Maha Viharaya, Wanawasa Temple, Bem Vehera)

5. Ancient Buddhist Temples, Hikkaduwa (Kumarakanda Raja Maha Viharaya, Totagamuwa Raja Maha Viharaya)

6. Island Buddhist Temple, Ambalangoda (Modera Devala, Seenigama Devalaya)

7. Cave Temples (Pahiyangala Fa-Hien Cave – Kalutara, Pavurukanda Viharaya – Beruwela)

8. Churches (Patuwatte Trinity Church, 1875)

9. Lakes and Lagoons (Bolgoda, Kalutara, Bentota, Hikkaduwa)

10. Lunuganga Country Estate Gardens, Dedduwa, Bentota (Geoffrey Bawa’s country home)

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT ON THE SOUTH COAST OF SRI LANKA

1. Portuguese/Dutch Forts (Galle, Star Fort – Matara)

2. Beaches (Unawatuna, Mirissa, Medaketiya, Marakolliya, Rekawa)

3. Buddhist Temples (Yatagala, Mulkirigala, Yatala, Tissamaharama, Kirinda)

4. Churches (Dutch Reformed Church - Galle, All Saints’ Church - Galle)

5. Fort Meeran Jumma Masjid Mosque, Galle

6. Lakes (Tissa Wewa, Yoda Wewa, Weerawila Wewa)

7. Islands (Taprobane Island – Weligama, Madol Duwa – Koggala)

8. National Parks (Yala, Bundala, Weerawila)

9. Lighthouses (Galle, Dondra Head, Hambantota, Great Basses, Little Basses)

10. Dondra Head (southernmost point of Sri Lanka)

 

TOP 10 BEST ROAD TRIPS IN SRI LANKA

1. Talawakale – Punduloya – Ramboda – Hairpin Bends – Nuwara Eliya

2. Matale – Rattota – Knuckles Range – Pallegama - Hasalaka

3. Mahiyangana – 18 Hairpin Bends - Hunnasgiriya - Digana

4. Nanu Oya – Radella – Lindula – Talawakele - Hatton

5. Arugam Bay – Batticaloa – Trincomalee - Pulmoddai

6. Habarana – Minneriya – Giritale – Polonnaruwa - Passikudah

7. Pelmadulla – Udawalawe – Tanamalwila – Wirawila - Hambantota

8. Trincomalee – Horowupatana – Anuradhapura – Puttalam - Kalpitiya

9. Ella – Wellawaya – Buttala – Monaragala – Pottuvil – Arugam Bay

10. Point Pedro – Chavakachcheri – Elephant Pass – Paranthan - Mullaittivu

 

TOP 10 TRAIN JOURNEYS IN SRI LANKA

1. Yaldevi – Colombo to Omanthai

2. Udayadevi – Colombo to Batticaloa

3. Podi Menike – Colombo to Badulla

4. Udarata Menike – Colombo to Badulla

5. Galu Kumari – Colombo to Matara

6. Ruhunu Kumari – Colombo to Matara

7. Samudradevi – Colombo to Galle

8. Muthu Kumari – Colombo to Puttalam

9. Senkadagala Menike – Kandy to Matale

10. Kelani Valley Line – Colombo to Avissawella

 

TOP 10 “HAIRPIN BEND” ROADS IN SRI LANKA

1. Mahiyangana Pass (18 Hairpin Bends)

2. Ramboda Pass

3. Deniyaya

4. Punduloya to Kumbaloluwa

5. Ohiya to Boralanda

6. Pattipola to Horton Plains

7. Kadiyanlena to Kataboola

8. Dambetenna to Lipton’s Seat

9. Rattota to Riverston

10. “Devil’s Staircase,” Udaveriya Estate, Ohiya (4WDs or trail bikes only)

 

TOP 10 TEA FACTORY TOURS IN SRI LANKA

1. Labookellie Tea Estate, Delthota

2. Glenloch, Tea Estate, Nuwara Eliya

3. Norwood Tea Estate, Dickoya

4. Dunkeld Tea Estate, Castlereagh

5. Pedro Tea Estate, Nuwara Eliya

6. Somerset Tea Estate, Dimbula

7. Dambatenne Tea Estate, near Haputale

8. Craigie Lea Tea Estate, Pattana

9. Rozella Tea Estate, Watawala

10. Ceylon Tea Museum, Hantane, Kandy

 

TOP 10 “UNSEEN” SRI LANKA

1. Driving up the “Devil’s Staircase,” Udaveriya Estate, Ohiya (4WDs or trail bikes only)

2. Climbing Dawson Tower, Kadugannawa (memorial for construction of the Colombo-Kandy Road)

3. Visiting the Baobab Tree, Mannar (planted by Arab traders over 400 years ago)

4. Listening to the “Singing Fish” of Batticaloa (on full-moon nights)

5. Exploring the remains of Balana Fort, near Kadugannawa (old Sinhalese fort to protect the capital of Kandy from invasion by European armies)

6. Climbing to Saradiel’s Cave (Sri Lanka’s Robin Hood in the 19th Century AD) on Uthuwan Kanda, near Kegalle

7. Walking around Lunuganga Country Estate Gardens, Dedduwa, Bentota (Geoffrey Bawa’s country home)

8. Checking out the Padiyagampala Gal Messa (Dolmen), near Rambukkana (created in pre-historic times and the only such structure in Sri Lanka) 

9. Viewing the sunken chamber that has been cut out of Kabook rock to a depth of 11 feet with its Stupa, stairs and moonstone at Ananda Sastralaya, Kotte.

10. Wondering if the “Stargate” (gateway between earth and outer space) rock carving at Ranmasu Uyana in Anuradhapura is indeed a remnant of a lost civilisation.

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