Arugam Bay BeachArugam Bay 116 km from Colombo it is another fishing village. Identified as the best surfing beach in Sri Lanka and the 4th best beach in South-East Asia and is also among the 10 best surfing beaches in the world. Beach is set with a serene palm-rimmed village of simple restaurants and cabanas. Often referred to as a surfer’s paradise, this beach has some of the best conditions for a variety of water sports including swimming and wind sailing. It provides utmost relaxation and tranquility with white sandy beaches and the possibility of spotting Sri Lankan wildlife The Bird Sanctuary is also at close proximity to it so bird-watchers / surf fanatics can spend a great time at the beach. Buddhist and Hindu temples are also located close by.
Bentota BeachBentota located along the South West coastline in Sri Lanka, while being 60 kilometers from Colombo. Bentota is extremely popular among the international travelers for its top class touristic facilities and services. Bentota Beach is an ideal destination for family vacations mainly due to its protected swimming conditions. It is also a fantastic location for numerous water sports activities such as snorkeling, jet-skiing, diving, body-surfing, windsurfing and parasailing. Deep sea fishing is also a popular activity; however it depends largely on weather conditions. Another attraction is the Bentota River which is more of a beautiful tropical lagoon where visiting couples can enjoy a romantic river safari. Bentota Beach is one of the finest and most magical beaches along the South West coastline and is also listed among the best in the island.
Galle Dutch FortGalle is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the southwestern tip, 119 km from Colombo. Galle is the administrative capital of Southern Province, Sri Lanka and is the district capital of Galle District. Galle is the fifth largest city in Sri Lanka after the capital Colombo, Kandy, Jaffna and Negombo. Galle Dutch Fort is known as the best-preserved sea fort in South Asia. As a living heritage site, this 90 hectare(222 acre) of land is representing a superb blend of architecture. The formations of this beautiful peace of land are reflecting coastal areas of Portugal. The fall of Galle to the Dutch in 1640, resembled Galle city with fortified cites of Europe. The deep verandahs of houses supported by timber or masonry pillars can be introduced as the Dutch and the English colonial styles. Although Galle Dutch Fort was originally established by the Portuguese in the 16th Century, it crossed its zenith under Dutch rule in the 18th Century. Under Dutch rule, a plenty of spacious houses, wide roads and all necessary facilities were developed.
There is nothing which can compete with the Dutch Fort in Galle when it comes to fortified towns.
This world heritage site on the south coast is had been the main part of call for ships sailing between East an Europe.
At present, inside the Fort you can find that it exudes old-world charm. You can see remaining magnificent buildings within the ramparts and stonewalls of the old Galle Fort. There are plenty of Dutch colonial villas on narrow streets. You are able to see that there are several museum and antique shops that display the beauty of the island’s colonial era. Dutch Reformed Church can be introduced as the most absorbing Dutch architecture
Hikkaduwa BeachKnown only as a fishing village in the past, Hikkaduwa has now become a major tourist attraction due to its beautiful location and natural resources such as clean beaches, corals, clear waters, and sun that tourist value the most.
Situated in the Southern province of Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa is located 100Km from the Bandaranayke International Airport which can be reached either by bus, train, or by a private vehicle. The main attractions in Hikkaduwa are the coral gardens and the sandy beaches that travellers regard as ideal for wind surfing and snorkelling. Hikkaduwa’s Coral Sanctuary, guarantees that underwater world can be seen by anybody whether they can dive or not.
The city is also famous for its vibrant nightlife and reaches its peak season in the period from October to April where surfers from Australia, UK, Japan, Italy, Israel, and U.S.A. are high in numbers. Luxury hotels, fine restaurants, cafes, and tour guides are located in numbers in the beach area of Hikkaduwa to cater to the demand from the tourists.
Hikkaduwa invites travellers and water sport lovers to indulge in holidays filled with the sun, sand and sea. If you want to shop in Hikkaduwa, plenty is offered such as clothes, jewellery, souvenirs, batiks and paintings, etc.
Hikkaduwa is the ultimate place to visit if you want to have a relaxed holiday filled with fun, swim, shopping and excitement.
Kalpitiya BeachKalpitiya is 3 hour drive from Colombo. Beach is bestowed with natural beauty; however it is fairly untouched by tourism and is surrounded by a close-knit fishing community. The beach is a famous spot for whale and dolphin watching along with snorkeling amongst beautiful corals. The warm, golden sand is an ideal location to relax, sunbathe and forget about your worries. Boat rides around the lagoons are perfect ways to explore the hidden wonders around the beach and visitors can even canoe down the river. This is also the only place where guests can enjoy a 4WD jeep ride along the deserted sand dunes between the ocean and inland, offering a unique way to enjoy the evening sunsets. However Alankuda itself offers cottages and hotels along the beach for those who want to spend a romantic fun-filled day/night at this beautiful getaway.
Mirissa BeachMirissa and its breathtaking sandy beach pretty much transforms your dreams and visions of a tropical paradise into an everyday reality.
Located close to the Southern tip of the Island of Sri Lanka and only about 200 km from the Equator, this secluded crescent shaped beach is the perfect place to sit back, relax and forget about all the hussle and bussle of your other life that’s a million miles away.
This small sandy tropical beach boasts some of Sri Lanka’s best and most stunning sunsets and sunrises. All the Guest Houses in Mirissa are set back from the actual beach giving you the impression that you are on a deserted palm fringed island. Every now and again the silence is broken by the sound of a coconut falling on the sand or a chilled beer being opened by someone further up the beach.
Negombo BeachNegombo is mostly known for its beautiful beach resorts located on the western coast of Sri Lanka and is a large fishing town. Negombo is located on the shores of a lagoon and was a major trading port for the Portuguese and the Dutch. This City is known world wide for its sea food. Negombo is known for its solitary calm beaches with lip smacking delicious seafood. The sunsets of Negombo beaches attracts tourists from far and wide. The beaches of Negombo offer a stunning effect to the tourists especially for its fine sandy beaches. Majority of the beaches are owned by the hotels and they provide all the water sports facilities to the visitors. Some of the best water sports undertaken by the tourists are that of Diving and wind surfing.
The Old Church buildings and the fisheries port happen to be some of the main attractions of Negombo. The Muthurajawela Marsh is the largest marsh area in Sri Lanka. The marshland is an eye candy for wildlife lovers as this marshland happens to be a wildlife kingdom with some very rare and endangered species . Negombo has vast resource of marine life. For tourists it is a real pleasure to find rare marine life like that of blue ringed angels, star fish and Barracuda. One can enjoy the best of night life in Negombo . Hotels, Restaurants and the best of nightclubs on the beach side.
Pasikuda BeachPasikuda beach, recognized as one of safest beaches in Sri lanka is very famous among the travellers who travel around the sri lankan tourism areas. It is located in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The nearest city is Batticloa. Throughout the year the beach is fully crowded with travellers from all around the world. The sea is visualized with crystal clear water. Foreign travellers never miss this beach as it is known as an ideal destination for a sea bath.
Visitors are walking kilo meters in to the sea because the sea is not compared to other beaches of Sri lanka. They play, scream and entertain themselves in the beach. Even small children can dive in the sea. Some try to play with a surf board.
During the seasons, many water surfing sports men and women come to frolic with the waves in Pasikuda Beach. Even sri lankan players are trying to compete with them. Especially Pasikuda beach is appropriate for the beginners in water surfing. Surfing the waves, pulling off cool techniques, jumping high off the wave and spinning in the air are attractive. They have been trained to the surfing game professionally. Even an open tournament is held at the Pasikuda beach annually for the surfers.
Foreigners from European and American countries are aptitude of sunny climates. Therefore they are preferred to exposure to sun rays and walk along this long shallow coastline. The beach is a memorable opportunity to enjoy the holidays in the Eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The beautiful unspoiled beach is located in a beautiful surrounding.
ThangallaTangalle is a big town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. It is one of the largest towns in southern province. It is located 195 km (121 mi) south of Colombo and 35 km (22 mi) east of Matara. It has a mild climate, in comparison to the rest of the district, and sandy beaches.
The Mulkirigala rock temple is 20 km (12 mi) north of the town. The temple is perched on a boulder approximately 200 m (660 ft) high. Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary is 24 km (15 mi) east of the town. The Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary is an area of coastal lagoons and mangroves, which is rich in marine and home to four nationally threatened birds: Indian Reef Heron (Egretta gularis); Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus); Black-capped Purple Kingfisher (Halcyon pileata); Sri Lankan Junglefowl (Gallus lafayettii), as well as other birdlife.
Hummanaya (Blow Hole)
The "Hummanaya" blow hole is a well-known appeal site in the deep South of the country and it certainly lives up to expectations. Seeing it was an exhilarating experience and one that shouldn't be missed. It is within around 20 minutes reach from the Tangalle City. The sound of the blow hole can be heard even from a far distance. What happens is a rock with a narrow fracture in the middle trough which waves gush in and goes through a hole. When the water pressure builds up to a threshold value the water sprays high as a marvelous fountain. The sound around Hummanaya sounds like rumbling thunder. The scenery of the water fountain is spell binding and makes you want to stay there forever.
Hummanaya can be visited at any time during the year. Although during the times the sea is rough the water pressure is higher. This is especially during the monsoon which is the off season. Visitors can be ferried by boat to the location of the Blow Hole to witness this spectacular sight, up close and personal. Along the coast, souvenir shops offering a variety of local handicrafts stand side by side with roadside kiosks selling fruit and drinks, including tasty bites of fried fish.
Trincomalee - Nilaweli BeachNilaveli Beach is one of most spectacular, charmed and beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka, among an infinite number of beaches around the world, which immediately envelops you in natural splendor to spend your holiday in a sandy spot. This finest unspoiled beach offers great experience to the travelers with pristine white dusty calm waves, wide sand, the abundant displays of marine life around Nilaveli and picturesque sights.
This amazing beach is well known for one of the cleanest sand beaches in Asia as well as one of the purest white sand beaches in Asia. Nilaveli Beach is one of Sri Lanka’s ideal places for travelers to have crystal blue sea water bathing due to calm waves. And this magical east coast shoreline is popular for sun baths, sea bathing, surfing, snorkeling and diving. Though all water activities on Nilaveli Beach can be enjoyed throughout the year, it is crowded from April to October by thousands of both local and foreign beach lovers. While plenty of bending palms over the golden sand enrich its’ beauty, this untouched premier beach is a perfect destination for having Scuba diving, fishing, whale watching activities and other various water sports.
Marble Beach, also known as Marble Bay Beach, is another fine beach in Sri Lanka. The beach is situated at the Marble Bay that comes within the Trincomalee’s natural harbor area. When the day is bright and the sea is calm, you can see the surface shining like a marble and that’s how the name is derived.
The beach is located in a stunning environment—the grassland, trees, resting huts, restaurants, rocks, the resort, and the calm and safe bay with crystal clear blue water—all take you to a pleasant world. Marble Bay is an ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling when the sea is calm. The grazing cattle, monkeys, peacocks and different species of Sri Lankan birds could be viewed in the jungle before reaching the beach. The overnight stay in the nice resort will give you an unforgettable experience.
Marble Beach is overlooked by the “Diamond Hill”. When you get to the top of the Diamond Hill you can have a birds’ eye view of Trincomalee city and the Harbour.
Pigeon Island is located around 1 km away from the Nilaveli beach. This is consists of two islands, one is small and other one is larger in size. This is one of the best places to see corals.
This island got it's name because of the Rock Pigeons live over there. In year 2003 Pigeon island was designated as a nation park in Sri Lanka. earlier it was a sanctuary. This island was used by British army as a place for shooting practice in early world war time.This island can be seen clearly from the breach. There are boat services available from the beach.The beach is covered with corals and haven't got that experience in any other beach in Sri Lanka. You can have a sea bath in pigeon island.
Visitors can climb-up the rocks and get the view of the surrounding. You can see the real owners of the island, the pigeons in the other side of the island. We saw very lengthy dark patch in the sea water near the beach. Actually it's bunch of small fish moving around the island.
Unawatuna beachUnawatuna Beach is a popular tourist destination in Sri Lanka which lies towards the south of Galle and is regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. Located just south of Galle (about 125km from Colombo), this beautiful stretch of beach lies almost 4 km along the coast of southern Sri Lanka.
Once recognized as one of the best twelve beaches in the world, Unawatuna beach is a paradise for all those who want to listen to the silence of the sea and dive deep into the blue waters of the ocean.
The beach is large, sandy and palm-shaded with calm waters. Because of the reef protecting the beach, it is perfectly safe for bathing. The cool and placid waters of the Indian Ocean with high temperatures all the year round and naturally clear water provide excellent opportunities for water sports such as sailing, wind surfing, diving, water skiing and scuba diving. Many hotels located on the beach offer various facilities for these water sports. You will find plenty of good seafood restaurants and an excellent range of other facilities as well. Sampling the local cuisine is one of the best parts of a Sri Lankan beach holiday.
Ratnapura is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of Sabaragamuwa Province, as well as the Ratnapura District, and is a traditional centre for the Sri Lankan gem trade. It is located on the Kalu Ganga (Black River) in south-central Sri Lanka, some 101 km southeast of the country's capital, Colombo. Ratnapura is also spelled as Rathnapura.
The name 'Ratnapura' is a Sanskrit word meaning "city of gems", from the Sanskrit words pura (town) and ratna (gemstone). Over 2000 years ago, when the first Buddhist monks arrived here from the north eastern provinces of India namely Bodh-Gaya, Varanasi and Pataliputra, they not only brought with them the Buddhist religion, but since their teachings were mainly in Sanskrit and Pali they also influenced the local language. While candy produced from the jaggery palm is traditionally known in this region as ratnapura, it is more likely that the candy was named for the locale rather than vice versa.
It is the centre of a long-established industry of precious stone mining including rubies, sapphires, and other gems. Apart from gem mining, the city is known for the production of rice and fruit. Large plantations of tea and rubber surround the city. Tea grown in this region is called low-country tea. There is a well-established tourism industry in Ratnapura. Nearby Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Udawalawe National Park, Kitulgala, and Adam's Peak are especially popular among tourists.
In 1901, the town of Ratnapura had a population of 4,084, and by 2011, it had increased to 52,170, with Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Muslims each constituting a significant portion of the population.
Sinharaja is well known famous rain forest in Sri lanka.Sinharaja is a national park.Sinharaja located Sabaragamuwa and southern Provinces in Sri lanka.It is the only undisturbed rain forest left in Sri lanka.It is about 9000 hector's in extent.Many of the plants are very rare.Over 60% of the tree species are found only in the low land wet zone of Sri lanka.especially in Sinharaja.If those species of trees are allowed to get destroyed,the world would lose them altogether. So it is important that much effort is made to conserve this rich,valuable and forgile habitat.This unique rain forest nurtures not only magnificent tree species that top 40 meters in height , but alsomedicinal plants such as maha hedaya .Endemic extends beyond exotic flora to butterflies , a dozen endemic species of birds and even the rare Ramanella plamata , the only microhylid (genus of frog) recorded so far.
The sinharaja rain forest is the largest rain forest in Sri lanka. In 1840 Sinharaja become a crown property.In 1988 it was made a National Wilderness area.In 1989 UNESCO included the Sinharaja forest in the world heritage list as the First national Heritage of Sri lanka.
The Sinharaja forest is home to many rare animals, birds, butterflies, insects, reptiles and trees.Ferns and mosses grow well as the climate is humid because of heavy rain fall.
Conservation of Sinharaja is of vital necessity.It ensures the maintenance of water resources.It also controls floods, which is a constant threat due to heavy rainfall in the area.
Sinharaja forest is maintained by Department of Forest Conservation. It is government property.No one can enter the Sinharaja forest without permission.Rangers all ways keep eye on it.The drive from Colombo to Sinharaja takes about 4 hours passing through some stunning hill country on the way.
Wilpattu National Park is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" (Natural lakes) - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park is located 30 km west Anuradhapura and located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo). The park is 131, 693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly sixty lakes (Willu) and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. Wilpattu is the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world-renowned for its leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population. A remote camera survey was conducted in Wilpattu from July to October 2015 by the Wilderness & Wildlife Conservation Trust. A sample of forty nine individual leopards were photo-captured in the surveyed area and the core area density was between that of Yala National Park's Block I and Horton Plains National Park.