Sri Lanka – 5 Top rated tourist attractions to visit

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Famous as the pearl in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has got everything to fascinate you. The country has everything be its unique culture, golden beaches, incredible history, pilgrim sites, wildlife safaris, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality. Over the past few years, Sri Lanka is emerging as a highlighted travel destination.

There are a plethora of places to visit and explore. Here we are with our top 5 picks for your next holiday getaway loaded with unique experiences in the Sri Lankan country.

1.         Yala National Park

If you are a wildlife enthusiast and looking for an extraordinary wildlife experience in Sri Lanka tour packages then Yala National Park is a must see place for you.

Sprawling in a massive area of  979 sq km, This national park is among the oldest national parks in the country. It is famous for its wildlife, animal variety and excellent flora and fauna amidst lush vegetation. Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards, and aquatic birds are the key conversation of the park. It offers the opportunity to catch glimpses of some of the rarest species and dangerous species. It will surely give you the adventure your soul had been craving for as it is just not another wildlife sanctuary. The thrilling Yala national park safari amidst thick jungles, golden beaches, dusty tracks, and muddy marshes will be an of its kind experience. The park is divided into 5 individual blocks in which 2 blocks named Ruhuna National park and Kumana national park open for tourists.

It Is located in the Southern and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka at a distance of about 300 km from the capital Colombo.

2.         Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

Gangaramaya Buddhist temple is one of the oldest and most significant temples in Sri Lanka. Located on the Beira lake, it has a huge Buddha statue portraying his stories on walls and ceilings. The architecture of this temple is a unique blend of modern and cultural essence.

The temple features several imposing buildings like Vihara, Pagoda, the Bodhi Tree, the Vihara Mandiraya, the Seema Malaka, the Relic Chamber, a museum, library, pirivena, and education halls. Seema Malaka and the museums are the key highlights of the temple.

The temple also serves as a learning center controlling around 40 centers. Its serene atmosphere and tranquil surrounding will fulfill you with inner peace. Due to its religious significance, it welcomes numerous devotees, and visitors all the year. The temple is located in the main capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo.

3.         Galle Face Green

Located in the heart of Capital city Colombo, Galle face green is one of the must visit tourist attractions. Stretching 1600 ft along the coast, it is an ocean side urban park spread over 5 hectares on the land. It is the central point of the city surrounded by tall towers and buildings. The area offers numerous fun things to do to relax and rejuvenate. If you are a sunset lover then you should visit this beachside in the evening to catch mesmerizing visuals of the setting sun. It is also known as one of the best places to taste mouth-licking Sri Lankan street food. Galle face green is easily accessible from all the parts of the city.

4.         Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Commonly known as the glorious tooth temple, the Temple of the sacred tooth relic is another famous Buddhist temple. The temple of relic tooth is located in the former royal palace complex in Kandy. The temple reserves the most important relic – The upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha. You can not see the tooth of Buddha as it is kept in a heavily guarded golden casket shaped Dagoba. The temple is a golden roof heritage site built in the 17th century. The temple is open for visitors from 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM. It is situated in Kandy at a distance of 145 Km from Colombo.

5.         Little Adam’s Peak, Ella

Among the best trekking trails that you can not afford to miss when in Sri Lanka is Little Adam’s peak trail. Whether you are a nature lover or trekking enthusiast you simply can not miss out on this trek. It is the little 2.0 version of Sri Lanka’s Adam’s peak. Surrounded by lush greenery, The elevation of the peak is 1141 meters above sea level. The trek requires around 3 hours for exploring and sightseeing. The trek takes you through the famous tea plantations of the region. Sunsets and Sunrises are the best time to visit the peak as it offers spellbinding visuals. You can also try some mouth-licking delicacies at the finest restaurants and cafes at the peak.

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