Officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, historically called Ceylon, is an island country in South Asia. A diverse and multicultural country, Sri Lanka’s documented history spans 3,000 years with human settlements dating back to at least 125,000 years. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. It’s famed for its wildlife and ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya – the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, with its palace and frescoes as well as Anuradhapura – an ancient capital with ruins dating back more than 2,000 years. Besides these, the Nuwara Perahera – ‘The grand pageant of Asia’ as well as the Ayurvedic pampering and fragrant essence of Ceylon tea are worth experiencing.
Colombo – like many capital cities in developing countries Colombo is fast changing its face. almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood, yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. A 100-year-old clock tower and several British built, colonial buildings are still to be seen in the city. The Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargains, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the people’s republic of china, the new parliament in Sri Jayawardenapura and the folk art center are some of the places of interest that one can visit to.
Kandy – a lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which retains an aura of grandeur, time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens – home to one of the world’s best collections of Orchids. A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages are the centre of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver) exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious gems of many varieties including the world’s best blue and star sapphires. The highlight of the city’s calendar is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the casket enclosing the Tooth is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in July/August by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 Elephants.
Places to visit in Srilanka
Kandy Bentota Colombo Nuwera Eliya