Climb a sacred mountain. Lounge on a deserted beach. And enjoy a cuppa on a picture-perfect plantation. All this and more awaits in Sri Lanka, the most serendipitous of islands…   1. Climb Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress, Sigiriya (Shutterstock) One of Sri Lanka’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this rock-topContinue Reading

This is a group of beautiful Buddha images that probably marks the high point of Sinhalese rock carving. They are part of Parakramabahu I’s northern monastery. The Gal Vihara consists of four separate images, all cut from one long slab of granite. At one time, each was enshrined within aContinue Reading

Dating back to the 1st century BC, this colossal dagoba was the ceremonial focus of the 5000-strong Abhayagiri Monastery. Originally over 100m high, it was one of the greatest structures in the ancient world, its scale only matched by the pyramids of Giza (and nearby Jetavanarama). Today, after several reconstructions,Continue Reading

Trincomalee Sri Lanka, isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of this gorgeous country. Yet, it’s a wonderful destination and you are bound to fall in love with it. Located on the east coast of Sri Lanka, Trincomalee is known as one of the most beautiful naturalContinue Reading

Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park is a fantastic maze of waterways, lagoons and dunes that glitter like gold in the dying evening sun. This wonderland provides a home to thousands of colourful birds ranging from diminutive little bee-eaters to grotesque open-billed stalks. It is a wetland sanctuary of such importance that itContinue Reading

The golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. During puja (offerings or prayers), the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. However, you don’t actually see the tooth. It’s kept in a gold casket shaped likeContinue Reading

Peradeniya Botanic Gardens.

<div class=”jsx-597659394 main”> These stunning gardens were once reserved exclusively for Kandyan royalty. Today, even commoners are allowed in to enjoy the most impressive and largest (60 hectares) botanic gardens in Sri Lanka. Highlights include a fine collection of orchids, a stately avenue of royal palms, the extraordinary, aptly namedContinue Reading

<div class=”jsx-597659394 main”> The beautiful Royal Rock Temple complex sits about 160m above the road in the southern part of Dambulla. Five separate caves contain about 150 absolutely stunning Buddha statues and paintings, some of Sri Lanka’s most important and evocative religious art. Buddha images were first created here overContinue Reading

<div class=”jsx-597659394 main”> With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar and spotted deer, and giant squirrel, this Sri Lankan national park is one of the nation’s finest. In fact, for elephant-watching, Uda Walawe often surpasses many of the most famous East African national parks. The park, which centres on theContinue Reading

<div class=”jsx-597659394 main”> The Horton Plains plateau comes to a sudden end at World’s End, a stunning escarpment that plunges 880m. The walk here is 4km, but the trail then loops back to Baker’s Falls (2km) and continues back to the entrance (another 3.5km). The 9.5km round trip takes aContinue Reading