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Breathtakingly, Dambulla. – Travel Sri Lanka

Standing proudly at a high ascension in the central hills of tropical Sri Lanka, with blue skies and a blissful sun that warms you up, Dambulla is one of the most historical and architecturally advanced places in the country. Enriched with history, Dambulla is home to rich Theravada Buddhism, and therefore it’s adorned with many temples and cave aramas (stay-in temples). With breathtaking paintings that awes you for its intricate nature, vibrant colors with in-built dagobas, it’s definitely home to Sri Lankan artistry.

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla has a rich history that runs back to as early as the prehistoric period. With the findings of the Ibbankatuwa Prehistoric burial site near Dambulla, analysis shows that this place had been occupied long before the arrival of Buddhism. There’s been more evidence of a stable civilization that was backed by agriculture.

Dambulla-Rock temple

Dambulla-Rock temple

It also gives evidence to being inhibited as early as the 3rd century BC. The creatively built statues and paintings that adorn the caves are said to date back to the 1st century BC. It’s also found out that some of these paintings and statues were repaired and repainted in the 11th, 12th and 18th century AD.

Dambulla-caves

Dambulla-caves

The history trial leads to King Walagamba who was escaping the Cholas who occupied the country after a war, had found refuge in these temples by the Buddhist monks who were meditating in these caves. After regaining the throne in Anuradhapura, he erected magnificent, iconic rock temples to offer his gratitude to the monks in Dambulla. With these incredible historical monuments standing proud, you can visit Dambulla, Sri Lanka and take an adventure back to historical times!

Weather and Distance to Dambulla

Dambulla is blessed with a warm sun that shines bright at most times. There are times for summer showers that fall, but mostly it’s very sunny! You’ll love the tropical feels!

Route from Colombo to Dambulla

Route from Colombo to Dambulla

Dambulla stands 148 kid away from the current capital, Colombo, and 72kms away from Kandy, the central province.

Sights in Dambulla

  1. Visit the Royal Rock Temple

History running back to the times of King Walagamba, (Vattagamani Abaya) this iconic, mind blowing creation lies in a high ascension, with a panoramic view. This temple was erected by the King, and he has had the interior of the caves carved into majestic rock temples. This is home to the cave temples and is visited by tourists and locals. It’s a very spiritually cleansing place and also a very beautiful place.

Rock temple. Dambulla

Rock temple. Dambulla

  1. Dambulla Cave Temples

The five beautiful caves (shrines) in Dambulla are adorned by statues of the Lord Buddha and various venerable personalities according to Buddhist faith. There are 150 Buddha images. These caves are intricately decorated with immaculate paintings that are of different influences and time periods. The sculptures and the architectural standpoint of these caves are incredible, and the craftsmanship is highly reflected.

  1. Cave No.1 (Deva Raja Viharaya)

Known as the temple of the King of Gods for it’s believed that the Sakka (King among Gods) helped with the final touches for this cave, it has the image of the Parinibbana (the last moment) of the Lord Buddha. The technique that’s been used for this is elaborate and there’s extreme attention to detail that is simply is breathtaking. There are ceiling paintings that are now quite damaged due to incense but you can still see traces.

Deva Raja Vihara

Deva Raja Vihara

  1. Cave No.2 (Maha Raja Viharaya)

This is the most impressive and the largest standing caves with an archway at the opening portal, with guardians of stone. This is known as the Maha Raja Viharaya because of the Vattagamani Abaya Kings influence.

Cave temple No.1

Cave temple No.1

The cave is vibrantly painted across 172 feet. There are 53 images of the Buddha, each slightly different from the other.

The main center of it is the standing Buddha with the abaya mudra exuding loving kindness to all.

  1. Cave No.3 (Maha Aluth Viharaya)

The Great New Temple was erected in the temples of King Kirti Sri Rajasinga with new paintings and renovations. The cave is about 90 feet long, 81 feet wide, and is decorated with vibrant colors of frescoes of numerous Buddhist events. The tradition of art which is of the Kandyan period.

Cave No.3

Cave No.3

  1. Cave No.4 (Paschima Viharaya)

The fourth temple is about 54 feet long and 26 wide with 10 statutes of the Buddha. The figure of the Buddha in the dhyana position reflects the fine preservation and brilliant skills.

Cave No,4

Cave No,4

  1. Cave No.5

The end of the great caves, this possesses beautiful paintings and statues that adorn the place as well. The influence is derived from the Kandyan period is artistically displayed.

Cave No.5

Cave No.5

 

  1. Visit the Dambulla Museum

With paintings and preserved artifacts that you’d be amazed to see, you can visit the museum to see witness the past. With findings about the prehistoric times as well as the latter part of the Kingdoms of Sri Lanka, Dambulla museum is a very interesting place to visit! You’ll learn so much and it’ll be a new enriching experience!

  1. Visit the Rose Quartz Mountain Range!

Looking for an adventurous hike?! Well, you can visit South Asia’s largest Rose Quartz mountain range. Renowned as a world heritage site, it has 7 beautiful mountains of rose hold. The beauty of these Quartz Mountains is accentuated with misty films that surround them in a pink glow. It’s also said that Emperor Shah Jahan imported these rose quartz for the incredible monument, Taj Mahal.

Rose Quartz Mountains, Dambulla

Rose Quartz Mountains, Dambulla

  1. The Golden Temple

Yes, this is a temple of gold. With statutes of gold, this place is a must-see! It has a Buddhist statue in the dhammachakra mudra and the architectural designs and paintings are of modern design. You can compare and contrast the different if you make your trip here!

Golden temple, Dambulla

Golden temple, Dambulla

 

Where to stay in Dambulla

Dambulla offers a number of accommodation options to suit you! With great hotels and resorts in the area, you can choose whatever you like. From as low 10$ to 5 star hotels ready to accommodate you, it’s your choice to suit your budget!

Kandalama, Dambulla

Kandalama, Dambulla

 

Food

Dambulla offers authentic Sri Lankan food enriched with spices and incredible flavor you’ll fall in love with! You’ll definitely want to take the recipe home!

Food- Sri Lankan

Food- Sri Lankan

Dambulla is a place you must visit to see the grandeur of Sri Lankan culture and heritage. Do visit this place and gain experience like no other! Visit Sri Lanka today!

Want a more tropical adventure? Try Nilaveli, Sri Lanka!

 

Enchantingly Hikkaduwa – Travel to Sri Lanka

With golden sand adorning the coast and energetic waves splashing about, Hikkaduwa is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Sri Lanka. With tall palms swaying in the breeze, and the sun shining through the soft white clouds, this truly is paradise in the tropics. Hikka is known for its coral reefs, of vivid colors painting the world under the sea. Home to schools of vibrantly colored fish, the reef provides an incredible diving experience that you’ll fall in love with.

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.

With a reputation for surfing, and a safe haven to the water sport freaks, Hikkaduwa is certainly one of the best spots for you to dance in the water! Diving into the turquoise waters, and swim with the incredibly beautiful fish! Find turtles that glide by you, and get ready to be mesmerized by the corals! Go parasailing, kayaking and even sailing!

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka - diving

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka – diving

Weather and Distance to Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa is blessed with a blissful sun that’ll give you an incredible tan any time of the year! The warmth of the sun and the breeze along with the cool water of the sea shall be a great combo!

Route from Colombo to Hikkaduwa

Route from Colombo to Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa proudly stands in the south of Sri Lanka, 98 km away from the current capital, Colombo. It’s a 1. 45h drive from Colombo via the Southern Expy/ E01.

What to do in Hikkaduwa

                1.Jump into the gorgeously turquoise ocean!

Hikkaduwa is home to a beautiful coastline that you’ll fall in love with! Try surfing in these beautiful waves that’ll carry you on! Have a glorious bath in the ocean! You’ll love this incredible beach! It has a slightly warm temperature and it is perfect for swimming even for beginners as it’s not that deep. Try kayaking, parasailing, head off in a glass bottomed boat and explore the coral reefs!

Hikkaduwa beach

Hikkaduwa beach

                   2.DIVE!

Hikkaduwa is most renowned for its stunning coral reefs that adorn the destination! With corals of different amazing colors, it shall be an incredible experience for you! Swim with turtles and the schools of vividly colored fish that’ll pass through you! You might even get to swim the dolphins and the whales if you are lucky! There are special islets that specialize in this and you’ll definitely fall in love and probably wouldn’t want to come back up!

Diving in Hikkaduwa

Diving in Hikkaduwa

               3.Rent a bike and explore

One of the best things you can do is ride a bike into the sunset. It’s one of the most popular things to do, and there are many places that rent out bikes so you can explore! While this is fun, it is also really educational as you ride around the town learning about the livelihoods of the people.

                 4. Get a massage!

What’s a tropical holiday without a message to relax and unwind?! Hikka offers a range of places that specializes in Ayurvedic massages. With Sri Lankan herbs and techniques, this shall be a very unique experience for you! There are head massages and full body massages with oils of the tropics you probably didn’t even know existed!

                  5.Visit the coral sanctuary

Hikkaduwa is loved by many because of incredible corals that grow here! With bright colors that stretch over the reef this is a sight that’s special to this place. Sure you wouldn’t want to miss that!

Corals- Hikkaduwa

Corals- Hikkaduwa

 

Places to stay

There’s a wide range of hotels and resorts in Hikkaduwa considering this was one of the oldest, and most popular tourist sites of Sri Lanka. There’s a wide range of prices, and you can choose whatever you please that goes from as cheap as 10$ to a 5 star resort according to your budget! There are plenty of places which offer amazing accommodation for a cheap price!

Citrus, Hikkaduwa

Citrus, Hikkaduwa

Food

This amazing destination features some of the best seafood in all of Sri Lanka. Enriched with the spices of the country, you will fall in love with the incredible food that is offered here. Not only authentic Sri Lankan food, several resorts feature international cuisines that you can choose from!

Food, Hikka

Food, Hikka

Hikkaduwa is one of the most beautiful places you could ever visit in this world, so hurry and book a flight to Sri Lanka now and have your dream tropical vacation!

Check out Ella for a more chilled out adventure!

Refreshingly, Ella – Travel Sri Lanka

Ethereal mists covering the beautiful mountainous terrain filled with efflorescent wild blooms resonates the beauty of Ella, Sri Lanka. Certainly one of the most breathtaking travel destinations in Sri Lanka! Due to its ascension from the sea level, it is wonderfully cool and is surrounded by tea plantations of the Badulla district.

Ella, Sri lanka

Ella is one of the most sought out tourist destinations of Sri Lanka. And is nourished with rich bio diversity of flora and fauna. Ella has the most serene picturesque sceneries that you’ll love!

Weather and Distance to Ella

Ella has a beautiful weather, a chilled vibe. With pine trees scenting the air, this place has an amazing chilled vibe to it that you’ll fall in love with!

Misty Ella

 

Ella stands 200 Km (120 mi) east of the current capital, Colombo.

Ella map

 

What to do in Ella

  1. Hike up Little Adam’s Peak

Named after the similarities of the Adams peak, this beautiful destination is breathtaking. The peak touching the blue skies and lush tea plantations adorning the hills, it’s truly a beautiful sight. Have fun hiking up to the peak and catching the sight of the panoramic scenery! And while you at it, make memories for a lifetime!

Little Adam's Peak

  1. Visit the Ravana Ella Falls

This is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in Sri Lanka. The cool water from the springs seems to go on and on. The climb is definitely worth it, and you’ll love the scenery! Have a refreshing shower and go on an adventure!

Ravana Ella

The name comes from the ancient tale of Ravana-Sita, and Sita was said to be abducted by Ravana after misdoings of Rama. And Ravana is said to have landed near this place, and had given Sita a chance to refresh at the falls.

 

  1. Ravana Cave

The name derived from an ancient tale of Ravana-Sita, it’s said to be the refuge that the majestic King took when he brought Sita from India for Rama’s misdoings.

Ravana caves

The tunnels of this cave prove the craftsmanship of the ancient times that come along the lines of King Ravana. These tunnels were constructed as transport within the city, networking the airports and the cities. It’s truly a marvelous creation that you wouldn’t want to miss!

  1. Get some tea and check out some tea factories!

Sri Lanka takes pride in producing the best team in the world. You can check out the entire process of making aromatic black tea from the plucking of leaves to packaging them! Take some amazing tea and even better memories even you go home!

Tea hills

  1. Check out the Ella Spice Gardens!

Spices and herbs from all over Sri Lanka can be found here, and it’s perfect if you want to try fine dining in Sri Lanka, this is the place for you! You can take cooking lessons as well!

Spice, Ella

 

Where to stay in Ella

Ella has a wide range of resorts and guesthouses that are willing to extend their hospitality to you. There’s a large range of prices starting from 15$ that goes up to top resorts in Ella. You can choose anything to suit your budget and it will be an amazing vacation you won’t forget!

Resorts in Ella

 

Food

Ella offers a great many restaurants that offer amazing Sri Lankan dishes and well as great coffee! There are spices that you’ll absolutely love and curries that you’ll want the recipes for!

Food

In conclusion, Ella is one of the best travel destinations you can embark on, so book your tickets today!

 

Sigiriya, Wonder of Sri Lanka – Travel Sri Lanka

Renowned in the world as a wonder among creations, Sigiriya is a giant rock fortress that majestically stands amidst the lush tropical forests of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is the most famous travel destination that displays the heritage and the prowess of Sri Lankan culture. Known for the beautiful frescos of Sigiri damsels (Sigiri apsarawo) bearing efflorescent flowers in their hands standing nude is a remarkable feature of this amazing place. The vibrant colors as well as the architecture that runs with it illuminates through the castle.

Sigiriya, the marvel

 

It’s said to be the castle of King Kashyapa that he’s chosen wisely for protection, that he decorated so lavishly and beautifully as a lion’s den. The structure consists of lion paws at the entrance, so it seems as though you enter a whole different realm. This destination shall awe you, and will probably be one of your favorite travel destinations! So visit Sri Lanka today to see this marvelous creation!

Weather and Distance to Sigiriya

The blissful sun shines brightly on the castle on top of this magnificent rock, and the temperature always is quite warm. It’s a great place for a tan as you explore!

Map-Colombo to Sigiriya

This beautiful fortress lies in the Mathale district close to the town of Dambulla in the Central province, Sri Lanka. And it’s 177 km away from the current capital, Colombo. It’s a 4h drive and you’ll enjoy the drive as well! Therefore this is a must see in Sri Lanka!

What to do in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

  1. Climb to the top!

Yes, it’s a quite tremendous job, but you’ll truly be happy that you did climb this iconic structure because you’ll be gifted by the sights of the breathtaking frescoes and the lion paws. Also, pools of water with gorgeous lilies covering them, and stunning architectural pieces would definitely awe you!

Rock fortress, Sigiriya

  1. Visit the site museum

You’ll learn heaps about this beautiful landscape as well as the ancient historical stories that entail it. It’s an amazing reflection of Sri Lankan craftsmanship as well as the proud history of the peoples. You’ll gain memories for a life time!

  1. Take a look at the mirror wall

After you get your breath taken by the beautiful of the frescoes, you can then witness a wall of which people who visited in the ancient times had commented on. There’s beautiful poetry etched on to the wall, resonating the feelings of the common people who climbed up to this magnificent creation.

The Mirror Wall

  1. Look at the Royal Gardens!

Equipped with many water gardens that are engulfed with blooms, you can witness the beauty of this landscape. You can also visit Buddhist shrines that were erected in the fortress.

 

  1. Visit the Sigiriya Crafts Complex

Get some souvenirs to commemorate this wonderful trip! These crafts created by these village people truly are simple and beautiful.

Sri Lankan crafts

  1. Check out the Cobra Hood Cave

A stunning creation that has a cobra hood at the entrance is another amazing place you’d love to visit!

 

What to see in Sigiriya

  1. Frescos

The Sigiri Damsels are one of the most beautiful creations in the world. Drawn on the interior, they are said to have relieved the king of his loneliness. All of them nude, carrying blooms in the palms of their hands are truly an incredible sight to see.

Frescos, Sigiriya

  1. The Mirror Wall

It’s such a beautiful creation that displays Sri Lankan literature that evolved from a long time. The glossy wall surely reflects the beauty of these poems.

The mirror wall, Sigiriya

  1. Architecture

Sigiriya prides itself on being the most beautiful creation in Sri Lanka and it’s enriched by architectural wonders. The castle on the bedrock itself is witness to that. The rock creations surely will awe you.

 

Where to stay

As Sigiriya is the most famous site to visit in Sri Lanka, you have a range of incredible hotels and restaurants to stay at. There are accommodations for everyone, and you can choose from a wide range of prices. Starting from as low as 10 USD- you can go up to a 5star hotel as well. So the choice is in your hands!

Hotel Sigiriya

Food

Sigiriya offers some of the best food served in Sri Lanka. Beautiful mixes of spices, as well as amazing ingredients, make these dishes memorable. You will probably fall in love with the Sri Lankan cuisine after you enjoy the food here!

Sri Lankan food

In conclusion, Sigiriya is that amazing getaway to tropical paradise you need! Book your tickets now with Sri Lankan Travel and experience the best vacation of your life!

The follow me to couple in Sigiriya

Want to head on to the beach in your holiday? Check Argam bay out!

 

Nilaveli Beach, your escape to paradise – Travel Sri Lanka

With a long stretch of sandy beaches and the sapphire ocean kissing the shore while the tall palms sway with the breeze, Nilaveli is a stunning travel destination in the tropical paradise. Escape your busy lifestyle by venturing in these golden beaches and make some amazing memories in the lush heavenly destination!

If you are a water sports freak, Nilaveli is your ticket to bliss! Parasailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins and whales, sailing and kayaking are some of the most famous activities you can partake in! Indulge in the laid back, chill vibes of this incredible place while having a cocktail in your hammock, right here in Nilaveli!

Beaches in Nilaveli

Weather and Distance to Nilaveli

Nilaveli is blessed with blissful sunny days where you can play in the sun and tan beautifully anytime of the year! Bring your bikinis and swimwear and jump into the ocean in this glorious heat!

Water sports in Nilaveli

Nilaveli is 278 km away from the current capital Colombo and stands about 16 kms away from Trincomalee.

 Map to Nilaveli

What to do in Nilaveli while traveling in Sri Lanka

  1. Jump into the turquoise waves of the cool ocean!

Nilaveli is renowned for its amazing beaches, and the many sports that go along with it! Go parasailing with your crew or take a lesson in surfing! You can go diving into the beautiful ocean and swim with the dolphins and whales as well. Also, observe the beautiful corals as well as the fish swimming around.

Turquoise waters of Nilaveli

You can also take a sailing class and ride with real fisherman and get a real experience of their lives. It shall enrich you with life lessons as well. While you go sailing, you might spot turtles as well!

Fishing lessons

  1. Visit the beautiful Pigeon Island!

Renowned for its avifauna, Pigeon Island is one of the top tourist destinations! Not only can you spot tropical bird species, you can also go snorkeling in and around the beautiful island. Also, you can also go diving, and this will probably be one of your most memorable events of this trip!

Pigeon Island

  1. Get a massage!

Sri Lanka is known for its Ayurvedic therapies. And what’s a tropical adventure without a massage! Relax and unwind in the tropics!

 Ayurvedic massages

  1. Rent a bike and travel around Nilaveli, Sri Lanka.

Riding a bike is a cheap and excellent way of enjoying your adventure while observing the livelihood around you!

 

  1. Rent a cabana!

Get a luxury wooden cabana and spend your tropical Sri Lankan travel adventure as tropical as possible!

Cabanas, Nilaweli

Things to see

  1. Wonderful beaches

Nilaveli is known for its beaches, so can go ahead and see the most beautiful coastline in the country!

  1. Kovils around Nilaveli

(I) Kandasamy Kovil

This is a highly venerated kovil and it shall present you with a cultural experience like never before. Beautiful chanting that resonates in the air shall give you a spiritual cleansing.

(II) Kali Kovil

This has a beautiful vibe that surrounds you as you witness the breathtaking gopuram, the best of all Trincos temples.

 

Places to stay

Nilaveli has a great number of resorts and guest houses that are ready to accommodate you at any price range you have to offer! From 5 star hotels starting from 450$ to guest houses to as low as 10$, you can choose the ideal place that fits your budget!

Hotel, Nilaweli

Food

Experience spices like never before, sea food translated into Sri Lankan fine dining is most highlighted in Nilaveli. You can also get beautiful authentic Sri Lankan dishes at the lowest of prices and you will probably fall in love with this incredible travel destination to Sri Lanka.

Sri lankan crab curry

In conclusion, Nilaveli is a beach paradise you’d definitely want to spend your vacation in! So hurry and book your tickets with Travel Sri Lanka and embark on an adventure in paradise!

Want to take a historical voyage elsewhere? Try Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

 

Tropical paradise, Arugam bay, Sri Lanka

Sapphire waters hitting the soft sandy beaches and tall palms shading you from the sunny sun that’s perfect for a beautiful tan, resonates the tropical beauty of Arugam bay, Sri Lanka. Renowned as one of the best surf beaches in the world, Arugam bay is the perfect spot for a real tropical adventure! The chill, laid back vibes in addition to amazing food choices make this destination even more special!

Arugam bay

Arugam bay, Sri Lanka.

Weather and Distance to Arugam bay

Arugam bay is beautifully sunlit, with cool breeze sweeping around your hair. Also, it’s one of the best spots in all of Sri Lanka to relax and unwind. In addition to all this, it has a wide range of activities to embark on, not just surfing but wildlife related as well.

The bay is 320 kilometers (200 miles) east of Colombo, the current capital.

Map to Arugam bay

Map from Colombo to Arugam bay.

What to do in Arugam bay

First of all, if you are a water sports freak, Arugam bay is your halcyon! Turquoise waves that carry you with the wind in your hair, surfing is the most popular sport! Doesn’t matter if you’re not so much of a surfer! Have as much as fun! You can go scuba diving and swim with the stunning creatures under the sea. You can also swim with the dolphins and another activity you might be interested in would be whale watching!

surf

Surfing.

  1. Visit Kumana

Kumana is a national park renowned throughout the world for its avifauna as well as endemic species. You can take an adventure to while you are in Arugam bay. Trek the beautiful tropical forests and see the amazing wildlife!

Kumana, Arugambay

Kumana national park. Watch the avifauna.

Elephants at Kumana

Sri Lankan Elephants, Kumuna National park.

  1. Rent a bike

You can rent bikes and ride all around Arugam bay! It’s one of the best experiences to see Sri Lanka lifestyles as well as to ride along the stunning beach sides!

bikke

Rent a bike and rise to your fill!

  1. Get a massage

You can relax and unwind with an amazing massage after a tiring day. You can get Sri Lankan therapies as well which is another popular retreat.

massage

  1. Yoga classes

Take a yoga class! There’ll be nothing better than doing yoga by the beach side looking at the waves crashing!

yoga

  1. Sunsets.

At the end of the day, observe the beauty of the sunsets.

sunset

Where to stay

Arugam bay is home to many five star resorts as well as beach guest houses due to its prominent tourist attraction. Because it promotes accommodating tourists of all sorts of budgets, you can find a great place to stay. With prices ranging from as low as 10 dollars to as high as five-star resorts, you can take your pick!

hotel

Bay vista hotel.

hideaway-resort

Hideaway resort.

Most noteworthy is the food of Arugam bay! With delicious Sri Lankan seafood, there’s a large variety of curries and rice to choose from! Also, it offers a wide range of world cuisines to choose from as well!

food

Sri Lankan food.

In conclusion, Arugam bay is the perfect vacation spot for you. Book your tickets now and start your escape to the tropical paradise!

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