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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!

Unawatuna ,simple paradise – Travel to Sri Lanka

One of the most renowned beaches in Sri Lanka with sapphire waves kissing the blissful golden shores, and winds flying through the tall palms, Unawatuna is breathtaking. Ideal for surfing and a halcyon for water sport freaks, Unawatuna stand proudly in the South of the country. Rich in biodiversity, it possesses Kadolana mangroves that adorn the place. With a number of shipwrecks and coral reefs, this is one of the best diving spots as well! With a variety of vibrantly colored schools of fish, and turtles that swim by, and dolphins you occasionally visit, this is an incredible destination.

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Renowned as one of the twelve best beaches in the world, Unawatuna is definitely beautiful. With the turquoise waters shining, the beach is an incredible place for water sports and fun activities! You can go diving or surfing! Surfing classes are available here for beginners so it’s assured to be a fun experience for you! Go parasailing; kayaking, sailing and you can even embark on an adventure with the fishermen of the area! Get to know the livelihood and experience a completely new and exciting opportunity!

Diving-Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Diving-Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

 

Weather and Distance to Unawatuna

Unawatuna has a sunny climate with the bright sun blissfully shining most of the time! You can get a tan anytime of the year, and the warm air around the beach will be cooled down by the cold waves hitting on you!

Route from Colombo to Unawatuna

Route from Colombo to Unawatuna

Unawatuna stands 129 km away from the current capital, Colombo. It takes around 2h to reach the place via the Southern Expy/E01.

 

What to do in Unawatuna

  1. Go be a water sports freak!

Unawatuna is indeed home to many water sports, and is celebrated wildly! Diving amount the brilliantly colored fish, parasailing on the luscious waves, kayaking against the waves, are certainly most exciting! Sail through the waves and you can also go on a fishing adventure with the local fishermen! You can also hire motorboats that can take you around the beach, and it will be an amazing experience! Go jump in the exquisitely blue waters and swim amongst the fish and turtles! You may also go on an expedition to watch dolphins and whales in the deeper parts of the ocean!

Unawatuna-Beaches

Unawatuna-Beaches

  1. Scuba dive!

On the more extreme sports side, you can try out scuba diving in the gorgeous ocean! You can swim for long periods underwater with the vividly vibrant fish and the corals that illuminate with the sunlight! You’ll be mesmerized at the beauty of the reefs because they are very appealing and beautiful to the eye. Once you’re under the ocean, you’ll never want the come back up!

Diving-Unawatuna

Diving-Unawatuna

  1. Take a fishing class!

Yes, you can go fishing with the local fishermen of Unawatuna and take part in their daily activities as well! This will be a very enriching experience for you! Learning how hard these people earn their livelihood will teach you some lessons about life and you’ll get a chance to cook the fish you caught! How incredible is that?!

  1. Yoga by the beach

Relax and unwind during your trip to Unawatuna, so take up a class that’ll teach you yoga! It’ll be extremely nice to do some yoga in front of the rising sun, more of a spiritual destination in your life. It will be peaceful and beautiful. A memory to cherish for a lifetime!

  1. Visit the mangrove sanctuary!

Go check out the lush Kadolana plantation that is a prized mangrove sanctuary. It’s a bio diverse environment that is home to many swampy creatures like crab, snail as well as a whole lot of avifauna. Take a walk down the sanctuary and relax by the sounds of the nature.

Mangroves

Mangroves

Places to stay

Unawatuna is home to a number of sophisticated hotels that are unique and interesting! You can choose from a wide variety, as it ranges from very cheap motels to 5 star restaurants. The hotels here are some of the best in Sri Lanka, and feature a lot of onsite water sports and expeditions you can embark on! Choose any hotel that fits your budget!

Unawatuna beach resort

Unawatuna beach resort

Food

Unawatuna has a very rich seafood related cuisine. It’s more of a combination of Sri Lankan authentic dishes with seafood of all kinds. This result in incredible dishes with mouth watering spices and definitely some recipes you’d want to take home with you!

CocoBay hotel

CocoBay hotel

 

Unawatuna is a gorgeous travel destination that you’ll love! So visit Sri Lanka and see the stunning beaches!

Want to visit somewhere historical? Try Kandy, Sri Lanka.

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!

 

Escape to Paradise, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Sun kissed beaches, turquoise waves, tall palms makes Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, a stunning halcyon in Paradise. Renowned for its stunning beaches, Pasikudah and Kalkudah which sprawl for you to dive into Batticaloa or Batti is also known as the “land of the singing fish” because of its abundance of singing fish under a famous bridge. A chill, laid back vibe runs throughout the town as haddocks fill in with tourists from around the world.

Pasikudah, Batticaloa

Weather and Distance to Batticaloa

Batticaloa is blessed with bright sunny weather that persists throughout the year! Therefore you can get a beautiful tan whenever you visit the place!

Sunny weather

Also, the weather is ideal for water sports and especially surfing!

 

Batticaloa stands 318 km away from the current capital, Colombo.

map-to-batticaloa

What to do in Batticaloa

  1. Jump into the stunning ocean!

Batticaloa is home to two gorgeous beaches, Kalkudah, and Pasikudah, which are both well known for water sports! You can try surfing, diving, snorkeling and swimming around Pasikudah bay.

diving-at-pasikudah

You can also rent kayaks and paddle boats and have a great time in the ocean! Also, go on a trip to see the whales on boats you can hire for very cheap rates!

  1. Rent a bike

Take a trip around on bikes! Since it’s so popular these days, there are multiple rental places you can get bikes for low rates!

Ride along the beach watching the beautiful sunset. This will probably make you fall in love with this wonderful place.

 

  1. Take a fishing class!

In addition to sailing on a boat, you can take part in this amazing experience while learning so much about the livelihood of the local people!

fishing-lessons

  1. Check out the Batticaloa Lighthouse

This place is a proud owner of an incredible observatory on the lagoon bordering the estuary. It’s said to have an incredible view hence it’s a great tourist destination!

 

  1. Spiritual exploration

Batticaloa harbors a number of religious places. Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, and Catholic Churches stand proudly, and you can learn the contrast and the similarities of the different ethnicities in Batticaloa.

 

What to see

The Old Dutch Fort

Take a stroll to the Old Dutch Fort erected in 1628 by Portuguese which were later captured by the Dutch. You can witness the history of Sri Lanka through this monument.

old-dutch-fort

Places to stay

There are many resorts and guest houses by the beach that you can choose from! There’s a widely ranging price spectrum, and you can choose from as cheap as 10$ to 5-star resorts by the beach. You can choose according to your budget!

maalu-maalu-resort

The food here is one of the best you can ever experience. With the multitude of ethnicities living here has gifted Batticaloa with a unique cuisine of the many communities put to one. The rice and curry, the thosai with wadey as well as the best koththu is available here! You will definitely fall in love with the spices here!

sri-lankan-food

Batticaloa is an enchanting place to spend your vacation in this tropical paradise.

Pinnawala, The Elephant Orphanage – Sri Lanka

An orphanage for majestic creatures of the jungle, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage offers care and loving protection over many orphaned Asian elephants found in the tropics of Sri Lanka. First established in 1975 as a sanctuary for orphaned baby elephants, it now stands as a large orphanage extending care for a large number of these magnificent creatures. There are events like bathing, feeding and walking these Asian elephants. It’s a highly anticipated event by both the tourist and local crowd. As it lies by the Ma oya (Ma River) each day these elephants are taken to the stream to bathe them. It’s a beautiful sight to see the entire herd splashing each other with water and mud while the mahouts clean them. This destination is an incredible opportunity to animal enthusiasts to interact with these lovable creatures.

Pinnawala elephants

Weather and Distance to Pinnawala

Pinnawala is sunny with minor rains at times. It’s mostly known for being warm and sunny, preferred by the elephants as well.

Pinnawala is situated in the Kegalle district, and is about 90 kms from Colombo.

Map to Pinnawala, Sri Lanka

What to do in Pinnawala while you travel in Sri Lanka

  1. Watch elephants being fed

You could get a chance to feed these majestic creatures with milk and the older animals with green matter at 9.15 AM, 1:15 PM and 5:00 PM.

Bottle feeding the elephants-Pinnawala

  1. See the herd leaving the river

The herd daily visits the river at 10:00 AM -12:00 PM in the morning and the other herd visits the river at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Elephants bathing-Pinnawala Orphanage

  1. Visit the magnificent giants

You can visit the elephants at the orphanage and interact with them as well. It’s truly an amazing experience.

Pinnawala

  1. Buy a souvenir!

There are many products made from elephant dung! Paper, vases and all beautiful creators are available to customers!

Souvenirs- Pinnawala

What to see

  1. Elephants being fed and nourished by the orphanage. It’s truly a great sight to see.

 

Places to stay

Pinnawala has a large number of resorts and guesthouses at your service, with prices ranging from as low as 10$ to 5 star hotels at an average of 250$, so you can choose to suit your budget.

Pinnawala bungalow

Pinnawala Entrance ticket fees

Foreign adult- approx. USD 16

Foreign child- approx. USD7

 

Food

Pinnawala has a great array of delicious Sri Lankan food, rice and curry with amazing curries to please your palate with the Lankan spices!

Food- Sri Lankan cuisine

In conclusion, if you are an animal enthusiast or simply a lover of elephants, get down to Pinnawala and share the majestic love!Book your tickets with Travel Sri Lanka today!

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.

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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!

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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.

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  1. Yoga classes

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

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  1. Sunsets.

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

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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!

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Bay vista hotel.

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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!

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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!

Anuradhapura, a trip to paradise – Travel Sri Lanka

Ancient vivacious kingdom second to none. Anuradhapura resonates the rich culture and heritage that  ancient Sri Lanka holds. Furthermore, with its archaeological importance as well as cultural significance it is now a UNESCO World heritage site renowned by the world. Established from the 4th century BC, Anuradhapura has stood as the political and cultural center of the Sinhalese kings who ruled over Sri Lanka. In addition to that, Anuradhapura is a beautiful travel site that many tourists visit for its remarkable ruins and architectural wonders.

Watadagaya. Anuradhapura

Ruins of Anuradhapura; Watadagaya.

Weather and Distance To Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura holds a sunny weather so its perfect for a tan any time of the year! This beautiful city of ruins lays 205 kms (127 miles) north of Colombo, the capital.

 Map to Anuradhapura
Route  from Colombo.

Places to visit in Anuradhapura

First of all, there are many activities you can embark on this journey to Anuradhapura. There are so many historical and religious places to examine,

1. The Archaeological Museum.

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Stone carving at the palace, archaeological museum.

This holds many interesting artifacts from this ancient civilizations. Since its full of amazing creations of the Sri Lankans, the museum is a very popular tourist attraction. Sri Lankan wood carvings and stone carvings are specially noteworthy. The ruins of the royal palace can  also be found  here. As a result archaeologists and architects visit here to study the artifacts.

2. Sri Maha Bodhi.

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Sri Maha Bodhi.

Anuradhapura was a center for Buddhism, and that is resonated by the Bodhi tree under which is the Lord Buddha is believed to have attained Enlightenment. This attracts many Buddhists for a spiritual cleanse as well as to pay homage to this ancient tree. Brought from India as a sapling due to the vast number of Buddhists who pay homage, it receives as much veneration as the mother tree does in India.

3. Dagabas.

These creations are massive temples built by the Sinhalese kings for worship, hundreds of years ago. These magnificent domes stand strong reflecting the craftsmanship of the ancient civilizations. Hence it’s a very rewarding experience to see the beautiful creations of the city and in addition you learn so much about the history of Sri Lanka as well.
(1) Ruwanweliseya.

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Ruwanwalisaya.

Giant amount giants, that stands on the sacred grounds that are worshipped by thousands. Built by King Dutugemunu, the marvel among kings. This dagaba is sacred to Buddhist of Lanka due to its magnificent size as well as its historical importance for being erected after the victory over Elara, the king of of the North.
(2) Jetawanaramaya.

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Jetawanaramaya.

Another magnificent creation that stands in Anuradhapura created by King Mahasena is also another sacred veneration site.
(3) Isurumuniya.

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Isurumuniya lovers.

Known for its amazing stone carvings in the temple, which are the Isurumuniya lovers, Elephant pond and the Royal Family. This destination seems like something you wouldn’t want to miss!

4. Tanks

 

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Anuradhapura is known for its abundance of man-made tanks. They were created to support the self sufficient ways of ancient Sri Lanka. These tanks were the spine of Sri Lankan agriculture and recreation, and the beauty of these giant water vessels shines through the city of Anuradhapura.

5. Ruins.

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Kuttam pokuna. A magnificent creation of two identical ponds to bathe in with a underground tunnel system that is of amazing technology.

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Lankarama Dagaba in ruins.

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Moonstones. They stand as a welcome in front of entrances and the amazing carvings represent the Buddhist way towards enlightenment. 

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Ruins of the Royal park.

 

You can witness the ruins of an entire civilization that flourished many years ago. The well preserved ruins are open for tourists to examine and learn of heritage and culture therefore you can experience this amazing trip while learning about Sri Lanka. Seems like the best way to learn and relax in the beautiful island, yes?

Places to stay

Anuradhapura also has a range of amazing hotels and hostels to accommodate you. Prices range from as low as 10 dollars to 5 star hotels at around 200 dollars, so you do have a wide range to choose from to fit your budget!
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Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, starting from low rates.

Food

Anuradhapura also has a most noteworthy range of beautiful Sri Lankan food that would take your taste buds on an ancient flavor profile you wouldn’t want to miss!
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In conclusion, Anuradhapura is certainly one of the most beautiful and rewarding travels you can embark on. So book your tickets with Travel Sri Lanka and head on an adventure to the ancient times!

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