Sri Lanka: a list of top attractions
The island state of Sri Lanka (the older name is Ceylon), located off the southern coast of India, is very popular among tourists from different countries.
Even the most sophisticated and demanding traveler will surely find here what he likes: amazing culture, picturesque nature, golden beaches with incredibly clear water, exotic, but very tasty cuisine and many different possibilities for outdoor activities and sports make this island A real paradise for guests from all over the world.
The sights of Sri Lanka deserve special attention, including many interesting architectural, historical, natural and religious tourist sites. Even travelers simply adore Sri Lanka for a truly luxurious selection of gastronomic natural resources – different teas and coffees, spices and coconuts are favorite souvenirs for foreign guests.
Speaking of cooking: local cuisine is another popular attraction of Sri Lanka. Bright, spicy, generously flavored with hot pepper dishes of Ceylon cuisine, real gourmets call the unique food of the gods. Coconut oil is the basis for most of the dishes of local cuisine, which gives them a special specific flavor.
If you are not a connoisseur of food “with a twinkle”, while traveling in Sri Lanka you should definitely try seafood dishes – Sri Lankans prepare them really simply divinely. The most popular drinks in Sri Lanka are coffee and tea.
What to see in Sri Lanka?
Answering the question of what sights in Sri Lanka are, can be very long – almost at every step you can meet, see or try something unusual.
Many tourists, when asked what or who impressed them the most during a trip to this tropical country, confidently answer: the locals. Open, friendly faces with wide smiles invariably surround guests during their entire trip to Sri Lanka. Despite the rather difficult period of history, from which this country emerged just a few decades ago, the Sinhalese remain friendly and friendly both towards their fellow citizens and towards foreign guests.
You can go on excursions to the sights of Sri Lanka, both independently and with a group of other tourists – here you will always be offered many interesting options for excursions on natural, religious and cultural tourist sites.
List of Sri Lankan Top 5 Attractions:
1. The peak of Adam (Sri Pada)
Mount Sri-Pada, which also bears the name of Adam’s Peak and the Mountain of butterflies, is today one of the most popular and most visited tourist attractions in the country.
This mountain peak is sacred for followers of four world religions at once: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism. During sunrise, the imprint of a human foot begins to shine on the top of this mountain peak, and each of the beliefs has its own religiously based explanation of who it belongs to and how it was left there.
Polonnaruwa is the ancient capital of Ceylon, located near Sigiriya and Dambulla. Those travelers who want to see the really best sights of this amazing Asian country during their tour of Sri Lanka should definitely include a visit to this ancient city in their tour program, giving them at least a couple of days to get to know him. There are so many ancient Buddhist temples, monasteries, statues and gardens in Polonnaruwa that it’s impossible to see them all in one day.
3. Yala National Park
Sri Lanka is simply divinely generously endowed with natural attractions that are carefully preserved in its original form thanks to the fantastic National Parks: Horton Plains, Uda-Valawe, Bundala and, of course, Yala. They cover vast areas of the country and preserve many amazing species of flora and fauna.
Yala National Park in Sri Lanka is open to the public recently, but already enjoys incredible popularity. If you want to admire the majestic wild animals in their natural habitat, feel free to go here to see them in all its pristine beauty.
Amazing mountain palace Lion Rock (Lion Rock), located at an altitude of 200 meters above the emerald forests, is considered one of the most precious pearls of Sri Lanka. The view from the top of this cliff is breathtaking, and the mysterious ancient ruins of the palace complex create a special mystical atmosphere – ringing silence around and distant echoes of forest life, drifting down from the ground below, as if echoing noisy water in the long-empty fountains and pools.
Sigiriya is also famous for its ancient frescoes, fragments of which are well preserved on the walls of ancient ruins.