Sri Lanka Tourism, Tourist Attractions
Sri Lanka is a beautiful island country off the southern tip of India that has beautiful beaches, rich heritage and scenic surroundings. Sri Lanka tourism in recent years have opened up to the world. Top among the must see places are: Sigiriya (an ancient rock fortress), undisturbed Hikkaduwa and sacred city of Anuradhapura.
Sri Lanka Tourism – Top 10
Below are the major tourist attractions and reasons why people visit the beautiful island of Sri Lanka.
Way back in 477 – 495 AD, Sigiriya (a giant block of monolith rock) was a symbol of power of then King Kasyapa who built his palace on the landmark. The architecture includes terrace gardens, water gardens and tiered entertainment areas. While the palace no longer exists, the gardens and many architectural constructions remain. It is the top heritage tourism spot in Sri Lanka. Find more about Sigiriya and why it takes #1 spot in Sri Lanka tourism.
Hikkaduwa is the most visited Sri Lankan beach and resort destination. It has a small town feel, yet has all the feature of a beach hub including night clubs, great restaurants and many beach activities. For more on this tourist attraction and know why it is ranked #2 visit Sri Lanka Beaches.
3. Anuradhapura Sacred City
An ancient capital city of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura has many relics from the past that represent the history and heritage of this wonderful country. The ancient city has many preseserved ruins. Considered a centre of Buddhism in the past, it is today surrounded by many Buddhist monasteries up to 40 kms around it.
4. Yala National Park
Yala national park has a variety of wildlife. The most common sightings are the Asian elephant, Sambar dear, Sloth Bear and sometime also crocodiles and the Sri Lankan leopard. You can also see a variety of birds including the beautiful South Asian peacock. A fouvrite Sri Lanka tourism & travel spot for those travelling with kids.
5. Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla Cave Temple is a marvel of ancient craftsmanship. Built in 1st century BC by a Buddhist king, this is the oldest Buddha cave temple in the world. Today tourists who travel to Sri Lanka make it a point to visit here. The temple has 5 caves which have been converted into shires, each with its own distinct characteristics. Visit Dambulla Cave for more on tourism in Sri Lanka.
6. Sri Pada/Adam’s Peak
Sri Lanka is a land of many religions. Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and Muslims live in closely knit communities. Sri Pada also known as Adam’s Peak is a testimony to this. It is a pilgrimage that all religions believe equally and every year 100′s of thousands visit to pay their respects. To know more explore Sri Pada/Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka.
Galle is an old Portuguese town that has a blend of European and South Indian/Asian architecture in its buildings and houses. Located along the coral coasts of Sri Lanka, tourism here is promoted for those who want to get away from the mainstream crowd for a quiet vacation. See below the picture of Old town of Galle. Visit Galle for more information on tourist activities and attractions.
8. Temple of the Tooth Relic
Located in the city of Kandy, the Tooth Relic temple is nothing but the temple that houses the tooth of Gauthama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. It was widely believed that one who possessed the “Tooth Relic” would rule over all the land.