Anuradhapura is located in the North-Central part of the island. It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. It is the home of two World Heritage sites. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited.
Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C.) is the most famous of all the 'Dagoba's in Sri Lanka. ‘Samadhi’ Buddha (3rd century B.C.) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of ‘Samadhi’ or deep meditation. Isurumuniya Rock Temple (3rd century B.C.) is well known for its rock carvings.
The 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a World Heritage site, built by King Kasyapa (473-491AD). Also known as the ‘Lion Rock’, it is a site of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. View the world-renowned frescoes which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock that could be approached by a spiral stairway.
Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka, was built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and is a World Heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace and the Gal Viharaya, where three splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures are carved out of rock.
Dambulla is sited on a gigantic rock which towers more than 160m above the surrounding land. The Rock is more the 1.5km around its base and summit is at 550km. The caves were the refuge of King Walagamba (Vattagamini Abhaya)
When he was exile for 14 years. When he return to the throne at Anuradapura in the 1st century BC, he had magnificent rock temple built at Dabulla.
The site has being repaired and repainted several times in the 11th, 12th and 18th centuries.
Trincomalee is a tropical city on the east coast of Sri Lanka. With one of the finest harbors in the world, Trinco enjoys warm weather all year round and beautiful beaches. It also hosts a famous Hindu temple, as well as great hotels.
"Tea is the chief export; hides and dried fish are also shipped. Trincomalee is a railroad terminus and an important road junction and is noted for its rice and coconut plantations. There is some pearl fishing."
Yala National Park
The Ruhunu (Yala) National Park is one of the largest national parks in the Country with 103,882.9 hectares. It is situated 300 K.m. south of Colombo on the southeast shore of Sri Lanka . This National Park has several habitat types such as forests, scrub lands, grass lands, lagoons, beaches and other wetlands. This is the most visited national park of the country and its main attractions are Elephants, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Crocodiles, migratory and resident birds. Most appealing is the overall 'feel' of undisturbed jungle. Big rock formations, Tanks, Beaches and the Lagoons amplify the scenic beauty. A safari jeep ride will take you to close encounters with the wild beasts and to the beauty of the park and make it an unforgettable experience of your life.
Kithulgala ( Adventure )
Fun and adventure based holidays are for you in Sri Lanka. In Kitulgala you could do a spot of white-water rafting where you could test your skills to the limit in gushing white water rapids. River canoeing and boating could be arranged on request.
Best time to stay in the west and south coast is from November to May and for the east coast it's May to October. Accommodation in beach areas can be varied as simple guest houses, cabanas, moderate hotels, international class hotels, exclusive villas, small luxury hotels with very chic properties readily available to give meaning to your dream holiday.