When you don’t have too much time to travel, you must think smart! If there is a magical place to make memories, that would be Sri Lanka.
Today, I will take you to the most visited tourist places in Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylan. The reason why this island is called ‘the tear of India’ is because it is situated below this country. It is an island full of incredible places to be inspired by the teachings of Buddhism, wonder at places more than 2000 years old, or explore a unique biodiversity.
Gal Vihara – The Buddha Hewn Out Of Stone
Gal Vihara is the name of the Buddha which was carved on a stone around (1153-1186 A.C) during the reign of King Parakrabahu. However, this is not the only attraction of this kind.
If you want to know what to see in Sri Lanka, you should definitely go to the different touristic attractions, Buddhist temples full of details sculpted to a consciousness of the stone. This lying Buddha is definitely among the ones that caught attention which is why a lot of tourists come to visit. After all, it is carved on a stone…
Get Your Train Ticket and Experience Sri Lanka
When you think of trains, maybe you are imagining the regular and modern ones. In Sri Lanka, traveling by train is something you must do!
It is not a means of transport anymore – it’s a spectacle. And I am not speaking about only the famous “trains of the mountains” (whose best-known stretch is the one that goes from Nuwara Eliya to Ella).
On the other hand, in addition to the beautiful scenery, Sri Lankan trains have prices of laughter in their favor. Obviously, they are not as cheap as Indian trains, but the state and the comfort of the seats are also higher.
Watch Whales in the Indian Ocean
If you are looking for a relaxing way to spend your day, you should book an ocean tour. You can watch dolphins and whales passing around you and showing you their natural tricks. The ideal locations for this type of activity are Dondra Point and Trincomalee. In addition, if you frequently get dizzy, this might not be the best activity for you.
Visit Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi – The Oldest Tree in the World
I have always had some questions about our existence, and definitely about the oldest things on the planet.
This tree is planted by a human and it dates back to 288 AD. It was a tree that provided enlightenment to Buddha.
Climb the Rock of Sigiriya
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, Sigiriya is an accumulation of eroded magma that stands out above the rest of the territory and that has archaeological ruins in its upper part.
If you are spiritual, this place will provide you the peace and comfort you need to get through the day. And there is nothing more relaxing than being on top and watching the horizon.
Visit the Caves of Dambulla
The caves of Dambulla are 2000 years old and are also familiar as Golden Temple of Dambulla. If you are not afraid of being inside caves, this is what you should do in Sri Lanka.
Although there are 80 caves, only 5 of them are tourist attractions. This is due to the unique experience they provide to the spectators. They have delicately decorated ceilings, Buddha statues everywhere and a peaceful atmosphere which takes us back to the beginnings of Buddhism.
Sri Lanka’s Beaches
Perhaps these are not the turquoise blue beaches you would want to visit. However, they do have other things to show. What is really important while being there is the amazing Ayurvedic food they have, terraces with candles and good music and wine. This is something you should never miss!
During the day there are enough people, and at night the sand has tables, restaurants, and bars where to have a drink (without falling into debauchery). In addition, Mirissa is one of the best starting points from where to take boat trips to see whales.
As for Unawatuna, it is a “comfortable” town because it is very close to Galle (a colonial city that constitutes an almost essential stop), but it has become very popular in recent years.
On the other hand, the beach of Beruwala is fine, but the tourist infrastructure is smaller and outside the hotels and resorts (more expensive than in Unawatuna or Mirissa) there is not much to do.