This post talks of my favourite Towns to visit, with a short description of the town, however I will write separate articles covering in depth these Top 10 places.
Being an enthusiast of culture and heritage as well as scenic beauty my top 10 may be slightly biased towards these sort of destinations. So Lets Start!
At No1 is the Ancient City of Anuradhapura
At No3 is the Hill Capital of Kandy
The picturesque hill city of Kandy, is located around 110KM from the capital Colombo, and is home to many attractions or is within a short drive of yet more attractions. Its situated towards the middle of the island and slightly north east of the capital. Kandy is also one of the cleanest cities in the country and is being rapidly developed, yet preserving its ancient look and feel.
At No4 is the Sea Side town of Galle
Galle is located around 120KM South West of Colombo, and is another one of the world heritage sites in Sri Lanka. The world heritage site, or the main attraction in Galle is the old Dutch Fort, built in 1663 and is a good example of Dutch East India Company time architecture. Most buildings within the Fort are well preserved and as you walk through the fort it is as if you are walking through time. Much history to be seen here from the Dutch period of Sri Lanka. The main attraction is the clock tower and the view from there of the Indian Ocean.
Sadly however on none of my trips down south have I been able to get pictures of the Fort during sunset or sun rise. Read more about Kandy on my blog article here
At No5 is the Beautiful Mountain Town of Nuwara Eliya
|St Claire's Falls|
|The View of the city of Nuwara Eliya from Single Tree Hill|
Situated in the central hills of Sri Lanka, 160KM East of the capital Colombo, and around 6000ft above sea level is the picturesque city of Nuwara Eliya. Shrouded in mist and tea plantations, this part of the country is very very cold in comparison to the rest. One of my personal favourite destinations in the Island.
The city was founded by the British, during the colonial period, and was a main settlement for the Tea Plantation owners. Sri Lanka is known the world over for its "Ceylon Tea". The best of which is produced in the hills surrounding the town of Nuwara Eliya.
The town is often referred to as Little England by locals, due to the climatic and weather conditions as well as the housing and architecture. There are many attractions within a short distance of Nuwara Eliya and there is much to explore in the surroundings which are perfect for trekking and walking. Read more about Kandy on my blog article here
The Mahiyanganaya area is known for many things, but mainly for the local Veddhas (Indigenous People of Sri Lanka, similar to the Aborigines in Australia) and the ancient and historically significant Buddhist monastery. However it is also full of lush paddy lands (rice fields) which stretch for miles as seen in the pictures above. It is this scenic nature that appeals to me the most in this area. It is also close to many other top attractions and has the countries longest river flowing through its borders.Read more about Mahiyanganaya on my blog article here
The epicentre in the town is the ancient Hindu Shrine to the Lord Kataragama (God Skanda). It is visited by thousands of devotees from all walks of life and surprisingly from many religious backgrounds, which makes it a special place. The first mentions of the shrine date back to 288 BC. There are offerings made to the God in the evenings which encompass music and dance, and is truly a sight to see.
The Kataragama area was also the site of an ancient Sri Lankan Kingdom,the Ruhunu Kingdom, which was where one of the great kings of Anuradhapura, King Dutu Gamunu grew up, before he united the country under one flag, and freeing it from the invading south Indians. Read more about Kataragama on my blog article here
The City of Colombo, is not yet like the other metropolises of Asia, Colombo is but a dot on the map, in comparison to the vast concrete jungles of the great cities of Asia. Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka and sits on the western coast of the island nation.
Colombo has a vibrant and colourful population, and is teeming with life, both human and other forms big and small. There is much to do in the city, and many undiscovered rough diamonds to be discovered. The city is ever changing and has never looked the same year on year. Below are a few sights of the City of Colombo.
|Colombo Hilton Hotel and World Trade Centre Buildings|
|View from near Fort Railway Station Colombo|
|Galle face promenade|
|Taj Samudra Hotel Galle Face|
|Old Parliament Complex Galle Face|
|Cannons along galle face promenade|
|Independence Square at night|
|Lions at Independence Square|
|Galle Face Green at Night|
|The Galle Face Hotel|
|Colombo Town Hall|
Ratnapura, is also known as the city of Gems, is located around 100KM south east of Colombo along the high level road, the journey may take up to 3 hours, and there is much to see on the way too. For those of you who are interested in mines, and Gem stones, this is the place to go. Its not all about the Gems though, the town is within a short distance of many major tourist attractions. One of these being the Sinharaja Rainforest (click For more info). Find out more in my article about Ratnapura here