7 Must See Places in Sri Lanka that Nailed it in 2019

Widely popular for their cinnamon, rich culture, first female prime minister, origin of the word serendipity from their olden country’s name and abundant with the tastiest fruits in the world. Take your summer or next vacation in Sri Lanka in this virtual trip about their scenic landscapes and monuments. 

1. Sigiriya 

A rock fortress that soars 660 feet high, called “lion’s rock” in english, greets you with two lion paws from the entrance. As you make your way to the top, you can see numerous beautiful frescoes that depicted the lives of the previous folks who were guessed to be Kasyapa’s wives, concubines and other female acquaintances he had in the past. Around the area, you can see the wonderful landscapes and every kind of garden. 

2. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Watch how beautiful wildlife comes together in this elephant orphanage. This facility helps protect the species, nurses and captive breeding. Currently it’s on its way to housing one hundred elephants where they get well attended schedules of daily activities and support from the local caretakers. 

3. Udawale National Park

A sanctuary for wild animals surrounded by a vast grassland. These animals are peacefully living in these areas and you can get to see their day by riding on a jeep accompanied by a tourist. The most prevalent animals you get to see are elephants. Next to them are crocodiles, exotic birds, buffalo, lizards and more. Apart from animals, you get to see the wonderful amounts of plants and flowers scattered everywhere to adore. 

4. Nine Arch Bridge

One of the best examples of a colonial-era built construction is the railway found in Ella, the Nine Arch Bridge or The Bridge in The Sky. Built only with rocks, bricks and cement, it stands at 80 feet and goes 300 feet long. You can choose to ride on the train that passes by here or travel on your own feet. Witness the magnificent greenlife and peaceful atmosphere around  the railway. 

5. Little Adam’s Peak

One of every hiker, mountaineer and tourist’s favorite spot to visit. The Little Adam’s Peak is also located in Ella where the Nine Arch Bridge can also be founded. A mountain so rich in it’s innate landscape and feel of nature that when you’re being photographed here, you’ll look like you just popped off an adventure video game or a professional travel vlogger. A sight so unbelievable that you feel graciously rewarded on your trekking journey. The peak itself is 1,141 meters high and any part of the day can still give that treasured memory of this place. 

6. Temple of the Sacred Tooth

Home of the Buddha’s tooth, the area is surrounded by monks and people who wish to pay their respects or send personal prayers. Going around as a visitor, you can tour around the main temple, shrine and museums. Upon entering this temple yourself, first you must take off your shoes and wear garments that will cover your skin. After then, you get to see wall paintings of a short story about the sacred tooth, architecture masked in delicate gold colors, marble flooring, Buddha statues and alters. 

7. Golden Temple of Dambulla 

This cave temple is the largest and one of the most well preserved in Sri Lanka. It is also the spiritual center of the country. At the front gate, you can see huge golden statue of Buddha and a golden stupa. On your way climbing up the staircase, there are monkeys laying around or eating flowers. There are five caves bear Buddha statues lined up next to each other. Adorned with murals and patterns of Buddha each unique to their own. 

5 Amazing Facts about Sri Lanka of All Time

One of the most peaceful places you can visit in South East Asia. Rich with natural resources and hospitable people who will not regret to show their bright smiles. A place so relaxing where you can see people go to bed early and rise up at the same time as the sun rises. 

But what makes Sri Lanka all the more lovable is their wide flavors of dishes, colorful art pieces and religious culture that will captivate you even more. 

Sri Lanka holds the title for being the home of cinnamon. Formerly called “ceylon”, this spice brings life to famous dishes, pastries and homemade food that will touch your soul. Fragrant, has a distinctive delicious taste and hits you with the right amount of spice. A staple in every chef’s spice rack and an organic healthy medication good for cholesterol or diabetes. 

From good food to great education, the country is proud of their high literacy rate in the world and still holds it up in 2020. Being able to read is one of the greatest things one can achieve. Reading is a basic human right and looking through education or the process of learning, even those in unlikely situations still have opportunities ahead of them because of their ability to read. Having a country with its citizens having an above average literacy rate in the world proves their advancement and care in education. 

A large variety of animals is something that Sri Lanka also boasts, especially their elephants. This kind and big mammal is considered sacred that killing one receives death penalty. Amazingly they also help the logging operations in some areas. Found in nature parks and their habitats, Sri Lankan elephants roam free with hundred of herds that bring cultural and economic value in tourism for the country. 

In the 1960s, the world had their first female prime minister in Sri Lanka. Sirimiva Bandaranaike served in three different terms where her last involvement in her role was exercised in the year 2000. She brought contributions to women’s and children’s rights. Becoming an important matriarchal figure in politics. Following her late husband’s programs in socialist economic policies, neutrality in international relations and etc. 

The country is also abundant with beautiful waterfalls. Hydropower electricity is quite common with the locals, most of the dams or reservoirs can be seen Mahaweli, Laxapana and Samanala. These natural energy sources have made the country environmentally friendly and helps keep the biodiversity with the wild.