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Sri Lanka, the island country, sparks several pictures in our minds. The tea plantations, elephants, green mountainscape, picturesque coastlines are just a few examples. This destination attracts families, solo travelers, and honeymooners, regardless of their geographical boundaries.

Being a budget destination, you really would not have to think twice before you pack your bags and get going. But before you hit the payment option and book that Sri Lanka tour package, make sure you are visiting the listed destinations!

Visit Sri Lanka to enjoy its many lovely beaches and green landscapes. Sri Lanka has many old forts and colonial buildings that are worth seeing. Explore the caves; check out the wildlife and the country's heritage. Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress for top views, and check out the Golden temple of Dambulla. Visit Kandy and explore its botanical garden, Gregory Lake and golf course. Be sure to visit at least one of these beautiful beaches - Bentota, Nilaveli, Negombo or Trincomalee.

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1. Colombo

There are fair chances you will begin and end your trip from this point, as Colombo serves as an international gateway for traveling Sri Lanka. Plus, you have lots of entertainment and sightseeing option that will keep you asking for more. If you are browsing through Colombo tour packages, it is suggested that the itinerary consists of attractions such as National Museum of Colombo, Beira Lake, National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka and Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple.

2. Nuwara Eliya

Known for its scenic rail ride and tea plantations, Nuwara Eliya is yet another paradise in Sri Lanka. This hill station will further please you with Colonial structures and golf course. The landscape looks too dreamy to be true! Your visit to Sri Lanka stays incomplete without a rail ride taking you through waterfalls, hills and rich plantations. The journey begins from Kandy, which you will find featured in most of Sri Lanka tour packages.

3. Yala National Park

Sri Lanka has made its mark with its lifestyle and boasts of having the highest density of leopards across the globe. That's not it, there are numerous other endangered and rare species of avifauna, flora, and fauna; such as fishing cat, water buffaloes, Sri Lankan elephant, Sri Lanka grey hornbill, night herons, egrets and purple swamphen.

4. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

You cannot really say you have been to Sri Lanka if you haven’t spent time with adorable elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Since elephants appear in almost all of Sri Lanka tourism brochures, you would know how much this country loves them. Here at Pinnawala not only you get to bathe and feed elephants, you can also ride them and explore the verdant locale.

Surely, besides these four destinations, other places that deserve mentioning are Bentota, Hikkaduwa, and Sigiriya. Hope this short yet informative blog comes out to be a helpful resource for you. If it is! Don’t forget to bookmark this page, so it comes handy.

5. Galle

Galle was for several centuries one of the most important ports of the road to Asia, in the heart of a prosperous trade. The Portuguese landed there as early as 1605 pursuing an Arab fleet that was trading spices to the Maldives. The Dutch stormed their fortress in 1640. Today it is a tropical port which, sheltered from its walls, is longing for a bygone era. Wander in a labyrinth of lanes slumbering with ocher houses, turquoise or jade with faded shutters, traversed by nonchalant cyclists and in its shaded places by big banyans, where old people play backgammon.

6. Tangalle

Tangalle is an invitation to pure relaxation. If, despite everything, you need to move, try surfing, discover hidden temples, go out to meet whales, explore the national parks that house elephants and leopards. Visit a local market, in Tangalle or Dickwella where you can find stalls pressed against each other, merchants squatting on their mat, and an extraordinary profusion of fruits.

You can buy mangoes of twenty-one species, papayas, guava, lychees, coconut and dwarf bananas. You have to step over the squares of bright red peppers, slalom between the woven baskets, in the scents of cinnamon and vanilla. You can visit the Mulkirigala temple, 30 minutes from Tangalle, nicknamed the little Sigiriya. There is a Buddhist temple on the mountainside whose rise is punctuated by three levels where you can visit a room filled with many statues of Buddhas and various offerings.

Sri Lankan waves are attracting more and more snowboarders, so why not try a surf lesson? Nilwella and its sandy bottoms are an ideal spot for beginners, while Unakaruwa will delight the most experienced.

7. Ussangoda

Scattered in Anuradhpura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and other parts of the island, the remarkable architectural ruins left by the ancient kingdoms of Sri Lanka are an unmistakable sign of the influence and power that these kingdoms once exercised over the country. The driving distance between Ella Jungle Resort to Ussangoda National Park is 114 km.

Also, in places like Ravana Ella, Ussangoda and Konneswaram Kovil the oral tradition has its own stories whose central axis are the exploits of King Ravana who was possibly one of the greatest kings of ancient civilizations. The prowess of Ravana would turn him into the first king who managed to fly thanks to a flying machine that he had designed, known as Vimana.
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