Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka this year

Beautiful best places to visit in Sri Lanka. Explore the main places of Sri Lanka with us. These are the must visit places in Sri Lanka with family or friends and also some of the best places of Sri Lanka for couples.

Wondering what are some of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka? What comes to your mind when you think of Sri Lanka? Well if it is beaches, then you are missing whole another level of goodies that Sri Lanka has to offer to any traveller. On my recent Sri Lanka & Maldives tour, Sri Lanka surprised me in every way it can, also known as 'teardrop of India', Sri Lanka is laden with wildlife & adventure experiences

Today we have gathered the list of places that include beaches, cultural sightseeing, animal or wildlife safari, river safari, historical places, and temples so that you don't miss a thing to be covered in Sri Lanka.

Beautiful Places to Visit in Sri Lanka

Beaches of Bentota

65 km away from the Colombo, Bentota is a small town on Sri Lanka's southwest coast, in Galle district. Bentota is a place to enjoy golden sandy beaches while staying in some world-class hotels and resorts.

There are so many other attractions besides relaxing on the beaches in Benota, which is a must place to visit in Sri lanka.
If you are traveling to Sri Lanka, you must spare a day to stay here to explore coral-rich dive sites include Canoe Rock, the Sea turtle protection association.

On Bentota River, there is ancient Galata Temple that has a large Buddha statue.

Brief Garden is the house and garden of renowned Sri Lanka Landscape architect, Bevis Bawa, the older brother of architect Geoffrey Bawa


Soak the sunshine and get a beautiful sunkissed glow. Mirissa beach is lined with the cafes and look even prettier when the sun gets down and the cafes light up their lanterns.

Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka this year

Enjoy the sunset while digging into the reasonably priced authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. Mirissa is the most popular among various beaches of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka and is a real treat for the animal lovers, you can close encounter with Blue whales. And for surfers, get your surfboard out to ride the waves.

Heritage City Galle

Galle is an important city of Sri Lanka for a couple of reasons which makes it a must place to visit in Sri Lanka. First, it is a UNESCO world heritage city.

Secondly, Galle is famous for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. You can see the Dutch and Portuguese inspired architecture and other points within the fort which are,18th-century Dutch Reformed Church, National Maritime Museum, Old Dutch Hospital and the New Orient Hotel and Galle Lighthouse stands on the fort's southeast tip.

Other prominent historical attractions in Galle are the city's natural harbor, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests, Shiva temples on the island, and Amangalla, the historic luxury hotel.

So it makes a great place for the travelers who love history and cultural sightseeing and also for Kosgoda turtle farm visit and also among the top 5 places to visit in Sri lanka.
We also recommend trying watersports, Spa & other recreational activities there.

You must also visit the palace of King Kashyapa and see rich Frescos and old era heritage, see how locals are engaged in sea turtle preservation at Kosgoda farm

Madhu Ganga River safari

We want to make your travel experience get more diversified and rich and for this reason, we want you to spare a day for Madhu Ganga river safari. Madu River is a wetland, near the small town "Balapitiya" along the Colombo Galle highway. The historic and famous Buddhist temple "Kothduwa", Kothduwa temple, or Koth Duwa Raja Maha Viharaya, is a Buddhist temple which is also located on Kothduwa Island on the Madu Ganga that can be visited along with the wildlife safari. Madhu Ganga River Safari will show you many beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka

Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka this year

The Madu River is very rich in biodiversity. It passes through the wet zone of Sri Lanka opening up into the large Madu Lagoon on its way to the Indian Ocean.


Though Sri Lankan beaches are exceptional you cannot overlook the other mesmerizing natural scenic beauty. Get a refreshing break at the Ella Gap, get a hiking experience and also enjoy the stunning views through Ella Gap overlooking a spectacular gap in the southern mountain wall. Ella is a small town in the Badulla District and and among the best places to visit in Sri Lanka tourism.
There are number of activities that you can do here and Ella Gap is famous for.
Climb up Little Adam's peak- Immerse yourself in the surrounding and enjoy the bird's eye's view from the top. It will take 45 minutes From Ella Town to the foot of a mountain, and get to the top around 15 minutes

Walk along the rails on the Nine Arch Bridge in Ella-
This place is like finding a hidden gem, with a small 30 minute walk through the woods, you will reach a piece of beautiful architecture hidden between lush green tea fields.

Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka this year

Endless Tea Field Views at Lipton's Seat-
Get to see the endless tea garden, hard-working women picking up the tea leaves. The whole view right from the place you start is jaw-dropping.

Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka this year

Swim at Diyaluma Falls, 2nd highest waterfall in Sri Lanka

Do you want more adventure, then hike to the top of Ella Rock.
It takes 2 hours to hike from bottom to top. You can either take a guide or do on your own but make sure you have asked the directions from someone to avoid any

Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka this year

Get a fresh shower at the Ravana Fall

All these attractions make Ella the Best Place to Visit in Sri Lanka.


Polonnaruwa is another historical or ancient city of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, and among the main places to visit in Sri Lanka was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader. The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World

Heritage Site
Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka this year

List of Places to visit in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka:

  1. Royal Palace

  2. Audience Hall

  3. Pabalu Vehera

  4. Sigiriya

  5. Rankot Vihara

  6. Dagaba Kiri Vihara

  7. Buddha statue at Lankatilaka

  8. Buddha figures at Gal Vihara

  9. Swimming Pool

  10. Shiva Devale No. 2

Yala National Park

Yala National Park is a real treat for the animal lovers. This Beautiful place to visit in Sri Lanka has spread across the huge forest, grassland, and lagoons, in southeast Sri Lanka. You can easily find wildlife such as leopards, elephants, and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species.

Yala is also a home for some really unusual hotels where you can stay.

Besides the wildlife, you can also see Inland, Sithulpawwa is an ancient Buddhist monastery. And there are some Nearby caves which contain centuries-old rock paintings. Southwest, Magul Maha Viharaya also has ancient Buddhist ruins. Both are pilgrimage sites.

Dambulla Cave Temple

This is a must place to visit in Sri Lanka, Dambulla Cave Temple is a world heritage site. It's a place where you can discover and see how prehistoric Sri Lankans used to live in these cave complexes before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
It is the largest cave that has been preserved.

There are burial sites with human skeletons about 2700 years old in this area, at Ibbankatuwa near the Dambulla cave complexes.

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Guest Author: Explorer Whiz14 May 2018

The images are so enthralling and amazing. Keep up the good work!

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