An ancient civilization nestled in a beautiful small island; Sri Lanka with its miraculous beauty is a poet’s muse and a traveller’s desire. Since ages, it has successfully managed to impress and inspire visitors with its spellbinding beauty and colonial architecture left behind by Portuguese, Dutch and English.
Sri Lanka, one of the most desired destinations is a beautifully painted by god with beaches, white sands, and Ayurveda. It takes you close to the beauty of nature and rejuvenates your soul with its mesmerizing wildlife and shores.
Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo has emerged as one of the most popular tourist destinations. Famous as a port city, it boats of a rich colonial heritage. It is a perfect amalgamation of races, religions and cultures settled on the seaside. This is not all, just with a typical city life; Colombo will confuse you with a plethora of water sport adventures and sightseeing options.
Located in Central Sri Lanka, Kandy is famous for its revered Buddhist religious sites and also its serene landscapes. Surrounded by mountain and sitting on a plateau, it is largely visited for Temple of the Tooth, which is home to the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. The beautiful hill station offers a cool and pleasant weather all around the year, and hence is an ideal destination for a vacation.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a precious gem Sri Lanka, Galle is a historical city, with unique attractions. It is full of architectural wonders, which are a major draw for people from all over the world. While here, you will find a plethora of Dutch-colonial buildings, age-old mosques, churches, huge mansions and rich museums. Galle happens to be a must visit destination in the Southern Sri Lanka’s atleast once in a lifetime.
Situated in the Matale district, Damulla, near Colombo, is blessed with the best of historical attractions. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town is a major draw for the internationally acclaimed Dambulla Cave Temple which is also famous as the Golden Temple.
A multi-religious sacred city, Kataragama is the pilgrimage for Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. Nestled in the south-east corner of Sri Lanka, the town is visited for the Kataragama Temple, which is dedicated to Skanda Kumara, who is also known as Kataragama Deviyo. Once a quaint village during the medieval times, the town today has immensely evolved as a developing city.
A busy, thriving and a commercial town, Matara is a popular destination for Dutch architecture. Every street of the town is full of Dutch remnants which still hold the same old age charm. Adventure lovers can look out for scenic beaches which are full of surfing options.
A perfect escape from the bustling city, Nuwara Eliya in the Central Province of Sri Lanka is known for its picturesque landscape. Full of colonial bungalows, manicured gardens and Tudor Style hotels, the city reflects British country villages feel even after so many years.
Situated on the southern tip of Sri Lanka, Mirissa is a beautiful quaint fishing port. A beach lovers paradise, it is a feast for an eye and soul. Also a party destination, Mirissa is just the right place to chill out and enjoy with less of noise.
A hidden gem of Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay is a Sandy heaven and also a popular surfing point. Away from the prominent attractions, the place has earned repute as a surfers’ paradise, and attracts people with the most beautiful sea shores in the Island country.
About 62 Km from south Colombo, Bentota can be easily identified by its palm trees. Blessed with a serene atmosphere, it is a popular weekend getaway which is far away from the bustling Colombo. The city got its name from the mythical demon 'Ben' who once ruled over the river banks or 'tota'.
A prominent city in Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura is known all over the world for its well-preserved remnants of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. A World Heritage Site, it used to be the centre of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. The city on the banks of Malvathu River, is counted among the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Second most ancient city of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, it was declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, in 1070. The king defeated the Cholas and reunited the country as a local leader.
One of the oldest colonized cities in lower South Asia, Jaffna is the capital of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. It is one of the 25 districts structured into the nine provinces and is inhabited by Tamil speaking people.
About 142 Km from Colombo, Matale is shrouded with attractions, like the Knuckles Mountain Range. It serves as the main agricultural area, cultivating tea, rubber, vegetable and spice. Tourists can also visit the historical sites and cultural attractions alongwith other local sights.
Best time to Visit Matale
Matale is hot most of the year and also receives a good amount of rainfall. Hence, the best time to visit Matale is between January and March, as the weather is quite comfortable during this time.