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SRI LANKA - Mini Travel Guide


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>> kandy >> sigiriya >> hikkaduwa
>> anuradhapura >> arugam bay >> minneriya wild park
>> polonnaruwa >> yala national park >> sinharaja rain forest
>> horton plains >> pinnawala elephant orphanage
>> more places to visit >> Udawalawa National Park
  >> bundala (boondala) national park

Kandy - Senkadagalapura, the last royal capital of sinhala monarchy is located in centre of Sri Lanka,just a few hours away from Colombo, nearly 115 kilometers. Famous for its cultural diversity, Kandy has the most sacred Buddhist establishment in Sri Lanka - Temple of the Tooth, where the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is kept.

Kandy's most spectacular event and Sri Lanka's unique symbol is the Kandy Esala Perahera, procession as respect to the Sacred Tooth Relic and to invoke blessings of the gods to farmers for their cultivations.

Happening in the month of July or August, Kandy Perahera with richly-decorated giant tuskers, officials dressed in the traditional Sinhalese attire, beating of traditional drums, Kandian dances and many other cultural dances make a truly splendid ceremony.

distance (from colombo): 110km
travel time (from colombo):
        - by road: 2 hours (approx.)
        - by train: 3 hours (approx.)



Anuradhapura - One of the greatest and oldest capitals in Sri Lanka. This ancient city can be called as the birth place of Sri Lankan civilization. Anuradhapura is located 205 kilometers away from Colombo.

As the first capital of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura has served as the royal capital for more than 100 kings.

distance (from colombo): 205km
travel time (from colombo):
        - by road: 4 hours (approx.)
        - by train: 5 hours (approx.)

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Polonnaruwa - Yet another glorious ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka, which still portrays the glamour and richness of Sri Lankan history.
Polonnaruwa lies 216 km northeast of Colombo, 140kms northeast of Kandy and 104kms southeast of Anuradhapura.

As one of the best planned archeological sites in the country, Polonnaruwa is mostly famous for its ancient constructions and massive reservoirs, mainly Parakrama Samudraya built by King Parakramabahu the great.

distance (from colombo): 216km
travel time (from colombo):
        - by road: 4 hours (approx.)
        - by train: 5 hours (approx.)



Sigiriya, the Lion Mountain or the Rock Fortress is situated in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya was the royal citadel of King Kashyapa, whose palace was built on the summit of this gigantic rock.

The most significant feature of the rock is the Lion staircase leading to the palace garden on the summit. Sigiriya is no mere a fortress; frescoes painted in the rock caves, graffiti in the "Mirror Wall", water gardens, pathways, buildings and fountains well portray Sri Lanka's ancient architectural tradition.

Besides of becoming a tourist attraction, Sigiriya, is considered as the most important urban planning sites of the first millennium and was recently named as the world's eighth wonder.

distance (from colombo): 169km
travel time (from colombo):
        - by road: 4 hours (approx.)

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Arugam Bay - If you are fond of Sun, Sand and Beach, this is the ideal place for you. Located in Ampara, East coast of Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay is about 314 kilometers away- approximately a 7-hour drive from Colombo.

The un-spoilt white beach of Arugam Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka. Besides, Arugam Bay is one of the most popular surfing and tourist destinations in the world.

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(from colombo): 314km
travel time (from colombo):
        - by road: 7 hours (approx.)



Hikkaduwa - A small town situated around 98 kilometers away from Colombo, Hikkaduwa is famous for its stunning beaches. Reflecting the natural beauty of Sri Lanka's southern coastal region, Hikkaduwa is famous for surfing, diing and for colorful Coral reefs.

One of the best coastal areas in Sri Lanka to taste seafood, Hikkaduwa provides excellent tour experience for every taste and budget.

distance (from colombo): 99km
travel time (from colombo):
        - by road: 2 hours (approx.)
        - by train: 3 hours (approx.)

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Minneriya National Park - Located 182 kilometers from the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, Minneriya National Park is an ideal destination to watch wild life. One can reach Minneriya from Dambulla or from Polonnaruwa.

The most striking feature in the park, Minneriya ancient Tank is the famous ‘Gathering’ of elephants at Minneriya. Not only various types of mammels, Minneriya National Park in Sri Lanka is inhabited by many other rare aquatic bird species. The best season to spot them is the dry season from June to September and the perfect timing would be early morning and late evenings.

If you are an adventure enthusiast, Minneriya National park has much more to offer you from trekking, camping and safaries.

(for more information about Minneriya National Park, please click here)
(from colombo): 182km
travel time (from colombo):
        - by road: 4 hours (approx.)



Yala National Park (Ruhunu National Park) - Sri Lanka's oldest and second biggest wild life sanctuary is Yala National Park. Its situated approximately 309 kilometers sounth of Colombo in the southeast region of the country. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. Apart from the substantial elephant population, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Monkeys, Wild Boar and Jungle Fowl are the other animals you can easily spot at Yala.

Peacock is the most famous bird at Yala National park.

The Leopard density Yala has is probably the highest in anywhere in the world.
The best time for Elephants watching and Leopard spotting is generally early in the morning and then again at dusk.

distance (from colombo): 309 kms (approx:)
travel time (from colombo): 6 hours (approx:)


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Sinharaja Rain Forest - The Sinharaja Forest is the last remaining primary tropical rainforest in the wet zone of Sri Lanka. Sinharaja is multi-layed which is a characteristic of a rain forest. Sinharaja Forest is the home of most of the Sri Lanka's endemic plant species and indigenous birds.
The geographical location and the elevation of this rain forest has presented a large diversity in plant and animal species living in the forest, which has led the UNESCO to declare the forest as a World Heritage.

distance (from colombo): 160 km (approx)
travel time (from colombo): 3.5 hours (approx:)




Horton Plains - Horton Plains is located in Sri Lanka's highest plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 meters. Its covered by montage grassland and cloud forest and is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. The Horton Plains are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli, Kelani, and Walawe.
Large herds of Sambar Deer can be spotted easily and it's also an Important Bird Area with many species not only endemic to Sri Lanka but restricted to the Horton Plains.
World's End and Baker's Falls are among the tourist attractions of Horton Plains.

distance (from colombo): 174km
travel time (from colombo): 5 hours (approx:)


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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has the greatest herd of elephants in captivity in the world. Its situated in Kegalle district, about 90kms away from Colombo towards Kandy.
The orphanage is very popular among local and foreign tourists. The main attraction is the opportunity to observe the bathing elephants from the broad river bank as the herd interacts socially, bathing and playing.

distance (from colombo): 90kms
travel time (from colombo): 2 hours (approx:)




Bundala (Boondala) National Park is an internationally known birds’ sanctuary. The complex wetland system of Bundala harbors many migratory water birds; the Greater Flamingo is the most highlighted. Having situated in the low country dry zone, (Bundala is located in southern province, approx: 245 kms from Colombo) Bundala has a dry climate and a relatively high humidity. To suite the weather condition, dry thorny shrubs and herbs are the most common in the area. Bundala is at a short distance from Yala National Park.

Waterfowl, Cormorants, Eurasian Spoonbill, Asian Openbill, Black-necked Stork and waders are among the other water birds you can spot in larger flocks in Bundala. Animals like Elephant, Spotted Dear, Wild Boar, Black naped hare, Grey & Ruddy mongoose, porcupine and jackal can also be seen in the park but Bundala is ideal for bird-watchers.

The national park contains some shallow salt water lagoons where many fish species are inhabited. The sea shore adjacent to the Bundala Park is a breeding ground for all five species of globally endangered sea turtles that migrate to Sri Lanka.

Guess what ? Now you can stay at Bundala National Park at night, camping..!
You can set up your own tents in a secured environment and make your vacation unforgettable with a night vision of the Bundala National Park.
Who knows ? you might get lucky to spot a Sea Turtle coming ashore to lay her eggs at night !

distance (from colombo): 245km (approx:)
travel time (from colombo): 6 hours (approx:)

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Udawalawa National Park - Situated in Uva Province surrounding the Udawalawa reservoir, Udawalawa National Park is well known for its substantial Elephant population. As Udawalawa is bordered from both Wet and Dry Zones, it enjoys the best of biodiversity of both zones.

Udawalawa is also an important habitat of water birds. There are about 195 species of birds reside in the Udawalawa National Park out of which 9 are endemic; such as Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Red-faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Brown-capped Babbler, and Sri Lanka Jungle fowl. The park is also home for water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer and monkeys. Safari tour and an Eco Camp in Udawalawa National Park will be an unforgettable experience to both local and foreign tourists.

"Ath Athuru Sevana" or the Elephant Transit Home is the other tourist attraction in Udawalawa. In this transit home, baby Elephants are cared for and they will be released to the wild once they reach a certain age.

distance (from colombo): 170 kms (approx:)
travel time (from colombo): 3.5 hours (approx:)

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