Sri Lanka has, for many centuries, charmed and seduced visitors. Sitting just above the equator and amid Indian Ocean's balmy waters, this island's legendary for its natural beauty and many more has inspired almost magical enthusiasm even to those who have not visited the place. When planning your next visit to a romantic island that's going to enthrall you with its charming beauty, then Sri Lanka should be on top of your list. The following are amazing places you are going to visit here.
The stunning rock fortress of Sigiriya is among the country's prime attractions, built by King Kassapa 1. Of specific interest here is the gallery of frescoes that were painted on the perpendicular rock face. Of the estimated 500 photos, only 22 have remained. However, a number of them are quite in a remarkably good condition.
This has a complex history dating back to 3rd century BC. The site encompasses archeological evidence of human occupation dating back to prehistoric period. The complex cave temple, rock paintings found in five caves and some 157 statues of different sizes is a clear testimony to amazing artifacts in medieval Sri Lanka.
Ancient city of Anuradhapura
The one thing really special about this ancient city is the sacred Bo Tree, grown from some branch of the sacred Bodhi tree where the Buddha got enlightenment. Close to the city are found the remains of the imposing Ruwanweliseya Dagaba, Kuttam Pokuna, Brazen Palace, and The Seated Buddha among other parks, temples and palaces.
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
The incredible elephant orphanage was founded in 1975. This is found the biggest herd of elephants in captivity in the entire world. Presently it hosts approximately 3,000 animals. This location is an experience that's going to captivate your heart when you visit.
The colonial architecture and the temperate climate give this city a different feel as compared to other parts of the country. Pedro Tea factory provides amazing tours. You can wander along through the paths in tea plantations in the nearby hills. Another impressive place to visit is the Haggala Botanical Gardens
This ancient capital is today a showpiece of medieval Sri Lankan architecture dating back to 12 Century AD
Sacred City of Kandy
The legendary Buddhist site was the last capital of Sinhala kings. Idyllically found at the center of Kandy town, the Temple of Tooth is the top monument and Buddhism most sacred shrine.
Yala National Park
The park is the most visited, and the country's second largest park. It's among the best places you are going to see wild elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles, bear and wild boars.
Galle is considered to be among the twelve best beaches in the world. Attractions here include sheltered waters for swimming and an accessible coral reef for snorkeling
Botanical Garden of Peradeniya
This place, boasting of long and proud history has gone through colonialism as well as industrial change and presently it continues to thrive, symbolizing a remarkable national asset of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is a magical country to visit. The country provides some of the most enthralling sites found in the world, and its amazing history has left it with equally amazing monuments that are worth seeing. You just need to grab your Sri Lankan ETA visa and these attractive tourist sites beckon.