The splendid Galle
With charming streets and the vast Indian Ocean close by, Galle is a must visit town in Sri Lanka. A destination that can be considered as a colonial time capsule, it is graced by majestic Dutch-era mansions and other captivating colonial structures. The town’s highlight is the Dutch Fort which stands tall, bordering the mesmerizing ocean. Chic restaurants, cafes and shops are located within the Fort.
The intriguing Pollonnaruwa
Be intrigued by the ancient architectural structures dotted across this destination. From the enchanting temples of the Quadrangle to the Gal Vihara’s rock-carved statues and the exceptional array of Buddhist art, this city served as the capital of Sri Lankka from the 11th century to the 13th century. A wonderland for any history buff, Pollonnaruwa is home to many attractions including Minneriya and Kaudulla national parks, the Lankatilaka and a museum.
The magnificent Kandy
Lying amidst the mist-shrouded hills of the central part of the island, Kandy is a proud reminder of battles won. Having graciously retained identity and charm against attacks by invading Europeans, it is a hub of arts, religion and culture. With the revered Temple of the Tooth as its most precious site, Kandy lures in thousands of local and foreign visitors daily. Despite its relatively large size, Kandy is renowned for exuding a small-town feel.
The vibrant Bentota
Famed for its stretches of pristine beaches, Bentota is an ideal destination for a tropical holiday. This enchanting coastal town is home to distinctive attractions such as the Brief Garden, Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and Galapatha Raja Maha Vihare Buddhist temple which features ponds, troughs, pillars, stone carvings and stone inscriptions from the medieval period.
The exotic Jaffna
Jaffna was once a colonial port town, and has been home to Tamils most of whom are Hindus. This historic town is dotted with shrines and temples that offer a glimpse into its religious heritage. With delectable cuisine worth sampling, Jaffna is a place to get a unique cultural experience. In addition to the Dutch Fort, there are also Dutch-era homes.
The eclectic Negombo
Yet another charming coastal town, Negombo is in very close proximity to the main airport of the island. Bordered by a stretch of golden-sandy beach, this town is home to some reputed luxury hotels in the island. It is a tourism hotspot home to the country’s second-largest fish market.