Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Top 5 Places in Sri Lanka

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Places of Attractions in Sri Lanka.

1. Kandy

The Temple of the Tooth, The temple is open from dawn to dusk. It houses a tooth relic of the Lord Buddha, and is consequently considered one of Sri Lanka's most holy shrines. Although you may not view the actual tooth itself, the casket within which it is said to be is displayed twice a day. The best time to view this ornate casket is around 6.30PM. Foreigner entrance: Rs 1,000.

Pinnewala Elephant Orphanages has about 70 semi-tame elephants roaming freely around this wonderful sanctuary. You can either hire a taxi or tuk-tuk to take you there directly or, if traveling on a budget (by bus), on the Kegalle Kandy road, 4-5 km from Kegalle at the Karandunpona junction take the road north heading towards Rambukkana for about 6 km - the bus price from Kandy to the junction is about Rs 40, ask the bus driver to drop you off at the turn for Pinnewala. Alternatively, take a train to Rambukkana and walk from there. Follow the road through the village back in the direction the train has just come from and then turn right at the large sign for the Elephant Orphanage - it's about 2 km. Rambukkana is on the main line to Colombo and the journey is quite scenic, passing through jungle drenched mountains - definitely worth the trip especially if you have children. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 09:30-10:00AM and 01:30-02:00PM, and the bathing time from 10:00-10:30AM and 02:00-02:30PM when all the elephants are taken to the river close by. Entrance: Rs 2,000, Video Camera: Rs 1,500.

Alternatively but slightly different, the Millenium Elephant Foundation is right next to Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage. On the Kegalle Kandy road, 4-5 km from Kegalle at the Karandunpona junction take the road north by bus heading towards Rambukkana for about 3-4 km. The foundation is on the eastern side of the road. Entrance: Rs 1,000.

The Royal Botanical Garden is the best botanical garden in Sri Lanka and one of the best in the region. It dates back to the ancient kings of the country although the British changed the look of it. The British are said to have used the gardens to grow trees that could not be grown at Kew gardens. The large banyan tree, the orchid house, the suspension bridge, and the bats are some of the main attractions. Foreigner entrance: Rs 1,100. Drive there through the University of Peradeniya the most scenic and the largest university in the country.
New Ranweli Spice Garden located in close proximity to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden (2 km back from the garden to the round-about towards Kandy and from there head north west for about 1.5 km where the a road on the eastern side leads to the garden after another 1 to 2 km) is a place to see and learn about Sri Lankan spices and herbs. It is a fun place to guess the spices. After seeing around the "garden" (which is actually just about 10 spice plants), spices can also be purchased as a souvenir, but there is no obligation to buy. However, be reminded that here the spices sell at a steep premium, and you can get them easily at the market or even supermarket for 50% less. Also prepare yourself for a 20 minutes lesson in the shady and mosquito ridden backyard on the products for sale there - just skip this part. Entrance free and free pick up service from any destination within Kandy and Peradeniya for foreigners, but prepare to buy something to compensate for the tuk-tuk.
Bahirawakanda temple. The ominipresent Buddha statue seen from everywhere in Kandy city. Take a tuk tuk ride to the Temple or walk, just 1 km away from the Kandy city. The way to the temple may not be easy to locate, you might have to take a three wheeler or ask a local, when in doubt just walk up and follow the colorful Buddhist flags over the road. Entrance fee Rs 200. This Buddha statue is best viewed from far away. Once you get onto the premises it is no longer easy to see. Plus it is not a very peaceful place as temples go.

 2. Colombo

The Sapumal Foundation- The Sapumal Foundation was once home to the late Harry Pieris. Visitors are able to see his studio and art materials that have been left undisturbed over the years. This gallery also contains 200 paintings that follow the development of Sri Lankan art. Special art classes are also available at the gallery.

The Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Center- The Art Center provides a multi-functional creative experience with exhibitions, art shows and stage events. Visitors to the Art Center area also able to purchase various antiques as well as paintings and crafts by contemporary Sri Lankan artists.
The National Museum of Colombo -Closed Fridays and all public holidays. 9AM-5PM. Also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum, it is the largest museum in Colombo. Among its exhibits, it contains regalia of the 17th century Kandyan Kings.

The Dutch Period Museum- Closed Fridays and all public holidays. 9AM-5PM. Historical museum documenting Dutch colonial rule in Sri Lanka. Houses Dutch-inspired artifacts.


Galapota Temple - A few kilometres inland on the south bank of the Bentota Ganga is the Galapota Temple, which is said to date from the 12th century. To reach it, cross the bridge and take the side road to your left after 500m.

Breif Garden - Ten kilometres inland from Bentota is the Brief Garden. A barely controlled riot of a Jungle Book garden, the grounds are a lovely place to get lost, while the house, which used to be the home of Bevis Bawa, brother of renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, has an eclectic range of artwork on display – from homoerotic sculpture to a wonderful mural of Sri Lankan life in the style of Marc Chagall. The mural was created by Australian artist Donald Friend, who originally came for six days but stayed six years – definitely not the sort of house guest you want! Other, more short-term, guests included Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, who stayed here during the filming of Elephant Walk in 1953. It’s a good idea to plaster on some insect repellent as the gardens are a favourite of biting insects. To get here follow the road south from Aluthgama to Matagama Rd and turn inland to the Muslim village of Dharga Town. From here you will periodically see yellow signs saying ‘Brief’, but as everyone knows this place, it’s easy enough to ask directions. There’s no public transport

 4Nuwara Eliya

Gregory Lake - Lake Gregory is one of the significant tourist attractions in Nuwara Eliya. It was built by the Governor William Gregory during 1872 – 1877 periods by utilizing the water from the Nanuoya which runs across the town. It is about 91.2 hectares in extent. It was said to be used for water sports and for re-recreational activities during the British rule

Nuwara Eliya Golf Club - Walking distance from the town center spread over 90 acres, over a hundred years old (built in 1891), the 18 holes golf course is one of Nuwara Eliya’s biggest attractions. It is reputed to be the only Golf Course where all the holes are visible from the Club House or accessible by car. In the old British cemetery at the rear of the Club House is the memorial to Major Rogers, the elephant hunter credited with killing around 1500 elephants.

Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) - Hill climb of a different type to witness a spectacular sun rise or just for the thrill of the panoramic views of Sri Lanka or for pleasure. Not just a trail but a pilgrimage to a summit sacred to all of the world's major religions. The most popular hill trail in Sri Lanka. Its about 2200m above from sea level. The season is between December and April when the summit is not misty and relatively dry. The base of the climb on the Hatton side is about 2 hours from Nuwara Eliya.

City Viewing Point (Shanthipura) -This is marvelous point to view the entire Nuwara-Eliya city. Shanthipura is the village which is situated in highest spot of Sri Lanka.

Single tree Hill - Single tree is the best vantage point to observe the beauty of Nuwara-Eliya. Easily accessed by use of the road across the tea estate. This vantage point one could enjoy the panoramic view of Pidurutalagala Mountain rang, Haggala Mountain, Lake Gregory, and the entire town of Nuwara-Eliya as well as Northern section of Horton Plains.

 5. Dambulla

Dambulla Cave Temple - The history of the Dambulla cave temple complex is thought to date back to the 3rd century BC when this area became the location for the largest Buddhist monastic settlements on the island of Sri Lanka. King Valagamba (89 – 77 BC) took refuge here when he was driven out of Anuradhapura by the South Indian invaders. When he regained his throne, he had the interior of the caves carved into magnificent rock temples. The site also includes archeological evidence of human occupation going back to the prehistoric period, including the megalithic cemetery at Ibbankatuwa.

Sunrise in Lank Ballooning -If you are lucky enough to visit the beautiful island of Sri Lanka then you should take the opportunity to see the wondrous sights from the air.Flying over the jungle you may see elephants roaming freely, water buffaloes standing in the paddy fields and monkeys swinging from the trees.

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