UNESCO has declared 7 sites in Sri Lanka as world heritage sites. Apart from this, the island holds natural harbours, sunny beaches, beautiful waterfalls, wonderful ancient cities, tropical forests etc.
The official language is Sinhalese and most of them are comfortable with English. The Buddhist way of life had a major influence in Srilankan culture. Sri Lanka has the greatest concentration of gems on earth and is ranked among the top five gem-bearing nations. Sri Lanka has a pleasant tropical climate and the average temperature ranges between 25-30 degrees Celsius.
Most foreign tourists favour the period from December to March. July/August is the time of the Kandy Esala Perahera, the 10-day festival honoring the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha, and also the time for the Kataragama festival in the South.
Major Tourist Attractions:-
Kandy: – The cultural capital in the island’s centre is the second largest city in Sri Lanka. The temple of the tooth, where the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined is the main attraction of Kandy. A large number of tourists visit this city during Kandy Esala Perahera, the 10-day festival honoring the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha. The beautiful city is surrounded by hills and valleys, rivers, lakes and cascading waterfalls. The Royal Botanical gardens at Peradeniya is an added attraction.
Colombo:- The capital city is the business hub of Sri Lanka. There are many famous Hindu temples and Buddhist temples situated in Colombo. Dehiwala Zoo, Dutch Period Museum, Fort Clock Tower, Gangaramaya Temple, Independence Hall and Mt Lavinia Beach are the main tourist attractions in Colombo.
Anuradhapura:-Located 128 Miles away from Colombo city, that was royal capital for 119 singhalese kings. The holy Bo-tree, which was grown from a branch of the Bodhi tree under which the Lord Budda achieved enlightenment, is in the vicinity of this area. Other major tourist attractions in this area are Thumparama dagoba and Mihintalle.
Galle city built by Europeansin the 16th century is located 116 km to the south of Colombo. UNESCO has declared Galle as a world heritage city. Its ancient fort is the main attraction in Galle. Other major attractions in this area are National Maritime Museum, koggala, St Marys Cathedral, Ahangama.
Yala National Park:-
This park is located about 300km from Colombo and it is divided in to five blocks. Two of the blocks are open to public. Yala park covers about 1200 Sq.Km and it is well recognised in the world to observe and to photograph leopards. Huge number of elephants and birds and other animals can be seen in the park.