Sri Lanka is really spellbinding and with its high tourist attractions would suit all travelers’ interests. The tiny country of the island is full of surfing and hiking activities.
The religious devotees have many extremely religious and famous attractions for history buffs in Sri Lanka. But none can complain about the unbelievable natural beauty of Sri Lanka. If you are en route to a great surf break, visit a historic site or take a journey, there is never far away lush greenery and exotic animals.
1. The Rock Fort Sigiriya
The fort is absolutely fantastic, Sigiriya Rock. The walls of the rock rise 200 meters from the ground to a flat plateau at its apex. There are steep stairs to the roof and plenty of frescoes to be seen. The ruins of an ancient culture, including palace and monastery artifacts, can be found on top.
The building of a structure at this height would have required real engineering ability so many centuries ago. Many significant cellars and gardens are situated around the rock fort, impressively some of the world's first landscaped gardens.
2. National Park of Yala
The Yala National Park is comprised of stunning views and a real wealth of wildlife in Sri Lanka. It has the highest leopard density in the world, so it is very likely to be seen.
Though leopards are the principal attraction, elephants, sloth bears, and crocodiles are closely followed. The park consists of five blocks, of which some were divided into hunters until 1938 when Yala became a National Park. Make sure that you make time for interesting displays on the environment at the rather informative visitor center in the entry of the park.
3. Fort Galle
The cobblestoned alleys and streets of Galle Fort are quick to get lost. There are currently several contemporary restaurants, hotels, clothing, and souvenir shops in the area. In the meantime, the seawall is lined with snake lovers and buskers.
The fort was never such a cosmopolitan place, however. The Portuguese built a simple fort when they landed on the island for the first time in 1505. When Galle was finally taken control by Holland, a series of improvements were made, including the huge sea wall which still borders the fort. Galle Fort is a clear example of how European and Asian architecture is synthesized.
4. The Peak of Adam
A footprint cast in stone is at the top of Adam's Peak. It has spiritual value for many religions, but at the top, there is now a Buddhist monastery. For the Buddhists it is Buddha's footprint, for Christians, it is Adam's footprint and for the Hindus, Shiva has its footprint.
The place is a famous pilgrimage place, particularly during nights full moon. A steep staircase with more than 5000 steps marks the path to the top of the mountain. The trail is bordered by several stalls and restaurants serving as resting places. The majority of the guests start their walk at 2:30 a.m.
5. Tooth's Temple
A very sacred location is the Temple of the Tooth. One of the Buddha's teeth is in the sanctuary. According to legend, the tooth was taken on a deathbed from the Buddha, then smuggled from India into Sri Lanka. After her father's empire was assaulted, he was smuggled in a princess’s hair.
It became a significant item and was celebrated and paraded throughout history. However, several try to steal or kill the tooth have also been made. The pujas are performed twice daily to celebrate the relic and to give tourists and devotees a chance to see the tooth in its case.
6. Bay of Arugam
The surfers respected Arugam Bay. This little city on Sri Lanka's east coast embodies the basic surfing lifestyle of laid back surfing. A short walk from the city center, the Main Point surf break is only ideal for advanced or intermediate surfers.
Whiskey Point or Peanut Farm are otherwise two perfect surfing beaches for beginners and surfers; it is also a short tuk-tuk trip. On the road, just outside the city, elephants and pails can sometimes be seen. The main stretch of Arugam Bay is full of restaurants and hotels, from the Sri Lankan Curry to a complete English breakfast.
The ultimate beach getaway in Sri Lanka is Mirissa. Lined with new restaurants and hotels, the scenic long beach is flanked with tall overhanging palm trees. At Sri Lankan rates, restaurants have western food. Parrot Rock is right by the beach. It has a small staircase that leads to the top with fantastic sea and coastal views.
Whale watching, snorkeling, and surfing are included on day trips from Mirissa. Weligama is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka to learn surfing, only a few kilometers from Mirissa. Come happy hour, and several restaurants turn their spots into beach clubs and pump drinks and tunes out at night.