Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, Colombo is a dynamic city that pulses with life while also preserving an old world charm. Amidst this metropolis you will find everything from colonial buildings to temples and pristine beaches to recreational parks. Add exciting shopping, delectable dining and happening nightlife into the mix and it is easy to see why Colombo is such a popular tourist destination.
Located in the Deep South, the city of Galle stands testament to the island’s rich colonial heritage. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic Dutch Fort with its historic ramparts encloses the city while within, charming cobblestone streets lead to colonial buildings, museums, old churches and charming cafes. Nearby are the beaches of Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna where fun in the sun & sand abound.
Jaffna in the North of the country offers a fascinating insight into a rich local culture. The popular Nallur Kovil which features Hindu deities is one of the city’s most spectacular attractions and is the site of the famed Nallur Festival. Be it taking a boat ride to the Nagadeepa Vihara or lazing on the sands of Casuarina Beach, Jaffna provides many new experiences to be enjoyed.
A popular pilgrimage site, Kataragama is home to the well known shrine, Maha Devale dedicated to Murugan (Skanda) or Kataragama Deviyo. The city offers visitors a chance to experience the country’s religious diversity and the Kirivehara Dagoba, the Hindu Sivam Kovil and the insightful Kataragama Museum are among the other sites of interest here.