Popular tourist destination for safari lovers
Minneriya National Park
A national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka, the area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests.
One of the most beautiful lakes in Sri Lanka, It’s famous for bird watching. There are approximately 138 species of birds that have been spotted around the lake including a few endangered species. If you are a nature lover, this will be your haven it is truly one of the most breathtaking views you’ll see in your life.
Elephant back rides
Elephants, are majestic creatures of our land they are beautiful and magnificent. If you are interested in an Elephant Back rides, Sri Lanka is your destination. You not only get to ride atop these magnificent creatures but also get to interact with them in numerous ways. Experience our lands most beautiful attractions while riding on top of the magnificent creature.
Also known as the Lion Rock it is located in the Matale district near the town of Dambulla. A massive 660ft high rock fortress is of high historical and archaeological value. According to history this was the home of King Kasyapa (477-495 CE). Today ‘Sigiriya ‘is a UNESCO listed world heritage site and is one of the world’s best preserved ancient sites.
Dambulla cave temple
Well known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla it is a World Heritage Site of Sri Lanka form the year 1991. Situated in the central part of the country, it is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to the life of Lord Buddha.
Pollonnaruwa Heritage Site
Pollonnaruwa is the second most ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka. Even today the ancient city of remains as one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country. It is home to the Statue of King Parakramabahu, Council Chamber, Kumara Pokuna, Sandakada Pahana, Shiva Dewalaya, Thuparama, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Nissanka Latha Mandapaya, Rankoth Vehera, Lankatilaka temple, With a tropical climate most of the year in December and January can be quite chilly, Pollonnaruwa is the second largest city in the North Central Province and is one of the most beautiful cities in the country.
Ritigala Mountain Range of Sri Lanka
The highest mountain in northern Sri Lanka, ‘Ritigala’ stands tall and magnificent at 2513 feet above sea level and 600 meters above the surrounding plains. The mountain consists of four peaks, cold mists and clouds cover the peaks giving out a sight that should not be missed. According to history the mountain used to be a Buddhist monastery with Stone bridges, raised platforms and courtyards a century ago. The beautiful mountain range is now a natural reserve of Sri Lanka and is managed by the Department of Wildlife together with the Forest Department.
Historical city of Anuradhapura
Home to many well preserved ancient ruins, ‘Anuradhapura’ is the capital of the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. This city is considered a holy and sacred city by all Buddhists as monasteries cover an area of over sixteen square miles. It is said that the city was uninhabited for many centuries as it was considered a place for pilgrims. Today Anuradhapura is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, rich in history and heritage. It is also named one of the eight world Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka by UNESCO