Top 15 Places you Must Visit in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka ( the quest to explore ): endless beaches, meticulous nature, chirping of birds, welcoming guests wholeheartedly, oodles of elephants and an enormous amount of fun loving adventures makes Sri Lanka the most irresistible place.

THE QUISCENT COUNTRY – You might say that Sri Lanka is a quiet and hided place, it’s been just in a way of people moving to different places, but this small and diverse land has a lot of undiscovered beauty. The country is moving forward quickly as more and more people are discovering its myriad charm.

As it was my personal visit to Colombo, Bentota and Kandy, I will be glad to share the top 15 must visit in these places.

My journey started with the prepossessing verdure of Kandy, so I will be sharing seven must visit in Kandy.

Top 15 Places you Must Visit in Sri Lanka


The Temple Of Sacred Tooth Relic- the temple of the sacred tooth relic lies in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka and is located in the royal palace complex and is said to contain a tooth which is none other than Lord Buddha himself since relic plays an important role in politics it has been said that who so ever holds the relic will rule the governance. This temple is one of the holiest shrines in the Buddhist world.


Legend: The Ashok Vatika is the place where Ravana kept the Sita captive. Ashok Vatika is a garden that is present in the Sita Eliya in Sri Lanka. Some of the interesting findings here include the rock on which Sita used to sat and meditate. Sita Eliya also has the only Site Temple in the world. The idols of Sita were excavated from here 100 years ago.



The Lake was created in 1807 by the last ruler of the kingdom of Kandy. It has a pleasant stroll around the lake, a busy road runs to the lake on its southern area but it is one of most nice and calmest place to visit in Kandy, and enjoy the beauty of nature. ASHOK VATIKA – Legend: The Ashok Vatika is the place where Ravana kept the Sita captive. Ashok Vatika is a garden that is present in the Sita Eliya in Sri Lanka. Some of the interesting findings here include the rock on which Sita used to sat and meditate. Sita Eliya also has the only Site Temple in the world. The idols of Sita were excavated from here 100 years ago.


herbal garden or spices garden is a place where you get the actual feel and smell of all the spices ranging from cinnamon, turmeric to vanilla essence and providing all the herbal oils for hair damage, to glowing skin to the other bodily issues. While visiting the herbal garden one can also have a relaxing massage by the professionals over there which can make you unflustered and relaxed.


Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (PEO) ; just as the name suggests holds a unique disposition in the ex-situ animal care. It’s success and fame has travelled not just within the country but throughout the world to an extent where Pinnawala synonymous with the Sri Lankan Elephant. Currently it is a home of 93 elephants and situated in a lush green area surrounded by the coconut plantations has its own charm.


Love for tea? Then tea factory is the best place to visit and understand the actual mechanism how tea plantations are converted into the leaves and which lead to a hot and tasty cup of tea. This place offers a free cup of tea in the end of the tour in the serene surroundings of tea plantations.


After having a lovely visit of all the must visit places now its time to go and have some local exchange of the clothes, accessories, footwear etc. in the most famous Kandy City Centre. This place is well known for shopping where you can find each and every thing starting from books, clothes to the house care requirements. One can easily spend 2-3 hours and have a good shopping of their cultural heritage.

Now as we move forward in this journey to Sri Lanka, now I will be sharing the must visits in Bentota (Sri Lanka). Bentota is a gorgeous beautiful resort town in Sri Lanka which can also be called as heaven.


If u want to have a relaxing day by enjoying the waves hitting your feet and listening to the whispers of the waves, then bentota beach is the most suitable place to visit.


Beaches invites the natural instinct of adventure In an individual’s mind, which drives them crazy to go and have some adventurous water sports, Bentota provides you with a range of water sports starting from the river cruise where you can relax and see all the water animals one by one, then banana boat, jet ski, tube water ride to diving and then I assure you that you can definitely experience a sense of confidence and happiness within you.

Now moving forward to the last destination of this tour and that is Colombo the capital of Sri Lanka which has a 7 point famous tour.


This is the heart of Sri Lankan handicrafts. You can find en number of beautiful handicrafts portraying the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka.


This is a place which sets the perfect example of describing the rich diversity of Sri Lanka where Tamils and Christians set a lively example of unity in diversity. The town boasts of one of the oldest and largest Catholic parish cathedrals in Sri Lanka, the St. Lucia’s Cathedral, located with its rear facing the Indian Ocean and facing east towards Grandpas. There is also a large population of Tamil Hindu’s in the town.


Viharamahadevi Park (formerly Victoria Park) is a public park located in Colombo, next to the National Museum in Sri Lanka. It is the oldest and largest park of the Port of Colombo. The park is named after Queen Vihara Mahadevi, the mother of King Dutugamunu. The park includes a huge Buddha statue and a series of water fountains. It also includes a mini zoo, a children’s play area and a BAC Jet Provost. This park is the only large scale public park.


Independence square is a mesmerizing building and now is one of the well known landmarks of Sri Lanka that was made as a sign of victory after the independence of Sri Lanka in 1948. It is a place where you can enjoy sitting in the park, have plenty of local and multi cuisine food stuffs, and rooms for exercise. It is specially known for its extraordinary architecture that is inspired by the Kandayan kingdom’s hall and attracts large number of tourists from various countries every year.


The Pettah Market also called Manning Market is an open market in the suburb of Pettah in the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Most business in pettah is dominated by Muslims and Tamils, and the handicraft, gifts and other related goods are the most famous things over there. At the end of pettah is Sea Street which is Sri Lanka s gold market where people all around Sri Lanka come to purchase jewelry. It is a long street of jewelry shops with hundreds of shops next to one another. There are also some jewelry shops in main street gaspa junction.


Old Colombo Lighthouse or Colombo Fort Clock Tower is a clock tower and was a lighthouse in Colombo. This light house is like no longer working but still the tower has its mesmerized beauty. It is located at the junction of Chatham Street and Janadhipathi Mawatha (formerly Queens Road) in Colombo fort. The clock mechanism was constructed by the renowned English clockmakers, Dent, who were also responsible for manufacturing the clock (‘Big Ben’) at Westminster Palace in 1852.

Shreya Tandon
I am pursuing journalism and mass communication. I have an avid interest in reading and writing down my thoughts and able to express it publicly.


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