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The Land Like No Other Sri Lanka - Most Famous 10 tourist destination in the world
The Land Like No Other Sri Lanka - Most Famous 10 tourist destination in the world
The Land Like No Other Sri Lanka - Most Famous 10 tourist destination in the world
The Land Like No Other Sri Lanka - Most Famous 10 tourist destination in the world

Anuradhapura is a sacred city popular among Buddhist tourists that was once the ancient capital of Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is now majority in ruins but the ruins of ancient city still bring in an amazing picture of ancient Sri Lanka Civilization among travellers. the fascinating ancient ruins of Anuradhapura that are of major interest for tourists include huge bell-shaped Stupas built of Small sun-dried bricks, temples ,sculptures ,palaces , and ancient drinking –water reservoirs. Anuradhapura is home to many of the ancient grandest monuments of Sri Lanka that are very popular as tourist attractions. The city of Anuradhapura is a UNESCO World heritage site that lies 205km north of the capital city of Colombo. Anuradhapura remained the capital of Sri Lanka from 4th century BC till the beginning of the 11th century AD.

The ancient city of Anuradhapura is considered sacred to the Buddhist world and is frequented by religious tourists to visit many ancient Buddhist monuments. Travellers can visit some of the most famous as well as the tallest Dagobas of Sri Lanka, remains from palaces, temples, monasteries, ceremonial bath and the temple of the holy Bodhi-tree in Anuradhapura. The Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura was grown from a sapling of the very tree under which more than 2500 years ago lord Buddha found enlightenment.

Arugam bay is located at the “end of the road” on the east coast of Sri Lanka. If you’re after remote rural life with all the atmosphere of jungle and adventure this is the place for you. There is no thoroughfare through our village, and onece there it is very hard to leave. The village of Arugam bay is 5km south of Pottuvil and on the edge of yala east national park.

Arugam bay is a place for surfers; water sports freaks and wildlife aficionados with cheap to reasonable priced hotels and guest houses. Arugambay is listed as one of the top ten surf points in the world. Situated on the southeast of Sri Lanka, the best time of the year for surf is between May and November when the predominant wind is offshore for at least the first half of the day.

Sri Lanka has loads of history; Dambulla is a part of the cultural triangle declared by UNESCO is on the main road from Sigiriya to Kandy about 19km Sigiriya. There are over 80 caves in the surrounding and some of them have been used by the monks as meditation locations. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves. Which contain the statues and the paintings. Since its founding in the 1 century BC by king Valagamba, many improvements and addition have been carried out to the sculptures and painting over the years. Hindu statues are belied to be of the 12 century AD and the latest paintings are of the late 18-century. The temple is perfect location to view evolution of the ancient Sri Lanka arts. Dambulla is a unique and important historical site because of the amalgamation of the materials from many eras.

Located near the southern end of the country, Galle enjoys a nice coast line. And it’s a district that enjoys a great variance of scenarios, from beaches to marsh lands to dry planes to hills.

To add to the natural beauty, Galle has a great history too. The history goes in to king Solomon’s time. It is believed that Galle is the ancient seaport “Tarshish”, from which king Solomon drew the ivory and other valuables. It’s been the most prominent seaport before the western rule of the country. Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Malays and Indians were doing business through Galle port, The “modern” history of Galle starts in 1505, when the first Portuguese ship was drawn by a storm and the captain Lorenzo de Almeida came near Galle. But he did not land, Later they occupied many Sri Lankan coastal towns, and by 197, built a small fortification in Galle.

Later, Portuguese had to surrender to the Dutch armies. In 1640, the Dutch took over Galle. It was they who built the Fort in the year 1663, in the way it’s seen now. They built a fortified wall, using solid granite, and built three bastions, sun, moon and star. There was a developed town center and a whole lot of buildings.

After the British took over the country from the Dutch, in year 1796, they kept the fort in the same way, and it as the administration center of Galle.

Jaffna District, the northernmost region of the island of Sri Lanka, is one of the oldest habitation sites in Lower South Asia. Jaffa is situated within ten degree of latitude to the north of the equator. It is in close proximity to the sub-continent of India and separated from it by the Palk Strait and the Bay of Bengal.

The peninsular is actually almost an island; only the narrow causeway known as elephant Pass – for once elephant did wade across the shallow lagoon here connects Jaffna with the rest Sri Lanka. Jaffna is low lying; much of it covered by shallow lagoons, and has a number of interesting islands dotted offshore. In all it covers 2560 square Km (999 square miles). With just under 900,000 inhabitants, the district of Jaffna is one of the most densely populated areas of Sri Lanka, second only to Greater Colombo. Most of the area is dry and sandy. And the most common tree is the Palmyra palm with its elegant fan-like fronds. Locals here tap it for today, the sap from its flowers; like the sap of the coconut or kittul palms, this liquid can be distilled to make arrack or processed into jiggery, palm sugar.

Kandy  is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.

Nuwara Eliya, otherwise known as “Little England”, is a quaint town located in Sri Lanka’s beautifully lush hill country. During the British colonial period, Nuwara Eliya was a favorite holiday retreat for the crème de la crème of British society on the island. They turned this town, with its ideal cool temperature and rich foliage, into a beautiful little town strongly reminiscent of England, from the architecture of the houses to the flowers that still peep out of every corner. To this day, Sri Lanka’s “Little England” remains almost completely untouched and you feel like you’ve skipped continents as you enter its city limits.

Nuwara Eliya’s tradition has unchanged as it still known to be a retreat for the island’s elite. During its ‘season’ in April, the little town comes alive as Sri Lanka’s high society flocks there for the horse and motor races, grand dances and exclusive golf tournaments.

Visiting one of the many tea factories perched high on the hills surrounding Nuwara Eliya is definitely a must. ”world End” is another popular site in Nuwara Eliya. It is a terrifying precipice that drops vertically for about 1,000ft (328 meters) and fall away almost as steeply for another 4,000ft (1,312 meters).

Passikudah’ beach, recognized as one of safest beaches in Sri Lanka is very famous among the travellers who travel around the Sri Lankan tourism areas. It is located in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The nearest city is Batticaloa. Throughout the year the beach is fully crowded with travellers from all around the world. The sea is visualized with crystal clear water. Foreign travellers never miss this beach as it is known as an ideal destination for a sea bath.

Visitors are walking kilo meters in to the sea because the sea is not compared to other beaches of Sri Lanka. They play, scream and entertain themselves in the beach. Even small children can dive in the sea. During the Seasons, many water surfing sports men and women come to frolic with waves in Passikudah’ beach.

Polonnaruwa located at a distance of 216km from Colombo and it was the capital of Sri Lanka in medieval times .Used by the Sri Lankan kings as a “country residence” from the 7th century, Polonnaruwa became Si Lanka’s capital in the 11th century AD.

During its time the city was fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks and gardens and sanctified by many a shrine and sacred place. The city and the surrounding area were watered by a unique irrigational complex known as the sea of Parakrama (Parakrama Samudra). It is a man-made irrigation tank spread over an area of 5940acres, built by the king Parakramabahu. It is one of the most striking features of Polonnaruwa.

Located In the north-central province of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya-a city, palace and garden complex centering a 200 meter high rock-id unofficially known as the 8th wonder of the world. Literally, the word Sigiriya means the Lion Rock. Sigiriya is Sri Lanka’s most recognizable land mark and has been declared as a world heritage site.

Built in the 5 century AD, this magnificent complex of geometrically laid gardens, pools, fountains as well as oldest surviving murals of maidens was palace of King Kasyapa. The Complex consists of the central rock, rising 200 meters above the surrounding plain, and the two rectangular precincts on the east (90 hectares) and the west (40 hectares), surrounded by two moats and three ramparts.

The 650ft monolith was once a rock fortress and a royal citadel from 477 to 495 AD. The most significant feature of the rock would have been the lion staircase leading to the palace garden on the summit. All the remains now are the two colossal paws and a mass of brick masonry that surround the ancient limestone steps and the cuts and groves on the rock face give an idea of the size and shape of the lion figure. There are also remains of paintings in some of the caves at the foot of the rock. Of special significance is the painting on the roof of the cobra hood cave. The cave with its unique shape dates back to the pre-Christian era.

Situated 250km from the capital Colombo, Trincomalee is a natural harbor. Horatio Nelson, the British admiral of the 18th century had described Trincomalee the finest harbor in the world. Trincomalee offers some of the best sea bathing in the country. In the northern stretch of ‘Trinco’ known as Nilaweli, shallow beach goes up to half a mile into the sea. The beach has ample water sports facilities including fishing and sea angling. A few meters from the coast is a small rocky island good for snorkrling. The hot wells and the pigeon island are the important places of tourist interest in the vicinity. There is an old Portuguese/Dutch fort reminiscent of the colonial era.