Guide to the Most Amazing Places in SRI LANKA

My three-week visit to the Island of Sri Lanka was a mesmerizing experience. The historic remains, the preserved natural richness, the white beaches, and colorful traditional attires were pleasing to the eye and soothing to the soul.

Mihintale, an amazing place in Sri Lanka
One of Sri Lanka’s most sacred places: Aradhana Gala where Buddhist monk Mahinda landed as he met with King Devanampiyatissa.

Let this guide take you to some of the most amazing places this beautiful country has to offer.

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Guide to ANURADHAPURA and MIHINTALE

Here comes my guide to Anuradhapura. Anu… what? Read my lips: Anuradhapura. It is one of Sri Lanka’s ancient capitals. A visit can easily be combined with a trip to Mihintale, a holy place of Sinhalese Buddhism.

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O come, all ye faithful, joyful, and triumphant….to the Abhayagiri Dagaba in the northern part of Anuradhapura.

Although it’s also famous for its ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization, there are pleasingly few tourists around, but huge numbers of truly faithful.

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Guide to POLONNARUWA

Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. First of all, I’d like to say that due to their length, these Sri Lankan names are very twitter-unfriendly.

Statue of King Parakramabahu I
Welcome to the Kingdom of  King Parakramabahu I

Apart from the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, Polonnaruwa consists of the monumental ruins of the garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century.

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Guide to SIGIRIYA and a daytrip to DAMBULLA

Another day, another place, another homestay:
Here comes a guide to Sigiriya from where – after exploring the Lion Rock – you can still go on a daytrip to Dambulla to see the beautiful cave temples.

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If you really need assistance climbing up, there are many young men willing to help you for a tip.

Sigiriya is probably the most famous and iconic landmark in Sri Lanka, and while it is also a town, it mainly consists of small houses scattered in a jungle-ish area.

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Guide to KANDY

and an inspiring Temple Hike from Embekke to Pilimathalawa

Guide to Kandy – geographically and metaphorically Sri Lanka’s navel. Everybody goes there, some people even straight from the airport.

Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy
Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

After having spent four days in Kandy, I ask myself: Why?

Honestly, I didn’t really get it. And after some additional online-research I’m definitely convinced that it is almost hysterically overrated.

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The Highlands: Guide to NUWARA ELIYA and HAPUTALE

Let me guide you to Nuwara Eliya and Haputale in Sri Lanka’s Highlands, an earthly Garden Eden where the world-famous Ceylon Tea is growing.

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Tea plantations make the landscape seem so soft – albeit, the plant itself is pretty sturdy.

While I was soaking in the dreamy landscape around Nuwara Eliya, the rolling hills covered with tea bushes, the skies opened and within minutes, everything was….soaked.

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Guide to UDAWALAWE

Whatever you like, you’ll find it in Sri Lanka: Whether it’s archeological sites, lush sceneries in the highlands, jungles, beaches – and animals, lots and lots of wild animals and endemic birds. You can observe them on Safaris – where the only kind of shootin’ is with your camera, of course. Although the most popular Safari-site is Yalla, the national park of Udawalawe doesn’t offer only the far cooler name, it grants also a much more idyllic and intimate experience – mainly with elephants, that are not in the room since they are roaming practically everywhere.
Here is a Guide.

Solitary elephant taking a foot bath in Udawalawe
Solitary elephant taking a foot bath.
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MIRISSA – Beach Hopping

It wasn’t even on purpose that I neatly divided my trip into three parts: culture tour during the first week, nature trip during the second, and now it’s the final countdown on the coast.
Beach Hopping from Mirissa.

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Mirissa’s iconic Parrot Rock with an epic view of both sides of the beach and the wide ocean.

But first I spent two thoughtful and memorable days in Tangalle.

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