Places to Live with Nature
Hortan Plains National Park
Horton Plains is a silent, strange, yet beautiful world with cloud forests and alpine grasslands. This is the only National Park in Sri Lanka where you can hike without a guide—and safely—so don’t hesitate to take the nine kilometer loop that goes through past World’s End and Bakers Falls, an easy stroll that is 9.5 kilometers. If you enjoy camping, there are campsites you can reserve in advance, and even more excellent hikes lurking in the shadows of Sri Lanka’s second and third highest mountain peaks. If you want to stay close to nature, book a room at the World’s End Lodge, which has an in-house restaurant. Or you can check out more food options in Ohiya. No matter who you are, or what you like, Horton Plains National Park has something for you!
Do you love waterfalls, adventures, and the unique charm of the British? Then stop in to Nuawara Eliya—this is the perfect place for you! Nuwara Eliya began with British Colonialism, and has been a rising star in the resort world in more recent decades. Here, you’ll find cooler climates, abundant waterfalls, and so much more. From the Hakgala Gardens, to St. Clair’s Waterfall, to the Seetha Amman temple, there’s a little bit for everyone. When you’re tired of nature, check out some horse racing, or go for a hike up Piduruthalagala mountain. Bet you’ll never guess what else there is to offer (except great accommodations and even better food) . . . golfing! Can you believe the wide variety of things that Nuwara Eliya has for you? What are you waiting for! Come visit today.
Stop reading if you don’t love tea plantations, stunning mountain vistas, and cityscapes with every possible amenity at your whim. Haputale is a wonderful stepping off point for many of Sri Lanka’s vast, stunning offerings. Do you love waterfalls? Don’t miss Diyaluma Falls. Haputale Gap offers breaktaking views. Keep an eye open, and you may even glimpse water on the horizon. If the Dambathenna Tea Factory isn’t enough for you tea lovers out there, check out Lipton’s Seat for an in-depth view into famous Robert Lipton’s life as a tea plantation owner in Sri Lanka. The Tangalamai Bird Sanctuary is a haven for the sweet, twittering little creatures. For a rare treat, visit the Adisham Monastary, which is only one of eighteen (in the world) of the Sylvestrine Congregation, which branched off the Benedictines. From breathtaking views, to downtown city life, Haputale is a rare, delightful mix of environments you won’t soon forget. We can’t wait to see you here!
Kandalama is definitely one of the top tourist attractions of Sri Lanka! Previous travelers advise keeping at least four to five days aside for a vacation at Kandalama. There’s a little bit here for everyone. For nature enthusiasts, take a boat ride on Kandalama Lake, a Jeep safari at Sigiriya, or at the eco park. Keep an eye out for animals such as elephants on the safari! History lovers will love Sigiriya, the Dambulla Museum, or the Rock Cave Temples. And for outdoors enthusiasts, we suggest renting a bike and cycling around! Book a stay at one of our local hotels for a comfortable accommodation, and grab some local food.
Muthurajawela offers scenic views of a lush, wetland environment that you can’t get anywhere else, and marvelous bird watching opportunities that you don’t want to miss. The Muthurajawela Mangrove Sanctuary is a one-of-a-kind stop for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike, as it protects over a hundred bird species and provides lush, fertile nesting and breeding grounds. When you tire of the dense forest canopy, stop by St. Lucia’s Cathedral for a catholic mass, the Muthurajawela Visitor Center for education on the local flora and fauna, or Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil for a little Hindu history. There are local places to stay and delicious food to eat near Negombo, so don’t miss this beautiful sanctuary and opportunity to explore another hidden Sri Lankan gem.
Bellanwila Bird Sanctuary
The Bellanwila Bird Sanctuary promises any traveler a magical time! You don’t have to experience this place from the back of the Jeep. At Bellanwila, you can explore the trails of the marshland on your own! A viewing tower in the middle of the sanctuary gives you a birds eye view and the dense cover is an adventure unto itself. Not only are there over a hundred species of birds, but other animals too! Keep your eyes open for butterflies, crocodiles, jackals, even several species of fish. The National Zoological Gardens make their home nearby, which is another must-see place, especially for animal lovers. They promote conservation, research, and education to improve the lives of Sri Lankan animals. Of course, it wouldn’t be Sri Lanka without history! So stop at some of the local ancient temples for a bit of quiet time before you head back to your comfortable hotel.
Udawattakele Forest Reserve, Kandy
If you want a mix of nature and city access, the Udawattakele Forest Sanctuary is a must-see on your trip! With close access to the city—it sits in downtown Kandy overlooking the sacred Shrine of the Tooth—you can get a special mix of nature and city life. It’s a reserve rich and thick with flora and fauna amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Not only is it a reprieve from the busy bustle, but it’s surrounded by many wonderful things to do! The Tea Museum, the Udawattakele monasteries, the Shrine of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and many more.
Weerawila Bird Sanctuary
The Weerawila Bird Sanctuary in southern Sri Lanka is a must-visit place for any nature lover or bird enthusiast. Not only are there literally hundreds of birds to explore, but other animals as well! Keep an eye out for elephants, sambar deer, and the elusive sloth bear. Explore every reservoir, grassland, and forest area within the park on your Jeep Safari—which is the only way to get inside. There are historical ruins and stupa’s nearby for history lovers, and comfortable accommodations in the nearby town. Grab some local cuisine, prop up your feet, and keep an eye out. These birds are everywhere!
Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary
Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary is a beautiful heaven for birds, mammals, fish, and tourists alike! This is a wonderful place to stop and appreciate Sri Lankan nature and its beautiful habitats. After your Jeep Safari to spot birds—and maybe see an elephant or sloth bear—head over to the boat rides! You’re sure to spot most species of waterfowl that way. When you’re done, the ocean awaits! Kalametiya boasts a beautiful strand of white sand beach that not only provides a swimming ground with gentle waves, but also an area for local fishing. Get your scoop of local culture by watching the fisherman come in with their catch of the day. Tangalla is the nearby town, and offers any kind of accommodation from hostels to luxurious resorts. Delicious seafood is also on the menu in most restaurants here! Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary is a place you’ll never forget.
If you want to see untamed, wild Sri Lanka, Sinharaja National Park is where you want to start. Not only is this place a UNESCO World Heritage Site (and rightly so), but it’s one of the last pristine rainforests on the island nation. Go on a lazy stroll through the rainforest and watch for rare and endemic birds. Want to climb a mountain? Mulawella mountains awaits. Be bring water and good shoes, it’s steep and slippery. If you want a less strenuous way to observe the reserve, hire a Jeep safari. Just keep an eye out! Several endangered animals live here, such as the Indian elephant and the leopard. Do you want more adventure? Great! Because you still have to go see Kiruwananaganga falls. And don’t miss Duwili Ella falls either. These beautiful glimpses of nature’s raw power will surely delight you. While you’re out, stop by the Kolawenigama temple, which was built to look a lot like the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. There are plenty of comfortable accommodations with delicious, in-house restaurants for you to stay at, so don’t wait! Grab your rooms—and your hiking boots—today.
For those seeking natural adventures and beautiful sites, Bandarawela is another stop on the long list of offerings from Sri Lanka. It boasts not only natural beauties, but historical ones as well. The Doova temple houses a thirty-eight foot Buddha statue carved into granite that draws many tourists every year. Are you Roman Catholic? Then St. Anthony’s church is another great religious stop for you. Bandarawela boasts not one, not two, but four stunning waterfalls within easy reach and short hikes. If you’re a hiker, then make sure to dominate Nayabedda mountain, or climb up to Poarawagala, where the stunning view will give you a broad, overhead glimpse of Bandarawela. This quaint little town promises passionate nature experiences as well as stunning glimpses into local culture. Bandarawela is waiting for you!
Wawulpane Falls and Caves also known as “cave of bats” are two of Sri Lanka’s natural wonders which attract a lot of tourists every year. Waulpane cave is a famous limestone cave with an underground waterfall. They are located in eastern slopes of the Rakwana Mountain Range near the Udawalawe National Park in Rathnapura. It is one of the largest bat communities on earth. There are a number of other tourist places near these caves from the green lush tree plantations, to a number of waterfalls, there are several accommodation options, but they are not that close to the Waulpane Falls and Caves.
Dunhinda Falls is a beautiful smoky waterfall situated on the Dunhinda Hills. Its mystical beauty adds to its already spectacular natural splendor. One of the most popularly visited waterfalls of Sri Lanka, Dunhinda Falls can be visited at any time of the year though the best time is said to be around June and July. The fresh waters of the waterfalls, the adjoining lush green hills and stunning flora and fauna have made Dunhinda Falls so well known. The number of tourists visiting every year keeps on increasing with every passing year. However, absence of good restaurants in the vicinity of the waterfall causes few problems.
If you are looking to spend a relaxing holiday with your friends and family with a bit of adventure in the hills, Diyaluma Falls is the ideal holiday destination for you. The towering waterfall with its several small pools and cascades create spectacular natural beauty which pulls in tourists from all over the world. The scenery of the adjoining hills and the woods are absolutely breathtaking. Whether you plan to stay for a few days or the entire week, Diyaluma Falls is the best choice. Beautiful scenery with delicious cuisines and quality accommodations make Diyaluma Falls one of the most visited places of Sri Lanka. Make sure to visit this wonderful place for some great experience.
Bambarakanda Ella Falls
Bambarakanda Ella Falls might not be the easiest to reach, as it comes down a highly steep mountainous path and is a towering 240 kilometres high. In spite of that, many adventurers and tourists flock to this mighty waterfall every year to catch a glimpse and experience the magnificent natural beauty together with its flora and fauna. Lack of hotels and absence of quality restaurants, coffee shops and eateries are indeed problems faced by the tourists, but the eating options available along the roads are quite good as they offer a taste of the local cuisines. There are also plenty of places to sleep and nearby, so no need to worry!
The Ravana falls, a famous sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka is situated in Badulla district. This is one of the widest waterfalls of Sri Lanka. There are caves around the fall which makes it more attractive. Whether you want to pamper yourself with Ayurveda spa treatment or just want to take a walk amidst the tea plantation or relax and enjoy the serenity of nature, Ravana falls will not let you down. It is a great place for a fun-filled family vacation amongst the picturesque view and lush greenery and will definitely go down the memory lane.
Lakshapana Falls, situated in the Maskeliya area of the Nuwara Eliya district of Sri Lanka, provides an ideal getaway for weekends and short trips. Availability of delicious local cuisines with international delicacies and plenty of quality hotels to choose from, Lakshapana Falls pulls in tourists almost all year round. Splendid natural beauty, great views, stunning greenery, refreshing pure air, together with delicious food make Lakshapana a very popular tourist destination.
Ramboda Ella Falls
Ramboda Ella Falls is another stunning waterfall in Sri Lanka. It is the 11th highest waterfall in the country and 729th in the world. It forms a shape of letter ‘Y’ as the water flows from two sides; Puna Oya from the left and Pundalu Oya from the right which finally merge at the bottom. This breathtaking waterfall is surrounded by misty mountains and tea plantations. One can rejuvenate in the beautiful surroundings as the temperature is also moderate. Apart from the scenic beauty of the place there are great accommodation facilities in an around the falls making it an excellent holiday spot.
Aberdeen Falls is in Nuwara Eliya and is famed for being one of the best places to get wet in. Coming from a country surrounded by water, that sure is a compliment. The fresh waters of the waterfalls and rivers let you breathe in the clean air and binds you in a spell with its magical beauty. The trekking and mountaineering are an added bonus to the near perfect vacation. Being one of the best places to relax and spend some quality time with your loved ones, the good accommodation and delicious food doesn’t hurt the picture either. It’s an easily accessible location and therefore, saves you the hassle of misguided routes and lost episodes. The treks, jungle walks, caves, mysteries, folklores, tea estates, old world bungalows, delicious warm meals and the just perfect climate makes up for the vacationers dream come true.
Bopath Ella Falls
Bopath Ella Falls is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Sri Lanka. Its proximity to Colombo and its easy accessibility to other important Sri Lankan cities make it an ideal destination for a short weekend trip. The beautiful scenery and the local folklore add charm to this stunning Bopath Ella Falls. Availability of good hotels and restaurants attract tourists not only from Sri Lanka but also from other parts of the world. Whether it’s a trip with your family or a weekend getaway with friends, a visit to the Bopath Ella Falls is an ideal vacation.
With its extraordinary natural beauty, stunning greenery and more than sufficient number of good quality of hotels and restaurants available nearby, Devon Falls is one of the top crowd pullers in the Nuwara Eliya district of Sri Lanka. The main characteristic of this waterfall is its snake like meandering formation that lends it a class and elegance of its own. Ideal for a relaxing weekend getaway or a short trip, Devon Falls is the perfect host. Get ready to lose yourself in the magnificent splendor of nature with some great local cuisines and luxury. Overall, Devon Falls is an unforgettable experience that you must have.
Saint Clair’s falls
Saint Clair’s falls or the “Little Niagara of Sri Lanka” is a beautiful waterfall situated on the main route to Nuwara Eliya from Colombo. The fall is easily visible from the main road and is surrounded by tea gardens. It is also the widest waterfall in the country. To reach the massive pool of water one has to walk down about 500m among the tea bushes. Though it is one of the many falls which will be affected by the hydro power project but since it is a popular tourist spot the water will be released in limited quantity so as to avoid complete vanishing of the fall. The panoramic view in and around the fall with some great hotels to stay makes it a perfect destination for a holiday away from the hustle bustle of the city life.
Fresh air, jungle forests, and wild animals await you in a camping adventure through Sri Lanka! Not only is the land of history and culture, but Sri Lanka boasts plenty of places to get outside and commune with nature. Stop by Horton Plains National Park for a wonderful camping experience, and be sure to check out World’s End while you’re there. In the mood for lots of animals? Check out Yala or Kumana National Parks as well. There’s a landscape for everyone in Sri Lanka, from the range of mountains at Knuckles Conservation Forest—the mountains look like the five knuckles of a fist—or the African-esque spots in Udawalawe. Just in case camping isn’t as fun as you expected, there are plenty of places to stay all over, so don’t worry! No matter where you go, it’s going to be an adventure!
If there’s anything that Sri Lanka does right, it’s turtle conservation! There are many opportunities to get close with these beautiful creatures and learn more about them. Turtle hatcheries abound across Sri Lanka. Visit Rekawa Beach for a turtle watching tour to observe these animals in their natural habitats, or the Hikkaduwa Turtle Farm and Hatchery. Here on the off season? No problem! The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery is opened all year long. Other places include the Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery in Habaraduwa, Yala National Park, Bundala National Park, and Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. No matter where you go, you’ll become enamored with these beautiful creatures. It’s the perfect addition to a beautiful Sri Lanka vacation. Don’t act like a scared turtle—book your visit today!
The rainforests of Sri Lanka are not only protected, but revered by the members of this island nation. And why not? They’re rich with diverse flora and fauna, providing sanctuary and life to all the animals that are sheltered inside. Fortunately, Sri Lanka has no lack of rainforests to draw you in! Start in the Kitulgala Forest Reserve, where you can not only explore the trails, but white water raft as well! Wander under the dense canopy of the Kottawa Forest Reserve, where the sunlight can’t even pierce the thick vegetation. Thanks to a rich biodiversity, the Muthurajawela Marsh is a protected wetlands area where you can explore life in the marsh. No matter what rainforest you visit, be sure to bring a change of clothes! It rains six months out of the year there. Don’t worry about where you’ll stay, because accommodations and delicious food abound wherever you got. We can’t wait to see you in the rainforests. Be sure to bring sturdy trekking shoes!
Go take a hike—in Sri Lanka! There is an abundance of nature trails at various levels for every type of hiker. Trekking trails provide a unique experience. You get to experience the wonder of Sri Lanka while getting outside in the sunshine. A win-win! If you’re looking for an easy stroll, stop by Mulawella. Horton Plains National Park has a moderate circular trail leading to Bakers Falls, Worlds End, and Mini-Worlds end that you don’t want to miss. And finally, for the strenuous inclined, take your pick of the Nitro Caves or Sinhagala. The view from the top is worth it! At the end of the day, you can sink into a freshly-made bed at any of our comfortable accommodations and get a delicious meal to energize you for another hike the next day! Come to Sri Lanka and hike through the wild side.
Run your hands through the vast, rich expanse of Sri Lankan soil through Agrotourism! It’s time to get down and get dirty and learn more about tea plantations, rubber plants, irrigation systems (some of which are ancient!) as well as rubber tapping. Dig your fingers into Sri Lanka’s wild side at the CIC farms in Polonarruwa or Gadadessa. Or stroll through the Gannoruwa Agriculture Technology Park, a beautiful park near Kandy. Learn more about dairy farming in Vavuniya. No matter which part of Sri Lanka you decide to learn more about, you’ll find comfortable accommodations, delicious food, and friendly locals. We can’t wait to see you on the farm!