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.
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.
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.
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 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.