There are many reasons to love Sri Lanka. Here, we’ve listed a few of the most beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka. Be prepared to be swept away by the beauty of this island nation – and keep your camera at the ready!
1. Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens are located in Peradeniya, about six kilometres outside the city of Kandy. The lush gardens span some 60 hectares and is home to 4,000 different species. Don’t miss out a visit to the orchid house and remember to strike a pose at the suspended bridge. A particularly scenic and Instagram friendly spot is the palm alley which you can see as the featured photo above. All in all, the Royal Botanical Gardens are definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka.
2. Galle Fort
Visiting the UNESCO protected Galle Fort is like taking a step back in time. The seaside fortress was originally built way back in 1588 by the Portuguese and later significantly fortified by the Dutch. Today, strolling down the cobblestone lanes and roaming the fortress walls will bring history to life, and the sunsets you can catch at Flag Rock are some of the best on the island. Read more about visiting Galle Fort.
3. Sigiriya Fortress
Sigiriya Fortress, also known as Lion’s Rock, is one of the most beautifully preserved archeological sites in Sri Lanka. The UNESCO World Heritage Site and its surroundings have been inhabited for over 4,000 years. Visitors can take in the views atop the ancients fortress and feast their eyes on the vast gardens and historical frescoes etched on the walls. Locals sometimes refer to Sigiriya as the “Eight Wonder of the World.”
4. Adam’s Peak
Adam’s Peak is one of the most scenic spots in Sri Lanka. This summit point is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Sri Lanka and offers sweeping vistas overlooking the UNESCO protected Central Highlands. A sunrise trek to the highest summit will prove once and for all that Adam’s Peak is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka.
5. Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla Cave Temple is also known as The Golden Temple and is regarded by many as the most beautiful and well preserved temple in the country. The cave monastery has been a holy pilgrimage site for a staggering 22 centuries. The largest cave complex in Sri Lanka, Dambulla Cave Temple houses amazing frescoes and statues in a unique cave setting. Not surprisingly, the temple is a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site.
6. Mirissa Beach
Sri Lanka is known for offering some of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in the world. Mirissa Beach is one of the most beautiful beach destinations on the island. The sea side village offers the best of laid back island life with a stretch of white sand beach hugged by the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Check out our guide to the best beaches in Sri Lanka.
7. Train from Kandy to Ella
While not technically a place, the train ride from Kandy to Ella is without a doubt one of the most beautiful sights in Sri Lanka. This stretch of rail road track is often credited as the most beautiful train ride in Sri Lanka – or even in the world! The train ride offers amazing views of tea plantations and cascading hillside and passes by idyllic local villages. The scenery is ever changing and the train zooms through multiple bridges and tunnels along the way. Taking this train was definitely one of the highlights of our 10 days in Sri Lanka.