Agro Technology Park, Gannoruwa is one of the finest of its kind in Sri Lanka maintained by the Department of Agriculture. Located in the tropical climate of Kandy, the gateway to the central highlands, the park is bounded on three sides by the river Mahaweli at Gannoruwa. There are a majority of agricultural related institutions located. The total area is 2km. The mean elevation above sea level is about 1550 ft (473m)
You might want to keep to yourself the award-winning golf course, the year round temperate tropical climate, the swimming pool, luxury accommodation and warm friendly welcome at this international resort.
Victoria Golf & Country Resort offers a feast for the senses. Wander down fairways lined by majestic Mara Rain Trees, just as two or three white egrets swoop across the landscape; absorb the fragrance of magnificently flowering shrubs, take an evening swim in our infinity pool with unparalleled views of mountains and flowing landscapes, or play a set or two of tennis. Then there is dinner on the Terrace as the sun sets behind the magnificent Knuckles Mountain Range.
Originally an uninhabited system of forests and meadows lying in the shadow of Pidurutalagala (Mt Pedro, 2524m), Nuwara Eliya became a singularly British creation, having been ‘discovered’ by colonial officer John Davy in 1819.
Nuwara Eliya meaning ‘City of Light’ upkeeps it’s colonial hill station atmosphere more completely than any place in the subcontinent. The town still keeps the atmosphere of a misplaced British village, with hedges, rose gardens and red-roofed bungalows sporting names. It was a favored romping ground for the tea planters, the ‘wild men of the hills’ as one British governor called them. The Old Post Office, the Racecourse, the English country house–styled Hill Club with its hunting pictures, mounted fish and hunting trophies and the 18-hole golf course all somehow seem more British than Britain itself.
The luxurious Norwood Bungalow commands a fine view of the eastern end of the Bogawantalawa Valley, resting in the shelter of one of the finest bamboo area to be found in the island. It is here where planters of the past invited friends to enjoy the pristine air and glorious outlook. You too can wander the gardens unchanged since yesteryear, soaking up the atmosphere of a time gone by. Enjoy a traditional English Tea on the lawns served by authentically dressed butlers, many from the same families that served the planters during the colonial period.
Built by an obsessed monarch in the 5th century, Sigiriya or Lion Rock is an astonishing feat of engineering and construction. The most striking portion of Sigiriya, a terracotta and grey core of rock set in the cultural heart of Sri Lanka, rises a sheer 200 metres above a forested plain, its flattened summit sloping gently. A series of moats, ramparts and water gardens — remnants of an ancient city — spread out on two sides of the rock, with the remains of a pair of giant stone lion’s paws still guarding the staircase that leads to the summit, once occupied by a royal palace.
Located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level rises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length. It is home to the Worlds most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colors and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era ) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century. Sinhalese people call it as ‘ Dambulu Gala’ ( Dambulla Rock) and the Temple is called as the ‘ Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya’ (Golden Rock Dambulla Temple).
For over 1000 years, Sinhalese and South Indian Kings ruled from the vast palaces of Anuradhapura, which in its time was the capital of Sri Lanka. Being one of the oldest, most extensive and important of Sri Lankan royal capitals, its size and the length of its history is extensive and more importantly mystical. Its secrets hidden in the shroud of times make it more difficult to comprehend than younger, shorter-lived Polonnaruwa.
The historical towns of Tissa and Kataragama are located South East in the Hambantota district. Tissa is dominated by lotus filled lakes, lush green paddyfields and gigantic Dagobas (Buddhist temples) that dates back to the 2nd century B.C. The jungle shrine of Kataragama located an hours drive away from Tissa and has great religious and historical significance that cuts across race and religion that brings together Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians each day to worship at its numerous temples of all faiths located within the sacred city.
Polonnaruwa is a town. It’s the main town of Polonnaruwa District in the North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa, remains as the royal ancient city of polonnaru kingdom.
The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader. The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Galle is thriving. The fortified old town is enjoying an artistic renaissance and the beautiful beaches around it are dotted with luxurious villas and classy boutique hotels. The revival of Galle, in fact, has quietly influenced its coastline, which has regained its confidence and which has become a favored retreat for intelligent, independent travelers. It is this area – both north and south of the town. Galle’s main attraction is the 17C Dutch Fort, a UNESCO protected World Heritage site. But Galle is also the gateway to seductive sandy coves and the coastal villages of Unawatuna, Thalpe, Koggala and Habaraduwa.
Matara is a beautiful place in the country of Sri Lanka that is situated at a serene and calm location. The views that can be seen from this place are spectacular and people enjoy a lot when they come to Matara. There is also a wide cultural aspect to the place and the religious traditions as well as other major modern values are followed side by side in this city.
It is situated in the south of Colombo which makes it an important city since it is near a megacity of Sri Lanka. There are shady zones, trees and greenery, some beautiful birds and wildlife as well as the profound ecosystem that mesmerizes the people from all across the globe into this very culture and city.
Discover paradise at Koggala Beach, which has the honor of being the longest beach in Sri Lanka. In very close proximity to the popular Unawatuna Beach, the Koggala Beaches uncluttered as a tourist destination and mostly unexplored. The soft sandy pristine beaches beckon visitors to travel just that little bit further down south to indulge in a heavenly holiday filled with endless sand, surf and sun. So come visit Koggala a place rich in history and beauty with its calm blue mangrove fringed lagoons.
The unspoiled sea fronted City on the beautiful south coast of Sri Lanka.
At your own leisure you can discover the abundant stunning white sand beaches, such as Tangalle Bay Beach- Beautiful Lagoons with Luscious green Mangroves, take a peaceful river safari and watch the abundant bird life – watch Turtles, Dolphins and Whales all in their natural habitat.
The world famous Blow Hole is located near Tangalle as is the tranquil Buddhist Rock Temple of Mulkirigalle
Heading eastward from Tangalle, the scenery changes from the lush green of the southwest to more open landscapes as you enter the dry zone of southeastern Sri Lanka.
Hambantota, 240km (150 miles) from Colombo, is an independent travelers’ haven that is showing some of the signs of escalating into a fully fledged holiday resort.
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Actually it consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public; and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names also, like Ruhuna National Park Yala – Sri Lanka for the (best known) block 1 and Kumana National Park or ‘Yala East’ for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds.
Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu; Land of Lakes) is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” (Natural lakes) – Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park is located 30 km west Anuradhapura and located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo). The park is 131, 693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly sixty lakes (Willu) and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. Wilpattu is the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world renowned for its Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population. The Leopard population in Wilpattu is still not yet known.
Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. The park earned revenue of Rs. 10.7 millions in the six months ending in August 2009. Along with Kaudulla and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. The park is situated 182 kilometres (113 mi) from Colombo.
Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972. Before the designation of the national park, the area was used for shifting cultivation (chena farming). The farmers were gradually removed once the national park was declared. The park is 165 kilometres (103 mi) from Colombo. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan Elephants. It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country
Arugam Bay is one of the pristine beaches in Sri Lanka. Located in the East coast, 300km away from Colombo, It has everything a beach can offer. Arugam Bay is among the top ten surf locations in the world. The decent tide at Arugam Bay can be categorized into three. The big for advanced surfers, the medium for the intermediates and the small for the novices. It is also an amazing place for diving. Numerous ship wrecks and the diverse underwater environment make it a spectacle for the underwater photographers and divers. A boat ride in the Potuvil Lagoon which is a few kilometers away from the bay makes the journey a remarkable one where wild elephants come for food and crocodiles spy in silence. It is also home to unique species of birds.
Graceful Peace Pagoda Temple is an inspiration about peace and Buddhism, with an enormous shrine and a memorial to prompt the community for non- violence. Local and foreign travelers who are intended to relax and free their minds are welcome. Peace Pagoda at Ampara was built on the 27th of February 1988.These stupas are built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fuhi Thero; founder of the Nipponzan – Myohoji Nikaya..
Nichiadtsu Fuhi Thero was motivated of a meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1931. Therefore he decided to promote nonviolence voluntarily. Nichiadtsu Fuhi Thero began to build these stupas in 1947.
An important city of Sri Lanka, Batticaloa (colloquially referred to as Batti) is the former capital of the Eastern Province, and is one of the major commercial cities of the region. The geography of Batticaloa makes it a beautiful place to visit the town is a stretch of land surrounded on either side by water the Indian Ocean on the eastern side and a combination of three lagoons on the opposite side. Remains dating back to the Portuguese and Dutch rule keep its colonial past alive
Trincomalee is a beautiful city based in the eastern side of Sri Lanka and is the fifth largest natural harbor in the world. The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbors and is rated as one of the finest of its kind in the world and attracted great seafarers like Marco Polo, Ptolemy and Sea Traders China and East Asia from the ancient times. Historically referred to as Gokanna or Gokarna it has been a sea port that has played a major role in maritime and international trading history of Sri Lanka.
Pasikuda beach, recognized as one of safest beaches in Sri lanka is very famous among the travelers who travel around the sri lankan tourism areas. It is located in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The nearest city is Batticloa. Throughout the year the beach is fully crowded with travelers from all around the world. The sea is visualized with crystal clear water. Foreign travelers never miss this beach as it is known as an ideal destination for a sea bath.
Nilaveli (Pronounced Nilaa-Veli, Tamil translation Open-land of the moon-shine) is a coastal resort town located about 16 km North-West of Trincomalee, Trincomalee District, Sri Lanka. It used to be a popular tourist destination, however due to 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and Sri Lankan Civil War tourist numbers have declined, until 2010 onwards, we can see a significant increase in the number of tourists. Once again Nilaveli has become one of the main tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.
Vavuniya District is one of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka, the second level administrative division of the country. The district is administered by a District Secretariat headed by a District Secretary (previously known as a Government Agent) appointed by the central government of Sri Lanka. The capital of the district is the city of Vavuniya.