Please be advised that you will be charged up to 10 times more than natives to enter several of Sri Lanka’s tourist attractions as a foreigner.
Popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka include:
- Sri Dhalada Maligawa and Peradeniya Gardens in Kandy.
- The ancient temples in Anuradhapura, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa which are very beautiful.
- Ancient City of Sigiriya.
- Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
- Beautiful villages which look like England in Nuwara Eliya. There are many tea estates and Hakgala gardens too.
- The beaches of Unawatuna, Galle and northern areas.
- Whales in Mirissa and Kalpitiya.
- Wildlife in Yala National Park & Wilpattu for the best wildlife Safari experience. Go to Udawalawe to see elephants and Kumana National Park (Yala East) for birdwatching.
- The unexplored Sri Lanka in Jaffna and the islands in the Northern Province (Delft).
- See Negombo’s beaches, all sandy and blue.
Sri Lanka has a rich cultural and natural legacy dating back more than 2,500 years, and its World Heritage Sites are among the country’s unquestionable highlights. Sri Lanka presently has the second highest number of World Heritage Sites listed in South Asia, with eight recognized listings (only India, with 30, has more). The enormous Central Highlands (containing three highland parks: Horton Plains National Park, Knuckles Mountain Range, and Peak Wilderness Protected Area), which were inscribed in 2010, are the most recent addition. Aside from these, Sri Lanka has identified two potential World Heritage Sites: Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara and Seruwila to Sri Pada (Sacred Foot Print Shrine), a historic pilgrim path along Sri Lanka’s Mahaweli river.