Best Holiday Destinations in Sri Lanka

Known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a tropical country that is famous for a gamut of holiday destinations. With pristine beaches surrounding the island to lush greenery, paddy fields and magnificent mountains spread across the island, there are many places that you can holiday in. Here are some of the best destinations that you should not miss.

Kalpitiya Peninsula 

The Kalpitiya Peninsula is located towards the North Western coast of Sri Lanka while there is a recently developed stretch of beach “Alankuda” which is the starting point for off-shore whale watching and dolphin watching excursions in Kalpitiya. The Kalpitiya beach stretch also offers a number of water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, kite surfing and snorkelling. There are also a number of hotels and resorts that offer travellers luxurious settings as well as budget options.

Unawatuna Beach

The Unawatuna Beach is a beautiful semi circular bay area that stretches more than a kilometre while it is fringed by lush coconut groves. The beach is about 5km south of Galle and about 140km away from Colombo and offers clear blue waters and sandy beaches. One of the interesting facts about Unawatuna is that it is protected by a double reef over the bay creating somewhat of a natural pool and making it a safe swimming zone. If you are a good diver, there is some interesting marine life that you can witness. There are a few wreckages of sunken ships which makes the Unawatuna beach popular among scuba divers. The beach stretch is also famous for its extravagant beach parties, night life, restaurants, private villas and hotels.

Nuwara Eliya

The drive to Nuwara Eliya is considered as one of the most scenic journeys through Sri Lanka with long winding roads, tea covered hills, roaring waterfalls and fresh country air. The town is found at an elevation of 1868 metres above sea level and has a cold climate. Also known as the tea capital, the town also produces some of the best vegetables and fresh produces the country needs. Nuwara Eliya is also the gateway to explore many attractions in the central highlands such as the Single Tree Mountain, Mount Pedro as well as the Horton Plains National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is also known as the highest plateau of Sri Lanka which is set at an elevation of over 2000 meters. Travellers can also enjoy hiking and trekking while there are many waterfalls that are added to the beauty of the surroundings.


Known as the 2nd most ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa was a splendid medieval capital in its day. The ancient ruins of the city are found towards the east of a large manmade lake which is known as the ‘Parakrama Samudraya’. From a statue of the great ‘King Parakumba’ to palaces and temples all made cut out of stone, this historical city is a mystery that can fill you with awe. About the Author: Joanna Robinson is a content writer who loves to share her knowledge among internet users. These days she is writing about travelling tips and about Colombo Hotels