Destinations

Mount Lavinia

Negombo

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Seetha Eliya Hindu Kovil

Sigiriya

Temple of the Tooth Relic

Uda Walawe National Park

Unawatuna

Wasgamuwa National Park

Mount Lavinia

Just 12 km south of Colombo, Mount Lavinia is an immediate city suburb and the beach is one of the better known even in colonial times. It lies alongside a wind swept headland jutting into the waters of the Indian Ocean. The sand is the softest and the waves calm and clear. The Governor's House built in 1805 by Sir Thomas Maitland, now forms part of the famous Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Negombo

A characteristic fishing town 37km north of Colombo, it is a mere 6 km from the International Airport. Set amid lush groves of coconut palms, it breathes the spirit of the sea. Negombo is a gourmet's paradise with sea food in plenty. Old world fishing craft like the outrigger canoe and the catamaran bring seer, skipjack, herring and mullet, pomfret and amber - jack while lobster and prawns are caught in the lagoon.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala elephant orphanage, just 90 km from Colombo, has largest captive herd in the world. It is also the most successful elephant breeding centre, according to reports. The elephant orphanage was established in 1995 with seven orphans today has a population of sixty two. The elephant orphanage now boasts of its sixteenth birth and the second generation of births in captivity. It has become a major tourist attraction because of its uniqueness. This is an ideal site for photography, research and education on elephants as the visitor is able to observe a large herd comprising of week old babies to sixty year olds.

Seetha Eliya Hindu Kovil

Sita Eliya is a Hill country village while the picturesque Rawana falls tumble down a mountain slope many kms away. The story of Rama an incarnation of the great Hindu God Vishnu and Sita has consorted is in explicably woven in to Sri Lankan love and life. A crossing to the folk rote, Rawana was the king of Sri Lankan many years ago, His role as a demon king and the embodiment of evil in the Ramayana is not quite accepted in the local version of the story.

Sigiriya

Also a world heritage site. It held the Palace of King Kassapa completed with moats, walls, terraces and water gardens. Most spectacular is the Mirror Wall. Today only a protected pocket remains where murals and graffiti remain, unique in history. The comely damsels portrayed in the Sigiriya Frescoes manifest an almost vivifying vibrancy.

Temple of the Tooth Relic

The Sacred Tooth Relic, housed in the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy is an object of veneration to Buddhists and the most important sacred relic in the country. The temple is one of the most sacred places in the world for Buddhists. From ancient times kings have kept the Sacred Tooth Relic in their kingdoms as a symbol of power.

Uda Walawe National Park

Situated 170 km South East of Colombo the Uda Walawe National Park is approximately 30,821 hectares in extent. This Park comprises grasslands and thorn scrubs and many valuable species of trees are found within it. Large herds of Elephants and Deer species such as spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking deer and Langur, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo, Jackal are some of the prominent wild animals found in this Park and a variety of avifauna is seen.

Unawatuna

The Unawatuna Beach Resort is situated 76 miles south of Colombo. Recognized as one of the 12 best beaches of the world, the Unawatuna Beach is regarded as a perfect creation of nature, and the area is a theme resort nestled at the edge of a superb bay, fringed by forested hillsides and miles of glorious unspoiled beach and clear turquoise sea.

Wasgamuwa National Park

Situated approximately 200 km away from Colombo, the Wasgamuwa National Park lies within the Polonnaruwa and Matale Districts and have the Mahaweli river and Amban river as its eastern and western boundaries. Tropical intermediate dry mixed evergreen forest predominates its environment.