Top 10 Things to do around Habarana Sri Lanka
The great traveller Marco Polo once said that it’s the most beautiful island in the world!! Yeah, Sri Lanka also previously known as ‘Ceylon’ is one of the most travel worthy islands around the world rightly called as the Pearl of Indian Ocean.
This gem shaped island nation lies on the southernmost end of the Indian subcontinent and is home to some of the spectacular landscapes, amazing waterfalls, vivid tea gardens, golden beaches, glorious architectural monuments, train journeys and a lot more to discover. But all this is just the tip of an iceberg!
It won’t be possible to include info on all such mesmerising places in a single blog. So, here we will be taking you on a journey to Habarana, a beautiful city in Sri Lanka and the top 10 things you can explore in Habarana!!! Shall we start?
Where is Habarana?
Habarana is a city located in the Anuradhapura district of Sri Lanka and is a popular tourism focal point to travel to nearby tourist attractions. It is also the starting point for safari to nearby jungle and Minneriya sanctuary that’s mainly popular of elephants.
The city has some of the best hotels in Sri Lanka with added advantage of being near to many tourist places and wildlife attractions. It is considered as one of the most prominent resting place for travellers. We will provide you the best deals on Sri Lanka Travel packages, Sri Lanka honeymoon packages and family holiday packages for a trip worth remembering!! So wait not and book your journey while you read this blog!!
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Now, let’s move on to the top 10 ways you can explore Habarana in Sri Lanka!!
Climb Sigiriya Lion Rock
One of the notable architectural sites in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya also known as Lion rock is an ancient rock fortress that is accessible by steep stairs and is home to the ruins of an ancient 5th century city.
This place holds great significance in the history of the nation and is one of the most spectacular architectural wonder around Habarana. It is situated around 15 kilometers away from the city and is easily accessible by a taxi or tuk-tuk.
Sigiriya is also listed under UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and is a must visit place for anyone travelling to Sri Lanka.
Safari at Minneriya National Park
Previously a wildlife sanctuary, Minneriya National Park is the perfect choice for nature lovers especially if you want to witness a glorious elephant gathering.
The park is also one of the Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Sri Lanka. Apart from the largest mammal on earth, the elephant, the park also inhabits two endemic monkeys of Sri Lanka i.e. purple-faced langur and toque macaque, deer species, sloth, grey slender loris, leopard, bear, a lot of bird species and reptilians.
Park also holds a third century reservoir constructed by the ruler of that era and you can enjoy the thrill and beauty of this nature’s trail via a ride through our adventurous jungle safari. The park is located around half to one hour away from Habarana and you can easily reach via taxi or a jeep safari ride.
Visit Dambulla Cave Temple
Another architectural and cultural marvel of Sri Lanka that you cannot miss out is the Dambulla Cave temple. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a cave monastery with five sanctuaries and is the largest best preserved cave temple complex of the country which has remained as a holy pilgrimage centre for 22 centuries.
The temple has various Buddhist mural paintings throughout the surface and also has 157 statues depicting various Buddha postures and other religious architect. It is considered as one of the most magnificent Buddhist complexes in Southern Asia with its intricate designs and interiors and continued tradition of Buddhist traditions and rituals.
Experience Bullock Cart Ride at Habarana
Everyone wants to experience a glimpse to the good old days and what’s the best way to live it than the ride on a bullock cart, right? You can encounter this traditional Sri Lankan mode of transportation in the village of Habarana on a pathway amidst lush green paddy fields. With a 30 minute ride you can steadily enjoy the farm life of Sri Lanka. Seems like a good travel memory to have right!!!
Catamaran Ride at Habarana
Journey to Habarana is incomplete without a Catamaran ride to have a first-hand experience of the village life in Sri Lanka. Live this adventure through a ride in the lake and watch the fishermen at work, see the farm life, spot the fishes and other native fauna and taste some of the delicious local cuisine on the way. The ride will lead you to a beautiful journey in the lake filled with beautiful water lilies surrounded by palm trees while enjoying the sound of nature.
Learn to Cook Typical Sri Lankan Food
You can get a memorable culinary experience while your stay in
. Yeah, the best way to indulge in local foods is to learn to cook the traditional cuisine by the native Sri Lankans. You can relish this experience in Habarana and can enjoy some delicious food for your taste buds.
Kaudulla Eco Park Jeep Safari
Kaudulla National Park is one of the travel worthy destinations for nature lovers and is popular as a habitat for elephants, sambar deer, axis deer, wild boar, chevrotain, various bird species like grey headed fish eagle, Asian spoonbill, painted stork, etc.
You can also get the pleasure to spot leopard and sloth bear in the park if you are lucky!! Going through a Jeep Safari in the Kaudulla Eco Park will be an adventurous thrill worth saying YES to!!! You can book a safari now with our special Sri Lanka Holiday Packages!
Explore Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
Popular as the ancient royal city in Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa is on the bucket list of every travel enthusiast who travels to Sri Lanka. What makes this ancient place worth visiting include a lot of architectural attractions like the king’s Royal Palace, a well preserved king’s Audience Hall with amazing stone carvings on walls, the royal swimming pool, the sacred quadrangle, a circular relic house called The Vatadage, an ancient Hindu temple called Shiva Dewale No. 2, third largest dagaba in the country called Pabalu Vihara, another spectacular dagaba called Rankot Vihara and milky white Kiri Vihara, huge Buddha statue at Lankatilak and amazing Buddha figures at Gal Vihara.
This ancient city is just one hour away from Habarana.
Explore Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
Known for the well conserved ancient ruins of the Sinhala civilization, Anuradhapura is a major city in Sri Lanka located around 60 kilometres away from Habarana. The city is a major tourist centre mainly noted for the religious significance of Maha Bodhi tree which was grown using a cutting from the tree in Bodh Gaya, India under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.
Major attractions in and nearby the city are Ruwanweliseya Stupa, Jetavanaramaya Monastery, Thuparamaya Stupa, Abhayagiri Vihara, Archaeological museum, The Brazen Palace or Lovamahapaya, hills of Mihintale, Samadhi Buddha statue, Buddhist temple Isurumuniya, Ranmasu Uyana, Jayanthi Vihara temple, Hindu temple Kadhiresan Kovil, Anuradhapura Maha Viharaya and various dagobas. To get a glimpse into the history and culture of the country, Anuradhapura is the best place to visit by any traveller.
Well, that was the list guys!!! But we only summarised the top 10 places around Habarana but there are a lot more for you to explore as well. Plan a trip today with our customised Sri Lanka Holiday packages and get the best deals for a Trip to Sri Lanka!!!
Climb Pidurangala Rock
Interested in a good climb and hiking to get that beautiful panoramic view! Pidurangala Rock caves is a must place for you to go. It is a gigantic rock formation located near the Sigiriya rock and also houses a rock temple on the way. It is recommended to hike to Pidurangala rock during sunrise to get the best view for sunrise and also Sigiriya rock.
It will take around half an hour or more to complete the hike totally dependent on your own ability though. Reaching on the top will give you a 360-degree view of the nearby area worth seeing. Stay there in the calm and enjoy a quiet time on the rock.