Head towards the golden beaches of the south coast of the island to witness yet another UNESCO World Heritage site: the Galle Dutch Fort, built by the Portuguese and fortified by the Dutch. Today, with charming villas, ancient churches and cobblestoned streets, the fort still retains much of its quaint colonial aura and enchants anyone who walks upon its ramparts overlooking a deep blue sea.
The Galle Dutch Fort, 59 Church St, Galle, Sri Lanka, +94 91 223 2568/9
The Yala National Park is whereto go for a glimpse of the abundant Sri Lankan wildlife in its natural habitat. Yala is famous for its population of majestic wild elephants, stealthy leopards roaming free, as well as an astounding variety of birds native to Sri Lanka.
Yala National Park, Hambantota, Sri Lanka, +94 77 680 8698
Located in Kandy, Sri Lanka’s ancient hill capital, the Temple of the Tooth is considered to be the very heart of the nation. Wars had been fought for the possession of the Sacred Tooth Relic as it’s believed that whoever holds the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha holds the power and the right to rule the country. Being a predominantly Buddhist country, the Temple of the Tooth is the most sacred place of worship for Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Visit between July and August to witness the spectacular Festival of the Tooth (Kandy Perahera), a vibrant religious procession complete with beautifully adorned elephants, drummers, fire eaters, energetic dancers and stilt walkers.
Temple of the Tooth, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka, +94 81 223 4226