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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 16:05

01. Unlocking Sri Lanka: 8 must-visit places as visa-free entry extends

Sri Lanka is one of the sought-after destinations for travellers, and for all the good reasons. This island nation lures visitors with its stunning landscapes, rich heritage, and warm hospitality. Now, with the latest reports of the island nation extending visa-free entry for Indian travellers, it's the perfect time to explore its wide variety of options in terms of popular tourist spots. If you also have this country in your travel wish list, here are some places to bookmark for an unforgettable Sri Lankan adventure.


Rising majestically from the plains of central Sri Lanka, Sigiriya is home to the iconic Lion Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climb to the summit of this ancient rock fortress, adorned with intricate frescoes and surrounded by landscaped gardens. The panoramic views from the top are simply breathtaking, offering a glimpse into Sri Lanka's storied past.


Nestled amid verdant hills, Kandy is the cultural capital of Sri Lanka and home to the revered Temple of the Tooth Relic. Explore the temple complex, which houses a sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha, and witness traditional rituals and ceremonies. Don't miss the colourful Kandy Esala Perahera, a grand procession featuring elephants, dancers, and drummers, held annually in July or August.


Escape to the serene hills of Ella, a charming town renowned for its scenic beauty and laid-back vibe. Hike to popular viewpoints like Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock for panoramic vistas of lush valleys and tea plantations. Explore the surrounding countryside on leisurely walks, visit tea factories to learn about the tea-making process, and unwind amid the tranquillity of nature.


Step back in time as you wander through the streets of Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the Dutch colonial era. Explore historic landmarks, art galleries, and boutique shops nestled within the fort walls. Catch a stunning sunset from the fort ramparts overlooking the Indian Ocean, and immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of this charming coastal town.


Indulge in sun, sand, and sea at Mirissa, a picturesque coastal town known for its pristine beaches and vibrant marine life. Relax on golden sands, swim in turquoise waters, and soak up the tropical sunshine. You can also try the whale watching excursion to spot majestic blue whales and playful dolphins in their natural habitat, and create memories to last a lifetime.

07.Nuwara Eliya

Experience the colonial charm of Nuwara Eliya, affectionately known as ‘Little England,’ is set amid rolling hills and verdant tea estates. Explore well-manicured gardens, colonial-era buildings, and picturesque waterfalls. Take a leisurely stroll around Lake Gregory, go boating, or just enjoy the cool mountain air of this idyllic hill station.

08.Yala National Park

Try a safari adventure in Yala National Park, which is one of Sri Lanka's premier wildlife destinations. Home to a diverse array of wildlife, including leopards, elephants, sloth bears, and crocodiles, the park offers thrilling encounters with these in their natural habitat. Keep your camera ready for unforgettable sightings and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this biodiverse paradise.


Delve into Sri Lanka's rich history with a visit to Anuradhapura, an ancient city steeped in Buddhist heritage and archaeological wonders. Explore the sprawling ruins of ancient stupas, monasteries, and reservoirs, which date back to the glory days of the island's ancient kingdoms. Marvel at the architectural marvels and sacred relics that bear testament to Sri Lanka's illustrious past.

( News Courtesy : Times Travel )