Dambulla is located in the Matale district, in the Central province of Sri Lanka, situated 148 Km North-East of Colombo. It is believed this historical cave temple is the largest and the best preserved of the cave temples in Sri Lanka. The rock is 160 m high and contains a large collection of Buddha statues all in one place. However, there are about 150 Buddha statues spread over 80 caves in the surrounding complex of which only 5 caves were considered major attractions. This is one of the iconic historical sites which distinguish the ‘Caves’ that are celebrated for their touch of antiquity in Buddhist history. The cave temple structure or the system was a habitual locale for the Buddhists hermits to engage in meditation.
Nuwara Eliya literally means ‘City of Lights’ in Sinhala. It was also referred to as ‘Little England’, due its temperate cool climate and old Britsh cottage type buildings. Nuwara Eliya as a whole is a breathtakingly green city with its mass vegetation of trees and tea plantations. On your way there you will not be able to stop yourself from stopping to soak in the view of the many magical and white waterfalls you will come across.
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve is an extremely dense tropical rainforest located in the south-west of Sri Lanka in the Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces. The vast forest borders the three districts of Galle, Matara and Ratnapura. Enriched with its thick greenery and numerous species of wildlife, Sinharaja Forest Reserve was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
Ratnapura is a bustling city in the Sabaragamuwa province, situated 101 Km, South East of Colombo, lying at the foot of Adam’s Peak and close to Singharaja Rain Forest. Well known as the ‘City of Gems’. Ratnapura is famous for the mining of gems and several varieties of precious stones.
Ella is much similar to Nuwara Eliya with its very green mountains, hills, climate and breathtaking views. It is a common attraction to hikers and trekkers from within the country and worldwide. While it is quite famous for its Nine Arches bridge in Demodara, other places to visit while you are in Ella include the Ella Rock, Rawana Ella Falls, Little Adam’s Peak, Bambaragala Peak and the Ella Gap.