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Sri Lanka Cities and Regions


Sri Lanka’s bustling commercial capital is full of colonial charms and all the annoyances of a modern day metropolis, with a few elegant restaurants and chic boutiques.

Cultural Triangle

Travel through time by exploring the ruins of cities Anuradhapura (3rd century BC) and Polonnaruwa (12th century), rock fortress Sigiriya (5th century), and Dambulla, a complex of five Buddhist cave temples.


This spiritual hub of Buddhism is home to the sacred Temple of the Tooth, said to house the tooth of Buddha. The elephant orphanage Pinnawela, the world’s largest herd of elephants in captivity, is also here, and scenic hill country is just a short distance away.


This walled 17th-century city built by the Dutch on the southern coast of the island is a completely functioning modern town that retains the flavor of its colonial past. Add it to your itinerary as a day trip on the way to one of the along the coast.

Nuwara Eliya

This former British colonial hill town retreat in the heart of tea country is a cool respite from the tropical heat of Colombo.


To enjoy the island’s golden beaches, go no further than Bentota, a mere two-hour drive from Colombo. The town’s wide, sandy beach, located at the mouth of the Bentota River, offers great hotels and water sports facilities.

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