Galle is one of the most historically significant cities in Sri Lanka. Due to it’s salty, seaside location – it has always been a major port. Legend has it that King Solomon visited Galle to collect valuable peacocks, ivory, precious stones and other treasures. Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Indians all frequented the southern port long before the Portuguese, Dutch and British arrived. With it’s moderate climate and fresh sea breezes, modern Galle is a key destination for tourists and locals alike.
Kandy is the gateway to the central highlands and the capital of the central province. It is both an administrative and a religious city and was the last capital of the ancient kings era in Sri Lanka. Kandy is home to some of the island’s most significant monuments including the Palace of the Tooth relic, the Royal Palace and the Gadaladeniya Temple.
Boasting two of the highest mountains in the country, Horton Plains National Park is every hiker’s dream. The huge plateau comes to an abrupt stop and World’s End, the famous escarpment which plummets to a depth of over 800m. Here you can really see just how diverse the nature in Sri Lanka can be! Samba Deer, mongoose, leopards, eagles and numerous species of amphibian call this magical place home.
Dambulla is located in the Matale Distict in the central province. Dambulla is probably best known for it’s an immaculate cave temple. The Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage site. The Buddhist monument is spread over 5 caves adorned with beautiful statues and paintings.
This ancient monument was the first city in ancient Sri Lanka. Due to it’s long history, the city is still visited by many buddhist pilgrims today. Touring the Anuradhapura Kingdom really is like stepping back in time.