Literally translated to "Lion rock" in sinhala; the name refers to a site of historical and archeaological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, the site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital where he built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. A climb to the top, will take you through the mirror wall, water gardens & an astounding ancient story.
You wouldn't expect to find one of the best three surfing spots in the world, right here. But this fishing village situated in the North-East of the country, promises blue skies, unspoilt sandy beaches & perfect waves for all water sports lovers. Arugam Bay hosted it's first international surfing competition in the Summer of 2004, and despite the devastating effects the Tsunami left behind, returned again in 2005, attracting many to savour the best it has to offer.
Who says Sri Lanka is just a tropical country? Nuwara-eliya, also fondly known as "Little England" is complete with beautiful landscapes of tea plantations, luscious strawberry fields, lakes and is a delightfully chilly area all year round. In the first few months of the calendar, the whole city is a buzz with Horse racing - an event celebrated with much hype, pomp & pageantry, street-stalls & other events.
Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Tooth Relic is located in the Royal Palace Complex of the ancient ruling Kingdom of Kandy,
which houses the relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha. The streets of Kandy come alive during the month of July, with a majestic
parade of great cultural importance.
The Temple, is a UNESCO World Heritage site & a place of symbolic devotion.
Adventure is never far-off. For the wildlife enthusiasts Yala is a must visit! Safaris, nature excursions, bird watching, camping, boat rides; these are but a few of the exciting options in store, to get your adrenaline pumping.