It is safe, economical, good hotels and numerous direct flights from various Indian cities
The group of nine prominent journalist from Mumbai visited Sri Lanka for 5 days tour to explore first hand experience after Easter Sunday terrorist attack. The tour was organized by Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai Ms. Chamari Rodrigo in association with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Board (SLTPB). I was a part of media delegation and found that, it is a safe and best tourist destination for Indian tourists. It is an immediate neighbor of our countries. Sri Lanka has best of the hotels and several direct flights from various cities of India.
If you are looking for few moments of leisure time from everyday monotonous life and planning tour, you must make up your mind and visit Sri Lanka. I have visited few places which I would suggest all my fellow countryman to patronize it without any doubts. I am suggesting 6 prominent tourist destination in Sri Lanka, you must visit.
Most Beautiful Places in Sri Lanka for Indian tourists:
1 Nuwara Eliya: Nuwara Eliya is a one of the most popular hill stations known for its temperate, cool climate, the coolest area overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain. It is also called Little England as it was a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket. There are many important places for Indian tourists. It includes a Hanuman temple, a place related to folklore is the Hindu temple called Seetha Kovil (Hanuman Kovil). The temple is in the village called Seetha Eliya. The area is related to the great Indian epic Ramayana story. There is a church called the Holy Trinity Church, which accommodate an old graveyard. Most of the gravestones have British names on them.
The town’s attractions also include the golf course, trout streams, Victoria Park, and boating or fishing on Lake Gregory. Victoria Park is popular with birdwatchers at quieter times because of the good opportunities for seeing species, particularly the Indian blue robin, pied thrush or scaly thrush lurking in the denser undergrowth and Kashmir flycatcher. Galway’s Land Bird Sanctuary, home to many bird and mammal species including wild boar and barking deer. Species found here include the leopard, sambar, and the endemic purple-faced langur. Endemic highland birds include the dull-blue flycatcher, Sri Lanka white-eye, and yellow-eared bulbul.
2 Ella: Those who love bio diversity, must visit Ella. This city is a heaven on the island as greenery, waterfalls, and wildlife including birds are the only things you will see all around. The whole Badulla district of Uva Province is packed with ample of tourist attractions. The area has a rich bio-diversity, dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. It has got some of the country’s best tourist destinations like walking through tea plantations, 2,000-year-old rock temple which contains 39 ft unfinished Buddha statue carved into the surrounding rock, the Ella Rock and waterfall etc. you can enjoy by visiting this all-in-one, marvelous small village.
3 Dambulla Cave Temple: Dambulla cave temple the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site, situated in the central part of the country. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. Prehistoric Sri Lankans would have lived in these cave complexes before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, as there are burial sites with human skeletons about 2700 years old in this area, at Ibbankatuwa near the Dambulla cave complexes.
4 Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. The orphanage was founded to care and protect the many orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka.
5 Hanuman Temple Rambodha: Situated in the central part of Sri Lanka 3,200 ft above sea level. It was believed that Sri Hanumanji set his feet in these holy hills when he was in search of Sitaji. Nicely Built Hanuman Temple in Serene Surroundings Overlooking a Valley with Mountain Range Which Look Like Lord Hanuman Sleeping with Face Up Towards The Sky Praying to Lord Rama. Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda consecrated the temple on 8th April 2001 by performing Maha Kumbhabhishekam. This grand temple is now a great monument where the 16 ft idol of Lord Hanuman is the Moola Murti. Vinayakar, Dhyaneshwar and Sri Rama with Mother Sita and Lakshmana are the parivara murtis. There is a pure vegetarian restaurant offering Buffet Lunch at reasonable prices is located at the base of the temple steps. It also has a curio shop with instant coffee tea etc affords beautiful views of the surrounding valleys.
6 Old Dutch Fort at Galle: The Galle Fort or Dutch Fort as it is also known, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument. Even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. It was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. It withstood the Boxing Day tsunami which damaged part of coastal area Galle town, and has been since restored.