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Top 5 Places to Go : Sigiriya Lion Rock, Galle Fort, Unawatuna Beach, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya

Amazing five places to go in Sri Lanka. A multicultural country with its timeless ruins, UNESCO – World Heritage Sites, mountains, beaches, old trains, famous tea and legendary Buddhist temples. Offering both tourists and backpackers a cheap but somehow uncrowded travel destination.

Sunset, magic hour at Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588
top five places to visit in Sri Lanka

01| GALLE FORT

A historical conserved colonial town in southwest of Sri Lanka, listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aside from its pretty walls, it has very interesting and colorful history plus a multi-ethnic and multi-religious ambiance. You can take the 2 hours train ride (Rs. 100 – Rs. 360) depending on the seat 1st to 3rd class from Colombo station. In Gale Fort, you can just walk and explore the area for FREE.

02| UNAWATUNA BEACH

If you are looking for a quick serene escape, just twenty-minute tuktuk ride (Rs. 550 – Rs. 700) from Galle is an imperfectly perfect beach. Luckily I got the beach by myself, enjoyed the golden sand, refreshing sea breeze, palm trees and coconut juice.


Unawatuna is a coastal town in Galle district of Sri Lanka. Unawatuna is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and famous for its beautiful beach and corals.

03| SIGIRIYA LION ROCK 

Be ready to chase sunset from a 660 ft high rock summit and starts a journey along with the monkeys.

Perfect sunset in an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka.

Listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site, a historical and archaeological set up time-warped me into the lost world – literally. A two to three-hour hike, opens 7am to 5:30pm with entrance fee of 30USD. Beware of so called “tour guides” as it’s not for free, explore by yourself and bring a bottled water.

04| KANDY

If you want to see the best of both worlds of Sigiriya-Dambulla then Nuwara Eliya-Ella and also Adam’s Peak you can break your itinerary and stay in Kandy.  A lower hill country side destination, cultural district and one of the largest cities in Sri Lanka.

Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple.

See Things To Do in Kandy

  • TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH
  • THE LAKE
  • SPICE & HERB GARDEN
  • ELEPHANT VISIT

05| NUWARA ELIYA

Never leave Sri Lanka without a cup of tea at Mackwood Tea Plantation, a huge estate with a Hollywood-kind of sign. The weather is amazing as it fits the free hot black tea from the Tea House. You can enter the museum for free and the plantation for your #instagramfeedgoals.

Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre, situated approximately 1500 meters above sea level in the heart of Labookellie Estate, one of the finest tea plantations in Sri Lanka, is today a popular stop in an international travellers itinerary providing an opportunity to experience Mackwoods Tea at its best in the salubrious hill country clime as well as providing an instructive glimpse of the manufacture of Ceylon Tea.

As the saying goes, you got to take the most scenic routes and Sri Lanka has it!

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Check out some of the most romantic cities around the world and choose your next destination!

Romantic Cities: Galway, Ireland

If you want to travel and to experience some of the most romantic atmospheres in the world, you should be well informed about the most romantic cities that are out there. Everybody already knows about Prague or, even more cliche, Paris, but these are not the only ones that can offer a great holiday for you and your partner. There are lots of pleasant surprises out there, so let’s see some of these cities!

1. St. Augustine, Florida. Being 450 years old, St. Augustine is the oldest city in Florida. It has a special atmosphere, probably because it’s an old Spanish colony and this thing can be seen in the air there. Moreover, it has some amazing views, just perfect for you to take pictures or selfies together! And let’s not forget about the great seafood and the history and spirituality you can find there!

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2. Paso Robles, CA. An unexpected appearance on the list of the most romantic cities in the world, Paso Robles is an extremely hospitable and warm city in California. If you ever get the chance to see it, don’t hesitate in doing so, because you will encounter here a great variety of things to do: from wine tasting, cultural events or simply some outdoor recreation to long romantic strolls and amazing panoramas.

3. San Sebastian, Spain. Of course, a Spanish city couldn’t have missed this list, so here you have San Sebastian. Here you will find probably one of the most beautiful urban beaches in Europe, 19th century architecture and world-class restaurants. The Basque influence is clear, but otherwise you could compare this city to Paris. More than that, you can stay at Maria Cristina Hotel, that has 5 stars and has welcomed many famous guests like Elizabeth Taylor and Brad Pitt.

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4. Galway, Ireland. Moving a little bit around the globe, we find the romantic city of Galway in Ireland. Although the romance here is a little bit different than the one in Spain, you can be sure that here you will find the perfect setting for a romantic vacation. Nature creates wonderful settings and an incredible combination between wild and tame places, with the old Irish cottages completing the view. Don’t miss the sunsets here, they are simply wonderful!

5. Sedona, Arizona. Whether your romantic time together is for a couple of days, a week or even a month, Sedona is the right place to be. It’s really a fairytale come true and the spires, canyons and the waters there will certainly fascinate you. If you’re worried about the money, a great thing here is that there are enough types of accommodation here for every budget. Like an extra tip, if you  come here, you should look for the intimate hideaways and the romantic restaurants that complete every amazing holiday. And if you need more reasons to visit, think about the fact that it has over 300 sunny days a year, which makes it perfect for sunbathing and beach activities!

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