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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!

Since it's almost the time when people plan their holidays, some packing hacks can't do anything but good when you're getting all enthusiastic about leaving!

Packing Hacks: Matching luggage
  1. When packing shoes for going away keep them in a plastic bag so that you won’t get the rest of your clothes dirty before even having a chance to wear them.
  2. Tired of arriving at your destination with wrinkled clothes? If you don’t have a special place in your luggage where to keep shirts and other clothes that can easy wrinkle, try rolling the clothes instead of folding them. Although it will take up more space, you can be sure they won’t look bad when you’ll wear them.
  3. Organize your suitcase! One of the most important and often overlooked of the packing hacks is that you need to organize your suitcase. Many people just throw in there all the things they need for traveling and don’t consider a better organization of the space. Since it is already limited, you should plan ahead where to put each item so as not to leave empty spaces around them. The less empty spaces you have, the more you can pack!
  4. Pack your jewelry in pill holders. What more than a series of small closed containers do you need to keep your jewelry safe and untangled? You can also try pill bottles for small earrings that you don’t want to lose or pendants.
  5. If you’re carrying a razor with you, you might want to be sure that it’s not going to cut or slice your clothes in there while you travel. For this, one of the most useful packing hacks is to use a binder clip and secure the end of the razor.
  6. Store wisely your underwear! Remember what we were saying earlier about the empty spaces around clothes in your bag? Fill it with your underwear. It’s small and it doesn’t wrinkle, so you can stuff it around to save some space. You can use these packing hacks also for small handbags that still have some space in them.
  7. Use a table cloth or a towel to keep longer necklaces from tangling or making knots. Place the necklaces in the towel and then roll it. This way you can make sure that no necklace will be harmed during your travels and you will look brilliant!
  8. Use underwear bags. Use smartly the underwear bags to separate clear from dirty underwear and to remain organized.
  9. To keep clutter at bay, you should consider packing the hair dryer in a separate bag. It’s much easier to keep the cord untangled and the device safe with one of these packing hacks!
  10. Attach pairs of earrings to buttons. Whether the button is attached to your jacket or you store it in a safe place, it is ideal to store small pairs of earrings attached to buttons. In this way you make sure they won’t get lost or separated one from the other and you will know at any point where they are. More than that, if you need more pairs, you can organize them around the buttons.

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