Reasons to Visit
The Cultural Triangle contains some of Sri Lanka's finest historical sites, including the ancient capitals of Pollonaruwa and Anuradhapura. These vast complexes house temples, palaces, wonderful carvings and huge stupas. Equally jaw-dropping is the Rock Fort of Sigiriya which offers 360° views, more than justifying the climb to the top!
Sri Lanka is famous for its idyllic beaches which stretch from the undeveloped eastern coast all the way around to the west near Colombo. The beaches and the accommodation vary from small intimate boutiques to luxurious resorts on private beaches and larger hotels in more bustling places.
No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without seeing some of its abundant wildlife. The best places to enjoy this are Uda Walawe, Yala, and Minneriya National Park. Here you can enjoy an exciting jeep safari which takes you close to wild elephants, crocodiles and even the illusive leopard.
Sri Lanka rises up from the coast to the hills, a rolling landscape dotted with tea bushes, and interlaced with streams and waterfalls. The lush landscape and cool climate prove to be an ideal combination for tea and Sri Lanka has long been a pilgrimage site for tea planters and tourists looking for the perfect cuppa!
Brightly painted elephants, fireworks, beating drums, and twirling dancers - Sri Lanka's festivals are as colourful and elaborate as the temples they centre on. The country’s largest festival, the Kandy Perahera revolves around the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth which is a must-see on any visit to Sri Lanka.
Some of the country's finest sandy beaches and quiet coves are found along the southern coast. Palm trees and brightly painted fishing boats on the shoreline complete the idyllic scene.
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Hatton, high up in the hill country, is surrounded by vast tea estates that carpet the rolling hills while to the south east stands the curious pyramidal bulk of Adam's peak, which is a focal point for pilgrims.
Hatton, high up in the hill country, is surrounded by vast tea estates that carpet the rolling hills while to the south east stands the curious pyramidal bulk of Adam's peak.
The peak itself is a focal point for pilgrims who lit by a procession of candles climb the trail at night, passing shrines and food stalls along the way. On reaching the summit pilgrims wait at the Buddhist temple until the sun rises, when a reverent silence descends.
If the weather is clear summiteers are rewarded with an awe-inspiring sunrise over the surrounding mountains, followed soon afterwards by a fascinating spectacle as the mountain casts a perfectly triangular shadow over the clouds below.
Other activities are also available from Hatton while informative tea tours are an option for the less energetic.
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