Kuoni Recommends: Top 6 in Sri Lanka
Habarana is a small city nestled within the Anuradhapura district, which also contains the city of Anuradhapura, once the capital of Sri Lanka and homes to well-preserved ruins. Habarana is a great gateway to both the Habarana Jungle and the Minneriya Sanctuary, where you could spot elephants, leopard and sloth bears.
Visit Nuwara Eliya for spectacular scenery and tea plantations. Here you’ll find restored tea plantations and colonial mansions within an emerald-green landscape. Nuwara Eliya is also the gateway to the famed Horton Plains National Park.
Yala National Park
Yala is one of our favourite areas and Sri Lanka’s second largest national park. Look out for leopards, elephants, water buffalos and crocodiles; and pull out the binoculars to view around 215 species of birds.
Kandy is famed for its history, tea, scenery and beautiful botanical gardens. Visit the Temple of the Tooth, home to the tooth relic, said to be for Buddha himself. There are also a number of stunning temples including the Lankatilaka and Gadaladeniya Temples.
Sri Lanka’s scenic southwest coast is dotted with luxurious resorts where you can unwind on sandy palm-fringed beaches such as sun-drenched Bentota.
Gaze out from a rocky peninsula of the harbour and catch a glimpse of gigantic blue whales off shore. Visit one of the quiet local beaches, explore in search of temple ruins or visit the nearby hot springs, perfect for relaxing.