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  Ambalangoda
  If you are travelling towards Galle, you will happen to be in a town where you will see mostly fearsome looking masks on display at shops lining the road. Ambalangoda is famous for carving of masks used in exorcism ceremonies, puppetry and several other forms of dance-drama. ...
  Avissawella
The main attractions of Avissawella are more in its surroundings, particularly being close to Kitulgala, rather than the town itself, though what remains of the royal residence of Sitawaka is all within easy reach of the town centre. ...
  Badulla
  East of the Central highlands ridge are the picturesque hills of Uva Province. Badulla draws Buddhist pilgrims from across the island during the festivals The climate of the triangle formed by Ella, Haputale & Welimada (in Badulla) is regarded by many Sri Lankans as the most favourable on the island. ...
  Bandarawela
  Established as a market outpost supplying farmers, plantation workers and other inhabitants, Bandarawela has always been a popular crossroad, not a cultural Mecca. At 1,230m above sea level, the town boasts the pleasant, healthy climate that makes it the beating heart of the Health Triangle ...
  Batticoloa
  Batticaloa is in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. On a flat coastal plain boarder the Indian Ocean in the east occupies the central part of the eastern Sri Lanka. Its average elevation is around 5 meters. The city has the beauty of the spit of land masses separated from the mainland by the brackish lagoon ...
  Colombo
  Colombo is possibly one of the best preserved commercial cities in the region, Colombo is a city of scintillating contrasts that converge into an amalgamation of memories each more distinct than the other. ...
  Ella
  Nestled in a valley at an elevation of 1,041 metres above sea-level, Ella is a quiet, quaint town in the Hill Country, famous for its spectacular views, Sri Lanka’s wildest looking waterfall, ancient caves and wonderful walking opportunities are at Ella. From the famed Ella Gap ...
  Hambantota
  Since the 2004 tsunami Hambantota changed a lot. Now, to the eastern part of town, empty spaces and random buildings dot the dry, flat expanse that bridges the gap between the mangrove-fringed ocean and the Karagan Lewaya - a beautiful expanse of lagoon populated by migrant birds and flamingos. ...
  Hikkaduwa
  Hikkaduwa was the foremost tourist destination. Beach tourism in Sri Lanka began at Hikkaduwa. Seaside Hikkaduwa is totally geared for tourism. Surfing is a well-liked recreation and international snorkelling and surfing coaches are available for first timers. ...
  Jaffna
  Located is in the north. It has just been uncovered to the world after roughly after three decades of terrorism. With peace restored once more in the Island, its populace can finally realise its true potential as it is sanctified with an continuous strip of white beaches, ...
  Kalutara
  Kalutara is sited about 42km south of Colombo and once a spice trading post, Kalutara was controlled by all colonialists who ruled Sri Lanka. Its famed for quality bamboo baskets and mats and the most delicious mangos teens. A visit to the Kalutara Basket Society offers greater insight into the complicated weaving methods. It is a busy town and tourists ...
  Katharagama
  Katharagama is a pilgrimage town popular with Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and indigenous Veddah communities of Sri Lanka and South India. The town has Ruhunu Maha Katharagama Devalaya, a shrine dedicated to Skanda-Murukan also known as Katharagama Deviyo. Katharagama is situated in the ...
  Kitulgala
  Kitulgala, a small village full of friendly locals, little shops and a handful of food spots, is halfway to Hatton from Colombo, and en-route to the hill town of Nuwara Eliya. It is a fabulously peaceful, colourful and historic attraction that is a great place to either relax or take up some of the activities offered, ...
  Kurunegala
  In the core Sri Lanka there lays mysterious mountains and towering rocks as backdrops, and Kurunegala is one of them. Thanks to its picturesque setting with eight peaks, most especially the famed Elephant Rock, Kurunegala has much that makes it remarkable. ...
  Matara
  It is 44 kms to Matara from Galle. The town lays low, and the Lines that remain upon the left bank of the Blue river or Nilwala Ganga. During the rule of the Dutch, the defences were very extensive. On the right bank of the Nilwala Ganga were a stone built fort of five defenders that commands the bridges, ...
  Mirissa
  The delightful sandy beach of Mirissa was once a well-kept secret, but not surprisingly, more guesthouses, inns and bungalows are now opening up to visitors. Mirissa boasts a safe, gently sloping beach where the sea is free from rocks, with coconut palms growing right to the edge of the sand as if in imitation of a postcard of the perfect tropical beach. ...
  Negombo
  Of the Beach resorts in Negombo is the earliest patronised beach. It is famed as a fishing town of which 36% of the population are fisher folk. It has a long, wide, stretch of sandy area with many attractions both on land and water. ...
  Nuwara Eliya
  Nuwara Eliya is a mountain station at 1,868 m (6,128 ft) of altitude, in a splendid landscape. The city pretends to be particularly well-kept and neat, and the always green grass gives to the locality an aspect of “colonial British style". ...
  Pasikuda Kalkuda
  Kalkuda and Pasikuda are two pristine, untouched beaches in the East coast of Sri Lanka. Their white sands, calm waters and sheer beauty remain unrivalled. Close to the town of Batticaloa, both the beaches are expected to become international hotspots, as more people discover the charming beauty of this paradisiacal beach. ...
  Ratnapura
  Ratnapura is the name of the provincial capital of Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka and the Ratnapura District in which the town is situated. Some say the modern name is derived from the Portuguese name Rapadura for Jaggery, the palm candy produced traditionally in this region, but the more common explanation in Sri Lanka is that it comes from the ...
  Rekawa
  Rekawa is certainly the best-known on account of its importance as a turtle nesting site in Sri Lanka – so much so that nightly ‘turtle watches’ are held. The stretch of coastline at Rekawa is typically ‘southern’ and very unspoilt with crashing waves ...
  Tangalla
  When you reach Tangalla, the first attraction is the deeply blue bays, which once harboured Dutch and British ships. There are not many places on the western and southern coasts of Sri Lanka where you will be able to walk along sandy shores for kilometres without seeing another. So, if you are looking for a low-key beach destination ...
  Tissa
  Tissamaharama is sited 264 kms from Colombo in the South-Eastern corner of the Island. Its history runs to pre-Christian era with more archaeological ruins, and more character than any another southern Sri Lankan towns. ...
  Trincomalee
  Trincomalee is on Sri Lanka’s North-East coast. The colonials were mainly interested in Trincomalee’s best asset – her deep harbour and its strategic location. To defend it Fort Frederick was built, which has become a major tourist destination. ...
  Ussangoda
  Ussangoda is located near the village of Nonagama. It’s a very strange place, cloaked in mystery, and yet to be fully explored. A lunar landscape prevails; the earth is a dark red, and the area devoid of trees. Instead, moss, short grass and bush control it growing in strange formations. ...
  Weligama
  Weligama Bay down south is a spectacular crescent of golden sand punctuating the coastline. Weligama has much to offer the visitor apart from sea and sun, however. Weligama, with its spectacular sweep of sandy bay, is a fishing centre 144kms from Colombo renowned for several artistic traditions such as lacework (especially mats and table-cloths) and architectural fretwork. ...
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