The Pearl of the Indian Ocean

With its picturesque landscapes, majestic heritage sites and rich diversity of plant and animal species, it is undisputed that Sri Lanka well deserves the title, ‘The Pearl of the Indian Ocean’. If you are hoping to wander through the many treasure troves of Sri Lanka, keep reading to discover a few places you cannot miss out on!

Galle Face Green

This urban park overlooking the ocean is a 500-metre stretch of land and is only about 2km away from Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo. Savour the taste of some street food, fly a kite or play a game of football while admiring the stunning views of the sea before you.


If you are hoping to venture beyond the hotels in Sri Lanka, hop on a train and head to Sigiriya. This ancient fortress, known as the Lion’s Rock, stands 660 feet tall and features magnificent panoramic views. Along the walls of the rock, you will find frescoes of beautiful women painted with vibrant colours. Explore the sprawling historical gardens, terraces and remnants of a palace as you delve into the island’s history.

Yala National Park

Yala National Park is known for the abundance of leopards within its premises. Taking a safari tour could heighten your chances of seeing them, along with some elephants, spotted deer and water buffaloes.

Nuwara Eliya

Image via Wikimedia Commons – Chamixth, Nuwara Eliya Gregory Lake, CC BY-SA 4.0

Prepare to be greeted by cool wind, colonial architecture and expansive tea plantations when you reach Nuwara Eliya. Take a tour around a tea factory and sample the world’s most exquisite tea while learning about the production process. You could also escape to the misty realms of Horton Plains National Park, where you will find an abundance of flora and fauna in addition to an astounding waterfall.