The last independent capital of the Sinhalese, hidden away amid the beautiful central highlands.
2 Esala Perahera, Kandy
Sri Lanka’s most spectacular festival, with immense processions of drummers, dancers and richly caparisoned elephants.
3 Kandyan dancing
Watch lavishly costumed dancers performing to an accompaniment of explosively energetic drumming.
4 Horton Plains and World’s End
Hike across the uplands of Horton Plains to the vertiginous cliffs of World’s End, which plunge sheer for almost a kilometre to the plains below.
The island’s most beautifully situated village, with superb views and country walks.
6 Adam’s Peak
The classic Sri Lankan pilgrimage, climbing to the summit of one of the island’s most spectacular mountains.
This unique tract of undisturbed tropical rainforest is a botanical treasure trove of international significance.