Sri Lanka’s most perfectly preserved colonial town, its time-warped streets lined with historic Dutch villas hidden behind formidable ramparts.
Crash out on Sri Lanka’s most popular beach at the personable little village of Unawatuna.
3 Whale-watching, Mirissa
Mirissa’s picturesque harbour is the jumping-off point for exhilarating boat trips to see Sri Lanka’s newest attraction: blue whales.
Absorbing sequence of richly decorated cave temples carved into the flanks of a spectacular rock outcrop.
5 Bundala National Park
A wide range of bird-life – including great flocks of flamingoes – and other fauna inhabit this scenic string of coastal lagoons.
6 Yala National Park
Sri Lanka’s foremost national park, with marvellous scenery and abundant wildlife, from peacocks to leopards.
Join the crowds for the evening puja at Kataragama, one of Sri Lanka’s most colourful religious spectacles, at a shrine held sacred by Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims alike.