Best things to do in Central Province and sightseeing in Central Province
Kandy - Central Province
Sort of a cultural hub, Kandy is full of Sri Lanka's history and its traditions. Plus, its lake is truly a sight for sore eyes!
Kandy is a major city, located in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It is located in the mountainous center of the island. It is cultural capital of Sri Lanka, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is one of the most beautiful cities of Sri Lanka that is known for its scenic beauty and rich cultural value. Spread over an area of around 1940 square kilometers, it is counted amongst the world heritage sites of UNESCO. The downtown area is really crowded and polluted by day, but it is also a major shopping destination where all kinds of goods imaginable can be purchased at surprisingly low prices. There are also numerous bakeries, offering delicious local treats all over downtown. Overall Kandy is a great place to experience Sri Lankan culture and cuisine surrounded by a beautiful natural environment. It is well connected from bus services, trains and by roads. for local visits one can hire a taxis, local buses which starts from clock tower, three-Wheelers/tuk-tuks are cheap and a hassle-free way of seeing the greater city. They run virtually all night long or even Rent a Scooty bike as this will be the best option around LKR 2000 per day. Kandy's main attraction included The Temple of the Tooth, The Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya, New Ranweli Spice Garden, The Tea Museum etc.
Located in the central province, Kandy is a hill station. It has the famous Temple of Tooth Relic which has a huge Buddha statue. The botanical gardens are another sightseeing point.
Nuwara Eliya - Central Province
This tea-hill-station is popular for growing the Ceylon Tea. Known as Little England, its colonial past remains vividly alive here in its architecture and old buildings. Nuwara Eliya will refresh your mind, body and soul.
Hikkaduwa is the English county of Sri Lanka. A serene atmosphere and lovely sights, this hill station is a nature lover's retreat. We were lucky to encounter rain there.
Nuwara Eliya, also known as "Little England" is the hill country of Sri Lanka. We stayed at a beauty of a cottage named "Sherwood Cottage" which offered stunning panoramic views of the city and mountains. A must-do in Nuwara Eliya is a visit to Hortons Plains and trek the 10-12 kms plains to reach"Worlds End", a sheer cliff with a drop of around 4000 ft. Standing at the precipice high up among the clouds and mist, you will truly feel your arm is touching the heavens.
Horton Plains - Central Province
a tiring but great trek to the top : The Worlds End they call it perfectly !
Fairly easy hike spot for outdoor lovers. Freezing cold if you arrive before sun rise. Make sure you arrive to witness the sun rise as it is one of the most beautiful scenes.
Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre - Central Province
Adam's Peak - Central Province
Evening is the perfect time to reach Hatton which is a 30.5 kms journey to Adam’s Peak (Siri Padaya Peak). It is known as Adam’s Peak as it is believed to be the place where Adam set his foot first on Earth after being evicted from heaven and also Sri Padaya Peak because the Sacred Footprint is said to be left by Lord Buddha. After relaxing for some time you can trek up the hills just around or after midnight. You can hire local guides to help you with the same. The trek takes average 3-4 hours. The sunrise over the Hill Country is the enchanting view due to which the trek will be worth. The illuminating view of sun along with the mist casting shadows on the slopes is spectacular. Travel tips - Stretch well before starting the trek. Carry warm clothes to prevent yourself from catching a cold after sweating during the trek as it will be chilly up there. This route is well lit only during the pilgrim season from December to May. If you are not visiting during this time, carry your own torch.
Ceylon Tea Trails - Norwood Bungalow - Central Province
But that is what all of this escapade has been about: rarity, beauty, decadence without any faux pas. I ate to my heart’s desire as I had worked up quite the appetite after all of my ventures trekking trails and hiking from one bungalow to another, bird watching and exploring the tea garden grounds. My personal in-house chef catered to any culinary fantasy I may have had. I stayed in one day, just watching the rain, eating, drinking tea and playing board games. I could live like this forever.
Heidis Home - Central Province
Lake Gregory - Central Province
Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful. And the town of Nuwara Eliya is very lovely too. Best weather is all of SL. This town deserves a stay of at least 2-3 days. Another place of interest in NE is the Hakgala Botanical Garden where the famous Ashok Vatika is located.
Kitulgala - Central Province
Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. The Kelani river (the broadest river in Sri Lanka) flowing through Kitulgala was the main location where the Oscar winning movie 'The Bridge over the River Kwai' was filmed. On the hill above this town, a prehistoric cave was recently discovered containing skeletal remains from some unknown civilization. Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometers upstream.
Ramboda - Central Province
Sky Lodge - Central Province
Temple of Tooth Relic - Central Province
St. Paul's Church - Central Province
Saint Paul’s church is found right next to the temple of the tooth and is a brilliant example of Sri Lanka’s tolerant ways towards other religions. It’s very traditionally Anglican, just like you would find in the UK! It was built in 1848 and was used as a Garrison church for the British troops during the colonial era. It is quite a marvelous sight and a sign of the Colonial past of Sri Lanka that still survives today.
Kandy Lake - Central Province
Matale - Central Province
Sigiriya - Central Province
Sigiriya Rock Fortress - Central Province
It was an ordeal to climb the 1200 steps in the scorching heat (up and down) but it was definitely worth the pain :), We hired a guide who charged us Rs 2500 (Srilankan rupees), we thought it was expensive but then we really didnt have a choice. There is no point in climbing all the way to the top without understanding the significance of every part of the fortress
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