There are countless reasons to visit Sri Lanka – exotic beaches, friendly people, tasty food, diverse wildlife, colonial heritage, vibrant culture, picturesque landscapes, the list is endless. Marco Polo once called Sri Lanka as one of the ‘finest Islands in the world,’ and after you visit it, you will second his thoughts! Even though Sri Lanka is a beautiful country, it doesn’t count as one of the most visited travel destinations in the world. It means that this South Asian country is still not exposed to the constant influx of international visitors. It also means that travellers are often confused about where to go in Sri Lanka. Let us clear this confusion and acquaint you with some of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka.
1. Sigiriya Rock Fortress or Lion’s Rock
Sigiriya Rock Fortress or Lion’s Rock in Matale district is a rock fortress that stands tall and mighty amidst lush greenery. At a height of 200 meters, you need to ascend 2000 steps to get to the top of the rock; it’s not a very difficult climb, only moderate fitness is needed. This effort is worth it because the view from the summit is absolutely breathtaking. To beat the heat and the crowds, an early morning start is recommended. This ancient ruin is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. No wonder it is our number one place on the list of where to go in Sri Lanka. It can be visited between 7 am and 7 pm on all days.