7 Natural wonders in Sri Lanka - Places to Visit in Sri Lanka

Sri lanka is a small Island situated in the Indian ocean and often called as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean because of it's amazing natural beauty. Sri Lanka vacations is full of adventure because of its bio diversity and holidays Sri Lanka is a lifelong experience.

Although now it is called Sri Lanka in various times in the past Sri Lanka was named in various names. About 2500 years ago it was called "Thambapanni" and around 15th century it was called "Serandib" by the Arabs. It became "Ceylon" around the 18th century when the English were ruling Sri Lanka. Ceylon tea is a world renowned brand of high quality tea produced by Sri Lanka.

This hub tries to list the 7 most beautiful and interesting places in Sri Lanka. Listing just 7 of so many beautiful and interesting places is not an easy task. Here is my list of 7 wonders of Sri Lanka.






1.Sigiriya

There was an attempt to name Sigiriya as one of the wonders of the ancient world. In fact there was a campaing to name Sigiriya as the 8th wonder of the ancient world. It really deserves a place of the list of ancient wonders and has named as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Sigiriya is regarded as one of the best planned cities of ancient times which includes the Citadal, the water technology with , symmetrical and asymmetrical gardens and the frescoes. More information about Sigiriya can be found here. There is a separate hub written by me on Sigiriya.

A well explained documentary about Sigiriya either in English or Sinhala can be purchased from ThambapanniHeritage in the form of a DVD.

2.Yoda Ela Water Flow Technique

This is an irrigation and engineering miracle of ancient times. A man made cannel created to supply water to the lakes of Polonnaruwa which is situated in North of Sri lanka The cannel is 54 miles long. The engineers even today wonder how the ancient irrigation engineers managed the slope of 6cm per 1 mile that is maintained throughout this cannel.

3. Parakrama Samudraya

The parakrama Samudraya is the largest man made lake in Sri Lanka. It really stands up to its name Samudra which in Sinhala means sea. The tank was built in Polonnaruwa era by the Great king Parakramabahu. This is the lifeblood of the people of Polonnaruwa for their agricultural and other water needs. It has nearly 5,600 acers of waters which helps cultivating 18,200 of paddy lands. The bunt of the tank is 8.5 miles long and it is said that to complete the tank one thousand men work for 12 years.

4. The Trincomalee Harbour

This is arguably the best natural harbour of the world. It is ranked as the world’s 5th largest natural harbor and during the second world war the harbor was the base for the Allied powers in the East Asia.

5. Horton Plains

Horton Plain is one of the world's best natural reserves. It is unique because of its landscape. It is very rich in biodiversity and most of the species found here are endemic. Horton Plains is the starting point and the main water resource for 3 main rivers in Sri Lanka named Mahaweli, Kaleni and Walawe.

The Horton Plains is world famous for its Bakers Falls, Chimmini Pool and the world's End. World's end is a sheer drop of 3700 ft which gives a fabulous view of the surrounding. To read more about Horton plains go here and here.

6. Ruwanveliseya

Ruwanveliseya was built in the Anuradhapura era by the Great King Dutugamunu and is considered as an architectural marvel and a sacred place for the Buddhist all around the world.

The Stupa is one of the world's tallest monuments with a height of 300 ft and a circumference of 950 ft.

7. Sri Dalada maligawa

Sri Dalada Maligawa is the most sacred place for the Buddhist around the world as the sacred tooth relic is situated here. Sri Dalada maligawa is the palace of the last King of ancient Sri Lanka. Kandy and Sri Dalada Maligawa are major tourist actractions in Sri lanka. The world famous Kandy Asela Perahera is conducted by sri Dalada Maligawa annually. For more information about Dalada Maligawa go here and to know more about Kandy Asela Perahera go here

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rumbling 6 years ago from Sri Lanka

Nice list of places, Sigiriya and Yoda ela are truly wonders of the world


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IndikaT 6 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

Thanks, I too believe these two are the real wonders of Sri Lanka


jnkwijesinghe 6 years ago

No doubt these 2 should be right on the top of the list


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IndikaT 6 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

@jnkwijesingha,

Thanks a lot for putting a comment


Roo 6 years ago

Thanks for posting this Indika. Proud to be a Sri Lankan.


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IndikaT 6 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

Thanks Roo for commenting


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World-Traveler 6 years ago from USA

I hope to be able to travel to your country one day in the future. Thank you for the interesting information.


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IndikaT 6 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

Hope to see you in Sri Lanka! It indeed a country you must see. I hope add more hubs on Sri Lanka. Keep in touch.


Amil 6 years ago

Hi Indika,

If you have watched "Maha Sancharaya" last Saturday (2010-Aug-07) you could have added history about Horton planes too.

Ancient name: Maha Eliya

It was used for the war between "Rama" and "Ravana".


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IndikaT 6 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

Thanks Amil for commenting and I couldn't watch it. I do hope to extend the details for each place separately. This information will be valuable for that. Thanks again


Aravind 6 years ago

Hi Indika, Great post here. you've listed some really nice places to visit.


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IndikaT 6 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

Thanks Aravind for commenting


Dinesha 6 years ago

Good work Indika. Make the world aware of the beauties of Sri Lanka.


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IndikaT 6 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

Thanks Dinesha. Comments always encourage me to write more!!!


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nms 6 years ago from Cochin

beautiful places. I would like to visit this place


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IndikaT 6 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

Thanks for commenting. You sure should visit Sri Lanka!


s.prakash 6 years ago

Nice Work. I am also planning for tour to Sri Lanka and you provide great information.


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IndikaT 6 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

Hope to see you in Sri Lanka soon. There are many more interesting places in Sri Lanka. So please KIT, I will add more information on Sri Lanka here on HP. Thank you!


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lakshanhere 6 years ago from Colombo, Sir Lanka

nice collection bro.....!!!

keep up these things..


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IndikaT 6 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

Thanks for cementing lakshanhere....


garage door san antonio 6 years ago

I would like to say that Sri Lanka is indeed a fascinating country and shorting 7 wonders is not a easy stuff. I have not yet been in Sri Lanks,but planning to visit next year.

I love your blog.

Thanks for sharing it.


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IndikaT 6 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

Thanks san antonio for commenting and hope to see you soon in Sri Lanka!


Lanka Help Magazine 6 years ago

Great article. Hope, with the peace being established in country, more and more visitors will come to Sri Lanka. Truly Sri Lanka has lot to offer. Don't forget all these wonders are in a tiny island surrounded by a nice sandy beach ...


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IndikaT 6 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

Thanks Lanka Help Magazine, and you are correct. The tourism is growing very fast and tourist hotels are being built everywhere in the country. The target of the government is to increase the number of hotel rooms to 30000 by 2016 which is around 10000 rooms now. The Mannar area is being developed as the second Maldives. Hopefully many visitors will come to Sri Lanka and enjoy these wonders in the years to come!


Prasanna 5 years ago

Good work Indika. Make the world aware of the beauties of Sri Lanka.


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chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

Excellent Hub Indika. You are doing great job by telling the world about Sri Lanka. Wish you all the best brother!

Chamil


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IndikaT 5 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

Thanks a lot Chamil! Good to know about an expert in forex trading> I always wanted to do forex trading but I am a little bit hesitant because of the risk involved. Your hubs will give some valuable information for me!


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magodis 5 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Very good Indika


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IndikaT 5 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

Thanks magodis!


fathima 4 years ago

i like it Horten planes very nice


sachith 4 years ago

nice work indika it was great to foreign visitors to get idea about our country..nice!!!


litushan 4 years ago

I like Sri Dalada Maligawa VERY VERY...... MUCH we are going as a trip in school.


saara 4 years ago

its alerady my nation country


Aashiq 3 years ago

AWESOME


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Gokukafka 3 years ago

Recently i'v just been here, and i like the beaches in Negombo&Hikkaduwa. its great!


Jaden 3 years ago

Looking awesome


SADARUWAN 2 years ago

NICE BLOG


shamika 21 months ago

It is good


Thishini Thulaksha 20 months ago

Beautiful information. I read that & I support it to make an essay.Thank you so much. Excellent. Wish u all the best dr sir................


subodhi 18 months ago

these are very important facts.thank


shinee 18 months ago

awesome. really useful.


Chinthaka 15 months ago

I saw this was shared recently on Facebook. Very good, however, I suggest you to check the spelling of 'Hortan Planes' please. I saw (even on the UNESCO website) as HORTON. Obviously it is not Planes, it is Plains.

Thank you


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IndikaT 15 months ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka Author

Thank you and corrected.


Luxury Tours to Sri Lanka 14 months ago

Sri Lanka is steeped in heritage. Sri Lanka has some of the best preserved monuments is Asia and their culture lives on in the Sri Lankan people. For a small island Sri Lanka offers so much to the visitor.your article is very good.Find Out More @ http://exoticdestinations.com.au/sri-lanka/


Wijayantha Themiya 14 months ago

Dear Indika,

Thank you so much for the valuble imfromations.

Excelant Job. P'l add Picture of " Sri Dalanda Medura ". I also have more netural senaries.

Realy happy to see beauy of our Mother land.

Great Job.

" Congratulations "

Wijayantha Themiya


sri lal 13 months ago

Dear Indika

Excellent job ,well done


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Venkatachari M 12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Very much interesting and informative post about Sri Lanka. I never heard of these places except about Colombo, Sri Lankan presidents and cricket players. Nice hub.


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emge 12 months ago from Abu Dhabi

Excellent post on Lanka. I hd been there once and now I must visit again to see these places


nesh tafon 12 months ago

Doing great job by telling the world about Sri Lanka.

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imaya 9 months ago

patta


hirushi 8 months ago

This is a very usefulIt is a very best

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