Tourist Attractions in Sri Lanka - Places to See and Things to Do
Sri Lanka is also a land of staggering contrast and spectacular beauty due to its compactness.Along the coast, visitors can explore amazing beaches, safari tours, guided walks through ancient cities, experience the culture and bit of modern Sri Lanka.We welcome you to find your unique Sri Lankan travel experience.
Sri Lanka’s Capital Colombo, a port city, with a rich colonial heritage, on the Western coast is a potpourri of races, religions and cultures. Colombo displays the best and worst the country has to offer. The city is a contrast itself, with mansions, lush gardens, fine dining options, shopping malls packed with expensive designer brands standing next to urban slums; diesel fumed congested roads and street markets.
Kandy in Sinhala, pronounced is the English name for the city of Maha Nuvara (Senkadagalapura) in the centre of Sri Lanka. It is the capital of the Central Province and Kandy District.
It lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy Valley which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka. Kandy is of both an administrative and religious city. It is the capital of the Central Province and also of the administrative district of Kandy..
Galle is a jewel. A Unesco World Heritage Site, this historic city is a delight to explore on foot, an endlessly exotic old trading port blessed with imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions and museums. Wandering its rambling lanes you'll pass stylish cafes, quirky boutiques and impeccably restored hotels owned by local and foreign artists, writers, photographers and designers.
Sigiriya (Lion's rock) is an ancient rock fortress and castle/palace ruin situated in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. It is a popular tourist destination, also known for its ancient paintings (frescos), very similar to those in the Ajanta Caves of India. The Sigiraya was built during the reign of King Kassapa I (AD 477 – 495), and it is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.
Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capital of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization. From the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century AD. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles (40 km²). Anuradhapura is also significant in Hindu legend as the fabled capital of the Asura King Ravana in the Ramayana.
Polonnaruwa is a city in the North Central province of Sri Lanka and 212 km from Colombo.He is best known as the second capital and the ancient city and ruins in the archaeological Park of Polonnaruwa is one of the most popular attractions of Sri Lanka, listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 1982, the Park is part of the Cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, and if you arrived in the country, to get acquainted with its history and culture, and not just for lying on the beaches, Polonnaruwa is a must to visit.
Nuwara Eliya (Nuwara Eliya, the City of Light) a city in Central Sri Lanka, 160 km from Colombo, 75 kilometers from Kandy. It is a small town with a population of just over 27 thousand people. Is the highest city and resort in Sri Lanka, located at an altitude 1868-1884 meters above sea level. The surroundings of Nuwara Eliya is the best places in Sri Lanka where they grow the best varieties of tea, the conditions are just perfect: lots of sun and low temperature. It is also a very popular place for rest and tourism – the most popular mountain resort of the island.
A Unesco World Heritage Site, this historic city is a delight to explore on foot, an endlessly exotic old trading port blessed with imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions and museums.
Yala National Park was initially started as a Game Sanctuary by the British in 1894 and was established as the Yala National Park in 1938. Yala covers more than 100,000 hectares of wildlife with Kirinda to west, Kataragama to North, Panama to east and the indian ocean to the south. Yala is divided in to 5 areas known as block 1 to 5. The most visited area is block one. The road network is much better on this block and easily accessible even without a four wheel drive. Some parts of the park were closed for visitors due to LTTE Terrorist activities in the past but now most of these area are open to the public.
Diving in Sri Lanka - WaterTech Divers
Diving in Sri Lanka - WaterTech Divers
WaterTech Divers was originated in 2019 by the combined efforts of a team of ex-Navy clearance divers in Sri Lanka aiming to offer outstanding diving services and to build up the best reputation for safety in diving, professionalism and friendliness. Nevertheless, whilst offering a range of diving services we are also eager to offer experiences in recreational diving and to provide a variety of training to develop human resources to meet global demands in the field of diving.
We are offering a range of diving services with qualified professionals.
Currently, our services include the followings.
Ø Hull Cleaning of ships and crafts.
Ø Underwater videography and photography.
Ø Providing underwater inspection reports.
Ø Inspection and survey of Hydro Power Plant.
Ø Underwater Construction (slipways and piers).
Ø Classification surveys
Ø Underwater Salvage.
Ø Surface and underwater explosion/demolition.
Ø Docking and undocking.
Ø Layout mooring in harbour and channel marking.
Ø Underwater fittings removing and fixing.
Ø Lay outing pipeline repairing and maintenance.
Ø Placing cofferdam.
Ø Bottom cleaning.
Ø Underwater welding and Oxy-Arc cutting.
Ø Scientific Diving for marine research.
Recreational diving or sport diving is diving for leisure and enjoyment. A more demanding aspect of recreational diving which requires greater levels of training, experience and equipment to compensate for the more hazardous conditions associated with the disciplines.
Our aim is to provide seamless opportunities for all in the thousand miles of beautiful golden beaches, the coastline of Sri Lanka to enjoy scuba diving, wreck diving, and explore reefs and their abundance of marine life and unceasing events of the ocean.
Sri Lanka has an abundance of coral reefs around most parts of the island. They are rich in biodiversity with over 180 hard coral species recorded. The colorful coral reefs with tropical fish and other marine species and shipwrecks with spectacular artificial reefs can be explored at several diving and snorkeling locations.
Below are some of our main locations, where you can have the best diving / snorkeling experiences
Excellent fringing and offshore reefs can be found in and around Passekudah. Passekudah Reef is located at the northern end of Kalkuda Bay. The largest of the reefs is the Kayankerni Reef located on three sides of the headland north of Vandeloos Bay. Parts of this reef have a high abundance and diversity of fish. About 50 species of corals and over 200 species of fish have been recorded. North of Kayankerni main reef is Velikuda Periya Munai Point which contains an apron reef along the shoreline. There is another near shore shallow reef patch about 1.4km away from this point.
The Bar Reef is a system of coral reefs just offshore from Sri Lanka's Kalpitiya peninsula. It has the greatest biodiversity of any coral reef in the waters around India and is one of the few pristine coral reef systems in Sri Lanka. It is a complex of reefs which stretch parallel to the coast from the northern end of the Kalpitiya peninsula to the islands which separate Portugal Bay from the Gulf of Mannar. It has high ecological, biological and aesthetic significance, being home to 156 species of coral and 283 species of fish
The Pigeon Island National Park has experienced reef degradation and lots of biodiversity and fish abundance. The hawksbill turtle, grey reef shark and black-tip reef shark are present
Ula Gala, also known as the Barracuda reef with a depth of 2-12m is good for snorkelling. A variety of fish such as yellow jacks, large groupers, trevallies and oriental sweet lips. Hannova Reef at a depth of 15m is good for a night dive. Many reef fish such as snappers, sweetlips, cuttlefish and groupers. Bandara Rocks, which has some coral growth and dramatic rock formations, depth 15m.