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TAXI

TAXI (Colombo) – in Colombo, there are ‘Tata Nano’ taxis in service and the fare start from Rs. 40/km with air-conditioning, and it is also a safe and convenient way to travel. Taxis are much safer than the three-wheeler “tuk tuks”.   Here are some taxi companies that operate in Colombo:   Budget Meter Taxi: […]

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Sri Lanka Air Force Museum

Sri Lanka Air Force Museum (Kandawala, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia) – located just 16 km. south of Colombo, this is Sri Lanka’s only national museum dedicated to the field of aviation as well as the history of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF). The museum offers a unique insight not only into the history of the SLAF […]

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Sigiriya

SigiriyaSigiriya — Sigiriya (a.k.a. Lion Rock) is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka. Referred by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World this ancient palace and fortress complex has significant archaeological importance and attracts thousands of tourists every year. It is probably the most visited tourist destination of Sri Lanka. […]

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Sacred Temple of the Tooth

Sacred Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy) — the sacred Temple of the Tooth in the historic city of Kandy houses one of Buddhism’s most sacred relics and draws followers of the Buddhist faith from all over the world. The Royal Complex situated around the Temple of the Tooth and Kandy Lake – […]

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Royal Palace of Kandy

Royal Palace of Kandy (Sri Dalada Veediya & Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy) — located 3 ½ hours (137 km. northeast of Colombo), this is a residual remnant of the past dating as far back as the 14th century. The Royal Palace of the Kandyan Kingdom lies tucked away near the valleys of Kandy as reminiscence […]

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Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa – located 5 hours (228 km. northeast of Colombo, Polonnaruwa was established as the capital after Anuradhapura had been invaded in the late 10th century. Under King Parakramabu, who ruled in the late 11th century, Polonnaruwa became a magnificent walled city. He built the vast reservoir, Parakrama Samudra (the Sea of Parakrama) still in […]

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National Museum of Colombo

National Museum of Colombo (Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo) – this museum is an Italian architecture colonial type mansion which was founded by the British governor of Ceylon at that time, Sir William Henry Gregory. This treasure house is the Sri Lanka’s most prestigious, oldest and largest museum. This museum is an Italian architecture colonial […]

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Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya Temple

Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya Temple (Kelaniya, Colombo) – located 10 km away from the heart of Colombo is the Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya Temple. The ancient chronicle ‘Mahavamsa’ states that on the eighth year following enlightenment; the Buddha visited Kelaniya with 500 Bikkhus (Monks) on the invitation of King Maniakkhikha to preach the dhamma. A stupa(hemispherical structure […]

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Jetavanaramaya

Jetavanaramaya – located 4 hours (202 km.) northeast of Colombo, this ancient stupa in the Sri Lankan jungle, built with approximately 93 million baked bricks, was one of the tallest structures in antiquity. The Mahavamsa, a chronicle kept by Sri Lankan kings between 543 BC and 361 AD describes how the foundation of this monumental […]

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Golden Temple of Dambulla

Golden Temple of Dambulla (Dambulla) — dating back to the First Century BC, the Golden Temple of Dambulla (located 4 hours via car northeast of Colombo) has been the center of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus alike for 22 centuries. It is Sri Lanka’s most popular historic site. The Cave monastery, home to Buddhist monks […]