3 of the Most Beautiful Places to Check Out in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. Photo by Jannes Jacobs on Unsplash

Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia whose name can be literally translated as “resplendent land.” It’s also often referred to as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” thanks to its wealth of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. While the island is home to countless parks, gardens, and postcard-worthy vistas, some of its attractions stand out among all others as especially exquisite. If you’re planning a trip to Sri Lanka soon, here are three spots worth including in your itinerary. 


Standing proud in the middle of the country’s Central Province, Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Its lush gardens and historical significance have made it a popular attraction for tourists over the years, and while climbing to the summit is somewhat of a challenge, the panoramic vistas on top are worth the trek.


About 4 hours east of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, the charming village of Ella sits quietly surrounded by misty mountains and tea plantations at 3,400 feet above sea level. Nature lovers can enjoy a hike to the iconic Ella Rock to watch the sunrise, or explore the Nine Arches Bridge, also known as the Bridge in the Sky. If you prefer something a bit slower paced, head to Cafe Chill for a cup of coffee, or take a cooking class with Ella Spice Garden.


Travelers seeking a bit of seaside serenity should be sure to visit Mirissa, a small beach town on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. Like a postcard come to life, Mirissa is home to pristine sandy beaches and warm turquoise waters that make it a perfect place to unwind. and soak up some sun. There’s also an active nightlife scene for those who like to keep the party going after dark.