The beguiling land of Sri Lanka is situated in southern Asia, towards the south of the Indian peninsula. This island country lies in the northern region of the Indian Ocean and shares its maritime borders with Maldives and India. Numerous tourist delights are dotted across its landscape that include palm-fringed beaches, historical sites, revered shrines, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Blessed with abundant natural beauty and several places of tourist interest, this country is an internationally-renowned travel destination. During their holidays in Sri Lanka, vacationers can pay a visit to its monasteries, explore its biodiversity or get acquainted with the rich heritage of the region.
Colombo, the national capital, is located towards the western coast of this country. It is the largest city in the isle and is also its cultural, industrial and commercial epicentre. The city was made the capital in 1815 when the British empire took over, and even after independence in 1948, it retained this status. This vibrant place, with its colonial buildings and plush shopping arcades, is a perfect amalgamation of cultural heritage and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Administrative capital of the Western Province, this thriving city has umpteen high-rise buildings, multinational companies, entertainment hubs, temples and historic sites.
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
Travellers can head to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara for a spiritual experience on Sri Lanka holidays. Situated around 10 kilometres from the central part of Colombo, this Buddhist shrine is frequented by many devotees all round the year. Its history dates back to 500 BC, and it is said to have been constructed during the third visit of Lord Buddha. Over centuries, this temple has been destroyed and rebuilt by many empires. During the reign of Kirthi Sri Rajasingha – the King of Kandy, it was renovated and refurbished in the latter part of the 20th century. Beautiful mural paintings, illustrating important events of Buddhism adorn the walls of this shrine. Immense historical and religious significance has made this shrine a prominent landmark of the city and a must-see attraction.