Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eleya witch site in a little valley, is the \hights town in Sri Lanka and a major hill resort. In 1846, when Samuel Backer first visited the semi-enclosed valley, surounded by hills on the west and overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the island higst peak(2,524m, 8,281 ft),he singled it out as an ideal spot for a hill country retreate. 'The City of Light' was favoutite hill station of the British. Some feel its charm has faded,but it reatins some distinctive featurs. The main street is the usual concreat jungle of smll shops with the pink post office begin an obvice exception 


Galle
Galle is the most important town in the south and has sretained much of its colonial atmostphere. the Portuguese. Dutch and British used the naturel horbour as there main port until until 1875 when reconstruction of break waters adn the enlarged hourbor made Colombo the island's major port. Its originals as a port go back well befor the Portuguese.
 Allow a full day to see the old town enclosed within the fort which was declared a Worls Heritage Site in 1988.  


Trincomalee
Trincomalee is a natural deep-water harbor, on the north-east coast of Sri Lanka. On the east side of the town of Trincomalee, on a cliff known as Swami Rock stands one of the oldest Kovils (Hindu temple) in Sri Lanka. The present day Tirukonesvaram Kovil was rebuilt on the site of the Dakshana Kailayam (temple of 100 pillars) - that was destroyed by the Portugese in the 17th century. The restoration work was completed in the 1960's, and it is a "must see" site, for the visitors to Trincomalee. Friday evening Puja (offerings) services are specially colorful.  


Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa is the island's most developed beach resort. It has a range of accommodation, good restaurants and pleasant cafe-lined beaches. There's good snorkelling at an attractive and easily accessible coral sanctuary, scuba diving at a number of wrecks in the bay, tours by glass-bottomed boats and pretty good surfing. It's a relaxed place, similar to many Asian beach resorts popular with Western travellers. There are also plenty of handicraft shops catering to tourist whims, a Buddhist temple, a nearby lake with abundant birdlife.  


Pinnawela

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which many are baby elephants found, abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see the elephants having their daily bath.


Mount Lavinia

The Galle Rd continues south to Mt Lavinia, one of the most populer excursions just 13 km from Colombo. It takes its name from a courruption of the Sinhalese 'Lihiniya Kanda'.  The beach north of Mt Lavinia has several resturent/bar shacks. The Bolgoda Lake alone hear, covers a length south for a few kilometers.


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