Sri Lanka, being an island, is known for her amazing beaches and views of the sea. However, in Colombo, it isn’t always easy to find a place where you can enjoy the crashing of the waves and most of all, an undisturbed view of the sunset. Galle Face Green thus attracts a large number of people, especially during the evening, although it is rarely empty, even in the afternoon when there is very little shelter from the scorching sun. Galle Face Green is a half kilometer promenade in the heart of Colombo and was initially laid out in 1859 by Sir Henry Ward, Governor of British Ceylon.
After about an hour’s drive, from the capital city of Colombo one can reach the city of Bentota which is south of Aluthgama. The golden stretch of the sandy beach is just one tourist attraction in Bentota. It offers a glimpse of Sri Lanka’s bio diversity, the excitement of water sports and the bliss of enjoying the soft sandy beach.
Placed in the southern city of Galle the Fort is one of the main attractions of the Galle city. Due to the colonial architecture and its historical value the Galle Fort stands today as a World Heritage Site recognised by UNESCO. Today there are a few old churches which are well maintained and the stables are used to house the Fort Museum and many shops and cafes are scattered inside the Fort premises targeting the tourists that frequent the area.
Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean sits alongside one of the common migratory routes taken by the gigantic whales. This makes Sri Lanka a perfect location for whale watching. British marine biologist Charles Anderson had expounded this theory that whales migrate to the great Arabian sea through the sea routes that run across the Bay of Bengal and the Coastal lines of Sri Lanka and ever since then Sri Lanka has become hugely popular as a whale watching location.
Trincomalee harbours one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in Sri Lanka. Nilaveli, is about 20 minutes away from the main city of Trincomalee and it is renowned for its white sand beaches and shallow bays.