Sri Lanka Map
Sri Lankan Map overview
Capital Coast and Hill Country
You can start your tour from Colombo, explore the markets and visit the city’s vibrant Buddhist temples. Then take the new Southern Expressway south and you will be in Galle in no time. Explore the streets of Galle’s 17th-century Dutch city-within-a-fort.From Galle, its better to get some beach time. Tangalla has a growing selection of groovy beach places on its lovely and uncrowded ribbon of sand.
Head inland and venture up to Uda Walawe National Park, where you’ll see dozens of elephants and many other wild animals.Take the amazing road up in the heart of the Hill Country and put down roots for a few days in Ella area, a cool town with a fun travellers’ sense. Walk to waterfalls and mountain peaks around ella.Take one of the world’s most beautiful train rides to the stop for the British colonial heritage town of Nuwara Eliya (The little England), Visit tea plantations and stop in iconic Kandy for temples and gardens. From here it’s an easy jaunt back to Colombo or the airport.Refer below Map for routing info.
Hilltops & Beaches
Start from Colombo, where you can engage with some of Sri Lanka’s newfound energetic Atmosphere before you head right off .Kitulgala is a gateway for white water rafting in the Kelaniya river, as well as for jungle hikes and birdwatching. You can take the short hop to misty Hatton, Dikoya and Maskeliya, three small towns in some of the most scenic parts of the Hill Country. Spend a few days tasting fragrant single-estate teas and bed down in luxurious ex-colonial tea planters’ bungalows.
Head east to Ella for more hiking, wonderful views and guesthouses famous for having some of Sri Lanka’s tastiest home-cooked food .Travel southeast to Monaragala, a low-key gateway to the east and the jumping-off point for one of Sri Lanka’s most atmospheric ancient Buddhist sites at Yudaganawa.
Also nearby, Maligawila is home to an over a thousand years old 11m-tall standing Buddha statue.Continue east to Arugam Bay, with its easygoing surfers’ paradise, excellent seafood and few travellers compared with the southern beaches.
After a few days on the beach, veer back inland via Monaragala to Wellawaya, and find time for a brief bypass to Sri Lanka’s tallest standing Buddha at Buduruwagala. Watch the beauty of the tiny lakes and listen to the birds.
Descend from Wellawaya to the coastal plains of Kataragama, , a pilgrimage that begins at the other end of the island. One of Sri Lanka’s oldest and most venerated dagobas (stupas) is in nearby Tissamaharama, Hop into Yala National Park, where you can spot most of Sri Lanka’s iconic critters. From ‘Tissa’, beach-hop via Tangalla along the south coast to laid-back Mirissa, a good base for whale-watching.
Emerging Sri Lanka ( North)
Starting with the peaces with every part of the north of the country , it is open to visitors, who will be warmly welcomed..
You can Start at Kalpitiya, the main town on the long finger of land that juts up into the Indian Ocean. The beaches here are just fine, but the kitesurfing and reef diving are spectacular.Hook your way around north to Wilpattu National Park. This treasure was closed for years during the war but is now returning to life. It has all of Sri Lanka’s iconic animals and is very quiet.
Next, explore another spit of Sri Lanka extending into the sea. Mannar is technically an island but feels like a peninsula. It has white beaches, an incredible beauty.Catch your way again to the Jaffna . The town bears scars of the war, which still seems like a recent memory here. But the rich Tamil culture is returning and charming temples on shady backstreets await exploration.
You can visit Keerimalai spring, a sacred site with legendary bathing pools. It’s close to the Naguleswaram Shiva Kovil, which traces its past to the 6th century BC.
Your next destination is Point Pedro, which is still shaking off the 2004 tsunami but holds onto traces of a colonial past. There is a long swath of the whitest beach you can imagine here.Jaffna has nearby islands well worth exploring for their pure beauty. There’s actual sights on Nainativu, which you reach via a ferry. Buddhist and Hindu temples draw the pious to this tiny speck of sand.
Another ferry ride – which is half the fun – takes you the 10km to Neduntivu, which some still call by its old Dutch moniker Delft. It’s a windswept place beyond the end of the road and wild ponies roam seemingly deserted streets.