Natural beauty, serenity, cultural bounty, adventure and excitement – Sri Lanka has all this and much more to offer. The best way to discover the countless treasures that this country has to offer is to take a road trip that will allow you to enjoy the cities and the countryside, the historic towns and national parks at the same time. Here are five road trips across Sri Lanka that you must take this year.
Colombo to Nuwara Eliya (via Kandy)
Colombo is the largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. The colonial architecture, the sights and sounds of this wonderful city, the museums, temples, and galleries and the vivid cultural life make it an excellent place to start a road trip. Head over to Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage City, which is about 117 kilometres away.
The trip is a heady one with the lush green countryside stretching as far as the eye can see. Put up at a Kandy view hotel and visit the royal palaces, the Temple of the Tooth, the tea gardens. Head on to Nuwara Eliya – home to stawberry fields and tea plantations. Kandy to Nuwara Eliya is about 76 kilometres.
Colombo to Trincomalee (via Anuradhapura)
Another road trip to gather precious memories and great adventures takes you from Colombo to Anuradhapura and on to Trincomalee. Anuradhapura the ancient capital of Sri Lanka is about 204 kilometres away from Colombo. The route en route has some scenic splendours that you are likely to cherish.
Anuradhapura is known for its well-preserved ruins and Buddhist monasteries that form the soul of Sri Lankan culture. The next stretch of this road trip is about a 100 kilometres and takes you to Trincomalee, the beautiful coastal town best known for the Fort Frederick, the Koneswaram (see featured image!) and Gokanna temples, and for activities such as surfing and whale watching.
Colombo to Uda Walawe National Park (via Galle)
Once again we start from the busiest city of Sri Lanka, Colombo. This road trip is one that will take you through 127 kilometres of the sun-kissed coastal south of the country to the ancient fortified city of Galle. Galle was settled by the Dutch in the 16th century. The beachfront, the fort, and the historic museums are Galle’s greatest attractions.
A 135-kilometre drive to the northeast will take you to the Uda Walawe National Park, one of the largest and best preserved national parks in the country and home to the Sri Lankan elephant.
Bentota to Arugam Bay
Bentota is one of the most popular beaches in Sri Lanka. Located some 83 kilometres south of Colombo, it is a great family beach and offers watersport opportunities too. Driving from Bentota to Arugam Bay, another popular beach town will take you through the scenic southern coast.
Stop at Galle and head on covering about 355 kilometres to reach Arugam Bay. Not only is this the best surf-beach in the entire country, the historic city has many beautiful experiences to offer.
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