Sri Lanka‘s
UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites

Sri Lanka has an exceptionally rich cultural heritage

Sacred City of Kandy

Cultural triangle

Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

Sacred City of Anuradhapura

Golden Temple of Dambulla

Ancient City of Sigiriya

In the South

Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

Galle is just 20 minutes from The Beach House.

Sri Lanka‘s
UNESCO Natural Heritage sites

Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

Sinharaja Forest Reserve

The waterfalls of the Sinharaja rainforest make a great day trip
from the Beach House.

Sri Lanka Travel Guide

Sri Lanka is a very, very old isle with records found in literature going as far back as the Pharaohs of Egypt to the West and the age-old empires of Asia to the East. It is a magical place of golden beaches, tropical rainforests, towering mountain peaks, iridescent rice paddies, glittering flowers, roaring waterfalls, fleeting fireflies, flitting butterflies, languid elephants, shy leopards and rare birds of paradise. It is a veritable Garden of Eden with one of the richest concentrations of species of animals and plants on the planet. Its history of civilisation stretches back thousands of years. As far back as 500BC there were already well established cities, palaces, reservoirs and temples.

Throughout its long history Sri Lanka has gone by many names emanating the magic of this isle – Serendib, Taprobane, Cellao and Ceylon.

But beside its incredible natural beauty and age-old history, it is the Sri Lankans themselves that give this island a special place in the hearts of all who are fortunate enough to traverse this land. After leaving the hustle and bustle of the capital Colombo you enter an air of relaxed calm and peacefulness among the people who are welcoming, hospitable and refreshingly friendly.

Predominantly Buddhist, the island is multi-ethnic and multi-religious and all live together in exemplary peaceful community.

Travelling around the island can be slow going because of the narrow roads, but each way you turn en route is a feast for the senses.

Come visit.

Lanka Library

The Lanka Library is
an excellent resource
of information about
Sri Lanka‘s:





and much more...

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has an incredible 382 documented waterfalls.

The full list here...

Easy Day Trips from
the Beach House

There are many waterfalls within reach as a day trip from The Beach House. They can be found in the Galle and Matara Districts which stretch from the Southwest and South coast inland to the Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve – which alone has 19 waterfalls.

Check here for
Waterfalls in the Sinharaja Rainforest

A few good ones in the Galle and Matara districts which make an easy day trip from the Beach House include:

The Olu Falls– 127m.

The Kandy Esala Perahera

This procession which dates to the 3rd Century BCE is a must-see if you are in Sri Lanka in July/August.

The procession through the streets of Kandy of hundreds of richly adorned elephants, Kandyan dancers, fire dancers, whip dancers and many more troupes is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha.

More info about the Kandy Esala Perahera

The dates for the 10-day procession are set a couple of months before the event each year and can be checked here:

Sri Dalada Maligawa - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

dancers at the Kandy Esala Perahera
dancers at the Kandy Esala Perahera


Sri Lanka is an age-old island with a deep and beautiful history and culture. To learn more:

Annagimala Falls

Electronic Visa for Sri Lanka

All visitors to Sri Lanka are required to buy an electronic visa. No passport stamp or sticker is required. You can get it at the airport on arrival, but there will probably be a queue. It is easiest to buy it online here.

The Mahavamsa

The Mahavamsa – the Great Chronicle of Sri Lanka
Mahavamsa is the oldest and longest chronology in the world. It tells a history of Sri Lanka that spans nearly 2,500 years.

Devanampiyatissa (c. 247 BC - 207 BC) - the king under whose reign Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka.

The Annagimala Falls – 46 m
– in the Kaneliya Forest Conservation.

Malmora Falls – 20m

Narangas Falls – 70m

Athamala Falls – 52m
– in the Matara District

stone frieze at temple in Kandy
Map of the National Parks of Sri Lanka
Elephant at Lahugala
leopards of Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

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rock painting at Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

National Parks of Sri Lanka