Sri Lankan Tourist Attractions by Districts

Why European Women Get Crazy About Sri Lanka Shopping

Sri Lanka offers a wide array of shopping items, the most recognized being gems, batik, tea, and handicrafts. The most popular items among tourists, especially european women, are handloom fabrics, leather products, reproduction antiques, jewelry and ceramics. Greek girls prefer Ratnapura, it is the most famous place to find gems, including blue sapphires, the king of Sri Lankan precious stones.

For Buddhists, Kandy is the sacred city. The focal point is the Dalada Maligawa also known as the temple of the tooth, where the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined. There are many shrines and temples in and around Kandy, where you will see rare paintings, frescoes, wood and stone carvings. The highlight of the year is the Kandy Esala Perahera, when a replica of the relic casket is taken in procession accompanied by exotically costumed drummers, dancers and about 80 - 100 caparisoned elephants during ten glittering nights in July/ August.

The beautiful city, surrounded by hills and valleys, rivers, lakes and cascading waterfalls, boasts of the Royal Botanical gardens at Peradeniya .

Where To Shop & What To Buy In Colombo

The city has a bustling economy based on, among other things, tourism. There is a whole lot being done by the government to promote resorts and areas worth visiting in and around Colombo and when it comes to shopping there’s a lot more to Sri Lanka than merely Ceylon Tea! Plus there are great shopping malls created for tourist men and women in Colombo that help you pick up some truly memorable souvenirs.

Laksala.The state run-handicrafts emporium in Sri Lanka is called Laksala and has a number of branches all over the country. The one in Colombo is the biggest and the best and is located on 60 York Street. It is open from 09:00 in the morning to 17:00 in the evening. On Saturdays it closes an hour earlier and is closed all day on Sundays. You can pick up anything here and objects made from brass and silverware, wooden artifacts, buffalo horn, natural fibres, and even rush and reed abound. There are also products made from coconut shells, cane, and bamboo as well as toys, pottery, artificial flowers and costume jewelry.

Majestic City.The main shopping mall on Galle Road is the multi-storey Majestic City in Bambalapittiya. Most shoppers, besides girls, escape the heat of central Colombo by entering its air conditioned portals. There is a cinema on the top floor and a food court in the basement as well as a whole lot of varied shops in between. They sell everything from CD's, DVD's, books, clothes, and linen. You can even find a couple of internet cafes there.

Odel.Odel is located at 5 Alexander Place on Lipton Circus in Colombo 7 area. It is Sri Lanka’s best-known branded garment factory outlet. Here, you'll find garments from international houses like Gap, DKNY,and George, but the labels are removed. It is a classy departmental store that features clothes, accessories, jewelry, shoes, bags, cosmetics, home ware, tea, books, watches, sunglasses, chocolates and candy, toiletries, and a whole lot more. There is an ice cream parlor, hair salon and florist present as well. All in all it's a true shopping experience.

The Barefoot Gallery.Odel’s closest competition would come from the Barefoot Gallery which is located at 706 Galle Road in Colombo. Although it is not quite the same scale and has less to offer, it is worth visiting with a range of handloom products. Very cheerful, colourful and creative designs grace the handmade artifacts. You can pick up toys, notebooks bound in handloom fabrics, hand-painted wooden boxes, tote bags, skirts and blouses, costume jewelry, table linen and even bed linen.

Ampara

Religious and Tourist Attractions in Ampara District
    Buddangala Monastery, Ampara
   Deegawapiya, Ampara
   Hulan Nuge Temple, Lahugala
   Kudumbigala Monastery
   Maha Oya Hotwater Springs
   Magul Maha Viharaya, Lahugala
   Muhudu Maha Viharaya, Potthuvil
   Okanda Beach, Kumana
   Rambakanoya Tank
   Serakanda Viharaya
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Anuradhapura

Religious and Tourist Attractions in Anuradhapura District
    Jaya Shrimaha Bodhiya, Anuradhapura
    Ruwanmeli Maha Seya, Anuradhapura
    Samadhi Buddha Statue , Anuradhapura
    Kuttam Pokuna , Anuradhapura
    Namal Uyana
    Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya
    Ritigala
    Hiriwadunna Temple
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Badulla

Religious and Tourist Attractions in Badulla District
    Adisham Bungalow
    Bambarakanda Waterfall
    Dova Rock Temple
    Diyaluma Waterfall
    Demodara Nine Arches Bridge
    Kuda Dunhinada Falls
    Ravana Ella
    Sorabora Wewa

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Colombo

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Colombo District
    Arcade Shopping Complex
    Air Force Museum
    Alakeshwara Tomb
    Ape Gama
    Bellanvila Temple
    Colombo Lighthouse
    Colombo Town Hall
    Gangarama Temple
    Independence Memorial Hall
    Korathota Temple
    Kurugala Sri Shailathanaramaya
    Prison Cell of the Last King of Sri Lanka
    Lotus Tower
    National Museum
    Puppet Art Museum
    Sadharitha Una Arana
    Seethawaka Botanical Garden
    Weragala Temple, Padukka
    Weherakana Ruins

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Galle

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Galle District
    Galle Fort, Galle
    Mask Museum, Ambalangoda
    Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum, Koggala
    Peraliya Buddha Statue
    Seenigama Devalaya
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Gampaha

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Gampaha District
    Attanagalla Rajamaha Viharaya
    Henarathgoda Garden
    Horagolla National Park
    Kelaniya Viharaya
    Koskandavila Viharaya
    Maligathenna Viharaya
    Pilikuththuwa Viharaya
    Varana Temple
    Water World

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Hambanthota

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Hambanthota District
    Bandagiriya Temple, Bandagiriya
    Hambanthota Saltern
    Ussangoda
    Yala National Park
    Agro Technology Park, Bataatha
    Kirinda Rajamaha Viharaya
    Yatala Wehera

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Jaffna

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Jaffna District
Jaffna Attraction Map
    Anjanajar Temple
    Dambakolapatuna Sangamiththa Temple
    Jaffna Fort
    Jaffna Old Railway Station
    Jaffna Public Library
    Kadurugoda Temple
    Keeramale Pond
    King Sankilian Monuments
    Kobbekaduwa Memorial
    Nilavarai Bottomless Well
    Nagadeepa Viharaya
    Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
    Naguleswaram Temple
    Nallur Kovil
    Rio Ice Cream
    Sungupiddy New Bridge
    Jaffna Attraction Map

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Kaluthara

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Kaluthara District
    Kande Viharaya
    Kaluthara Bodhiya
    Lenawara Temple
    Panadura Beach
    Richmond Castle
    Rankoth Viharaya

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Kandy

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Kandy District
    Degaldoruwa Rajamaha Viharaya
    Embekke Devalaya, Pilimathalawa
    Gadaladeniya Temple, Pilimathalawa
    Hindagala Temple
    Kadugannawa Rock Tunnel
    Lanka Thilaka Viharaya, Pilimathalawa
    Peradeniya Gardens
    Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy

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Kegalle

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Kegalle District
    Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
    Berendi Kovil
    Dedimunda Devalaya

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Kurunegala

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Kurunegala District
    Rambodagalla Buddha Statue
    Ridi Viharaya
    Sri Sambuddha Maligawa
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Mathale

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Mathale District
    Dambulla Rock Temple , Dambulla
    Kaludiya Pokuna
    Pidurangala Rajamaha Viharaya
    Ancient City of Sigiriya

Hotels
    Aliya Resort Sigiriya

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Monaragala

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Monaragala District
    Buduruwagala Wellawaya
    Govinda Hela ( Westminster Abbey)
    Yudaganawa Temple

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Nuwara Eliya

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Nuwara Eliya District
    Bakers Falls, Horton Plains
    Devon Falls, Thalawakele
    Gregory Lake, Nuwara Eliya
    Hanuman Kovil, Ramboda
    Puna Ella, Ramboda
    Ramboda Falls, Ramboda
    Ramboda Tunnel, Ramboda
    St Clair Falls, Thalawakele
    Victoria Garden, Nuwara Eliya

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Polonnaruwa

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Polonnaruwa District
    Atadageya
    Bodhisathva Statue in Dalada Maluwa
    Counsel Chamber
    Gal Potha
    Gal Viharaya
    Hetadageya
    Royal Palace of King Parakumba
    Kumara Pokuna
    Lanka Thilaka Vihara
    Lotus Pond
    Minneriya National Park
    Nisshanka Latha Mandapaya
    Pothgul Viharaya
    Rankoth Vehera Stupa
    Sath Mahal Prasada
    Siva Devalaya(No 1)
    Somawathiya
    Thuparama Image House
    Thivanka Image House
    Vatadageya (Dalada Maluwa)
    Vatadageya (Medirigiriya)
    Velaikkara Slab Inscription

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Rathnapura

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Rathnapura District
    Udawalawa Tank, Udawalawa

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Trincomalee

Religious and Tourist Attactions in Trincomalee District
    Fort Fredrick, Trincomalee
    Girihadu Seya
    Kanniaya Hot Water Wells
    Kinniya Bridge
    Koneshwaran Temple, Trincomalee
    Pigeon Island
Velgam Vehera

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