Look out for Leopards
"North of Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park sees more elephants returning to one single place each year than any single spot in Africa."
Sri Lanka offers an incredible array of wildlife. In the south-east, Yala National Park is one of the most likely places in the world to spot leopards in the wild, though the park’s popularity has made its trails a little crowded.
Far quieter is the wild and remote Wilpattu National Park on Sri Lanka’s west coast. The dense forest and general skittishness of the animals can make sightings rarer here, but that only makes it all the more satisfying when you do catch sight of a leopard, elephant, mongoose or sloth bear.
Uncover Ancient Capitals
Located in the centre of the country, Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle connects its three ancient capitals. In the south is Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, whose Temple of the Tooth is said to house a tooth of the Buddha.
Furthest north is Anuradhapura, the city that ruled Sri Lanka for more than 1,300 years. Its 3rd century Jetavanarama Dagoba was once the third tallest building in the world, beaten only by the pyramids.
In between the two and to the east is Polonnaruwa, whose temple ruins and giant recumbent Buddhas are testament to the city’s time as royal capital in the 11th and 12th centuries.
Go shopping in Galle Fort
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galle Fort was built by the Dutch in 1663 and is filled with historic houses, museums, churches, mosques, temples and old colonial buildings. You’ll also find a great selection of boutique shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants and artists’ galleries. It is an especially good place to buy jewellery and precious stones, as well as souvenirs, clothes and home accessories. The fort is surrounded on three sides by the ocean and we recommend walking along the top of the old fort walls to watch the sun set from Flag Rock, at the southernmost end of the battlements.
Just back from
The Punjab & Rajasthan
Our Travel Designer Steph recalls the highlights of her most recent visit to the subcontinent, travelling south from the Punjab, the heart of India’s Sikh community, to Rajasthan, the land of maharajas and medieval forts.
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