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Ceylon Tea Museum

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The Ceylon Tea Museum is located in an old tea factory in Hantane, on the outskirts of Kandy — Afar Magazine

An essential stop on any Sri Lankan tea tour, this museum occupies the 1925-vintage Hantane Tea Factory, 4km south of Kandy on the Hantane road — Lonely Planet

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Sigiriya Museum

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The Mount of Remembrance, originally a king's fortress, sits atop a 560-foot-high rock. Buses depart hourly from Dambulla. — Travel + Leisure

rade routes are explained, showing Sigiriya's connections with the Gulf, China, India and the Roman empire. Among the artefacts, the large buxom stone deity stands out. — Lonely Planet

An ancient stone fortress considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world.  — Atlas Obscura

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Wewurukannala Vihara

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A 50m-high seated Buddha figure – the largest in Sri Lanka – is a highlight of this temple, which is often thronged with worshippers — Lonely Planet

To gaze upon the visage of Sri Lanka's biggest Buddha, one must first pass through the Tunnel of Hell.  — Atlas Obscura

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Royal Botanical Gardens

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Founded in the 16th century, the largest botanic garden in Sri Lanka is 2 1/2 miles from Kandy, the country's second-biggest city. — Travel + Leisure

These stunning gardens were once reserved exclusively for Kandyan royalty. Today, even commoners are allowed in to enjoy the most impressive and largest (60 hectares) botanic gardens in Sri Lanka. — Lonely Planet

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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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Founded in the late 19th century as an institute for training monks, it is full of Buddha statues—some of them massive—in various styles from Thai through Sri Lankan to Burmese. — Fodor's

Why is there a vintage Rolls Royce in this Buddhist temple?   — Atlas Obscura

Gangaramaya is the focus of the Navam Perahera on the February poya (full-moon) day each year. This is the centre for the most extravagant Vesak celebrations in Colombo. — Lonely Planet

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Temple of the Tooth

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Just north of the lake, the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha — Lonely Planet

This elaborate temple was built around one of the Buddha's teeth.  — Atlas Obscura

Erected in the 18th century to guard the Buddha's sacred tooth, the pink temple is open 24 hours; there are daily prayer sessions, and a museum open to devotees and tourists. — Travel + Leisure

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Wolvendaal Church

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Serving as a reminder that Sri Lanka was once a colony of the Netherlands, this beautiful Dutch Reform Church—the oldest in Colombo—dates from around 1740. — Fodor's

The 1749 Wolvendaal Church is the most important Dutch building in Sri Lanka. — Lonely Planet

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Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

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In the heart of Pettah, the decorative 1909 Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque is a show-stopper with its candy-striped red-and-white brickwork — Lonely Planet

This mesmerizing architectural wonder will take your breath away with its unusual color patterns.  — Atlas Obscura

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Colombo National Museum

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Also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum, this is the largest museum in the country. — Fodor's

Antique furniture, Buddhist bronzes, and royal dress are all on display. There are live puppet shows on weekends in the first-floor Children's Museum. — Travel + Leisure

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Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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It’s believed Buddha visited the site of this temple on his third visit to Sri Lanka. — Lonely Planet

The Kelaniya Temple near Colombo makes a fine day trip from the city. — Afar Magazine

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Galle Fort

Sri Lanka 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Ong oversees a daily menu of Asian favorites that draws deserved raves from across the island, particularly a kung pao chicken that elevates the take-out classic to haute cuisine. — Condé Nast Traveler

The UNESCO-preserved fort, built by the Dutch in 1663 on Galle's southern isthmus, completely surrounds the city's Old Town. — Travel + Leisure

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Mihintale

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Today, a climb of almost 2,000 wide granite steps will bring you to the three peaks atop the 'mountain of Mahinda', which taken together, provide a 360˚ view of the countryside below. — Afar Magazine

A ceremonial staircase climbs past pools, monastery ruins and rock inscriptions to reach two large dagobas. — Lonely Planet

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Jaffna Fort

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Jaffna's fort has been fought over for centuries. Today you're free to explore its walls, admire its gateways and moats and view the city from its ramparts. — Lonely Planet

Galle fort and the city of Galle has a wonderful colonial past that differentiates this gorgeous city from the rest of the country of Sri Lanka. — Afar Magazine

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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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The elephants' daily bath ritual is a popular tourist attraction. As much as I enjoyed watching them frolicking in the water, I was equally fascinated watching them heading down to the water. — Afar Magazine

The elephants are controlled by their mahouts, who ensure they feed at the right times and don’t endanger anyone. — Lonely Planet

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Polonnaruwa

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This Unesco World Heritage site is filled with amazing temples, one-of-a-kind landmarks and huge buddhas. — Afar Magazine

The ruins of Sri Lanka's medieval capital can be toured on foot or bicycle. Several buses make the trip from Kandy to Kaduruwela, the closest bus stop. — Travel + Leisure

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Japanese Peace Pagoda

Sri Lanka 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This peaceful, round shrine in the middle of the Sri Lankan jungle acts as a beacon of peace.  — Atlas Obscura

The Japanese Peace Pagoda is a giant marshmallow of a temple buried deep in the rainforest between Unawatuna and Galle. — Afar Magazine

This pagoda, 4km west of town, is a graceful stupa with a twist or two, including a vaguely Roman-looking colonnade ringing its lower level. — Lonely Planet

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Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail

Sri Lanka 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located in south-central Sri Lanka, Udawalawe National Park is about 310 sq km (118 sq mi) in size and has a resident population of some 1000+ wild Asian elephants, which roam freely across the park — Afar Magazine

Huge herds of Asian elephants can be seen walking, bathing, and just chilling at this Sri Lankan park.   — Atlas Obscura

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