Central Province: Featuring some of the highlights of Sri Lanka tourism, including the former royal capital of Kandy and the impressive rock fort of Sigiriya, hilly Central Province attracts visitors with its historical sites, pleasant climate, and abundance of tea plantations.
Southern Province: Known for its long stretches of tourist-friendly coastline, as well as its elephant safari parks and the colonial port of Galle, Southern Province serves as a memorable addition to any Sri Lanka itinerary.
Western Province: Densely populated and packed with beach resorts, Sri Lanka's Western Province is best known for containing the nation's largest city, but also offers a rich array of religious and cultural attractions.
Colombo: The entry and exit port for most Sri Lanka holidays, chaotic Colombo blends traditional, colonial, and modern architecture across its congested, six-million-strong sprawl.
Kandy: Blessed with a pleasant year-round climate, the World Heritage Site of Kandy sits in the cradle of central Sri Lanka's hill country and attracts visitors with its famous temple and picturesque central lake.
Galle: At the country's southwestern tip, the former Dutch port of Galle revels in lazy beach vibes, with its colonial-era fortress and world-famous test cricket ground considered two of the best attractions in Sri Lanka.
Nuwara Eliya: You won't find anywhere better to escape Sri Lanka's oppressive heat than Nuwara Eliya, the heart of the country's tea production and outdoor tourism industry, surrounded by green hills and waterfalls.
Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa): Legend has it that one of the Buddha's teeth rests in the vaults of this World Heritage Site, whose ornate adornments, manicured gardens, and lakeside position make it one of the most aesthetically pleasing attractions in Sri Lanka.
Adam's Peak: Rise early to climb the thousands steps leading to this sacred peak--one of Sri Lanka's most important pilgrimage sites--where you can enjoy panoramic views and an incredible triangular shadow cast over the valley at sunrise.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage:This orphanage allows you to get up close and personal with rescued elephants living in a semi-natural environment.
The Golden Temple:With an elaborate facade carved into the side of a rock and a giant golden Buddha statue, this cave temple and World Heritage Site features 157 religious statues and countless murals adorning its walls.
Royal Botanical Gardens:An expansive park blooming with colorful, fragrant flowers and boasting several hidden gardens, this botanical complex thoroughly earns its reputation as one of the highlights of tourism in Sri Lanka.
Kandy Lake:Few man-made lakes in the world possess such royal grandeur as this 19 hectare (47 acre) body of water, built in 1807 and serving as a perch for some of the city's best attractions.
Sigiriya World Heritage Site: No Sri Lanka vacation is complete without a visit to this ancient fortress carved into a striking, stand-alone rock, which served as a royal palace for King Kasyapa in the 5th century CE.
Little Adam's Peak: Embark on a light, 45-minute hike to the top of this accessible but scenic summit and you'll be rewarded with panoramic views over Ella and the surrounding tea plantations.
Yala National Park:Spot elephants, wild boar, buffalo, and perhaps even an elusive leopard as you take a safari around this southern national park, one of the icons of Sri Lanka tourism.
Galle Fort:Dutch colonists built this impressive fort--now a World Heritage Site--in the 16th century, but nowadays it's primarily the selection of small independent shops and the views over the Indian Ocean that attract tourists here.