Place Negombo

Bandaranaike International Airport is the main international airport serving Sri Lanka. It is named after former Prime Minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike and is located in a suburb of Negombo, 32.5 kilometres north of the nation’s longstanding capital and commercial center, Colombo. It is administered by Airport and Aviation Services Ltd and serves as the hub of SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, and domestic carrier Cinnamon Air. The other airport serving the city of Colombo is Colombo International Airport, Ratmalana.

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Atlas Obscura 2017
Red Mosque

Discover Jami Ul-Alfar Masjid (Red Mosque) in Colombo, Sri Lanka: This mesmerizing architectural wonder will take your breath away with its unusual color patterns.

Atlas Obscura 2018
Kande Vihara

Discover Kande Vihara in Beruwala, Sri Lanka: This amazing mountain temple is topped by one of the tallest sitting Buddha statues in the world.

Atlas Obscura 2018
Pettah Floating Market

Discover Pettah Floating Market in Colombo, Sri Lanka: Pettah's beautiful floating market was once a stinky canal in a sketchy industrial area.

Atlas Obscura 2017
The Site of One of Sri Lanka’s Oldest Human Settlements

Archaeologists discovered skulls around 37,000 years old in Pahiyangala Cave.

Atlas Obscura 2018
Sri Lanka Planetarium

Discover Sri Lanka Planetarium in Colombo, Sri Lanka: The first and only planetarium in Sri Lanka.

Atlas Obscura 2017
Mackwoods Tea Plantation Sign

Discover Mackwoods Tea Plantation Sign in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka: A Sri Lankan tea factory's ironic take on the Los Angeles landmark.

Nuwara Eliya
Atlas Obscura 2018
Sambodhi Chaithya

Discover Sambodhi Chaithya in Colombo, Sri Lanka: This space rocket-like Buddhist stupa sits atop two giant arches and can be seen from out at sea.

Atlas Obscura 2017
Richmond Castle in Kalutara

Discover Richmond Castle in Kalutara in Kalutara, Sri Lanka: This palatial, 99-doored Colonial mansion is a marvel of architectural fusion.

Post 2019
The Lion Fortress Of Sri Lanka Was Swallowed By The Jungle
World Heritage Site 1982
Ancient City of Sigiriya

The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477–95) lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak standing some 180m high (the ‘Lion’s Rock’, which dominates the jungle from all sides). A series of galleries and …

Atlas Obscura 2018
Kayman’s Gate Bell Tower

Discover Kayman’s Gate Bell Tower in Colombo, Sri Lanka: A neglected bell tower in modern Colombo is a symbol of the city's colonial past.

Atlas Obscura 2018
Isipathanaramaya Temple

Discover Isipathanaramaya Temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka: This peaceful sanctuary is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo.

Atlas Obscura 2020
The Main Line

Discover The Main Line in Nanuoya, Sri Lanka: Known as the most scenic route in Sri Lanka, this train line is steeped in history and offers an unparalleled view of the country.

Atlas Obscura 2018
Brief Garden

Discover Brief Garden in Kirantidiya, Sri Lanka: This luscious masterpiece created by landscape designer Bevis Bawa inspired the work of his brother, a famous Sri Lankan architect.

World Heritage Site 1988
Sacred City of Kandy

This sacred Buddhist site, popularly known as the city of Senkadagalapura, was the last capital of the Sinhala kings whose patronage enabled the Dinahala culture to flourish for more than 2,500 years until the occupation of Sri Lanka by the British in 1…

Atlas Obscura 2020
Dambulla Royal Cave Temple

Discover Dambulla Royal Cave Temple in Dambulla, Sri Lanka: This ancient cave temple complex is the largest and best-preserved temple complex in Sri Lanka.

World Heritage Site 1988
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Located in south-west Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is the country’s last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. There is much endemic wildlife, especially birds, but the reserve i…

World Heritage Site 1991
Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple

A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries, is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 m2 ) are of particular importance, as are…

World Heritage Site 2010
Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s highlands are situated in the south-central part of the island. The property comprises the Peak Wilderness Protected Area, the Horton Plains National Park and the Knuckles Conservation Forest. These montane forests, where the land rises to 2…