20 Jan 2021

A sneak peek to the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka

Travel and Leisure

Sri Lanka is a paradise island with plenty of beauty and excitement for you to experience. Excursions out here in the sapphire isle can be both rewarding and memorable – especially if you decide to visit some of the truly beautiful locations found on the island. So, here’s a quick look at some of the most picturesque and must-visit locations found in Sri Lanka.

The South Coast

Sri Lanka is renowned for its pristine strips of coastline – the most beautiful of which are found in the island’s south coast. Areas like Galle and Unawatuna contain untouched white-sand beaches that are perfect for relaxing and sightseeing. What’s more, you’ll find plenty of great hotels and resorts in the region – for example, there’s the Araliya Hotels & Resorts. In particular, the Araliya Unawatuna Beach Resort and Spa is located right in the heart of Unawatuna and gives you easy access to all of the region’s best attractions.

Yala National Park

Sri Lanka is considered to be one of the best locations in Asia to go on safari and this is in large part due to sprawling national parks like Yala. This tract of wilderness is dominated by grasslands and scrub forests which provide the perfect habitat for iconic species like the Asian elephant and the Sri Lankan leopard. Yala is also located along the southern coast – same as the Araliya Unawatuna Beach Resort and Spa, and you can reach this serene wilderness after a 2-hour drive from here.

Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa

Anuradhapura was once the capital city of Sri Lanka’s first great kingdom and as a result, you’ll find some of the country’s most historic locations and landmarks right here. From towering stupas to the ruins of ancient palaces, there’s plenty of exploring to be done in Anuradhapura. Sri Lanka’s second great kingdom is found a bit further to the south. Polonnaruwa has its own array of sacred monuments and historical landmarks like the Gal Vihara and Watadage. The Hotel Sudu Araliya is found right here in Polonnaruwa and will provide you with the best accommodation options during your time out in this sacred city.


If you’re looking to take in the sights while enjoying a cool drink, Ella is the place to be in Sri Lanka. Found high up in the island’s central hills, Ella has developed a reputation for being one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka. This is mostly due to spectacular landscapes that surround the town – think of towering mountains in the distance and verdant green hills. Up here in the mountains, you’ll find plenty of great hotels to choose from as well – the Araliya Green City and Araliya Green Hills are found just a few towns over in Nuwara Eliya.