Crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean, gently caressing the snow-white coast, mountain waterfalls flowing in small streams through tea plantations. It is here that the influence of the west remains somewhere in the distance, the people are genuinely friendly, and culinary delights are available in abundance. Today we will talk about distant, alluring Sri Lanka. 1. Sigiriya Perched atop a mountain plateau overlooking a green jungle, the wide plain of Sigiriya is the mysterious remains of a 5th century fortress of King Kashyap. This ruin is the most unique place in ancient Sri Lanka. Be prepared to climb the rickety-looking spiral staircase to view 1500-year-old decorated frescoes. This archaeological site, which has no analogues in all of South Asia, is a place of pilgrimage for Sri Lankans and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. 2. Polonnaruwa An ancient, small city with stone sculptures of the 12th century and Gal Vihara – three huge figures of the Buddha. One of the statues is in a lying position, 13 meters long, the other is standing and the third is sitting. The statues are located close to each other along a dirt road, revered as the most intimate monuments of Sri Lanka. Here you will also find the ruins of palaces, bas-reliefs, friezes. 3. Nuwara Eliya The mountains and hills of Sri Lanka offer you a powerful antidote to the heat of its coastline and lowland plains. Nestled among green tea plantations at an altitude of 1900 meters, Nuwara Eliya is one of the most attractive cities in the highlands of Sri Lanka. This city was built by English tea farmers and was a favorite mountain destination in colonial times. There are also chic golf courses, as well as botanical gardens. 4. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage The orphanage is one of the most popular attractions in Sri Lanka – it is a home for abandoned and orphaned wild elephants, including babies. Located in a mountainous area, the shelter feeds 60 elephants and provides full care for them.