An important Buddhist site, Anuradhapura is famous for its shrines, dagobas and most importantly, the sacred Bodhi tree, grown from a branch of the tree under which Buddha found enlightenment. It is Sri Lanka's first capital and dates back to the 4th Century.
Known as 'Little England', Nuwara Eliya is located in the central highlands, a cool retreat for the colonial Brits where Victorian architecture and pretty rose gardens are surrounded by tea plantations.
Wilpattu National Park
Less visited than other parks in Sri Lanka, Wilpattu has dry jungle and around 60 lakes where water birds flock in their numbers. The park is also home to leopard, elephant and sambar deer.