Cycling (in Sri Lanka they also call it push biking or foot biking) is not a very popular activity among Sri Lankans, although in the Negombo area youíll see many guys on racing bikes. Riding a bicycle and going on bicycle tours are especially popular among Western tourists. Cycling is for the poor people according to the Sri Lankan culture. Moreover they find it too hot to cycle and get sweated. However they find riding a bicycle by foreigners acceptable. Riding racing bicycles is very popular in the coastal area between Colombo and Negombo.
Martin Wickramasinghe is a famous Sri Lankan author of classic novels, short stories and autobiographical writing that is even studied today. Born in Malalgama in 1890, his books often carried details of his village and the surrounding area. The Folk Museum Complex, located at his land, offers an intimate look into Martin Wickramasigheís life and times. The Museum is partitioned into five categories. The house he was born in is partially restored and contains the original architecture, which some parts are said to be as old as 200 years. Some of the rooms are recreated to its original state and furniture, personal belongings and the ambience is as if itís still a lived in house.
Yala National Park is the most famous national park in Sri Lanka and experienced by many tourists as the highlight of their visit, especially when they have seen the leopard. This animal makes a visit to Yala popular, although not the only interesting specie to watch, Yala is the place with the highest possibility to see this beautiful animal in the wild. However Yala has so much more to offer, like elephants, jackals, deer, sloth bears, snakes, lizards, many flocks of birds,
The coral gardens and the crystal clear turquoise waters surrounding Pigeon Island are mind blowing. This National Marine Park is an important tourist destination at Nilaveli Beach, just north of Trincomalee in North Eastern Sri Lanka. You can reach the island by boat from Nilaveli Beach.
Situated west of Anuradhapura and 26 km north of Puttalam it is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka. Experiences of visitors to the park differ, from fabulous to disappointing. The size and density of the jungle makes it more difficult to spot animals; it requires more effort and knowledge of the tracker, which you definitely need in this park. Wilpattu has been closed for a long time due to the conflict in the country and animals are not used to vehicles, so they can easily hide.