World Heritage

Four sites of the Central Province in Sri Lanka have been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage, namely, the ancient city of Sigiriya (1982), the Golden Temple of Dambulla (1991), the sacred city of Kandy (1988), the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka (2010).

Kandy District

Kandy District is one of the attractive districts located in the Central Province in Sri Lanka. Kandy city is the capital city which is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka.

Matale District

Matale District is located in the northern part of the Central Province, Sri Lanka and it is home for three World Heritage sites; Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya Fortress and Knuckles Range which attract more tourists

NuwaraEliya District

Nuwara Eliya district is located in the southern part of the Central Province. Nuwara Eliya city is the capital city which was built entirely during the 19th century by the British. It is called as “Little England” since it riches with the old colonial building, attractive landscaping and cool climate. 
The Central Province  is one of the most attractive areas in Sri Lanka since it has numerous tourist attractions including areas of natural scenic beauty with primarily of beautiful mountainous terrain, unusual and interesting fauna and flora, diverse climatic conditions, places of land, water-based and other recreation, archaeological and historical sites, interesting cultural traditions, arts and handicrafts, festivals and special events, agricultural landscape and various other attractions.




World Heritage sites

World Heritage  A distinct feature of the province is that it is the home for four World Heritage sites: Kandy heritage city, Dambulla cave temple, Sigiriya fortress, central highland (Knuckles range, Horton Plains, Peak Wilderness Sanctuary (Adam’s Peak) which attracts more domestic and international tourists. Amongst them, the Sigiriya rock fortress which is considered the 8th wonder of the world and designated as a world heritage site attracts a large number of domestic and international tourists

Climatic diversity

 Climatic diversity Climatic diversity in the province is the major reasons that attract both domestic and international tourists to the province.  Climatic conditions in the province differ from place to place and tourists can get diverse climatic experiences within a short distance of travel. Many areas of the province are cool, while some parts of the eastern and northern are dry.

Religious Places

Religious Places The province consists of many Buddhist temples, out of which the Temple of the Tooth (Dalada Maligawa), Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada), Aluwiharaya, Lankathilaka, Gadaladeniya are the most significant attractions among both domestic and international tourists. The Central Province is home for many religious places of worship. Amongst the well-known places are Sri Muthumari Amman Kovil in Matale, Seetha-Eliya Kovil in Nuwara-Eliya and Pulleyar Kovil in Kandy. The St. Anthony’s Church in Wahakotte, and the Holy Trinity Church in Nuwara-Eliya are two important churches in the province attracting both domestic and international tourists.

Historical and Archeological Sites

Archeological Sites There are many historical and archaeological attractions scattered throughout the province and these consist of ancient buildings, caves, ambalama, inscriptions and other attractions.


Mountains The province covers almost all the central hill areas of Sri Lanka and it has a wealth of beautiful mountain ranges including Piduruthalagala, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka, Kirigalpoththa, Sri Pada, Knuckles Range, Hantana, Hunnasgiriya mountain range and Saptha Kanya mountains.

Scenery and Beauty

Scenery and Beauty Province has popular attractive sceneries and beautiful locations such as Horton Plains, Knuckles, Pitawala Pathana, Riverston Peak, Deanston, Hantana, Loolkandura, etc.

Lakes and Tanks

Lakes and Tanks There are many lakes, reservoirs (Wewas) and rivers of utmost significance and value in the Central Province, which include Gregory Lake, Kande-Ela Lake, Moraya Lake and Castlereigh, Maussakele, Polpitiya and Kotmale reservoirs in Nuwara-Eliya, Kandalama Lake, Ibbankatuwa, Thalkote reservoir in Dambulla, and Kandy lake, Victoria, Randenigala and Rantambe reservoirs in Kandy. The province has 28 major attractive lakes and water reservoirs.


Waterfalls The Central Province has nearly 52 beautiful waterfalls. Most of them (37) including Lakshpana, Aberdeen, Gartmore, Mohini, Ramboda, Devon, St. Claire’s, Beakers, Lovers Leap, all popular among tourists, are located in the Nuwara-Eliya District.

Forests and National Park

Forests and National Park The province is home for diverse and exotic wildlife in Horton Plains, Wasgamuwa, Knuckles, Galway National Park, Udawattakalle forest, Gannoruwa forest, Piduruthalagala forest, Hakgala strict nature reserve and Victoria – Randenigala nature reserve.

Traditional and Handicraft Villages

Handicraft Villages The Central Province is also home for several traditional and handicraft villages such as Talkotte, Meemure, Diyakapilla, Kalkiriyagama, Kiriwaula, Neelawala, Unaweruwa, Hapuwida, Ambakke, etc.

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens The Central Province is also home for Peradeniya and Hakgala botanical gardens.


Sports There are internationally renowned sporting facilities in the province such as Asgiriya, Pallekele in Kandy, and Dambulla international cricket stadiums, the Victoria Golf course in Kandy and the Race Course in Nuwara-Eliya.


Rivers Major rivers in Sri Lanka including Mahawali, Kalani, Kalu and Walawe originate from the Central Province creating a scenic beauty for tourists. Hal-Oya, Thelgamuwa-Oya and Belihul-Oya, which also attract more tourists, originate from the province.

Education institute and agro-farms

agro-farms The province is popular for its agricultural landscape consisting of large tea plantations, vegetable, floriculture and fruit farms and dairy farms in Ambewela. Amongst them, spice gardens, tea plantations, Gannoruwa farm in Peradeniya and CIC Pelwehera farm are some important tourist attractions. One of the leading Universities in Sri Lanka, Peradeniya University is located in the province.


Museums The province has museums in Kandy and Sgirya.

Other attractions

attractions The province is also rich of many well-known cultural events, such as the Kandy Esala Perahera, the annual Esala Perahera of Hanguranketha Pothgul Viharaya, Kothmale Kotakapitiya Vihara Perahara and other Devala Peraharas, the annual feast of St. Anthony’s Church in Wahakotte and the religious activities (pujas) of Marimuttu Amman Kovil in Matale, and Seetha-Eliya Kovil in Nuwaea-eliya.