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Tangamalai is a bird sanctuary and nature reserve.
Near the Dambatenne tea factory, the Lipton’s Seat lookout rivals the views from World’s End (and it’s free)...
This is a gorgeous temple lost in a sea of picturesque paddy fields.
A massive and ancient dagoba (stupa) lies quietly hidden in a forest clearing at Yudaganawa (compulsory ‘donation’ Rs 100), just 3km west of the little village of Buttala...
The moss-encrusted ruins of the small 12th-century Chulangani Vihara has a pudding-shaped dagoba and fragments of a decapitated 7th-century Buddha.
Two inscrutable ancient statues (admission free; dawn-dusk) stand in an appealingly shady forest glade at Maligawila (mali-ga-wila)...
This is a colourful little Hindu temple, where the priest will probably be as happy to see you as he would Lord Ganesh himself.
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