Although very very difficult to narrow down to just FIVE scenic viewpoints in Sri Lanka, these are handpicked (in no particular order), tried and tested favorites from the team at Travel Treasures!

Sunrise at Adam’s Peak


Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka is a fascinating destination known for its stunning sunrise views. Watching the sunrise from Adam’s Peak is indeed a breath-taking experience. Pilgrims and tourists often climb the peak in the early hours of the morning to witness the spectacle of the sunrise from the summit. The sight of the sun gradually illuminating the surrounding landscape is both awe-inspiring and serene. It’s a moment many people cherish and consider a highlight of their visit to Sri Lanka. CNN talks all about their Adam’s Peak experience – challenging, yet truly inspiring!

Sigiriya Rock from atop Pidurangala


While climbing the Sigiriya Lion’s Rock is the more popular activity in Sigiriya, the lesser crowded and the more adventurous one is the neighboring Pidurangala Rock. Pidurangala offers a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view with Sigiriya itself as the centerpiece. Imagine watching the vibrant colors of sunset paint the sky while this majestic rock formation stands tall in front of you.

Tangalle Beach


The main beach in Tangalle offers soft golden sand, clear blue waters, and swaying palm trees. It’s perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and taking leisurely strolls along the shore. Tangalle is located in the southern coast of Sri Lanka and was originally a small fishing village. After the tsunami in 2004, rebuilding Tangalle has been slow. Thus, Tangalle is a peaceful beach to visit if you want to stay away from the crowds, and enjoy a perfect sunset. The small bay is one of the few recommended places to go swimming, with a sheltering reef that catches most of the big waves – more like a lovely natural jacuzzi!

Summit of Ambuluwawe Tower


Perched atop a mountain, the Ambuluwawe Tower reaches a height of 48 meters (157.4 feet). Making it less suitable for those with a fear of heights. Adding to the scenic viewpoints in Sri Lanka, the reward for ascending this tower is a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of the surroundings. – you feel as though you are on top of the clouds! Click here to read more about the complete adventure from start to finish.

Moon Plains National Park


Moon Plains is a lesser-known gem nestled in the highlands of Sri Lanka, near the town of Nuwara Eliya. Visitors can embark on guided hikes or jeep safaris through the park. These safaris are led by experienced local guides who provide insights into the park’s ecology and wildlife. One of the highlights of Moon Plains is the iconic “World’s End” viewpoint. Here the landscape dramatically drops off into a sheer cliff, offering awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding countryside. Additionally, travelers can explore scenic walking trails, picnic areas, and serene lakes within the park.