No matter whether you're a culture vulture or a beach bum, you can never get over the things to do in Sri Lanka. With growing popularity every year, more and more tour packages are being planned. Sri Lanka being a small country with shorter distance is cleaner, cheaper and less crowded. Wildlife safaris, nature, tea plantations, exploring historic cities and ancient ruins, diving and even surfing and can all be incorporated into a trip to Sri Lanka. If you are planning to visit the beautiful island country neighbouring India, you must know what all you can do there. To make that happen, we have listed down 15 things to do in Sri Lanka. Have a look!
Hot Air Balloon Ride In Dambulla
Soar above the clouds and gently float above the island as you gaze down at the natural beauty of Sri Lanka in Dambulla. Flying over the jungle you may see elephants roaming freely, a variety of birds, wildlife, water buffaloes standing in the paddy fields and monkeys swinging from the trees. Hot air ballooning over the island will prove to be one of the most memorable experiences when exploring the Jewel of Indian Ocean.
Visit Seetha Amman Temple
Seetha Amman Temple is an ancient place of worship for Hindus as it is believed that it was here where Sita was held captive by king Ravana. Located in the dense forest, you feel much closer to nature on visiting this place. A fascinating place to know more about the mythology of India, consider visiting this temple if you have some free time.
Indulge in the Beach Culture
With beautiful beaches with golden sand stretches dotted with coconut trees scattered around the coastal belt, Sri Lanka is a destination perfect for beach lovers to get some natural tanning. Whether you are seeking a peaceful hideaway to enjoy a perfect escape or a loud and fun beach experience filled with partying and adventure sports Sri Lanka has an option for you.
You can head to Arugambay for a surfing adventure and Hikkaduwa to witness the beautiful corals and party vibes. Nilaveli, Pigeon island and Tangalle are some of the most popular beach spots to promise you a beach for yourself.
Enjoy Nightlife in Hikkaduwa
One of the most preferred place for a vibrant nightlife in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa is enriched with infinite parties, incredible music, superior beaches and frothy ocean waves perfectly made for surfing. In terms of music which will get deep inside your bones and parties lasting till dawn, there are numerous places where you can enjoy an electric nightlife in Hikkaduwa. All of those will surely make your holiday an unforgettable and infinite party experience.
Who doesn’t love to sit on a train and watch the world sweep by to the rhythm and clatter of the wheels? Sri Lankan trains retain their old-world charm even though most have been modernized enough to be comfy for our spoiled modern bums.
Some claim the train journey from Kandy to Ella is one of the world’s most scenic train rides and also the best way to see the stunning mountains and valleys in Sri Lanka’s interior.
Hike Adam’s Peak
Sri Lanka is known around the world for its strong religious historical sites and visiting the stunning country is not complete without discovering the heritage. At the top of Adam’s Peak is considered holy by many religions including Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Hindus and the Veddas. There is a large rock with a large imprinted foot that is believed by many religions to have belonged to a very important person which makes this place a must-see for the religious.
Waterfall Trekking in Kitulgala
One of the ideal destination in Sri Lanka for spending time conducting adventurous and leisure activities, Kitugala lures thousands of visitors from Sri Lanka as well as around the globe. Waterfall Trekking is one of the most sought-after adventure sports among the visitors which solely aims at providing a closer view of the incredible scenic panorama of the waterfall here along with the lavish greenery spread across.
Take Tea Tour in Nurweya Eliya
Originally called Ceylon, Nurweya Eliya is a landscape of undulating green fields in which pickers deftly harvest the tea leaves, tossing them into sacks hanging back from the crowns of their heads. Learn about the tea industry whilst enjoying the fresh, highland air and beautiful scenery, staying at the countryside resorts.
The pearl of India Ocean is known to be the best place to spot Elephant, Leopard, Wild boar, Sperm Whale and Blue Whale, the big 5 of Sri Lanka in the world. Acting as a hub for migrating birds with the location advantage, Sri Lanka offers you sights of magnificent birds.
A safari to the Yala national park is the best to spot leopards while a boat ride in Mirissa and Kalpitiya is ideal for watching whales. If you want to feel closer to elephants, head to Udawalawe national park.
Visit a Turtle Hatchery
With a perspective to protect the turtles from extinction, Turtle Hatchery was started by the Sri Lankans as earlier the fishermen used to collect and sell the turtle’s eggs to whoever paid the higher price. But since the commencement of the Turtle Hatchery these eggs were fed and cared for until they were 2 to 4 years old. If you are an animal lover, you can go to this place and love these beautiful and one of a kind creature.
Rejuvenate Yourself With Ayurveda
Ayurveda is not only a stress-relieving spa treatment but an ancient form of medication which has been practiced across the Indian subcontinent for over a very long period and is believed to be the world’s oldest healthcare system. As more people become health conscious these days and searching for alternatives to chemical medicine (and high prices), Ayurveda is the perfect example that you don’t need to rely on modern medicine.
About 75% of Sri Lanka’s population is nowadays using natural resources for a better well-being. Oh, Sri Lanka has even a Department of Ayurveda which is a subdivision of the ‘Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine’.
Visit Sigiriya Rock
Built around 1600 years back, Sirigiya Fortress is a must visit place. Built by King Kasyapa, this massive compound is shielded by two moats and three ramparts. Do you know that this place was once known as the private residence of King Kasyapa? If you are planning to visit this place, head early morning or late in the afternoon.
Diving & Snorkelling
Often referred to as “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, Sri Lanka first got noticed a diving destination when blue whales were regularly sighted of the coasts. The country has become a popular destination among international divers and is a serious competitor to its neighbour, the Maldives. The water temperatures are constant between 25°C to 30°C while best time for diving on the western and southern coasts is from November to April and the eastern and northern coasts offer the best diving conditions from April to September.
Shopping in Colombo
The Capital of Sri Lanka has many shopping options for all types of travelers. With ultra-modern malls to marketplaces, from street side shops to established handicraft centres, you will never be able to get over the shopping spree the capital has to offer. Handcrafted elephants, demon masks, treasure boxes, clothes with Batik prints, wooden items, bags, footwear, mats, wall hangings, to souvenirs, Colombo has everything to satisfy the shopaholic in you!
Visit Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage
See baby jumbos wondering around their cramped foster home or bottle fed and bathed by their human foster fathers at Pinnawala, about 90Km from Colombo towards Kandy is the home to some 100 or more elephant orphans. A place you will really enjoy and never forget. Most orphans are accustomed to their curious human visitors are harmless.