Sri Lanka – Things to do

It may be a small country, but you won’t run out of things to do in Sri Lanka. These magical experiences will give you memories which last long after you return from your holiday.

1.Arugam Bay

The world-class waves in this crescent-shaped bay attract surfers from all over the globe to this paradise on the south-east coast. The waters of Main Point have prime spots for both novice and advanced surfers and the best time to catch those waves is from May to July. There’s a peaceful laid-back vibe and a natural charm to the town that’s ideal for meditation and yogis, but it also comes alive at night with plenty of places to party.

2.Sigirya

You’ll never forget the jaw-dropping sight of this rock fortress as it rises dramatically 370m from the misty plains. For some, this stunning spectacle is enough. But if you’re feeling adventurous and energetic, you can climb its near-vertical walls. Take it slowly up the 1,200 steps, stopping on the way, and don’t miss the narrow iron spiral staircase leading to exquisite frescoes, about 1,600 years old which show King Kasyapa’s harem. On the flat-topped summit you’ll be rewarded by spectacular views and the ruins of an ancient palace.

3.Kandy

Head north and into the hills for the second biggest city in Sri Lanka. Here you’ll discover temples galore, with the most famous being Sri Dalada Maligawaor, the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth. Buddhist monks carry out rituals throughout the day but try to go in the early morning to beat the queues of pilgrims waiting to see the casket containing the tooth. You’ll be told the legendary story of the tooth that was snatched from the Buddha’s funeral pyre in India and smuggled into Sri Lanka hidden in the hair of a princess. You can get a superb view of Kandy by climbing the stairs at the back of the giant Buddha statue at Bahiravokanda Vihara. Also, worth visiting is the peaceful lake fringed with palm trees and the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, where Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, astronaut Yuri Gagarin and King Edward VII have all planted trees. And while you’re in the hill country, why not stop by a tea plantation to see exactly how your daily cuppa is made?

4.National Parks

Sri Lanka is packed with wonderful wildlife and stunning scenery, protected in its 26 national parks. Which one you choose to visit depends on what you want to see, whether it’s leopards in Yala (which has the highest concentration of leopards in the world), elephants in Udawalawe, Bundala for birds or the highlands of Horton Plains for spectacular views including a dramatic drop called the World’s End.

1. Arugam Bay South Africa

Nestled on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka you’ll find the golden sands of the surfer paradise, Arugam Bay. If you’re looking for a beachside location with a low-key vibe, this peaceful town is perfect for you.
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2. Adam’s Peak Sri Lanka

Climbing to the top of Adam’s Peak Sri Lanka takes a lot of determination, enthusiasm and a quality pair of hiking shoes. It stands at 7,359 feet, with its highest point peeking out of the clouds in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. The hike is lengthy but extraordinary and thousands of adventurers’ trek up the mountain each year.
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3. Sigiriya Rock

Want to know more about Sri Lanka’s ancient rock fortress known as Sigiriya? The dramatic vertical walls of the rock it’s built on are an unmissable landmark, as the palace stands on a rocky plateau 370m above sea level. It’s considered by many to be the Eighth Wonder of the World and when you see it for yourself, you can’t help but agree.
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4. Ceylon Tea

Sri Lanka is famous for its Ceylon Tea production and plantations, which has become one of its main foreign trading exchanges. Sri Lanka’s warm weather and heavy rainfall during the wet season have proved to be the perfect conditions to grow high-quality tea that the world can’t help but fall in love with.
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5. Whale Watching in Sri Lanka

Watch a show put on by some of the most beautiful mammals in the world with an afternoon spent whale watching in Sri Lanka. The best places to spot a whale in Sri Lanka is just off the eastern, southern or west coast. With the sun beaming down, you’ll have exceptional views of the open ocean and catch the world’s largest sea creatures in their natural habitat.
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6. Yala National Park

The Yala National Park in Sri Lanka covers 1268 sq km of grassy lands and enchanting lagoons. It’s home to an assortment of wildlife, who are free to roam about and enjoy their days out in the open land. You’ll find Yala National Park in southeast Sri Lanka, with parts bordering the Indian Ocean.
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7. Sri Lanka Island

From mystical ruins to quaint cities, from tea plantations to temples, there’s so much for you to see in Sri Lanka. Here’s just five of the top attractions.
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