Sri Lanka: The Pearl of the Indian Ocean has plenty to offer from culture, history, fun, adventure, wildlife and much more. This tiny teardrop-shaped island is considered one of the best destinations to revel in an exotic holiday. To make your holiday special, I’ve created a list of some of the best things to do in Sri Lanka that’ll have you wishing you were already there!
Are you the kind of person who likes to keep active and craves adventure? Then Sri Lanka is an eccentric destination for your next holiday. No matter what you want it to be, Sri Lanka has a diverse landscape for you to indulge in an array of adventurous activities. From hiking, trekking, white water rafting, biking, mountain climbing, to thrilling water sports are all yours to take part in.
Hiking and Trekking
Srilanka is an island which has a multitude of trekking paths and roads and offers a wide variety of hiking and trekking opportunities through villages, rice fields, mountains, and lush green forests.
The rain forests, mountainous terrains, lush green tea estates, and plains are abundant with wildlife, rare birds, and insects maaking it the perfect walking experience.
Treks to the Knuckles Mountain range, you can sight the spices that grow in the forest and enjoy the thrill of exploring some secluded spots.
If you are a nature and wildlife enthusiast, there are plenty of places to explore and going on wildlife safaris are one of the most popular things to do in Sri Lanka.
You could spot the roaming elephants, leopards, and other wildlife species at the Yala National Park, Lahugala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Minneriya National Park
and Gal Oya National Park.
The Kumana bird sanctuary is the best place to witness hundreds of rare birds.
Diving, Snorkelling & Surfing
Sri Lanka is surrounded by the Indian Ocean with spectacular coral beds, teaming with exotic marine life and age-old wrecks. This island nation gives you the best diving experiences, some of the best of Sri Lanka and the world.
The most favourite diving spots in Sri Lanka are Kalpitiya, Ampara and Trincomalee on the Eastern and western coasts. They offer wreck diving, skin diving, and diving with dolphins.
The clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean also provide perfect conditions for exciting opportunities for scuba diving and snorkelling. Plus, Hikkaduwa and Arugambay is a surfer’s paradise with perfect waves for surfing and kite surfing.
The Indian Ocean surrounding Sri Lanka is filled with sea life; among them are the grand artists of the sea! The mischievous dolphins and mighty whales. They put on a massive play in December, January, February, March and April, around the coasts of Sri Lanka.
As the country is located amidst the migrating routes of whales and dolphins, you can spot many migratory sea species, including blue whales, sperm whales, pilot whales, fin whales and a variety of dolphins. This is one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka, and you could watch the whales and dolphins are off the Southern, Eastern or West coast of Sri Lanka.
The excitement and thrills that come with the experience of climbing a mountain or rock is just something that kicks in the rush of adrenaline.
The Knuckles range, Ella range, Habarana, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Horton Plains and Buttala, provides challenging activities for avid climbers.
The Bambarakanda waterfall is the newest addition to the rock/waterfall climbing experience in Sri Lanka.
Hot Air Ballooning
Another new addition to the best things to do in Sri Lanka is hot air ballooning. Soar through the cool clouds and the blue skies, enjoying the vistas from up above. Glide over the treetops, lakes & rivers, cultural sites, & popular landmarks at Kandalama.
As the extravagant hot air balloon floats above, the experience takes you to a whole new level. The hot air balloons expeditions are one of the most unforgettable and peaceful experiences you’ll come to witness on the island.
More adventure? Here are more fun things to do in Sri Lanka
- White water rafting in Kitulgala.
- Get off-the-beaten-track on untouched islands at Delft or Baththalangunduwa.
- Try out stilt fishing, an interesting & traditional fishing method in Sri Lanka along the southern coast in Koggala, Ahangama and Kaththaluwa.
- Go on a cycling tour through the villages of Galle that involves going through the mangroves, grasslands, local villages and paddy fields.
- Discover the many hidden nooks within the waters of Madu Ganga, a well-preserved mangrove ecosystem on a boat cruise.
- Go train-hopping through the hill country.
- Go on a waterfall expedition to many beautiful waterfalls, including Bambarakanda, Devon, Ravana, Diyaluma and more.
Popular Sri Lanka attractions
Sri Lanka is a country worth visiting for the plethora of activities and plenty of things to see. It’s a unique country with immersive culture, epic history and more than enough to enjoy, day after day!
- Nine Arch Bridge
- Dambulla Cave Temple/Golden Temple
- Temple of the Tooth
- Galle Dutch Fort
- Colombo Lotus Tower
- Pinnawalla Zoo & Elephant Sanctuary
- Adam’s Peak
- Nainatheevu & Dambakola Patuna in Jaffna
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