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Best Things To Do in Srilanka

Sri Lanka is located southeast of India and is an island country. Most of the people are of Sinhalese ethnicity, while there is a large minority of Tamils too. The legislative capital is Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte. It is a suburb of the commercial capital and largest city, Colombo. There are so many things to enjoy in Sri Lanka that you will be spoilt for choice. When planning a trip you must make a list of the best things to do in Sri Lanka.

The easiest way to travel to Sri Lanka is by flight. The Bandaranaike International Airport is the only international airport of Sri Lanka. However, Koggala Airport and Bentota River Airport also provide passenger service to tourists.   

The best time to visit the west and south coasts and hill country is from December to March, while the best weather on the east coast is from April or May to September. You can also consider visiting Sri Lanka on the celebrations of Hindu and Buddhist new year festival. Tourists enjoy Buddhist festivals with gorgeous dances, decked up elephants held in July and August. Other attractions of this festival are fire-dances, Kandian dances, and whip-dances.

Sri Lanka is a tourist’s delight with its diverse landscapes. There are a rainforest and arid plains as well as highlands and sandy beaches. The ancient Buddhist ruins are of special fascination to the spiritually inclined. Adventure lovers can choose from among trekking, hiking, deep sea fishing, hot air ballooning or whale watching. Sri Lanka has around 24 wildlife sanctuaries protecting countless native species. Yala National Park, Hurulu Forest Reserve, Bundala and the Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya are some of the most visited national parks.

Sri Lankan cuisine is a delight to the food connoisseurs. It includes a huge variety and foodies can enjoy a large variety of dishes from among pittu, kiribath, wattalapam, kottu, and hoppers. Surprisingly there are no street food stalls.

Those interested in nightlife will find Sri Lanka hot and happening. There are numerous pubs, bars, clubs, and casinos dotting the key cities like Colombo and Kandy.

When you have so much to choose from you need to really be careful about the itinerary so that you do not repent at having missed out on the best things to do in Sri Lanka.

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    Sailing in Bentota in Sri Lanka
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    Bentota
    h3 Hours

    About the Activity:Climb aboard on your very own chartered boat and cruise through the sea to see the scenery of Bruwela and Bentota.During this three hours journey, starting from 9 AM, while on board, you can relax and revel in a luxurious environment and also learn how to sail.The boat stops at a wonderful cove, where you can take a jump in the waters or go snorkeling and paddle boarding. Explore and marvel at the sight of the Barberyn island and its light house during the tour.End your amazing sailing trip at around 12 PM.

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    Blue Whale Watching Tour in Bentota and Koggala
    h8 Hours

    About the Activity: Delight in this amazing Blue Whale watching tour, witness these huge sea animals leaping out of the water in an experience like never before.Get picked up from your hotels at around 6 AM and reach the Mirissa Harbor from where at around 6.30 AM the boats will take you to the whale watching locations. The complete activity will take around 2-4 hours, depending up on the sight of the whales.After the whale watching, continue your journey and enjoy the time visiting turtle hatchery point, where you can watch cute little turtles hatching and making their way into the sea.Continue your journey and visit the age old tradition of stilt fishing at Koggala where fishermen sit balanced far from shore atop sticks and twine, hanging fishing rods into schools of fish.Aftermath, visit the famous Moonstone mine place and followed by an exciting shopping trip to the markets of Bentota.End your trip at around 2 PM by getting dropped off to your hotels. 

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    Luxury Camp Safari at Wilpattu in Sri Lanka
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    Anuradhapura
    d2 Days n1 Night

    About the Activity:Expedition camp is located on a peninsula in the forest and surrounded by two rivers (deep enough for swimming) and just beyond a tea plantation in Wilpattu.After your arrival at the campsite, start your day with a lip-smacking breakfast and indulge in the bird watching activity as you enjoy the meal.Aftermath, embark on a short hiking followed by the jeep safari amidst the dense and beautiful forest and explore the same.In the afternoon, enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch in the magical setting, followed by some fun filled activities and relaxation.In the night, carve your hunger with the five course dinner with beer and alcohol amidst the heart warming setting where the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire. The next day, head back to your home with lots of memories, after a delicious breakfast. 

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    Excursion to Riverston Gap in Sri Lanka
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    Matale
    h9 Hours

    About the Activity:Get ready to feel the essence of Riverston, located approximately 30 km from the Matale town.Get picked up from your hotel in Kandy and commence your exploration by 8:30 AM in the morning after reaching Riverston and enjoy the view until it is dusk.Visit the two great waterfalls of Riverston “Sera Ella” and “Bambarakiri Ella which will get refreshed and rejuvenated.Embark on a 4 KM trek along the Sera Ella waterfalls and passing through the beautiful dense forest. Aftermath, enjoy a lip-smacking lunch and proceed to enjoy a photography session in Pitawala Pathana trail and witness the beauty of the surroundings. At around 5.30 PM in the evening, end your trip and head back to Kandy by getting dropped off to your respective hotel. 

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    Elephant Safari and Village Tour in Habarana
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    Habarana
    h4 Hours

    About the Activity:Habarana, located 210 km north east from Colombo is the transit point for the large herds of wild elephants at the National Parks of Minneriya and Kaudulla. Get ready for an amazing elephant safari as you enthrall in this 4 hour activity, starting at around 10 AMThe ride would take you over the main road, the pathways, villages, jungles, swamp and river. Post this embark on a boat ride to visualize local village life.Learn the unique ways and the culture of the locals during a village tour. Hop onto a boat and reach the river bank - transfer to a village house by a jeep for a scrumptious local village lunch.Return with a bag full of memories as your tour concludes at around 2 PM. 

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    Dive Course With Stay at Colombo in Srilanka
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    Colombo
    d5 Days n4 Nights

    About the Activity:Colombo is the perfect location to continue your underwater education.The diving course includes the six dives over the course of five days from the PADI certified experts.Start your day with a lip-smacking breakfast, followed by the diving course the whole day.All the necessary diving gears will be provided to you at the course location. 

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    Sabaragamuwa
    d1 Day

    About the Activity: Embark on a day tour to Sinharaja rain forest reserve to see the nature's gifts being lulled and preserved.Get picked up from your hotels in Sabaragamuwa at around 6 AM and start your tour by taking a walk in the tea plantation estates and delight in the lush-greenery surrounding you.Aftermath, start your exploration of  Sinharaja Rain Forest, which is rich in vivid range of flora and fauna, and enjoy the presence of various animals and reptiles delighting in this wild experience.Continue your journey, drive to the beautiful paddy fields and acquaint yourself more about the local rice cultivation, methods and later pay a visit to the rubber plantation and know more about this local produce.End this delightful day trip by paying a visit to the solacing Big Buddha Temple before getting dropped to your hotels in the evening. 

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    Colombo
    h15 Hours

    About the Activity:The exciting tour of exploring south of Sri Lanka starts as you get picked up from your hotel in Colombo at around 07:30AM to go towards Galle and then onwards to Hikkaduwa.At Hikkaduwa, embark on a boat ride to see the marine life of the reefs.Thereafter, you will be visiting a mask factory at Ambalangoda and see how the master craftsmen prepare these artifacts that are famous world over.Post that, you will be visiting the turtle hatchery and move on towards Bentota to embark on a water safari in Madu Ganga.End your amazing southern Sri Lanka exploration at around 11.30 PM by getting dropped off to your respective hotels in Colombo. 

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    Galle
    h10 Hours

    About the Activity:If you are looking for an amazing day tour to Galle in Sri Lanka, this is a perfect fit for you.Get picked up from your hotel in Galle at around 7:00 AM and begin your trip to visit the turtle hatchery point located 5 Km north of Balapitiya where you can see the cute little turtles hatching and making their way into the sea.Aftermath, take a walk through spice herbal garden, and acquaint yourself more about the local plantation.Embark on an approx. 2 hour Madu river boat safari and delight in the picturesque environs accompanying you. Later, visit the famous mask factory in Ambalangoda and then reach Moonstone mine place at Hikkaduwa and admire the skill of locales in extracting this precious stone. Admire the stunning Buddhist temple, Cinnamon Island, Hikkaduwa, Galle dutch fort city and T-Sunami photo museum.Conclude this exciting trip by going on a shopping spree in Bentota and then you will be dropped off to your hotel in Galle at around 5:00 PM.

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    Galle
    h7 Hours

    About the activity:Join an organised walking tour to meet new friends and learn more about the Kottawa Rainforest and Arboretum woods.Get picked up from your hotel in Galle and start your tour at 7.30 am for morning departure or 2.30 pm for afternoon departure. Walk over tropical lowland rain forest or tropical wet evergreen forest and be prepared to get your boots dirty.Kottawa Rainforest and Arboretum guided walks are a great way to see the forest through the eyes of a local expert, listen to interesting facts and stories about the landscape and wildlife.End your seven hours walking tour at around 2.30 PM for morning session and 9.30 PM for the afternoon session by getting dropped off to your hotel in Galle. 

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    Colombo
    d1 Day

    About the Activity: If your kid is still waiting to make the first step into the underwater world, this is the best option for you to let them have an exciting adventure underwater.Reach the center at 7:30 AM and participate in the two sessions that starts at 8:00 AM.Kids from 8 years to 12 years can take part in the bubble-maker sessions in the safe environs of a pool. This course includes all gear rentals and PADI costs.Introduce your kids to the exciting underwater world by giving them the best sessions in basics.

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  • h10 Hours

    About the Activity:Get picked up from your hotel in Colombo at around 7 AM in an air conditioned vehicle to roam around the ancient places Dambulla and Sigiriya.First, indulge in an amazing excursion that will take you to Dambulla and explore its beautiful place adorning various quaint masterpieces that are known for enticing tourists from all over the globe.Explore Cave temple, rock cut temple and Golden temple in Dambulla and admire the awe-inspiring architecture of these age old attractions.After that visit Sigiriya Museum which is one of Asia’s major archaeological sites and know more about fifth-century urban planning, architecture, gardening and other household techniques at this archaeological site.End your amazing exploration of ancient Sri Lanka at around 5.30 PM by getting dropped off to your respective hotels in Colombo.  

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    Kitulgala
    d1 Day

    About this Activity: Embark on this delightful uphill and downhill cycling expedition starting from Hatton to Kithulgala that enables you to explore the real beauty of Sri Lanka.This ride through rugged mountainous terrain takes you through stunning tea estates and rubber plantations.Make your way through beautiful tiny hamlets and witness the local life of the people.Enthrall in this trip that provides you with stunning scenery and the local village lifestyles from close.

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    Haputale
    d3 Days n2 Nights

    About the Activity: Delight in this trekking expedition that enables you to witness the stunning beauty of the misty mountains in Haputale in Sri Lanka.Enthrall in a trip that provides you with scenic views of the tea estates and surrounding hills.Hike through lush-green thickets while enjoying the scenic landscapes comprising of stunning waterfalls, tea estates, green paddy fields sprawling the region.Witness diversified flora and fauna with a trip to Horton Plains National Park.Get ready to be astonished with the scenic appeal and the tranquility of this entire place as you make it your abode for 3 days.

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    Hikkaduwa
    h2 Hours

    About the Activity:Hikkaduwa is the perfect location to experience a perfect dive in Sri Lanka, the advanced open water dive package includes two adventure dives along with the gear.Explore the immense cargo holds of intact freighters such as the cargo wreck and WWI wreck sites.During this two hours diving activity starting at 8 AM, you will get a chance to go for one shallow and one deep dive of 2m and 6m respectively.If you are a macro photographer you can search for nudibranchs, crabs, shrimps, electric rays, pipefish, sea moths and other critters on the rocky reefs.End your amazing and adventurous diving session at around 10 PM.  

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Attractions

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Galle Face Green Beach

Situated in the middle of the busy stretch of Galle Road and the Indian Ocean, this open space, established during 1859 on 5 hectares, is a huge hit among tourists of all age groups. During weekends, the place is abuzz with vendors who attract kids with their bright toys and bubbles. This area is open all through the year. Entry into the park is free.

While you are here, do not miss to taste the lip-smacking delicacies that are prepared by street vendors.



Location: This is located right next to the famous Galle Beach.

Highlights:
 The magical and golden rays of sunset, fresh air and the positive ambience of the place make Galle Face Green one of the must-visit places in Colombo. The place is currently taken care of by the Sri Lanka’s Urban Development Authority. 

Timings:
This park is open 24/7 all through the day.

Price: Entry into this park is free of cost.
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Bentota Beach

An extraordinary experience amidst an ordinary setup lies 65 kilometres from Colombo and is named Bentota beach. Soak yourself in the ordinary golden sand while enjoying the marvellous sound of the mighty Indian Ocean crashing against the shores. The mesmerizing view of the sea will leave you speechless. If you are planning to break the monotony of the routine just try your hands at adventure sports found alongside the palm trees.



Highlights: You can visit Kasgoda Turtle Hatchery and also go on a boat cruise on the Bentota River.

Getting there: Bentota is very well  connected with the cities and is very easily accessible. You can ride from Galle or you can take a ride from Colombo. 
Bentota is approximately 101km south of the airport from Colombo
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Mount Lavinia Beach

Mount Lavinia is a heritage hotel, which was predominantly a huge place during 1806. There are various ocean view rooms up for taking here, provided you book early. During special festivals and peak tourist seasons, the heritage hotel offers great deals for the benefit of tourists.



Location:
 With a spending view of the Laccadive Sea, Mount Lavinia offers luxurious services and facilities for its guests. It is located in close vicinity to the National Zoological Gardens. 

Highlights: Sunset deals, wedding packages, national holiday deals, offers on cards of certain banks etc. are some of the promotional offers advertised by Mount Lavinia throughout the year.

Timings: The hotel is open all through the year. It also has a children’s park, where children are treated to a variety of outdoor sports till 4PM.

Price: 
Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR
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Hikkaduwa Beach

Even a 90 year old will feel young as he steps onto the beach of Hikkaduwa,98 kms from Colombo. The charm of the hippy mood will get into your blood, making you feel completely carefree. You will find predominantly young and independent travellers walking on the beach.

This beach is one of the lesser spoilt destinations in Sri Lanka which is why it is an ideal place for people who want to try something off beat. You will also find coral gardens which are considered to be one of the much appreciated beauty of these beaches which was once completely eroded due to tsunami.



Highlights: The beach should be ideally visited during the Hikkaduwa beach fest which usually takes place during the month of July and August. This fest is conducted in an attempt to revive the charm of hippy culture. Surfing, diving and snorkelling are some of the other attractions which the beach offers.
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Gangaramaya Temple

Gangaramaya Temple is not only one of the most beautiful but also one of the most iconic Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. It is more than a century since this temple was constructed; however even today, the temple doesn’t stop to surprise tourists and devotees. The pathways and doors that lead into the main sanctum sanctorum contain intricately carved sculptures that are simply breath-taking.

Highlights: The ceilings and walls contain pictures and miniature paintings that explain stories from Buddhism religion. In the main sanctorum, a huge Buddha statue exudes a brilliant sense of calmness in the devotees. Built in a mix of various architectural styles including India, Burmese, Thai and Chinese, this temple also houses a museum.



Location: The temple is located right on the Jinaratana Road in the heart of Colombo city.

Timings: The temple is open from 5.30AM to 10PM.

Price: Entry fee is LKR200 per adult.
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Dickwella Beach

Plunge into the waters and leave all your worries at bay. The Dickwella beach is primarily dominated by reefs, headland and sand bars which makes it the most appropriate place for swimming. Situated at a distance of 220 kms from colombo, Dickwella beach has housed the largest seated Buddha statue. This has made it the most visited place for all the Buddhist worshippers. The ideal time to visit this place is May, June and July when festivities are in the air and the residents are busy celebrating festivals of Wesak, Poson and Esala. Particulary this place has many temples on its way which gives it a religious bent. The Dickwella beach is an ideal place for many swimmers as it is an extremely safe and calm beach.



Highlights: Wewurukannala Vihara which has 50 m high seated Buddha. You can also spot the eye arresting hall of horrors where you can see models of both demons and sinners being severely punished by dipping in hot waters.
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Dehiwala Zoo

Dehiwala Zoo or the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka was set up during 1936 with the sole ambition of providing ultimate protection to a wide range of wild animals and birds. . When you are here, do not miss the impressive performances from elephants, chimpanzees and sea lions.

  

Location: This zoo is located at 
Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Dehiwala.

Highlights:
 This place is one of the members of WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums). In order to encourage breeding, this zoo is actively involved in animal exchange programs. The place is known for its exotic varieties of mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and marine invertebrates

Timings: The zoo is open from 8.30 AM to 6:00 PM on all days.

Price: 
Approximate price starts from 100 LKR for adult and 30 LKR for child, for foreigners 500 LKR for adults and 250 LKR for child.

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National Museum

If you are a history lover and have a keen eye for architecture, the National Museum is probably one of the first few places that you need to visit, when you come to Colombo. Established during 1877, this is the biggest museum in the island nation and is undoubtedly the pride of Sri Lanka. The place houses some of the best and personalised collections of the ancient Kandyan dynasty rulers.



Location:
 The museum built in Italian architecture style, is located right in the heart of the Colombo city. 

Highlights:
 The museum’s library deserves special mention as it contains rich manuscripts in palm leaves in languages like Burmese, Sinhala, Telugu, Tamil and much more. 

Timings:
The museum is open on all days except national holidays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Price:  Approximate price for local adults and kids are 35 LKR and 20 LKR respectively, whereas, for foreign adults and kids, the prices are 600 LKR and 300 LKR respectively.

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Srilanka

  • What are the best things to do in Sri Lanka?

    From visiting points of interests, landmarks, historical ruins to geological formations, tourists can have a very interesting time in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is not only a nature lover’s paradise if you are an adventure lover you will love Sri Lanka. Romantic honeymoons, relaxing massages, cruises, fishing, diving and bike riding can all be a part of your itinerary. You can choose activities like-

    • Blue Whale Watching
    • Sailing
    • Luxury Camp Safari
    • Mountain Bike ride
    • Elephant Safari
    • Dive course
    • Boat tours

          Or visit places like –

    • Parks
    • Landmarks
    • Water parks
    • Shopping
    • Museums

  • What are the best adventure activities to do in Sri Lanka?

    Adrenaline junkies can have a lot of thrilling experiences in Sri Lanka even though it isn’t the first country that you think of when you want to plan an adventure holiday. There are a lot of things that you can do to satiate your spirit of adventure. You can choose from among:

    • Seaplane tour
    • Hot Air Balloon Ride
    • Safaris
    • Elephant Back Safari
    • Cycling
    • Mountain biking
    • Camping
    • Rock Climbing
    • Hiking
    • Trekking
    • Canyoning

  • Which are the best water sports activities to do in Sri Lanka?

    Sri Lanka being an island offers the best kind of water sports. Get vendors to train you in surfing or enjoy the challenges of fishing in a lagoon. The most wonderful experiences can be gained in Sri Lanka by those who love adventures, especially in the water. The place has beautiful views to offer. You can be spoilt for choice among several water sports activities in Srilanka. Get going and choose from amongst:

    • White Water Rafting
    • Surfing
    • Diving
    • Lagoon Fishing
    • Amusement and water Rides
    • Kayaking
    • Canoeing
    • Waterskiing
    • Jet skiing
    • Scuba diving
    • Snorkelling

  • Which are the best beaches for sailing in Sri Lanka? What are its charges?

    Beach bums can have a whale of a time in Sri Lanka which has the privilege of being surrounded on all sides by the Indian Ocean. Just a reminder here that this ‘Pearl of the Ocean’ is an island. It has plenty of beautiful beaches for you to retreat to. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy Scuba diving while the party-minded can make themselves at home on dance floors. Sandy shores, beautiful views, glamorous sunsets and sumptuous seafood are guaranteed at all the beaches. You can enjoy all this at anything ranging between Rs 3500/- to Rs. 10000/- ordinarily and if you want to spend time in luxury you can spend between Rs.25000/- to Rs. 35000/-. Here is a list for you to peruse:

    • Hikkaduwa Beach
    • Unawatuna Beach
    • Nilaveli Beach
    • Passekudah Bay and Kalkudah Beach
    • Arugam Bay Beach
    • Negombo Beach
    • Kalpitiya Beach
    • Tangalle Beach
    • Bentota Beach

  • Where can I enjoy whale watching in Sri Lanka? How much will it cost?

    While you can go for whale watching from Dondra Point and Trincomalee, Mirissa is the best place to start your whale and dolphin watching tour in Sri Lanka. This is one of the most exciting water activities you can do in Sri Lanka during your holiday.
    In the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, you can see Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales and Killer whales also once in a while. An added attraction is the sighting of Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso's dolphins and striped dolphins. The mischievous yet friendly, ever smiling dolphins will entertain you while the humpback and the blue whales, will just glide past you. The coast guards ensure that this activity in no way harms these grand sea creatures and you can get just close enough to photograph them. Whatever it may be, don’t forget to gather this experience.

  • Which are the best locations for scuba diving in Sri Lanka?

    Sri Lanka with its warm ocean currents is an amazing dive destination. The landscape is just as varied and vibrant both above and underwater. An incredible variety of marine creatures abound in the waters of Sri Lanka. Expect to see a variety of colorful reef fish, which include sweet lips, batfish, and more.Covered in marine life, soft corals and schools of fish, great wreck dives are available as well as waiting to be discovered in Sri Lanka. These ships were sunk mostly during the second world war and create a mysterious atmosphere that makes you reminisce of the past events.The diving spot has to be decided according to your time of visit because of the varying monsoon season. The best locations for diving are:

    • Barracuda Reef
    • Cargo Wreck
    • Taprobane Reefs
    • Goda Gala Diyamba
    • Panadura Wreck
    • Boiler Wrecks
    • British Sergeant
    • HMS Hermes

  • Which are some famous campsites in Sri Lanka?

    Sri Lanka offers the best experience in camping. You have the opportunity to go for rainforest camping and revel in the sound of the water as you camp close to the fall.  You can couple your camping expedition with other water activities and have the same concept in an equally thrilling experience of a jungle safari too. You can enjoy camping in Srilanka

    ·         Yala National Park
    ·         Udawalawe National Park
    ·         Wilpattu National Park
    ·         Minneriya & Kaudulla National Parks
    ·         The Knuckles Mountain Range
    ·         Mahiyanganaya Sorabora Lake
    ·         Sinharja Rainforest
    ·         Turtle Observation Camp
    ·         Vaddha Village
    ·         Wahawa Hot Spring Village
    ·         Rainforest Camping in Kitugala Forest Reserve

  • Which are the best places to visit for a spiritual experience in Sri Lanka?

    Buddhism is the main religion followed by the people of Sri Lanka but people following Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam also live here. Therefore one can choose from among Temples, Viharas, Mosques, and Churches for spiritual experience or visit all of them. The historical backgrounds of some of these places of interest can be mesmerising. You can visit any of the following:

    • Selva Sannidhi Temple of Sri Murugan
    • Dawatagaha Mosque
    • Dambulla Cave Temples
    • Sirigiya Sacred Peak
    • Ritagala Kanda
    • Polonnaruwa Buddhist Temple
    • Tirukoneswaram Sacred Hill of the Three Temples
    • Verugal Muruga Temple
    • Anne’s Shrine at Talawiya
    • Mihintale Buddha
    • Peak of ‘Sri Pada’ or the ‘Holy Foot’ which is also known as  Adam’s Peak
    • Jaya Sri Mahabodhi Tree
    • Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

  • Which are the best sites for surfing in Sri Lanka?

    Although Sri Lanka does not provide the best barrels or high waves its warm waters are perfect for solo surfing. Even if you have never had an experience of surfing earlier the vendors will assist you well enough to take chances. So never hesitate to enjoy the surfing activity. You can avail of this opportunity at any of the following:

     

    • Weligama Beach Break
    • Lazy Lefts and Lazy Rights
    • Gurubebila Coconut Point
    • Kabalana
    • Rams
    • Hikkaduwa Reef
    • Mirissa Beach Break

  • Which are the best locations for deep sea fishing in Sri Lanka?

    Fishing activities in an island will always be a popular activity. There is plenty to choose from In Sri Lanka. The Indian Ocean surrounding Sri Lanka is rich with Tuna, Red and White Snappers, Jack Fish, Barracuda, and the stunning Wahoo. All of this makes deep sea fishing here a fantastic experience. The places to go for deep sea fishing are:

    • Bentota
    • Madu Ganga
    • Unawatuna
    • Hikkaduwa
    • Galle
    • Weligama
    • Ahangama
    • Koggala
    • Ahungalla

  • Which are the best destinations for a wildlife safari in Sri Lanka?

    Sri Lanka is a popular destination for wildlife safaris with its vast array of untouched habitats. It is home to the most thrilling and interesting big game wildlife tours of the world which take place within the country's national parks some of which are recognised as Heritage Sites of the world. Visit the following for a great time:

    • Minneriya National Park
    • Udawalawe National Park
    • Yala
    • Wilpattu

  • Where can I try sea kayaking in Sri Lanka? How much will it cost me?

    Sri Lanka is a popular place for sea kayaking. A kayak has a canoe-like appearance and is moved with the use of a paddle in rotation. Again this one is for the adventure lovers but everyone should get this experience. The best places for sea kayaking experiences are:

    • Weligama
    • Hikkaduwa
    • Aluthgama
    • Negombo
    • Mirissa
    • Bentota

  • Which are the best locations for hiking in Sri Lanka?

    Tourists who are interested in taking a close look at the place could definitely choose to go hiking. It is the best way to get the feel of a place. There are several opportunities for hiking in Sri Lanka. Various operators can be contacted to help you out with hiking activities. Go on a conducted one for the best experience.Take a hiking tour to:

    • Kayts Causeway Jaffna
    • Nature Trail Ella
    • Kirigalpoththa Hike Ohiya
    • Horton Plains Kalupahana Trail Ohiya
    • Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Matale

  • Where can I get to do rock climbing in Sri Lanka?

    Rock climbing is a test of endurance, strength, and balance. If you are a combination of all these then give it a try. You can go for bouldering, solo climbing, rope climbing according to your ability and choice. Here too vendors will help you out with the right ideas. Most climbing activities take place in:

     

    • The Knuckles Mountain Range.
    • The Ella Adventure Park
    • Habarana
    • Sigiriya
    • Polonnaruwa
    • Babarkanda
    • Horton Plains

  • Which are the most amazing places for snorkelling in Sri Lanka?

    Sri Lanka or the ‘pearl in the Indian Ocean', offers world-class Snorkelling tours.  Fascinating ship wrecks, a multitude of tropical fish and magnificently colourful coral reefs make Sri Lanka a paradise for snorkelers. Check out with tour operators on this. They are the best people to guide you and there are many vendors operating such activities. Here is a list of places for you to check out:

     

    • Hikkaduwa
    • Kalpitiya
    • Kirinda
    • Weligama
    • Trincomalee

  • Where can I enjoy hot air balloon rides in Sri Lanka?

    The adventure takes on a whole new meaning when multi-colored hot-air balloons drift silently above the forest. Imagine yourself on one of them enjoying a bird’s eye view of the terrain below. The take off in itself is an adventure and can be heart stopping but after that, you can just relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Hot air ballooning is best from October to April because of weather conditions. You need to contact vendors who will arrange this adventure for you. You will find people to help in Dambulla.

  • Which are the famous places to do white water rafting in Sri Lanka?

    Anyone above the age of 10 years is welcome to experience the thrills of White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River. The trip covers five major rapids and four minor rapids. A comprehensive safety briefing will be given before you are fitted with safety gear and put on modern rafts. The operators take care of all the essentials. The distance covered is around five kilometres. The enchanting view of the river and its surrounding will make this a memorable experience. Kitulagala is the place to visit to find operators conducting white water rafting.

  • Where can I enjoy kite-surfing in Sri Lanka?

    Kalpitiya is the place to go for kite surfing. The islets, reef, and sandbanks on the North of the peninsula, between the Ocean and the lagoon, provide a perfect place for kite trips. Even if you are inexperienced, this is one experience you ought not to miss out on. Most vendors organize kite trips on a weekly basis but are flexible to cater to needs of the tourist. Just go for it to make your trip to Sri Lanka memorable. You can also try the following places:

    • Weligama
    • Tangalle
    • Arugam Bay
    • Pottuvil
    • Dodanduwa
    • Gaul
    • Unawatuna
    • Matara
    • Ahangama

  • Which are the best places for amazing cruising experiences in Sri Lanka?

    There are various operators who will provide amazing cruises for tourists to enjoy. Ports in this island are located in Colombo, Galle, Trincomalee, and Hambantota. Sri Lanka provides the perfect atmosphere for sailing all year round with its good winds, sunny weather, and beautiful landscapes. From October until May go to Mirissa and Beruwela and from June until September the places to go to are Trincomalee and Passikudah as the best spots for sailing. Take your pick of coastal cruises, sailing boat rental, and private sailboat charters. Places to choose from are:

    • Passikudah
    • Gaul
    • Trincomalee
    • Weligama – Merissa
    • Mannar – Jaffna
    • Kalpitiya

  • Which are the best sites for birding in Sri Lanka?

    The Avifauna of Sri Lanka is varied. Among the 430 species of birds found in Sri Lanka 233 are resident and 198 species are migrants to the country. Seabirds like Shearwaters, Petrels, and Storm-Petrels migrate to Sri Lankan waters. Many of these migrants regularly visit the country. The rest are occasional visitors. Between October to late April or early May is the best for visiting birders. There are many good birding sites like:

    • Sinharaja World Heritage Wilderness area
    • Bundala Ramsar site
    • Yala and Uda Walawe National Parks
    • Horton Plains

  • Which are the best caves to explore in Sri Lanka? Is it safe to go there?

    Speleology is not only captivating but also rather an unusual experience not to be missed while in Sri Lanka. There are many caves from the Ritigala Mountains in the north to the central hills and the southern hillocks of the South. They abound with stalactites and stalagmites, sometimes as tall as a child. These caves are often home to a great variety of nocturnal creatures and may not always be safe. The most famous caves are in

    • Batatotalena at Sudugala
    • Belilena in Kithulgala
    • Wavulpone
    • Kuruwita
    • Dambulla

  • Where can I find casinos to visit and have fun in Sri Lanka?

    There are plenty of places in Sri Lanka where you can take a break from sightseeing and Casinos top this list. Enjoy a break from roaming or keep this for the night. Some of the top rated Casinos are:

    • Bally’s Colombo
    • Bellagio Entertainment
    • Casino Marina
    • Ritz club
    • Stardust Casino

  • Which are the best routes for mountain biking in Sri Lanka?

    For the adventure lover, mountain biking is a must do in Sri Lanka. Get a good bike and enjoy your adventure. The trails cover these areas amongst many others:

    • Anuradhapura – Mihintale
    • Mihintale – Aukana – Dambulla
    • Sigiriya – Pidurangula National Park
    • Mimura – Lakhegala – Mimura
    • Mimura – Kandy
    • Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
    • Nuwara Eliya – Adam’s Peak

  • Where can I get an airplane ride for city sightseeing in Sri Lanka? How much will it cost?

    Imagine yourself flying around the country visiting its cities. Air Taxi Services are available in plenty and offer a quick and breathtaking journey across the island to most of the popular destinations in Sri Lanka. There are several vendors operating from

    • Kandy (Polgolla Reservoir)
    • Sigiriya (Domestic Airport)
    • Colombo (International Airport)
    • Waters Edge, Kotte (Colombo City – Water Aerodrome)

  • Which are the best destinations for village safaris in Sri Lanka?

    Another kind of adventure you can enjoy in Sri Lanka is going on village safaris and taking a ride on a bullock cart. The bullock cart supposedly is the first vehicle to be used in Sri Lanka. You can go back in history with these village safaris. You can choose from:

    • Hiriwadunne village in Habarana
    • Sigiriya

  • Where I get rejuvenated with a spa and massage in Sri Lanka?

    What a wonderful experience it would be to just let your hair down and go for a massage and spa after a tiring day. There are plenty of spa and massage centres in Sri Lanka to rejuvenate you after your tour. You will find innumerable centres in

    • Kaduwela
    • Thalawathugoda
    • Bambalapitiya
    • Dehiwala
    • Ethul Kotte

  • Where are the best sites for blue whale watching in Sri Lanka? How much would the trip cost me?

    Blue whale watching is one of the best experiences that one can have in Sri Lanka. It is organised by several vendors and the best site is Mirissa. This is the best place to go watching blue whales and can cost you around 6000 Sri Lankan rupees for a safari.

  • What are the most romantic things to do on a honeymoon in Sri Lanka?

    If you have chosen Sri Lanka as your honeymoon destination you will find places and activities that will sweep you off your feet. The best time, of course, is from November to April. You can choose from among:

     

    • Bentota – Where Bentota Ganga meets the sea
    • Mirissa – For the secluded getaway
    • Tangalle for a luxurious honeymoon
    • Trincomalee for a romantic beach honeymoon
    • Ella, Bandarawela to honeymoon in tea plantations
    • Nuwara Eliya the hill station
    • Yala National Park to check out the leopards
    • Habarana for a romantic hot air balloon ride
    • Sinharaja Forest Reserve to experience rich bio diversity
    • Central Highlands: Horton Plains and World’s End to romance on the lap of nature
    • Kandy for a visit to the temple of the tooth.
    • Anuradhapura where you go back in time

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