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  • Dashing into the water is your dream then try water sports in Sri Lanka is the place to be. It will give you ample opportunities to have fun, relaxation and your own bit of enjoyment too. Indulge in some extreme thrilling experience of snorkelling, kite surfing and scuba diving which will leave you truly refreshed. These water sports will also allow you to discover the richness of the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean.

    If you are not a hard core professional it is best to take the help of a trainer. It is one of the best place for adrenalin junkie and at the same time it will also allow you to taste adventure in its most raw form. It will give you memories which you would never like to forget.

    Water Sports in Sri Lanka that you should experience:

  • 01White Water Rafting in Kitugala

    White Water Rafting in Kitugala
    Image Credit : Anuradha Ratnaweera - Flickr

    If you have always dreamt of living like Robinson Crusoe, a plunge into the White Water Rafting in Kitugala is worth a shot. You will experience rafting in one of the wettest place in the country – Kitugala. 

    This place is located 90 km from Colombo on the banks of the river Kelani River It offers grade three rapids making it an adventurous experience for both the beginners and intermediate rafters.The overall rafting experience will leave you completely thrilled.

    Best Time: April to November is the best time to opt for this activity.

    Prices: Approximate price ranges from 1500 LKR. 

    White Water Rafting Adventure in Kithulgala, Sri Lanka

    White Water Rafting Adventure in Kithulgala, Sri Lanka

    NNNNM33 Ratings

    h5 HourslKitulgala

    O5,784

    Starting from

    O5,444

  • 02Scuba Diving at Hikkaduwa

    Scuba Diving at Hikkaduwa
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    Bathing in warm Indian Ocean currents is an experience of a lifetime. You will find a wide variety of marine creatures in Sri Lankan waters. From the mighty Blue Whale to the tiny nudibranch, Sri Lanka has it all. 

    The friendly locals of the place well complemented with an amazing food make the experience even better. This reef is located off the coast of Mount Lavinia which will never disappoint you. It is home to some of the most beautiful aquatic creatures such as Lionfish, rays, and nudibranch.

    Best Time: If you want to dive in the west and south-west coast then October to May is the best time. However, May to October is the ideal time for the northeast coast.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 41 USD

    Two Hours Scuba Diving at Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka

    Two Hours Scuba Diving at Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka

    NNNNM30 Ratings

    h2 HourslHikkaduwa

    O5,784

    Starting from

    O5,104

  • 03Snorkelling

    Snorkelling

    If you want to have a good snorkelling tour, it is time for you to test the Sri Lankan waters where you can span for 3 nautical miles in a length. The whole of the south coast of Sri Lanka is filled with such adventurous sports.

    If you want the adventure to reach its peak, you can try Bar Reef which is considered to be Sri Lanka’s largest reef.

    Highlights: For the best experience, you can try snorkelling in Hikkaduwaa, Weligama and Kirinda.

    Best Time: The best time to indulge in this activity is March, April or May.

    Prices: Approximate price starts from 410 USD

    Snorkeling in Mirissa - Flat 18% off

    Snorkeling in Mirissa - Flat 18% off

    NNNNM36 Ratings

    h2 HourslMirissa

    O1,708

    Starting from

    O1,400

  • 04Lagoon Canoeing Tour at Unuwatuna

    Lagoon Canoeing Tour at Unuwatuna
    Canoeing is a beautiful experience in Galle and also one of the best activities to do in Galle. Unawatuna is an astounding island where most of the adventure sports happen in Galle. It is brimmed with canals, lagoons, beaches, rivers and reservoirs.

    Canoeing can take you in the midst of the Natural beauty of flora and fauna characterised by changing landscapes and fascinating mangroves.

    Location: Unuwatuna Lagoon, GalleHours and timings: starts at 8- 8:30 am and comprised of two hours of paddling

    Highlights:
     Canoeing trip includes a local guide, water and refreshments and a life jacket. You can reach the Unawatuna Lagoon by a tuk-tuk. You would get to explore coastal flora and fauna untouched by the human civilization, the deeper sector of mangroves etc 

    Timing: Morning or Evening time is suitable for this tour.

    Price: Approximate price starts from Rs. 2100, per canoe 2 - 3 people can accommodate 

    Best Time to Visit:
     November to May
    Lagoon Canoeing Tour in Unawatuna

    Lagoon Canoeing Tour in Unawatuna

    NNNNM38 Ratings

    h6 HourslUnawatuna

    O2,382

    Starting from

    O2,042

  • 05Deep Sea Fishing

    Deep Sea Fishing
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    If you have a fetish for fishing and searching for a suitable place for fishing then this is a must do activity for you in Sri Lanka. Here the South-West coast is very famous for deep sea fishing. With the provided fishing gears catch some huge fish which will surely make your day.  Another interesting thing is that you will get a chance to explore the exotic marine life of this region. Feel the thrill while deep fishing with a chance to catch fish like Jack Trevally, Spanish mackerel, skipjack tuna, yellow fin tuna, sail fish, marlins, and frigate tuna.

    Location:  Hikkaduwa is located at a distance of 17 km North-West of Galle and 98 km south of Colombo.

    Best Time: The best time for deep sea fishing in Hikkaduwa is during the month of November until mid-April due to the monsoon.

    Price: The approximate price starts from 17800LKR.

    Fishing in Mirissa

    Fishing in Mirissa

    NNNMM27 Ratings

    h4 HourslMirissa

    Starting from

    O30,000

  • 06Sailing in Bentota in Sri Lanka

    Sailing in Bentota in Sri Lanka
    • h3 Hours
    • lBentota
    • NNNNN26 ratings
    • Dominique Tanghe
      Supplier
      Dominique Tanghe
    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.
  • 07Galle Fishing Tour - Flat 20% off

    Galle Fishing Tour - Flat 20% off
    • h5 Hours
    • lGalle
    • NNNNN24 ratings
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 9274783

    About the Galle Fishing Tour:

    - This activity will allow you to go Galle fishing like a local fisherman in Sri Lanka. 

    - You will get to ride in paddle boats to let you experience the entire fishing process. 

    - The operator will provide all fishing equipment. 

    - The activity will be conducted at Hikkaduwa Lagoon. 

    - Galle fishing tour is a guided by the instructor. 

    - An English-speaking guide will walk you through the entire procedure, and teach you the skill of getting a good catch. 

    - It has been designed in a way to let one experience a few hours of a fisherman’s life. 

    - The duration of this activity is for two hours. 

    - Pickup and drop facility is included in the cost of this package. 

    - Unwind with relishing lunch at a local restaurant after spending the scheduled hours in the ocean. 

    - The cost of tea and lunch is included in this package. 

    - You can book this package as a solo traveller or as a group (two-three or four-seven). 

  • 08Catamaran Trip at Topaz in Sri Lanka

    Catamaran Trip at Topaz in Sri Lanka
    • h3 Hours
    • lTrincomalee
    • NNNNN24 ratings
    • Amila Tennakoon
      Supplier
      Amila Tennakoon
    About the Activity:
    • Embark in a memorable seafaring experience on a catamaran which will amaze you and ensure a happy fun filled memories as you sail across the sea in Trincomalee.
    • Take the helm of Topaz and enjoy the adrenaline rush of sailing a large catamaran, which provides a rare and unique experience to be remembered.
    • Start your amazing three hours tour either at 9 AM in the morning or at around 3 PM for the afternoon slot.
    • After a coastal navigation in the wild Vandalous Bay, you will moor in the beautiful reef barrier of Elephant Rocks for a swimming, snorkeling and stand-up paddle boarding venture.
    • Visit of Barberyn Island and its pride, the majestic lighthouse and enjoy the sight for a while.
    • End your amazing Catamaran Topaz tour at around 12 PM for the morning slot and at around 6 PM for the afternoon slot. 
  • 09Water Skiing

    Water Skiing
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    Sri Lanka offers best in class waterskiing experience with its beautiful sandy beaches, coral reefs and clear blue water in a backdrop of the tropical atmosphere which remains warm throughout the year. With water ski camps in all the major locations, you can easily learn to ski even if you are a beginner. Let the adrenaline rush through your body when you race with the mighty ocean waves. There are two different climate zones in Sri Lanka namely South-West & North-East. The best time for water skiing on the South West coast is from October to April while on the North East coast the ideal time is from March to November.

    Image Credits : Jeremy Erickson - Flickr



    Location: The major locations for water skiing in Sri Lanka are Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Bentota and Kumudu Valley.
     
    Price: Approximate price ranges from 10000 LKR for eleven rounds and 1000 LKR for one round. 

    Difficulty Level: Suitable for beginners as well as experts.
  • 10Jet Ski

    Jet Ski
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    With natural scenery, green palm trees, perfect golden beaches, emerald green water and year round warm weather, Sri Lanka is one of the best islands in the world to go for water adventures. Jet Skiing is one of the greatest water sports for those who love to race against the strong tides. Experience the adrenaline rush in your body when the waves of the ocean lift you and feel amazed as you fly through the misty sea.

    Image Credits : castgen - Flickr



    Location: Bentota is the centre of all the water sports in Sri Lanka. Located in the Galle district, it provides all sorts of water sports opportunities. Negombo is another location just 15 Km away from Colombo international airport.

    Best Time: The best time to visit for Jet Ski is October to April on the south-west coast and March to November on the north-east coast.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 3750 LKR for 15 minutes.


  • 11Windsurfing

    Windsurfing
    One of the most thrilling water sports is windsurfing. The golden beaches of Sri Lanka and the sultry tone of the atmosphere makes it one of the most desired location for windsurfing. The sport requires a certain mix of balance and strength. There are camps in Sri Lanka where you can easily enroll for a course in windsurfing if you are a beginner. The thrilling moments of surfing over the magnificent waves gives a feeling of elation and a bagful of memories to take back.




    Location: Bentota and The Colombo Sailing club located on Bologoda Lake are the places to go. The west coast offers more challenging conditions which are preferred by experienced windsurfers.

    Best Time: Ideal time is December to March. Other months are July, September, November and April.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR for an hour.


  • 12Banana & Tube Ride

    Banana & Tube Ride
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    The best water sport for families with low risk and high entertainment is banana ride and tubing. In Banana ride, a long banana shaped boat is pulled by a motor boat at a very high speed, giving you the thrill of your life. In tubing or the tube ride, you will be sitting atop an inner tube and towed by the watercraft across the water. Both recreational activities are perfect for small families who want to have fun together

     

    Image Credits : Big Swede Guy - Flickr



    Location: You can enjoy this fun water ride at the water sports capital of Sri Lanka, Bentota. You can also enjoy the sport with your family at Negombo lagoon.

    Best Time: The best time to visit is from October to April with less powerful waves and lesser precipitation.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 4000 LKR for six people.


  • 13Speed Boat Ride

    Speed Boat Ride
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    Feel the ocean wind rushing on your face and hair with the thrilling speed boat rides in the beautiful emerald water of Sri Lankan beaches. A family adventure with negligible safety concerns is an ideal way to spend a few moments of your holiday. Enjoy the ecstasy of traveling in the speed boat with loads of laughter and screams. Ideal for small group of people or families, the speed boat is one exhilarating adventure that you cannot forget.



    Location: Almost all the water sports can be enjoyed at Bentota, Sri Lanka, a coastal area in the district of Galle.

    Best Time: October to April is the best time to visit with tropical atmosphere and low precipitation.

    Price: Depends on the time of the trip and the speed of the boat. LKR 12,000 for one hour and 85 HP and LKR 15,000 for one hour and 115 HP.


  • 14Surfing

    Surfing
    Image Credit : AlGraChe - Flickr

    Peel off the waves with your surfs and let the adventure begin! The thrilling experience of surfing will surely leave you with an unforgettable experience for a lifetime. It is one of the famous things to do in Sri Lanka.

    Although surfing is available in many Sri Lankan beaches if you want to have a real surfing experience in the warm water you should go to Weligama beach. However, you can also try other beaches like Arugm Bay, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and much more to list. 

    No matter whether it is your first time or you are a professional, it is always better to understand the water from a trainer to learn the basics of surfing in safe waters.

    Best Time: It is different for different beaches but ideally one should visit during November and April.

    Prices: Approximate price starts from 8 USD for 3 days.

  • 15Kite Surfing in Kalpitiya

    Kite Surfing in Kalpitiya
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    If you would like to kite in heaven then the Kite Surfing experience in Kalpitiya will leave you with an amazing experience. The Kalpitiya Lagoon is the best place for freestylers and beginners. It is one of the most popular things to do in Sri Lanka.

    If you want some training then there are several schools where trained professionals can teach you the art of Kite Surfing. You will find several accommodations in the nearby area which makes it easier for everybody to try this adventure sport.

    Location: Kalpitiya is approximately 3 hours from Colombo.

    Highlights: Afternoon is the best time to try kite surfing as there are strong winds that are blowing.

    Best Time: May to October and December to March.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 45 USD

  • 16Enjoy Kayaking

    Enjoy Kayaking
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    Kayaking and Canoes are nothing but modes of transportation which was once used by fishermen in ancient times. You can try Kayaking in the famous river of Kalu Ganga which flows to the west coast town of Kalutara where it finally meets the Indian Ocean.

    While Kayaking you also get a chance to see the fascinating flora and fauna of the nearby areas. You can also try river canoeing in the calm and serene waters of Samanalawewa reservoir which is one of the country’s vast tanks.

    Best Time: When it is less windy, October to early May will be a good time to visit.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 15 USD per hour. 

    Difficulty Level: Medium, should be able to hike 1.5 miles and swim if you are renting.
  • 17Sea Plane Ride

    Sea Plane Ride
    Image Credit : srilankatravelspots.com/
    Sri Lanka is endowed with splendid scenic beauty and cultural diversity. The golden beaches, exquisite flora, and fauna, diverse topography, a colourful culture which is more than two thousand years old island beautiful heritage architectures are the experiences to cherish for a lifetime. Let the comfortable Sea Plane ride in Sri Lanka gives you the bird’s eye view of this impressive island. Enjoy the lush green land with paddy fields and tea plantation. Take pleasure in the sights of some of the marvelous ancient architectures and experience the natural scenic beauty unfolding before your eyes in innumerable ways. The rides are available for most parts of Sri Lanka.



    Location: The rides are available from Colombo, Bentota, Batticaloa, Dickwella, Kandy, Koggala, Sigiriya, Trincomalee and many other cities.

    Duration
    : The ride can last from 10 minutes to an hour.

    Price
    : Approximate price ranges anywhere from LKR 25,000 to LKR 40,000.


  • 18Boat Trip in Madu River at Balapitiya

    Boat Trip in Madu River at Balapitiya
    Image Credit : http://incredibletravels2.blogspot.in/

    The sight of Kingfisher waiting for its prey and monkeys nibbling fruits happily while sitting on the branches of the tree is not to be missed. Madu Ganga is the only pristine mangrove forest in Sri Lanka after Bentota. A boat trip to this wonderful place will let you see different variety of plants and animals. 

    You will spot 64 island in total in the river and the lagoon. Meanwhile you can also relish the food cooked on cinnamon woods. The boat trip will take you to an island which has housed a Buddhist monastery Kothduwa where the young monks will show you a 150 year old book made of palm leaves.

    Best Time: Sometime late in the afternoon when it is not so hot is the best time to opt for the activity.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 2300 LKR. 

  • 19Duck Paddle Boating at Beira Lake

    Duck Paddle Boating at Beira Lake
    Image Credit : President Mahinda Rajapaksa
    Paddle boat ride on Beira Lake is a must-do thing when you visit Colombo. Various duck paddle boats are available on rent on this lake, for you to enjoy the beauty of the waters.

    The sheer thrill that you get by paddling your way along these boats as you encounter some real ducks or swans on the waters is sure to evoke the child within you.

    Highlights: One of the major highlights of the lake is the Simamalakha Shrine, located right in the middle of the lake in an island.

    Location: The Beira Lake is situated very close to the famous Gangaramaya temple.

    Timings: Boat rides are available all through the day, but evenings are better, because you get an excellent view of the illuminated Gangaramaya temple at the background.

    Price: Boating charges are around 100 Sri Lankan Rupees for 30 minutes in a two-seater boat. 
  • 20Wake Boarding

    Wake Boarding
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    There is no end to the curiosity in us when it comes to adventure. If you are visiting Sri Lanka, then don’t miss a chance to try the thrilling water sport Wake Boarding.  Break through the warm waters of Sri Lanka and feel the thrill as the water gushes through you. The best thing about this activity is that you can just opt for it anytime of the day. This will be a double treat for the nature lover, who will not just enjoy the activity but will also soak in the amazing beauty of the region.

    Location:  In Sri Lanka, Negombo and Hikkaduwa are the two best places for wake boarding. Due to the perfect water condition with very less current in the river; it is suitable for the beginners as well.

    Best Time: The best time to visit for Wake boarding is during the month of October to April.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 2225 LKR for 15 minutes.


Water sports in Srilanka

Attractions

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Whale Watching Spot

Whale watching spot comes at the top amongst the major attractions in Mirissa. You can find a number of operators around this area offering trips to the Indian Ocean for dolphins, whales, and turtles spotting.


Location:  Harbour Road, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Usually, the whale watching tour starts early in the morning around 6-7 AM and lasts for 4-5 hours approximately. The ocean gets rough due to sunlight in the afternoon, hence, it is difficult to spot a whale in the water at this time.

Price: The average cost for whale watching is Rs. 2500 - 3500. However, if you are a group of 4-5 people, you can negotiate the prices to get a better deal.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to spot whale is from December to March as the ocean is not rough during this time.

Distance from Mirissa: This place is located around 15-20 KM away from Mirissa beach.

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Nine Arches Bridge

The Nine Arches Bridge is one of the most beautiful landmarks of Sri Lanka and amongst the top places to visit in Ella. There is an interesting story behind this bridge. When the British stopped the construction of this bridge mid-way due to lack of steel during World War 1, the locals constructed it using stone and bricks. 

The bridge has stood strong without a single piece of steel since then. The setting of the bridge is extremely charming and is amongst the most popular tourist places in Ella. It is located inside a dense forest near a quaint little village with tea plantations surrounding it. Watching the old world trains pass through this bridge is a sight most loved by the tourists. 


Location: Between Ella and Damodara Station

Timings: The bridge is approachable all day around. However, early morning sunrise is the best time to visit. 

Price: There is no entry fee.

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Ravana Falls

Sri Lanka is abundant with the legends of Ramayana. So much so that even the natural landscapes have compelling stories associated with them. The Ravana Falls and the nearby caves are said to be some of the places where the demon god Ravana hid. These legends and the striking landscape of this Ella attraction pulls many travellers to them. 

The waterfall is around 82 ft. in height and is layered in three tiers. The third tier is approachable after a sharp rock climb and rewards with some amazing views of the dense greens and the rocky landscape. 


Location: A 23, Ravana Wildlife Sanctuary, Ella

Timings: March- June, December- February

Price: There is no entry fee

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Secret Beach

The secret beach of Mirissa is not a secret anymore as it is easy to reach and well signposted nowadays. It is one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa for capturing some beautiful moments and epic photographs.

Moreover, most of the beaches in Mirissa are crowded so the secret beach is the perfect place to relax and sit in a peaceful environment.


Location: Secret Beach Mirissa, Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: The best thing about Mirissa beach is there is no entrance fee for it.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this beach is either early in the morning to relax or in the evening to enjoy an incredible sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: This beach is located at a distance of approximately 1-2 KM from the heart of the Mirissa town. You can reach a secret beach in several ways like you can choose to walk, hire a moped or take a tuk-tuk. However, try to start early if you’re planning to go on a walk, otherwise, it will be 20 minutes of hard work in direct sunlight on a steep pathway.

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Ravana's Cave

Ravana’s Cave is a place of the legends and amongst the top places to visit in Ella. As per Hindu mythology, it is said that Ravana had hidden Sita in this cave after kidnapping her. Legends apart, the natural scenic beauty of this cave, located at a height of around 4,500 ft.) attracts hikers and adventure seekers from all over the world. 

This caving activity is exciting, as one has to climb around 1,000 steps to reach the huge cave. Travellers love to spend time in the cool dark interiors of the cave and amidst the dense greenery. 


Location: Bandarawela- Wellawaya Road, Ella

Timings: Best time to visit is early morning or evening to escape the heat. The caves are open all year round. 

Price: LKR 150, INR 58

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Mirissa Beach

If you want to enjoy a sunset dinner at a lovely restaurant then do not miss to visit Mirissa Beach. It is one of those attractions in Mirissa where you can find plenty of great restaurants offering a variety of seafood.

Although you will find this beach a little crowded yet, it will give you a very relaxing vibe.


Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: Visiting Mirissa beach is free of cost. In fact, you can enjoy the Lion beers on free sunbeds at a very reasonable price.

Best Time to Visit: The beach gets busy from 11 AM so it is recommended to visit this either early in the morning to avoid the crowd or in the evening to enjoy a lovely sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: Once you reach Mirissa from Colombo, you can easily found this exotic beach as it is only a couple of KM away from the Mirissa railway station.

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Ella Rock

Ella Rock is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Ella amongst the most interesting places to visit in Ella. A three-hour easy trek will take you further into the luxuriantly dense forested countryside of Ella attractions. During the trek up till the rock, you will see beautiful tea plantations and get a chance to interact with the tea planters. 

Once atop the rock, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the morning sun rising from behind the lush hills. You will get a bird’s eye view of the scenic valleys rolling for miles. Travellers love to spend some quiet time in peace atop the rock in this popular tourist place in Ella.


Location: Wellawaya-Ella-Kumbalwela highway, Ella

Timings: The best time for this hike is early morning around 5:30 am

Price: LKR 3,800, INR 1,500

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Parrot Rock Bridge

Another one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa is to climb up the Parrot Rock. This small and easily accessible rock will give you a stunning view of the Mirissa area. This is a place which will take your mind away from work and stress.

It is a very quiet place where you can relax watching surfers in the high tides of water. You can also chill out in the nearby restaurants of this place.


Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: You don’t need to pay any price for visiting this place.

Best Time to Visit: You can come early in the morning to enjoy with the low tides and the amazing morning sea breeze. Visiting it in the evening is also a great idea if you want to enjoy wrapping up activities looking at the breathtaking sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: The parrot rock is located to the left side of Mirissa beach. So once you reach Mirissa beach you can easily get on this rock to have an excellent sea view.

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Ceylon Tea Factory

Ceylon Tea Factory is actually a restaurant, which has been named this way so as to intrigue and educates travellers about the tea making heritage of Sri Lanka. It is one of the most popular restaurants in the whole of the country, and not only Ella. Here, you can taste traditional Sri Lankan curries & hot rice, along with international cuisines and drinks. 

The restaurant also has a tea bar that makes hundreds of varieties of teas. Gluten-free meals are also available here. 


Location: no. 4, Passara Road, Ella

Timings: Every day 11:00 am- 10:00 pm

Price: A meal for two costs around LKR 2,290, INR 900.

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Little Adam's Peak

Due to its natural landscape, Ella has many quaint and rustic hiking trails. Little Adam’s Peak is one such popular trail that should not be missed. It is a short 50-60 minutes trek that takes you through the world famous tea plantations of the region. The greenery is a respite to the eyes and the intoxicating fragrance of the tea leaves further adds to the experience. 

Once you reach the top of the Little Adam’s Peak, you will see a Buddha statue backdropped against the mountains. 


Location: Ella- Passara Road, Ella 90090

Timings: The best time for the hike is at sunrise or the sunset. The peak is approachable all year around.

Price: There is no entry fee. 

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Coconut Tree Hill

One of the unique and unusual places to visit in Mirissa is Coconut Tree Hill. Located at the end of Mirissa beach, this place is completely covered with palm trees.

It is one of those attractions in Mirissa, which are great for taking pictures of all the tall beautiful palms overlooking the ocean. You can also enjoy a well-deserved coconut at this place to add an extra memorable element to your journey.


Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: No entry cost.

Best Time to Visit: Being in the proximity of the main beach; it is recommended to reach this place early in the morning or before sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: You can reach this place by taking a short walk from Mirissa beach. It will take 10-15 minutes approximately walking along the beach to reach this beautiful spot.

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Dhowa rock temple

Sri Lanks is known around the world for its tranquil and peaceful spiritual destinations, and the Dhowa Rock Temple is one of the best Ella attractions. Said to be around 2,000 years old, this temple is famous for its huge 39 ft. unfinished statue of Buddha. The rock art and murals in this temple are amazing sights. 

You might run into some monks here who will be more than happy to tell you stories about the Temple. Surrounded by lush greenery, the temple transports the visitors into a peaceful trance. 


Location: Bandarawela- Ella Road

Timings: 8:00- 5:00 pm

Price: There is no entry fee, but you can leave a donation at the temple

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Weligambay Beach

It is a relatively smaller beach alternative if you want to avoid the crowd. It is quieter, serene and a great place for surfing beginners. At times fishing boats outnumber the tourists, especially in low season.

In addition to being a top surfing destination, this beach is also an excellent place for Instagram lovers. You can also take a few photographs with iconic stilt fishermen, a practice rooted back to World War II.


Location: Weligambay Beach, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Best Time to Visit: It is an amazing place to have breakfast or lunch with your friends and family.

Distance from Mirissa: Weligambay beach is located at a distance of 6-7 KM from Mirissa so you can always take a tuk-tuk to your destination. It will not take more than 10-15 minutes.

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Mahamevnawa Monastery

The Mahamevnawa Monastery is one of the most important and revered Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka founded by Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero and is amongst the top places to visit in Ella. This monastery serves as an educational institution for young people and adults who want to be ordained as monks. 

Sri Lankan artists have adorned the Monastery with striking carvings, murals, and painting. Here, you can not only talk freely to the monks but also take personalised meditation lectures from them. Listening to the reverberating Buddhist hymns amidst the peaceful environs is a tranquil experience. 


Location: Bandarawela, Ella

Timings: 8:00 am- 9:00 pm every day of the week

Price: There is no entry fee

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Matara Beach

Mirissa is just a small town of Matara district so without a shred of doubt Matara beach comes amongst the popular beaches of Sri Lanka. You can enjoy long walks by the shore, taking surfing lessons, and beachcombing at this wonderful place.

Furthermore, if you are not into the mood of taking a walk or any surfing lessons, you can simply read your favourite novel gazing at the ocean in between. And post that, you can take a bath in the sea water if the tide is not so strong.


Location: Matara, Sri Lanka.

Best Time to Visit: Just like other beaches; try to get there early in the morning or before sunset as it gets crowded in the afternoon. Moreover, do not visit it on the weekend because being a major town in the country, it can get heavily crowded on weekends.

Distance from Mirissa: Being a major district of Sri Lanka, it is well connected to every major city and town in Sri Lanka. From Mirissa you can take a tuk-tuk which will not take more than 30 minutes to reach this beautiful beach.
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Uva Halpewatte Tea Factory

This place is a must-visit for the lovers of tea and is amongst the top tourist places in Ella! Sri Lanka is famous the world over for its amazing Ceylon tea. Halpewatte Tea Factory invites tourists to come inside their premise and see how their favourite tea is made- right from plucking the tea leaves, processing till final packaging. 

This is the largest tea factor in the Uva region. After the tour, you can also have a cup of tea in their tea shop and take teas home. The factory is located at a beautiful vantage point with scenic views of the hills and valleys. 


Location: Badulla Road, Hela halpem Ella

Timings: Every day 8:00 am- 5:00 pm 

Price: Adults LKR 763, INR 300, Children LKR 381, INR 150

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