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The teardrop-shaped island dotted in the Indian ocean may look teeny-weeny but buzzes with vast range of fun, natural beauty, adventure and vibrant places. One of the best destinations in the world to travel with your friends/family, this place offers exciting activities and beaches to leave the trace of your feet on its sands. Sri Lanka is a blend of beaches, hills, monuments, culture, heritage, wildlife and delicious food. All this makes the place a perfect tourist destination that offers relishing moments. To get the best out of this destination is by planning your vacation with the help of a travel agent.
Here’s our list of Top things to do in Sri Lanka
A rare activity, Sri Lanka sees a huge inflow of tourists majorly because of Whale spotting. Not everyday we get to see a whale or dolphin sprinting in the ocean, right in front of our eyes. The best time to go for a whale or dolphin watching tour in Mirissa is from November to March when the tides are relatively calm. The activity is fuelled with high adrenaline as the beings can be sighted swimming close to your boat. December and January are the months when the number of whale encounters are high.
Avid travellers who are looking for a venture, this one is for you! Climbing the narrow metal staircases and rocky steps in the scorching heat can test even the tough ones. The top of the mountain offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding hills, green pastures, lakes and forests. Tour the palace at the top of the mountain and capture amazing shots of yourself at the 1200th step.
This activity has an ‘Aww’ factor in every possible way. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is home to nearly 40 elephants and was established to provide shelter to abandoned, injured, or abused elephants. The orphanage nourishes and looks after all the elephants, many of which are babies. One of the most joyful and free things to do in Sri Lanka is to watch and play with these notorious beings. A visit to this orphanage will definitely be your most perky moment.
A few miles away from Colombo (Capital city of Sri Lanka), Negombo is a vibrant city with amazing beaches and luxurious beach-facing resorts. The best thing to do in Negombo is sit back, have a couple of beers and relax! The city is renowned for its nightlife; explore the nearby clubs and go on a shopping spree in the local markets.
Situated right next to one of the major attractions of Sri Lanka like- The Temple of Tooth Relic, Kandy Lake is a place that cannot be missed. It is best known for witnessing the stunning reflection of the sky, especially a full moon night. A morning or evening stroll at the lakeside is really soothing and peaceful. You can also hear the calming chants of Buddhist prayers coming from the nearby monastery.
One of the most interesting things to do in Sri Lanka is visiting the Turtle hatchery in Bentota. These informative centres teach a lot about these adorable creatures and nurture them right from the time of their birth. These centres have not limited themselves to just taking care of the turtles but also provide shelter to injured or endangered turtles. The Sri Lankan government have taken this initiative to ensure the survival of this terrestrial species. Watching them set foot into the sea for the first time is an amazing experience.
One of the best things to do in Sri Lanka is to take a dip in the Glenn falls with your friends or family. Located in captivating surroundings, Glenn falls take you closer to the mother nature. A few other waterfalls like Devon falls, Laxapana falls and Ramboda falls are in close vicinity, which can also be visited. A refreshing dip and then sitting back at the shore are the most relaxing things to do.
Hop on the most fascinating and enthralling train ride starting from Kandy to the picturesque town of Ella. Weaving in and out of many mountain tunnels, the train sees a green ocean of tea plantation, breath-taking hills, and clouds at eye-level. One of the best experiences to offer, it is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka.
Well-known shrine where the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha has been kept for generations, the Temple of Tooth Relic is amongst the most visited places in Sri Lanka. The sanctum is calm, peaceful and offers to learn the Buddhist way of meditation. For travellers all over the world, this place can help you rediscovering yourselves, find solace and inner peace. Besides banking on the chance to get a glimpse of the tooth relic, this place is also an absolute beauty as one can expect
A jungle safari in Yala national park is a must for all the adventure enthusiasts and wildlife photographers. The place is home to the Sri Lankan leopards and dangerous reptiles. A jungle safari on a rainless day is perfect to encounter the wild beings in their natural habitat. The animals ranges from leopards, elephants, sloth bears, and fishing cats, etc. to Sri Lankan flying snakes, monitor lizards, crocodiles, and Indian cobras. Take a respite from the long, hectic jungle safari and visit the nearby beach to refresh yourself.
Probably at the end of our list but certainly the best place to spend your vacation in Sri Lanka, Unawatuna is the place for you! Bustling with fun activities, this place is the ideal holiday destination to take a respite from your daily life. A beach town in south of Sri Lanka, it offers various activities like rope swing, surfing, and experience the art of Sri Lankan fishing (fishermen stand on stilt for hours).
This may end our article here but it is not the end of all the good things that Sri Lanka has in offer. The place is well known for its sea food, tropical fruits, spices and curry mix. During your visit, do visit the local markets as it displays the authentic Sri Lanka.
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