Sri Lanka is a must visit. Whether you are after trekking adventures, wildlife spotting or surfing and relaxing on the beach; Sri Lanka has it all. We lived in Sri Lanka for three months, and have compiled the things you must do while in Sri Lanka.
1. Must do in Sri Lanka: Explore Galle Fort
Located south of Colombo, Galle Fort is located on the Sri Lankan south coast. Galle Fort was built in the 16th century by the Portugese but then restructured by the dutch; Galle Fort aka Dutch Fort. Galle Fort has been recognized by UNESCO and is a must do while in Sri Lanka.
Galle Fort is now home to a multitude of restaurants with, Sri Lankan and Western cuisine options. There are also some local boutiques and shops to explore. But making a visit to meander through the streets to admire the beautiful buildings is also a must do while in Sri Lanka.
Make sure to visit Isle of Gelato for the best gelato in Sri Lanka.
2. Find peace & serenity trekking in the Sinharaja Rainforest
After a few months on the south coast we were super excited to mix up our surroundings. Sinharaja Rainforest is the perfect jungle haven. With options to trek through the rainforest, everyday is an adventure. Trekking can usually be organised by hosts on arrival. There are a number of beautiful lodges to stay on the outskirts of the forest. Sinharaja Rainforest perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of exploring the jungle, finding waterfalls and
3. Ella to Kandy train ride
The Ella to Kandy train ride was dubbed one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. Travel third class for the best experience and opportunity to meet and interact with the locals. Make sure to jump to the train doors as you depart for the best viewing spot.
4. Ella Nine Arch Bridge
The world famous Ella Nine Arch Bridge AKA The Bridge In the Sky. Located just outside of Ella town on the way to Little Adam’s Peak. You can walk from the main town and it takes around 30 minutes or you can take a tuk tuk. Located among the lush tea plantations, the Ella Nine Arch Bridge an architectrual master piece.
5. Surf and Unwind
Sri Lanka is well known for its surf spots. No matter what your level, there is a surf spot for beginners to advanced.
For beginners surf, Weligama is in-famous for its beginner waves and foam; make sure to go early morning to avoid crowds. There are lots of surf operators on the beach to book lessons. Ahangama, Midigama and Hiriketya all have great spots for the intermediate surfer. And if you’ve mastered your surf there is also the world famous, Arugam Bay on the east coast of Sri Lanka.
6. Must do in Sri Lanka: Wildlife spot on Safari
When we say Sri Lanka has everything, it really does. There are a number Ayou are lucky enough you may even come across a leopard! While on the south coast, in Hikkaduwu we were able to see sea turtles. There are also a number of tour which provide whale watching.
Safari and wildlife excursions are a must do while in Sri Lanka. However, make sure when you choose a provider that work to protect the wildlife and are ethical tour operators.
8. Things to do in Sri Lanka: Sigiriya Rock
Sigiriya Rock has been deemed one of the ‘most valuable historic monuments of Sri Lanka’. Sigira Rock was formed by magma from an extint volcano and was then constructed into a monestrary in the 3rd century. The remains of the palace are there today to visit and located by surronding jungle.
It’s best to start the trek around 6am to avoid crowds and also the hot Sri Lankan midday sun.
9. Beach hop along the south coast
If you idea of adventure is a road trip to a beautiful beach, then hiring a scooter is the perfect solution. We hired a scooter and drove from Galle to Mirissa over a few days, stopping off at all of the beautiful beaches along the way.
The best beaches in Sri Lanka in our opinion are; Hiriketya, Dickwella and Ahangahma. We heard Arugam Bay was also beautiful and serene but unfortunately didn’t make it this trip.
We would love to hear your top things to do in Sri Lanka.
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