Sri Lanka is a country of many sides, relaxation vs adventure, city high rises vs remote national parks, and of course history vs beaches.
It’s a country which never fails to surprise you and delight.
There are so many things to do in Sri Lanka, in fact the list is endless. From hiking, to tea plantations, and from beaches to temples, Sri Lanka has something for everyone.
Here are our favourite things to do in Sri Lanka….
1. Hike Pidurangala Rock
One of the best things to do in Sri Lanka is a hike up Pidurangala Rock in Sigiriya. While Sigiriya Rock is the most famous of the two, Pidurangala Rock is the more local quiet experience. At Sigirya you can find out more about the history of Sri Lanka and get access to to the lion’s paw and the mirror wall.
Note: The best time to climb is early morning to catch sunrise!
2. Go on elephant safari
A bucket list experience whilst in Sri Lanka is going on an elephant safari. It is so much fun, takes only a few hours, but you get to see a different side of Sri Lanka. It is an unmissable experience to go on safari while in Sri Lanka and although there are lots of national parks to choose from, including the famous Yala National Park, we would suggest heading to Minneriya National Park if you are after herds of elephants in the wild.
3. Visit Nine Arch Bridge
The Nine Arch Bridge in Ella is beautiful. Spanning 91 meters at a height of 24m the bridge is one of the most iconic shots of Sri Lanka and only a short scroll on Instagram will show you millions of shots of this iconic bridge. Get here early though to avoid overcrowding, and if you are lucky you may spot a train on the bridge whilst you are there.
4. Going to mini ‘World’s End’
An incredible region of the country, Riverston is so far barely touched by tourists. Mini World’s End is a drop off point overlooking the Thelgamuwa Valley, with a 4,000 drop to the forest floor. From here you can also see the terraced rice fields and the Knuckles mountain range in the background.
5. Drink tea at a plantation
If you love tea, you will know Ceylon tea, and Nuwara Eliya is where most of the countries tea production takes place. Because of the climate and soil, it is the perfect place to grow tea, meaning that there are multiple tea plantations and boutiques in Nuwara Eliya. Take a trip to Pedro Tea Plantation and have a cup of traditional Ceylon tea at Lovers Leap Ethical Tea Boutique.
6. Sunset at the Famous Rope swing
Instagram has made many places famous around the world, but one which became an overnight sensation for one small hotel in Sri Lanka is the Famous Rope swing in Dalawella. The palm tree rope swing is the perfect spot for a sunset cocktail.