Activities in Sri Lanka
|Cycling in Colombo||3 hr|
|Galle City Sightseeing Tour||18 hr|
|Jet Ski at Bentota Beach||15 min|
|Nuwara Eliya Tea Plantation Tour||5 hr|
|Colombo Street Food Tour||2 hr|
|Whale Watching Tour From Galle at Unawatuna Jungle Beach||12 hr|
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.
Ravana Caves in Sri Lanka, located near Ella, are a historical and mystical site. Associated with the legendary King Ravana from the Ramayana, these caves offer scenic views and cultural significance.
Hakgala Botanical Garden, located in Sri Lanka, is a serene and enchanting botanical haven situated near Nuwara Eliya. Spanning over 28 hectares, it boasts a diverse collection of flora, including exotic orchids, roses, and ferns. Established in 1861, the garden features meticulously landscaped sections, a picturesque lake, and the famous Hakgala Peak. Visitors are captivated by the vibrant colors and fragrant blooms, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers and those seeking tranquility amidst stunning surroundings.
Puppet shows are closely related to Sri Lankan culture. Hence this museum is largely responsible for upholding the folk values and traditions of the island nation even today. Since the demand for these shows is quite high, it is better to book your seats early. This place is sure to bring great joy and entertainment for tourists of all age groups. One has to visit the museum to see the expertise with which artisans manage their multi-coloured and attractive puppets.
Highlights: Local and international puppet show experts conduct shows at this venue on a regular basis to enthral people who gather here in large numbers.
Location: This unique museum is located at Dehiwala, in close proximity to Galle.
Timings: The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all days of the week.
Price: Approximate price starts from 50LKR per adult
A visitor’s delight, Colombo is a place of many beautiful tourist attractions. When you are here, do not miss to visit the casinos of the place. These are perfect joints to keep you entertained with their world-class interiors and customised services. The four most attractive casinos in Colombo are Bally’s, Bellagio, MGM Colombo and Marina Colombo. Bally’s is located right in the heart of the city, Bellagio on the main Duplication Road, the highly-sought after MGM, in close vicinity to Majestic City Shopping Mall and Marina, a high-profile casino on the Marine Drive.
Timings: The joints are opened 24/7 on all days of
Price: Approximate price starts from just LKR 100
onwards at joints like Bally’s. That’s not all! You get to taste some awesome
dishes as well, while you try your luck at these places.
Nestled close to the Udawattakele Sanctuary, The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is one of the most important shrines of Sri Lanka. Also named as Dalada Maligawa, this temple is based in the royal palace of the Kingdom of Kandy. Housing the legendary Budda tooth, the temple is a World Heritage site though very little are the remnants of the original temple built around 1600. Amazing ornamentation with golden fence and extravagant Canadian architecture makes it a blissful sight for the visitors. Dedicated monks unanimously chant the prayers of Malwatte and Aegirine , three times every day, during dawn, noontime and evening at the inner temple. Every Wednesday a holy symbolic bath of the Relic is done is fragrant water and that water is distributed among the visitors known to have healing powers.
Location: Royal Palace, Kandy
Time: 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Price: Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR to 2134 LKR
The sensational Yala wildlife National Park promises unparallel thrill and excellent adventurous experience with a visual treat of scenic excellence in the exclusive Yala Safari Camping. It is indeed an extra ordinary experience to rise up to a place where for miles there is no soul visible except the caretakers.The spectacular terrains provide a fascinating visuals through dense to scrub vegetation, rocky pools, spectacular ravines, fresh water lakes with snaking coastline along with sight on endemic mammals like Asian elephant, leopard, black bear, crocodiles, grey languor and many others. It’s a paradise for birdwatchers with the presence of paradise flycatchers, Ceylon Shamas etc.
Location: Thalgasmankada, Sri Lanka
Highlights: Sri Lankan Leopard which is present in Block 1, in a density of one leopard per square kilometre.
Things to Know: Presence of person of wildlife department is mandatory within the park
Price: Approximate price starts from 4500-6000 LKR for foreigners