Activities To Do in Sri Lanka
Due to the islands diverse and varied landscape there are plenty of fun activities to do in Sri Lanka.
As you may expect from an island surrounded by the warm and calm waters of the Indian Ocean, water sports are a popular activity in Sri Lanka, as are treks, biking and guided tours of the unspoilt scenery – whether it be trekking in the majestic misty mountains or a guided tour of one of the renowned tea estates Sri Lanka is famous for.
Balloon trips are a fantastic way to get a bird’s eye view of the island, with most trips taking place over the three main cultural sites of Sri Lanka – Dambulla and Sigiriya, the so called cultural triangle.
If you’re a sports fan be sure to plan the date of your Sri Lanka tour to coincide with when the national cricket team is in action, an occasion of tremendous national passion, and not to be missed! We regularly get requests for tailor made tours of Sri Lanka incorporating the thrill of one-day or Twenty20 matches with the other various sites and activities Sri Lanka has to offer.
If swinging a golf club is more your forte there are three great courses on the island located in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Colombo which can also be included in a tailor-made Sri Lanka tour.
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The tea grown in the fertile soil of the picturesque Sri Lankan mountains is world famous, not surprising when you consider Sri Lanka used to be known as Ceylon.
Sri Lanka’s second city, Kandy, is unmistakably the country’s cultural capital with its exuberant festivals, unique music and dance, and colonial architecture. It’s also the home to arguably the most revered religious site in the whole of Sri Lanka – the Temple of the Tooth.
Experience the unique sights and sounds of the Sri Lankan rain forest from the unique vantage point of the Kelani River with white water rafting at Kitulgala.
The largest city in Sri Lanka and its commercial capital, Colombo is a juxtaposition of the old, European influenced architecture and a new, rapidly changing commercial hub with its imposing skyscrapers and developments standing as a testament to the city’s wealth.
If you’re someone who likes a personal challenge and are looking to add some adventure to your next Sri Lanka tour then the Adams Peak Pilgrimage climb will likely fit the bill.
The scenic train ride from Sri Lanka’s highest railway in Pattipola is the perfect way to spend an afternoon after visiting the beautiful Horton Plains.
An area of outstanding natural beauty and of major conservation importance, Horton Plains in Sri Lanka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a superb place to explore on foot, including the famous Worlds End escarpment.
While visiting the city be sure to take a day trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kandy, Sri Lanka’s largest garden at an expanse of 147 acres which is elegantly designed and renowned for its collection of orchids.
Home to an impressive array of flora and fauna that cannot not be found anywhere else on the planet, the biodiverse Knuckles Mountain Range is a conservation area in the heart of Sri Lanka, a mere one hour drive from Kandy.
Undoubtedly ones of Sri Lanka’s most impressive views, Lipton’s Seat provides uninterrupted views over the beautiful lush landscape of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country and its splendid tea estates.
One of the first attractions that comes to mind when you think of Sri Lanka is Sigiriya Rock – the colossal 650 feet tall rock fortress in Sigiriya. What few travellers know, however, is there is another large rock formation close by, with equally impressive views - Pidurangala.
If trekking the legendary Adam’s Peak sounds a bit too daunting, Little Adams Peak in Ella offers a much gentler option, standing about half the height of its big brother.
Ramboda Falls is one of the many beautiful waterfalls waiting to be discovered in Sri Lanka’s scenic Hill Country.
Affectionately known as ‘Little England’, a city tour of Nuwara Eliya will allow you to see the interesting highlights and take in the splendid scenery of the distinctly English style city where the colonials used to escape to when it was too hot on the coastal plains.
A trip to watch the famous Culture Show, a spectacle of traditional Sri Lankan dance, music and performance, is a must when visiting Kandy.