Wildlife havens, beach paradises, colonial marvels, Sri Lanka has it all. One of Asia's most colorful tourist destinations, the island nation is a traveler's delight. However, you don't have all the time in the world to enjoy the most underrated wonders of this place.
Look up travel agencies that can handcraft your trip to Sri Lanka, prioritizing activities and destinations you're interested in. Here are some fun things to do on your Sri Lanka tour.
Drink the famous Sri Lankan tea
Cradled in the lap of the hills, there is actually a 'Little England' in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is a colonial retreat that has tea estates dating back to the 18th century. Go for a tea-tasting tour, learn the art of tea infusion, and get a special tea massage.
Pay your respects at Adam's Peak
Adam's Peak is a highly revered mountain peak in the Central Highlands. The footprint at the summit is said to belong to Adam, the first man ever. The place is also holy to Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims alike.
Enjoy a safari experience
The Yala National Park is famous for its leopards, and is the highlight of a Sri Lanka tour. You can sight even other exotic animal species here, ranging from birds to bears and boars. Get on a safari truck and enjoy wildlife.
Explore reefs in Bentota
Bentota used to be a favorite with travel agencies in the past, and still promises adrenaline-pumping activities. Go water-skiing and snorkeling or simply see the coral reefs and aquatic life of the Indian Ocean. You can also explore caves underwater.
Experience grandeur atop Galle fort
You cannot miss visiting the sleepy city of Galle in your Sri Lanka Tour. It has a rich Portuguese architectural history and the Dutch Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site. Explore the fortand walk along coastal ramparts before paying a visit to its throbbing local markets.
Travel in colonial era railways
Go back in time, traveling in Sri Lanka's trains that chug languidly through valleys and hills. Unlike modern railways, you will get plenty of time to soak in the serene view of spice gardens, waterfalls, and tea plantations. Talk to the locals and take photographs.
Witness whales in Mirissa
Do not miss the rare chance to spot whales on your Sri Lanka tour. Mirissa was otherwise just another port town, until blue whales was discovered thriving offshore recently. You can also spot sperm whales, orcas, and dolphins here.
See world heritage sites in Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura is a UNESCO world heritage too, and a major Buddhist center. It is also home to a sacred bodhi tree, said to be the oldest tree in the world. You can also pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum.
Watch the Sri Lankan elephant
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has over 80 elephants and offers the best of nature's bounty. This captive breeding facility cares for and conserves the animal, and even you can bottlefeed a few baby elephants.
Enjoy cricket in Colombo
Sri Lanka is a cricket-crazy nation, and you will find budding cricketers practically everywhere. While in Colombo, head over to the Premadasa Stadium and watch a match. In the evening, take a tour of the capital city via a double-decker. Colombo is also famous for its nightlife.
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