Sri Lanka Tourism

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Sri Lanka is one of the warm places to visit in January. This island retreat has lovely beaches, charming hill stations, exhilarating wildlife, and heritage monuments. All these places together make a winter holiday in Sri Lanka a perfect vacation.

Key attractions: Dambulla Cave Temple, Galle, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Mirissa, Yala National Park, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Bentota, and Kandy
Average Price:INR 1,500-2,000 per day per person


Best Time To Visit

Sri Lanka is an island of varied landscapes, rivers and water falls, beaches and coral reefs, hills and valleys, and each landscape comes with its own set of climatic conditions. Being so close to the equator, the temperature remains fairly constant throughout the year, making the real seasonal change with the onset of rain. The rains come in two batches but affect only certain regions of the island at a time, that means there are parts of the island unaffected by the monsoon altogether. Therefore, there are certain times of the year ideal to visit one part of the island and other times for the other.

Yala Monsoon Season (April/May to September), for example, would ideally be the best time to visit places on the eastern side of Sri Lanka. While the First Inter-Monsoon Season (March and April) will be the best to visit places like Nuwara Eliya, Kandy etc. Humidity is high and constant everywhere on the island, all year round.


Climate In Sri Lanka

Summer Season in Sri lanka

The best time to visit Sri Lanka for honeymoon if one would like to enjoy the beaches of the island, is summer which include the months from February to April. Sri Lanka is dry, sunny and experiences warm and lovely temperature throughout these months. Beaches that are there on southern and western coasts are very sunny, hot and dry. It is the hottest and driest month in the year. It is good for a person to avoid hottest hours of day while sightseeing in summer at Sri Lanka.

Monsoon Season in Sri lanka

It is the season that one can choose to visit Sri Lanka if monsoon is down. It is the place where one experience dry and hot weather. It is the time when the country has lush green landscapes thus making the country look the best.

Winter Season in Sri lanka

South west monsoon is the rainy season of the island of Sri Lanka which blows during the months between May and June. It is the monsoon which affects only south western quarter of country like Galle and Colombo. It is the best time to visit Sri Lanka with the possibility of enjoying the rains.

North east monsoon is experienced across the island Sri Lanka between October and November. This monsoon affects the whole country. It is the time when the country weather is completely unpredictable. This monsoon can be lighter, sporadic or can even be very strong. It is not the best season to visit Sri Lanka.


How To Reach

Home to some truly breath-taking destinations, Sri Lanka is a delight for travel lovers. Well connected with the rest of the world by air and water ways, it’s fairly convenient to get to Sri Lanka. Though traveling inland can be a bit tedious because of the traffic conditions, you can get around by train, bus, tuk-tuk, taxi, motorbike, scooter or Uber. Planning to visit the island nation? Read on to know the best way to get to Sri Lanka.

By Air

The Bandaranaike is the sole international airport located in the capital city of Colombo in Sri Lanka, providing direct flights from Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. There are a few private airlines providing passenger services from the neighbouring country, India. Sri Lankan Airlines is the national carrier of the country. Mihin Lanka, a low-cost Sri Lankan airline, operates Central Asian and Indian routes.

By Water

Being an independent island nation, waterways is the second preferred option to reach Sri Lanka. Though there are not too many options for the budget traveler besides a couple of ferry services from India (Tamil Nadu and Kerala). International travelers should keep a look out for luxury cruises on the Indian ocean. Most of these will make a pit stop at Sri Lanka.

Getting Around in Sri Lanka

By Road: The Central bus stand in Colombo serves as a connectivity hub, providing, both private and public buses for intercity travel. Also, a network of public buses is run by the Sri Lanka Transport Board. The common mode of transport inside the city are radio and private taxis, hired two-wheelers and three wheeler tuk tuks.

By Train: Sri Lanka Railways operates all rail services. Colombo is the connective place of three main railway lines of the north, the east and the south. Trains are a relatively inexpensive mode of travel, offering the country’s magnificent landscape view, though are pretty crowded and usually delayed.


Places To Visit

1. Ella

Get enamored by the stunning views through Ella Gap overlooking a spectacular gap in the southern mountain wall. Situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, with small vegetable plots, tea plantations on the hill slopes and forests on the tops this hill station is nothing less than breathtaking. Ella undoubtedly, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka.

2. Nuwara Eliya

A 19th century hill station Nuwara Eliya retains its colonial ambiance with its golf course, gentlemen’s clubs and mock-Tudor buildings. It is one of the most beautiful locations in Sri Lanka for a scenic rail ride. Experience the stunning views of the surrounding tea plantations, waterfalls and dramatic mountains the train takes you from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. You wouldn’t want the ride to end!

3. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Can you imagine anything as heartwarming as staring at baby elephants as they enjoy a river soak? And at this beautiful place in Sri Lanka – the Pinnawalla Elephant Orphanage you can! It won’t be hard to believe if you wouldn’t want to leave this paradise. This place is 13 km away from the town of Kegalle and one can come from any public transport. This is a very popular tourist destination and gives visitors a very different kind of experience. Watching the baby elephants doing mischief and moving here and there is a lifetime experience. One cannot get to see all this anywhere else. When you will come to this place, you will get many small reasons that you will definitely love this place. Therefore, whenever you come to Sri Lanka do visit this place.

4. Polonnaruwa

The next place in the list is again a city that is popular for the temples. You could easily spend your day imagining the ancient city life at the ruins of Polonnaruwa. Well preserved and full of archaeological treasures with hundreds of ancient structures like tombs and temples, statues and stupas it is difficult to not be amazed by the ruins here. This is known to everyone that Sri Lanka is the country of temples and also it has many monuments and heritages that depict its history and culture. Polonnaruwa is one such place that is very popular among the tourists and one will get to experience the real life of Sri Lanka here.

So, if you are a spiritual person and also you have an interest in knowing the history, culture, and tradition of different countries, then you must visit this place. This place will give you the exact glimpses of Sri Lanka history and culture. One would wonder as what are the things here, which will give the sneak peek of the Sri Lankan history? The answer to this question is that there are the remains of the old buildings and monuments that were once standing here.

5. Dambulla Cave Temple

It is hard to not be stunned by the beautiful murals and statues in this beautifully preserved cave with over 150 statues of Buddha. Experience the peace and silene in this stunning cave temple that bear testimony to the extraordinary cultural artifacts in ancient Sri Lanka.

6. Adams Peak

The next destination that we are going to add to this list is Adam’s peak. Adam’s peak is amongst the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka. Climb the slopes at night to watch a breathtaking sunrise at dawn that would be hard to forget. A biodiversity hotspot and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is difficult to match the spectacular views from Adams Peaks in the whole of Sri Lanka. The name itself of this place is unique and so is the destination. This place is situated in middle Sri Lanka and that one thing for which it is known is called Sri Pada. Sri Pada is basically considered as the footprints of Buddha.

This is in the form of a rock creation at the mountain above. Apart from this spiritual and religious importance, this place is known for the beauty that the vivid greenery provides it. Along with that, if you will go to the top of the peak, then you will witness some really amazing views of the surroundings. So, the little difficulties that you will have to bear are worth for the kind of experience that the place gives you.

7. Old Dutch Fort At Galle

Experience a peaceful afternoon, staring at the endless sea from the charming Galle Old Dutch Fort, the best-preserved sea fort within South Asia. Nothing is going to make you want to turn back! This place is for those who are deeply interested in history. It is said that the establishment of this fort dates back to the 16th century. The maintenance is not perfect, but one can see history peeping through the fort. There is a sea nearby and you can get that perfect view from the top of the fort. One can even walk on the shore too.

8. Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Perhaps one of the most dramatic sights in Sri Lanka, get lost amongst the ancient remains, remarkable frescoes and water gardens at the astonishing Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Don’t miss the magnificent view from the top, with jungle and rolling hills in every direction. Who would want to leave? Sigiriya is a place that is one of the world heritage sites. This place has uncountable reasons that will make you fall in love with this place.

The first thing is its beauty, which is par excellence because of the mesmerizing vegetation it has all around. Due to many other reasons and including the beautiful greenery, it is said that if you do not pay a visit to this place, then your Sri Lanka trip would remain incomplete. The monument here is basically a fortress that is built in the middle of the greenery. The fortress is fully made up of rocks.

So, if you will climb and go up, you will get a 360-degree view of the surrounding areas. This would be a brilliantly amazing view to watch. However, the way to reach this place is not that difficult, but even if you face a little problem then it is worth.

9. Mirissa

Spend your days, soaking in the sun on a hammock and whale-watching at the little village of Mirissa, one of the most appealing beach hideaways in Sri Lanka. The real world will be forgotten as soon as you enter this beachy paradise. Mirissa definitely has to be on your list of beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka for an amazing holiday. Not everyone is fond of the rush and crowd of the city. Many of us want to spend our holidays in peace and in some quiet places. So, if you too are one such person and you are in Sri Lanka, then you should definitely visit this beautiful village called Mirissa.

This is the village where most of the citizens living are fishermen; therefore you will get a very close view of the life of the local people. You can even go fishing with the fishermen and have a look at the whales and other big fishes. Some of the very popular and tastier fishes are found here, like tuna. When you are in this village, do not forget to eat the local cuisine that is very tasty. Also, in the evening time, you can go to the beaches and spend your time relaxing there. So, there are enough reasons for which one can easily fall in love with this small, but beautiful village.

10. Yala National Park

Get dazzled by the leopards at Yala National Park, home to one of the highest densities of leopard in the world. Full of grassy plains, forest, lagoons, and coastline, this National Park is no less than a big cat paradise. A complete package of natural beauty and heritage, Sri Lankan beautiful places will capture your heart. A visit to all these gorgeous spots will make a trip an unforgettable experience. This place again comes in the list of the most visited places of Sri Lanka. It is somewhat 200 KMs away from the town of Bentota.

This is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries not just in that particular area, but among all the sanctuaries of Sri Lanka. One should hire a jeep to have a ride across the jungles of the Sanctuary. This ride of yours will be full of fun and adventure. One can even spot many elephants and leopards while the jeep ride in the jungle. By just reading this article one can imagine how adventurous it would be to have such a ride. Therefore, Yala National park is one such place that one cannot miss at any cost if they are in Sri Lanka.

11. Colombo

Next place on the list is the city of Colombo. This will be completely unfair and your trip will not be complete if you do not visit the city of Colombo, which is the capital of Sri Lanka. There are several places in this city that you can visit and that will attract you definitely. The city is beautiful overall and the beauty of it cannot be described in words. To visit the whole city one can book a cab or tuk-tuk and can make a list of places that can be visited. It is sure that one will be able to visit the whole city in one day.

12. Beira Lake

Sri Lanka is undoubtedly a beautiful city, but commercialization has made its place in the country. Thus, resulting in overcrowded places and markets, but if you want to spend really peaceful time in Sri Lanka, then Beira Lake is the place for you. After that long and tiring shopping and travel if you want to sit calmly and relax your mind, then come to Beira Lake and have a boat ride there. You will feel as if all your tiredness and tension has gone.

The lake is very beautiful as it has green water and also because of the lots of Ducks that remain in the water and appear in front of the visitors during the boat ride. One can even go with a paddle boat as they too are available for rent. This lake offers an overall peaceful experience to the visitors.

13. Arugam Bay

Apart from all other beautiful natural features, Sri Lanka is best known for its beaches. There are many popular beaches in this country and it is said that they come in one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. The beaches here are not just for the sake of enjoyment along the side of the sea, but one can even enjoy going in the water. One can get such an amazing experience after visiting Arugam Bay. It is said that this beach is the most enjoyable of all. One can easily dress up in their swimwear and can go into the water if they want.

Apart from this, the beach offers a lot of water activities too, to its visitors. These activities include diving, speed boating, and many others. What makes this beach beautiful of all the beaches in Sri Lanka is the blue water that it has and the coconut trees that are there on the beach. With all these features, this beach has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka and is a must visit.

14. Temple Of The Tooth Relic

Next place in this is the one that is very unique and beautiful in every way. We are here talking about the Temple of Tooth Relic. This temple is very popular and most of the tourists coming to Sri Lanka come here definitely because of its uniqueness. Like many other popular places of Sri Lanka, this too comes in the world heritage sites and is marked so by UNESCO. The temple is spiritual and historical both.

So, people come here are interested in both subjects. It is said that the tooth relic that the temple has is of Buddha. Also, there is this saying that one who will hold that tooth relic will be the governor of the kingdom. This temple is located in the city of Kandy.

15. Jaffna

This place is also called the city of temples in Sri Lanka, as it has some of the most beautiful temples of Sri Lanka. The most visited temples of all in this place are the temple of Nallur Kovil. This temple has the most of the visitors always and this is the most crowded of all temples. Other temples nearby too are visited by the people who come to visit this one. Apart from these temples, the other center of attraction of this place is the Jaffna Fort. This fort is not just a beautiful monument to see but is also the symbol of the history of Sri Lanka.

So, the city of Jaffna is not just for the spiritual kind of people, but those who are a little bit interested in history and culture can also visit this place. With these main spots, another point of attraction in Jaffna is the Nagadeepa Vihara Purana temple. This temple too is known for its glory and beauty and is a must visit. One can easily reach this temple through waterways, thus you can hire a boat and they can come to this place. The area surrounding provides you with the most peaceful environment and one can go for meditation and all.

16. Commonwealth War Cemetery

This place is not regarded as the typical spot for the tourists to visit, but a lot of people come here. There is nothing fancy about this place, yet you should come here to pay your homage to the soldiers who quit their lives for the sake of their country. It is not necessary that the man who has sacrificed his life should belong to your country only.

Be it any country and be it any person, if someone is doing a noble job, then this is our duty to appreciate them. So, when visiting Sri Lanka and especially to Kandy, do come and visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery. Here, you will find that there are people who are paying their tributes to the martyrs.

17. Unawatuna Beach

As mentioned earlier, Sri Lanka is known for its beautiful beaches, not just among its neighboring countries, but in the whole of Asia. Not just beautiful, the Srilankan beaches offer an awesome nightlife and many water activities to the people that come. One such awesome beach is the Unawatuna beach. This beach is very popular but is a bit different from the other beaches of Sri Lanka. While every other beach is known for the happening life that it gives to its tourists, this beach is known for the kind of calmness that it provides to the visitors there.

If you want to spend a good light afternoon, then you can simply come to this place and relax. The water and the sand here provide a very good environment overall, thus making it again a must visit place. This place is the least crowded, but you will get everything that you require. One should not understand that since this is a quiet place, they cannot have fun here. If you want to have fun, then you can dive in the water or can even go to the nearby restaurants and cafes and can chill.

18. Sigiriya Museum

In this article, there is a mention of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Here we are discussing about the Sigiriya Museum. This museum will become the favorite of the person who is even least interested in history. The museum has such things preserved that clearly depict the tradition and history of Sri Lanka and Sigiriya. Apart from this, the museum is beautiful also, which gives you one more reason for paying a visit.

19. Ulpotha

One thing more for which Sri Lanka is popular is the studies in Ayurveda and Yoga. The village of Ulpotha has some really good centers, where you can practice yoga and that too in the midst of nature. This place looks like next to heaven and spending time here is very pleasurable. There are many yoga as well as Ayurveda retreat centers. So, even if you are least interested in these things, you should come here to gain more interest.

20. Trincomalee

For the people who love water sports and want to live underwater life, he or she can visit this place. This beach is one of the ideal beaches of Sri Lanka. This has everything that a beach should ideally provide to its visitors. The best part about this beach is that it has some really amazing scuba diving instructors. Therefore, one can go and have the real underwater experience there in the nicest of the way. Apart from this, there are few temples around, so you can go and see them too.

If you are wondering what you are not much interested in spirituality and all, then why should go to visit a temple? The reason why it is suggestive to visit temples in Sri Lanka is that they are not merely the home for God, but also a beautiful creation of man. The architecture of the temples is marvelous. So, when in Sri Lanka you should not skip visiting any of the temples and especially the one that comes in your way.

21. Kandalama

Again, we are talking about a beautiful yet calm and pious destination of Sri Lanka. This is again a village and the name of this village is Kandalama. This is a guarantee that the experience that you will get here cannot be achieved anywhere else in the world. This is a place, where you can go for the ride to skies. Yes, you read it right! There is a hot balloon service here, which will take you up above the skies.

This is merely a village, but the arrangement, it has is not less than a city. If you want to spend your night there in the village, you can book a room for yourself in any of the hotels nearby. There are many 5 star hotels here and one need not worry about the luxury and comfort that is provided by it. Along with the luxuries, the surroundings that this place has is very soothing and thus it could be counted in must visit places.

22. Ceylon Tea Trails Hotel

This place is basically a hotel, full of luxuries, but one must come to this place when in Sri Lanka because of the undefined beauty it has. The hotel is full luxuries and the surroundings are full of natural beauty. This combination is deadly can turn anyone drop dead. When you will look outside the hotel you will see the beautiful slopes of the tea garden, till your sight will go.

This is such an amazing view to watch and nobody can describe this beautiful scene in words. The hotel is not a hotel, but actually a bungalow and you will feel very royal staying at this place. So, if you are visiting Sri Lanka in the near future, then do not forget to visit this beautiful hotel.

23. Dondra Lighthouse

Dondra lighthouse was made in the era when Sri Lanka was a colony. This could be understood by the way of its construction. This building is very tall and you will get a very good view of the nearby surrounding areas when you stand on the top of it. This looks beautiful because of the rows of palm trees that are there across the building and also because it seems as if the top of this building is meeting the sky.

One can come to visit this place along with his whole family. This is actually the place where families come and hang out together. You can click as much photographs as they want and can enjoy the scenic sunset that could be easily seen from the top of this lighthouse. The place is situated almost 165 km away from Colombo and therefore one can come here easily by any transportation from Colombo.

24. Tissamaharama

This place is considered the best for those who are keenly interested in photography and stuff. Photography enthusiasts are really passionate about their work and what not they do for getting that perfect shot. If you too belong to the same category, then you should come to the town of Tissamaharama. This place has most scenic surroundings and you can get that perfect shot of flying birds here at this place.

Also, if we talk about the beauty of this place, then there is an artificial, but magnificently beautiful lake here. The name of this lake is Tissa Wewa Lake. Also, this place has some important and amazingly beautiful stupas like Yatala Vehera Stupa and many more. One must know that the people in Sri Lanka are the followers of Buddhism; therefore these stupas are very common in various places.
So, these were 25 of the best places in Sri Lanka that are a must visit when you are coming to this country. All the places mentioned in the article are of great importance and should not be missed out.

25. Bentota Beach

This place is considered the best for those who are keenly interested in photography and stuff. Photography enthusiasts are really passionate about their work and what not they do for getting that perfect shot. If you too belong to the same category, then you should come to the town of Tissamaharama. This place has most scenic surroundings and you can get that perfect shot of flying birds here at this place.

Also, if we talk about the beauty of this place, then there is an artificial, but magnificently beautiful lake here. The name of this lake is Tissa Wewa Lake. Also, this place has some important and amazingly beautiful stupas like Yatala Vehera Stupa and many more. One must know that the people in Sri Lanka are the followers of Buddhism; therefore these stupas are very common in various places.
So, these were 25 of the best places in Sri Lanka that are a must visit when you are coming to this country. All the places mentioned in the article are of great importance and should not be missed out.

25. Bentota Beach

At a distance of 65 km from the city of Colombo is the beautiful beach named Bentota. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka and a must-visit spot on your trip there. Unwind and relax on the golden sand of the Bentota beach and enjoy the beautiful sea views. One can also enjoy a boat cruise on the Bentota river and those who are looking for some adventure can enjoy some exciting water activities at the Bentota beach.


Things To Do

1. Whale Watching at Marissa Fishery Port

You will find mischievous dolphins playing in the water and will put up a spectacular looking show. If you are lucky enough you can nonchalantly see the mighty blue whale too.

Be a part of the exciting whale watching cruise from Galle to Mirissa fishery port. Dondra Point which is close to Mirissa is the main point to see the blue and sperm whales You can witness Blue Whale, Bryde’s Whale, Killer Whale and Pilot Whale. Whale watching is one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka.

Best Time: The best time to visit will be during the month of December, February and March. Mornings are the best time to witness dolphins and whales.

Price: Approximate price for the harbour cruise starts from 175,000 LKR and can go up to 575,000  LKR depending on the size of the cruise.

2. Kandy to Ella Train Journey

Some journeys should never end and the journey from Kandy to Ella train is one of them. The train takes you from Kandy to Ella is one of the most beautiful journey, the scenic beauty and the green landscape will surely take your breath away.

The train will take you through the tea plantations, waterfalls, mountains, clouds and mist which will make you feel as if it is a scene picked up from a beautiful movie. You can also enjoy delicious food from the local hawkers who sell freshly cut mangoes and pineapple pieces sprinkled with cinnamon, crispy papadums.

Location: The journey starts from Kandy railway station, which is 95 km from Colombo.

Price: The train ticket starts from 13 USD with tea and coffee included.

3. Have Fun at Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, Rambukkana

Peradeniya Gardens is a spacious 147 acre of natural extravaganza consisting of more than 4000 species of plants, and 10,000 varied kinds of trees, incidentally serves as the largest garden of Sri Lanka.

The unique and rarest collection in these gardens is the Giant Bamboo of Burma which grows 12 inches each day to a height of 40 meters. Apart from this other amazing collections include Javan fig tree, Cannonball tree, Double Coconut Palm and about 200 other varieties of palm trees and versatile collection of flora.

Highlight:  One can pack some food to enjoy an open-air picnic here or can relish the cafeteria inside serving local and western cuisine. The Peradeniya Botanical Garden is one prime tourist attraction of hill country and remains quite flooded with tourists every weekend.

Timings
: Opened daily from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Price: Approximate price starts from 2353 LKR for adults and 1177LKR for child

4. Go for Wildlife Safari

Sri Lanka might just seem like a small droplet in the world map but it encompasses some of the world’s spectacular biodiversity hotspots. Sri Lankan Asian Elephants, Leopards, Sambar and Purple-faced Langur are something which is easy to spot here. Going on a safari is one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has housed some of the best National Parks. You can check out the Yala West National Park which allows you to see some fairly bold leopards. The best time to visit Yala National Park would be from December to March. If you are an ardent elephant watcher then Minneriya National Park has housed approximately five hundred elephants in the park.

Price: Approximate price for a full day would be 75 USD and for half day it would be 40 USD.

5. Scuba Diving at Hikkaduwa

Bathing in warm Indian Ocean currents is an experience of a lifetime. You will find a wide variety of marine creatures in Sri Lankan waters. From the mighty Blue Whale to the tiny nudibranch, Sri Lanka has it all.

The friendly locals of the place well complemented with an amazing food make the experience even better. This reef is located off the coast of Mount Lavinia which will never disappoint you. It is home to some of the most beautiful aquatic creatures such as Lionfish, rays, and nudibranch.

Best Time: If you want to dive in the west and south-west coast then October to May is the best time. However, May to October is the ideal time for the northeast coast.

Price: Approximate price starts from 41 USD

6. Yala National Park Camping

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 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

7. White Water Rafting in Kitugala

If you have always dreamt of living like Robinson Crusoe, a plunge into the White Water Rafting in Kitugala is worth a shot. You will experience rafting in one of the wettest place in the country – Kitugala.

This place is located 90 km from Colombo on the banks of the river Kelani River It offers grade three rapids making it an adventurous experience for both the beginners and intermediate rafters.The overall rafting experience will leave you completely thrilled.

Best Time: April to November is the best time to opt for this activity.

Prices: Approximate price ranges from 1500 LKR.

8. Catamaran Cruise Trip at Trincomalee

Let your dream come true with a trip on Catamaran cruise which will let you collect some fond memories of Sri Lanka. Take a morning trip with our cruise which will allow you to soak yourself completely in the warm sun rays and relax.

You can also get a chance to have a delicious barbeque on board of catamaran.Once on the cruise you can sit back and enjoy the beaches while listening to some good music. Don’t forget to carry a hat and sunglasses on your trip.

Highlights: You can take a ride on Polonnaruwa Parakrama Sea which is one of Sri Lanka’s man-made lake or can also try water sport activities like snorkelling, swimming and other water sports.

Best Time: April to September and October to March.

Price: Approximate price starts from 65 USD

09. Kite Surfing in Kalpitiya

If you would like to kite in heaven then the Kite Surfing experience in Kalpitiya will leave you with an amazing experience. The Kalpitiya Lagoon is the best place for freestylers and beginners. It is one of the most popular things to do in Sri Lanka.

If you want some training then there are several schools where trained professionals can teach you the art of Kite Surfing. You will find several accommodations in the nearby area which makes it easier for everybody to try this adventure sport.

Location: Kalpitiya is approximately 3 hours from Colombo.

Highlights: Afternoon is the best time to try kite surfing as there are strong winds that are blowing.

Best Time: May to October and December to March.

Price: Approximate price starts from 45 USD

10. Hot Air Balloning at Kandalama

Watch the world from a different perspective with our Hot Air Ballooning. It has a perfect amalgamation of both thrilling experiences of flying up in the air with complete serenity. You can capture some of the most beautiful photographic moments.

It can be an amazing scenery or a Sri Lankan Leopard resting on the branch of the tree. Colorful Hot air balloons floating in the cloud offers one of the surreal and majestic views.The best part of the Hot Air Ballooning is the take-off time which lets you absorb in the colourful wonders of the world

Location: Kandalama which is approximately 4 hours from Colombo

Price: Approximate price starts from 13000 LKR per person

11. Visit Casino in Colombo

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 and is a popular Sri Lanka tourist place. 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 the week.

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.

12. Snorkelling

If you want to have a good snorkelling tour, it is time for you to test the Sri Lankan waters where you can span for 3 nautical miles in a length. The whole of the south coast of Sri Lanka is filled with such adventurous sports.

If you want the adventure to reach its peak, you can try Bar Reef which is considered to be Sri Lanka’s largest reef.

Highlights: For the best experience, you can try snorkelling in Hikkaduwaa, Weligama and Kirinda.

Best Time: The best time to indulge in this activity is March, April or May.

Prices: Approximate price starts from 410 USD

13. Rainforest Camping in Kitugala Forest Reserve

Wake up with the melodious chirping of birds all around at the Rainforest Camping in the Kitugala Forest Reserve. The camping in the forest reserve of Kitugala is an experience in itself and will let you have a blend of both adventure and leisure at the same time.

Be close to the trails of nature and try out the all the adventure activities such as Jungle walks, Adventurous stream jumps, Mountain Biking and River Trips.All the meals are served to you at your comfort and a barbeque dinner is not to be missed.

Location: The camping base is approximately 2hrs 30 minutes’ drive from Colombo.

Best Time: Between February to April.

Price: Approximate price starts from 290 USD for two days and one night.

14. Lagoon & Village Cycling at Galle

The best way to get away from the monotonous life in the city is to cycle through the quaint village of Galle. Lagoon and Village cycling in Galle is a perfect way to spend your weekends. Ride at your own pace and you will be able to cover 12 km easily.

The cycling routes in Galle are usually the less travelled ones into the gravelled paths, through the mangroves, paddy fields, grasslands, local villages and their shopping stalls and sparse jungles.

Highlights: Three to four hours of utmost pleasure. The cycling expedition takes you by the local industries, lagoons and mangroves. Also, in the local village, you can learn to make coconut ropes or catch crabs from the villagers.

Timings: The activity starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 2 PM

Price: Approximate price ranges from 16 USD to 50 USD

15. Galle Fort/Dutch Fort

Dutch Fort is one of the most extraordinary historical and archeological sites of the world. The fort was first constructed by Portuguese in the late sixteenth century and fortified expansively by the Dutch in the mid-seventeenth century. It is a stunning blend of archeology, architecture, and history in the backdrop of the tropical atmosphere.

Its appeal lies in that it is not just a historical monument. Even today the life is buzzing inside it, with a museum, gorgeous villas, administrative offices, antique shops, cafes, bookstores and lifestyle stores.

Location: Situated in the Southern Sri Lankan Coast in the Bay of Galle just 132 KM from Colombo.

Highlights: A stroll on the streets will let you experience the beautiful architecture of the colonial style buildings that still exudes the warmth and charm. Visit National Maritime Museum, stop by Meera Mosque and enjoy delicacies at Lucky Fort Restaurant and Galle Fort Hotel Restaurant.

Timing: Opened 24 hours a day

16. Tea Estate Trails at Bogawantawala valley

Waking up early in the morning and being served the finest bed tea by the butler will be a delight in itself. The tea planter will take you through the entire tea making process starting from the fields where the tea was first plucked and then taken to the factory where all the conversions take place.

The tea trails will take you to the colonial era time. The afternoon cream tea is something to truly relish. The nearby places are an appropriate place to walk, cycle and biking.

Location: Close to Hatton, near Bogawantawala valley.

Highlights: Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka which is a must watch.

Best Time: December to April.Price: The approximate price ranges from 484 LKR to 1626 LKR.

17. Surfing

Peel off the waves with your surfs and let the adventure begin! The thrilling experience of surfing will surely leave you with an unforgettable experience for a lifetime. It is one of the famous things to do in Sri Lanka.

Although surfing is available in many Sri Lankan beaches if you want to have a real surfing experience in the warm water you should go to Weligama beach. However, you can also try other beaches like Arugm Bay, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and much more to list.

No matter whether it is your first time or you are a professional, it is always better to understand the water from a trainer to learn the basics of surfing in safe waters.

Best Time: It is different for different beaches but ideally one should visit during November and April.

Prices: Approximate price starts from 8 USD for 3 days.

18. Mountain Bike Tour at Mirissa and Unawatuna

Mountain biking is more fun than normal cycling. The rocky paths, gravelled roads, tracks unused for years and the adrenalin rush to speed up are the absolute reasons to try this jaunt. At Galle, Unawatuna is the place where you would find centres for this sport.

You can choose your type of bikes from an array of selection and you will be provided with a local guide, helmets, and refreshments. The guide helps you to know the place better with his narrations and titbits of information.

Location: Biking centres at Mirissa and Unawatuna

Highlights: You would get to see the real Sri Lankan villages, peacocks, chameleons, buffalo, mangroves, coconut farms and tropical forests. You can also eat homemade authentic food in one of the many villages you would come across.

Timings:  8:30 AM or 2:30 PM as per your convenience

Price:  Approximate price starts from  $16- $50

19. Rock Climbing in Bambarakanda

The experience of crumbling the mighty rocks beneath your feet is truly triumphant. Bambarakanda waterfalls is the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and as an extra delight you also get a chance to choose from the two climbing paths, two for the beginners and one for the climbers.

It is one of the best climb up, where you will get the feeling of conquering the whole world. It will give you the newest experience in mountaineering. It will be both challenging and thrilling experience for both professionals and amateurs.

Highlights: It is one of the richest biodiversity with forests, grasslands, and thick vegetation, making it ideal for nature lovers.

Prices: Approximate price starts from 245 USD

20. Hike to Adam’s Peak, Sabaragamuwa

One of the natural landmarks is the summit of Adam’s Peak. A trek toward this colossal Adam’s peak can be very exhausting. Besides being just a natural landmark the place is also considered to be a sacred pilgrimage because of the curious depression which is found on the summit and is painted in gold people term this as Sri Pada or Sacred Footprint of Buddha.

The trek starts from the far end of Dalhousie village and reaching the large standing Buddha. Trekking can be really exhausting especially when it is 5500 steps and do wear warm clothes as it is cold up there.

Location: It is approximately 5 hours from the airport.

Best time of visit: The Adam’s Peak should be made by night so that you reach them by dawn and the ideal month would be December and January.

21. Trekking

Backpack your bags and go trekking in Sri Lanka where you find endless opportunities that awaits you. You just can’t miss the Knuckles Mountains which offers an amazing view of flora and fauna. For a true traveller, this will be a dream come true experience.

You can cherish the local food, sitting on the rocks and getting really close to the trails of nature. Walking by the road you can see the tea plantations even more closely. Trek to the Adam’s Peak which will also be an exciting experience.

Location: Situated approximately 4 and a half hours from Colombo via Katugastota.

Best Time: The time to trek on the Adam’s Peak will be during the month of December.

22. Vedda Village Tour, Colombo

If you seriously want to live like the people of the forest, a tour to the Vedda village is a must. The major population of the village is confined more towards Dambana. You will still find people hanging their axe on their shoulders and a bow slung behind them which will take you back to the Stone Age.

You can also enjoy their staple diet venison during your stay there. Want to relish the taste of pure honey! Then it is best to have it from the locals.

Location: The village is close to Maduru oya sanctuary which is approximately 248 km from Colombo.

Highlights: If you want to live like a true forest warrior then the best thing to do would be to experience village camping and enjoy the traditional dance forms of the Vedda.

Price: Approximate price starts from 180 USD per person.

23. Dambulla Cave Temple, Kandy

Dambulla Cave temple is also known as the Golden Rock temple is also one of the world heritage city declared by UNESCO. The cave temple is made with a massive granite outcrop.

The word ‘Damba’ means rock and ‘Ulla’ means fountain, hence you can see drip of water from the main house. If you have an eye for paintings then you can also see some of the historic paintings which shows the majestic manifestation of the first sermon of Buddha.

Highlights: Don’t forget to visit the Golden temple Buddhist museum which will leave you jaw dropped with its spectacular entrance from the golden mouth of lion like beast.

Location: You can come via Ambepussa and Kurunegala which is approximately 4 hours from Colombo.

Prices: There are no prices charged for the same, however you have to pay  200 LKR for keeping the luggage.

24. Horton Plains National Park

Established in 1988, Horton Plains National Park serves as the country’s platform to showcase the scenic panorama of Sri Lanka with an array of exclusive and extensive flora and fauna. Though there is an option to explore the park through jeep ride but the best journey is by foot as it has excellent trekking trails stretching for an area of 9kms.

Along with the pictorial scenic beauty one can also see Sri Lanka Samba deer, wild boar and spot macaques. At an Altitude-2100-2300 meter, World’s End serve as the end point of this hiking tour. The look out from this point is simply amazing and provides an expansive terrain.

Location: Ohiya, Sri Lanka

Highlights: Sunrise at World’s End

Best Time: November to March

Things to Keep in Mind: The trek is not very easy throughout the trail especially near the falls. Reach at World End before sunrise for best view

25. Golf at The Royal Colombo Golf Club

Ever dreamt of playing golf at one of the world’s finest and high-profile golf clubs? Royal Colombo Golf Club is just what you are looking for!

Highlights: Constructed 130 years ago, this is the second oldest golf club in the world. Tourists coming to this club can try their hand at the 96-acre golf court by submitting proper identity documents and paying the relevant fees as per their requirement.

Location: The club is located at the purely residential area of Model Farm Road in Colombo.

Timings: The club is open from 6AM to 11PM on all days of the week.

Price: Green Fees per day basis on week-days and public holidays/weekends costs LKR10000 and LKR12200 respectively.
One week Green Fees charges come up to LKR40000.
Caddy Fees comes up to LKR800, single club hire charge comes up to LKR500 and full club hire charge comes up to LKR4000.

26. Visit Sigiriya

A visit to this place will show you a 1600 years old Sigiriya Fortress which was built by King Kasyapa. This massive compound is protected by two moats and three ramparts. It is once known to be the private residence of King Kasyapa. It is 165 km from Sri Lanka. This is an ancient place to visit in Sri Lanka.

Best time to visit: this area will be early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Highlights: Sigiriya Frescoes are truly beautiful which was hand painted by the king himself depicting celestial nymphs all around the circumference. And on top of these rocks, he built for himself a white palace which stands as an epitome of beauty.

Timing: Opens daily from 7 AM to 5:30 PM.

Price:  Approximate price starts from $15 to $25

27. Visit a Turtle Hatchery at Bentota

Turtle Hatchery was started by the Sri Lankans with a view to protect the turtles from extinction. Earlier, people usually fishermen used to collect the turtle’s eggs and sold it to whoever would pay the higher price. With the commencement of the Turtle Hatchery these eggs were fed and cared for until they were 2 to 4 years old.

You can find different species of turtles such as Green Turtle, Leatherback and Olive Ridley. Despite their extinction turtles are still caught by the fishermen for fish and shells which is indeed a very lucrative market.

Location: 10 to 15 minutes tuk tuk ride south from Bentota

Highlights: You should visit the Kasgoda Turtle Hatchery where you can spend an interesting time watching the baby turtles grow.

Things to keep in mind: Avoid disturbing the nesting turtles with light.

Price: Approximate price starts from 500 LKR.

28. Caving at Batatotalena

The caving activity in Sri Lanka will not fail to catch your fascination. This activity is known as speleology by the locals which involve four important things; exploration, surveying, mapping and photography of the caves.

The unusual experience of this caving activity will leave an experience which will be cherished thoroughly throughout your life.

Location: Batatotalena is approximately 98 km from Sri Lanka which will take 2 hours for you to reach there. Make a booking well in advance so that you don’t have to face last moment fuss and commotion.

Price: Approximate price starts from 350 USD which includes caving and other activities too.

29. Visit Polonnaruwa Sacred City, Colombo

Just walk into the Golden age by entering the city of Polonnaruwa which is not only its capital but also an ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka too. You will find some of the ancient remains of palaces, shrines and stupa. It is amongst the highly visited Sri Lanka tourist places.

Each of these historical remains is blessed with a glorious past of their own.Once you have reached the place it will keep you glued to it that you wouldn’t even realize when time flies by.

Location: Approximately a 5 hour drive from Colombo

Highlights: You shouldn’t miss the chance to see the statue of Parakramabahu I who had his reign during the golden age. You can also witness a spectacular view of the Lotus Pond with its lotus-shaped petals built on 4 tiers, the majestic view is not supposed to miss.

30. Ride in a Tuk-Tuk

That the beauty of a particular place is accentuated by the way one reaches to it, is definitely not an understatement. This is true for Colombo as well. When you come to this beautiful city, you just cannot afford to miss to travel in the tuk-tuks (similar to autos in India).

If you are lucky enough to get friendly, patient and knowledgeable drivers, you can stop and click as many pictures as you want at awesome locales.

Location: Tuk-Tuks are available all over Colombo city.

Highlights: One of the most important tips that you should follow before taking a tuk-tuk, is to know the local metre rates to avoid being exploited. Getting a good tuk-tuk driver is indeed a challenge in Colombo; however, this mission is worth your effort, as you get to understand a lot from these local drivers.

Timings: These tuk-tuks can be taken anytime during the day.

Price: The charges depend on the distance you travel.

31. Duck Paddle Boating at Beira Lake

Paddle boat ride on Beira Lake is a must-do thing when you visit Colombo. Various duck paddle boats are available on rent on this lake, for you to enjoy the beauty of the waters.

The sheer thrill that you get by paddling your way along these boats as you encounter some real ducks or swans on the waters is sure to evoke the child within you.

Highlights: One of the major highlights of the lake is the Simamalakha Shrine, located right in the middle of the lake in an island.

Location: The Beira Lake is situated very close to the famous Gangaramaya temple.

Timings: Boat rides are available all through the day, but evenings are better, because you get an excellent view of the illuminated Gangaramaya temple at the background.

Price: Boating charges are around 100 Sri Lankan Rupees for 30 minutes in a two-seater boat.

32. Tea and Herb Tour in Colombo

Sri Lanka is known for its exclusive varieties of tea. The capital city of Colombo is covered with a green carpet of tea plantations that demands a separate tour in itself. The aroma of tea and herbs in these estates lend an incredible magic to this place.

And for the tea lovers, this is like a heaven where you will get to taste after manufacturing directly from the factory.

Location: Starts from the Bogawantalawa valley and other plantations that range at 1500m above sea level.

Highlights: You not only get to witness the process of manufacturing tea in the factories here, but you also get to taste the different brands of tea. Sounds interesting, isn’t it? You will find tea of different kinds of price ranges here and you will get to know the minute differences among each variety.

Timings: These tours are available all through the year from leading tour operators.

Price: Approximate prices starts from 5700 LKR and can vary based on the processes covered in the tour.

33. Boat Trip in Madu River at Balapitiya

The sight of Kingfisher waiting for its prey and monkeys nibbling fruits happily while sitting on the branches of the tree is not to be missed. Madu Ganga is the only pristine mangrove forest in Sri Lanka after Bentota. A boat trip to this wonderful place will let you see different variety of plants and animals.

You will spot 64 island in total in the river and the lagoon. Meanwhile you can also relish the food cooked on cinnamon woods. The boat trip will take you to an island which has housed a Buddhist monastery Kothduwa where the young monks will show you a 150 year old book made of palm leaves.

Best Time: Sometime late in the afternoon when it is not so hot is the best time to opt for the activity.

Price: Approximate price starts from 2300 LKR.

34. Lagoon Canoeing Tour at Unuwatuna

Canoeing is a beautiful experience in Galle. Unawatuna is an astounding island where most of the adventure sports happen in Galle. It is brimmed with canals, lagoons, beaches, rivers and reservoirs.

Canoeing can take you in the midst of the Natural beauty of flora and fauna characterised by changing landscapes and fascinating mangroves.

Location: Unuwatuna Lagoon, GalleHours and timings: starts at 8- 8:30 am and comprised of two hours of paddling

Highlights: Canoeing trip includes local guide, water and refreshments and a life jacket. You can reach the Unawatuna Lagoon by a tuk-tuk. You would get to explore coastal flora and fauna untouched by the human civilization, the deeper sector of mangroves etc

Best season: November to May

Price: Approximate price starts from $ 30, per canoe 2 – 3 people can accommodate

35. Dondra Head Lighthouse at Matara

A chance to connect with the mighty ocean is the Dondra Head Lighthouse. The coconut trees, Bougainvillea flowers and soft breeze blowing all around is the place for this mighty Lighthouse. This lighthouse was built during the Colonial times and was hence formerly known as Ceylon..

It is one of the four international lighthouse in Sri Lanka. People have to climb 196 steps to reach the top of it.The serenity of the lighthouse is far removed from the regular hustle and bustle of the city.

Location: Situated 6 km southeast of Matara town.

Highlights: The breath-taking view of the ocean from the top is simply a show stealer. To climb the lighthouse, you have to take prior permission from the Ports Authority.

Price: Approximate price starts from 500 LKR.

36. Visit Anuradhapura

Among the things to do in Sri Lanka, a visit to Anuradhapura can be counted as the top one as the city has a vibrant space among the cultural and paradigm shifts in its history.

The reason why it is still possessing some great importance is that of its precious preservation of ruined Sri Lankan civilization. It is a UNESCO world heritage site which was a seat for Theravada Buddhism for many centuries.

Highlights: For some period, it was considered to be the most strong and influential centre of administration and political power. Still, we can see umpteen number of Buddhist monasteries around the city preserving the religious and traditional aspects of the city intact. Anuradhapura houses the scared Bodhi tree, eight major palaces, monasteries and monuments.

Location: North Central Province, Sri Lanka

Price: Entry is free

37. Drink an Orange Coconut, Colombo

Sri Lanka is not only the place where you can find some scintillating locales, but also the place where you can experiment with exciting foods and drinks. The coastal island country has lots of unique drinks here that are natural sources of energy.

Highlights: Orange coconut, commonly known as King Coconut is one of them. This drink is more refreshing, tastier and sweeter than the water found inside the green tender coconuts that we find in other countries. Locals call King Coconut as Thambili.

Location: Street sellers all over Colombo sell King Coconuts as Sri Lanka is the biggest producer of these in the world.

Timings: King Coconuts can be drunk anytime during the day, as they provide great refreshment.

Price: The price range per king coconut comes up to LKR80 only.

38. Go for Spa at Unawatuna, Galle

You have come for a holiday and you don’t go to a spa and massage, then ideally you have wasted your vacation by 10%. The best thing you could gift to your body is complete nourishment through Galle’s Spas.

They are widely known in the country for their services, therapy, and massages. Galle fort is considered one of the best in the city with natural rejuvenating therapies such as Ayurveda. Few Spas also offer Yoga and meditation as packages, Unawatuna Island is the major center for authentic spas and wellness therapy in Galle.

Highlights: The Spa therapy includes physiotherapy, body massage, deep tissue massage, face massage, hand and feet nourishments, total body care, yoga and a variety of combo offers. Other provisions include reflexology, waxing, detox treatments etc. and all these is obtained at the most serene atmosphere surrounded by overwhelming nature.

Location: Unawatuna, Galle

39. Enjoy Kayaking

Kayaking and Canoes are nothing but modes of transportation which was once used by fishermen in ancient times. You can try Kayaking in the famous river of Kalu Ganga which flows to the west coast town of Kalutara where it finally meets the Indian Ocean.

While Kayaking you also get a chance to see the fascinating flora and fauna of the nearby areas. You can also try river canoeing in the calm and serene waters of Samanalawewa reservoir which is one of the country’s vast tanks.

Best Time: When it is less windy, October to early May will be a good time to visit.

Price: Approximate price starts from 15 USD per hour.

Difficulty Level: Medium, should be able to hike 1.5 miles and swim if you are renting.

40. Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats Ulpotha Village

A perfect escapade, Ulpotha village is cradled with mountains and lake on one side and green fields on the other side. The natural beauty, calmness, and serenity which the place offers makes it an absolutely delightful place for many.

You can go back to the traditional and simple way of living life in a village. Indulge yourself in relaxing and soothing Ayurveda therapies which will leave you completely rejuvenated. Mornings are reserved for Yoga classes which will allow you to look younger.

Highlights: You can choose to go for some more Ayurvedic programmes too, at an additional price.

Best Time: Ulpotha is open for only half of the year. You can visit the place from November to March and June to August.

Price: Approximate price ranges from 1470 USD to 3500 USD

41. Waterfall Trekking in Kitulgala

Kitulgala is one of the most promising destinations in Sri Lanka which provides an ideal option for vacationers who love to spend their time conducting adventurous and leisure activities. The forest reserve provides excellent camping opportunities and this enables the tourist to stay comfortably and focus on versatile adventurous sports and enjoy the scenic pictorial beauty of the location.

Waterfall Trekking is one of the most sought after adventure sports among the vistors which solely aims on providing a closer view of the incredible scenic panorama of the waterfall here along with the lavish greenery spread across.

Highlights: Enjoy exclusive tropical flora and lianas not popular in Srilanka

Best Time: February to April

Things to Keep in Mind: Since it is a waterfall trekking, comfortable and well gripping shoes should be packed. Its easy so previous training is not required.

42. Visit Mihintale

Mihintale is a mountain crest close Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is accepted by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist friar Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa. Presently, journey site this is an extremely celebrated place in Sri Lanka furthermore went to by a considerable measure of tourist around the globe.

Highlights: At the foot of the mountain are the vestiges of a healing center, therapeutic shower a stone engraving and urns having a place with the antiquated period have been uncovered. Between the doctor’s facility and the means prompting to the stone are the remains of an extensive religious community. On the floors of the square building which is 125 feet (38 m) on one side, are delightful carvings furthermore are stone balustrades and monitor stones.

Location: The Mountain is located near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.

Price: The entry is free of cost.

43. Visit Ritigala

If you are a lover of the mountains then there is another place which is a must visit for you in Sri Lanka. Ritigala is an antiquated Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka.

The remains and shake engravings of the cloister go back to first century BCE. The mountain comprises of four pinnacles of which the principle and the most astounding crest at the south of the range is named Ritigala Kanda.

Highlights: At a stature of 766 m over the ocean level is the most noteworthy mountain in the north-focal dry fields of Sri Lanka. The Ritigala Mountain has been declared as a Strict Natural Reserve keeping in mind the end goal to keep up its unblemished surroundings. Ritigala is home to 70 rock caves that were accepted to have been inhabited since the main century BC. Mahavamsa.

Location: It is located 43 km away from the ancient monastic city of Anuradhapura.

Price: The entry is free of cost.

44. Go to Flag Rock at Galle

If you have a fetish for exploring some interesting sites then this is another thing to do in Sri Lanka. Flag rock is naturally occurring large rock outcrop which was used as a defensive wall while building the city walls of the ancient Galle Fort. It is the most southerly bastion on the sea wall.

Looking west you get incredible perspectives of the Galle Lighthouse, on top of the Utrecht Bastion, and Gun powder Museum inverse the luxurious white painted Fort Meeran Jumma Masjid mosque.

Highlights: Towards the east side you will see the Triton Bastion before the Neptune and Clippenburg Bastion. These Bastions and ramparts were started by the Dutch in 1663.There are some hazardous shakes close Flag Rock Bastion. Some are obvious over the water surface however many are definitely not.

Location: It is located at the southernmost end of the Galle Fort.

Price: The approximate price starts from $123.

45. Go to Sigiriya Museum

If you are a history lover then this is another place which is a must visit for you in Sri Lanka. This one of a kind Sigiriya museum will actually make you feel as if you are in the bygone days.

Planned and worked by Sri Lankans with Japanese guide and ability, the new gallery was opened to the people in August 2009. The conceptual design of the museum was done by Prof Seneka Bandaranayake.

Highlights: It is not a customary museum where a momentous building houses antiquities. Or maybe it was structurally intended to manage the cost of spaces for the substance which oblige the open door for the person to touch base at his or her own particular translation of the shows, arranges, models and photos. Every display would dive the guest into direct correspondence with various parts of the past. You will not just enjoy the history but will be actually living it once again.

Location: Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Price: The approximate price starts from $8 to $15.

46. Visit Star Fort in Matara

Star Fort is a fort in Matara, Sri Lanka. This fort was built to hold a  little army, nourishment supplies and enough ammo to withstand an assault before being re-inforced from the primary post.

It was implicit in an interesting shape where they had a six-pointed star with space for 12 vast guns to cover comes closer from all bearings. The glacis or external divider is around 7.5 meters (25 ft) wide and is encompassed by a 6 meters (20 ft) wide and 3.1 meters (10 ft) profound channel.

Highlights: This fort was reestablished and at present houses a gallery, which features the historical backdrop of Matara. There are likewise two small houses saved in a greatly improved manner as there has been constrained wear and tear on these. One can also find prisoners cells and jails that were inherent place so that the prisoners can be kept there and these cells were likewise worked with such a great amount of insight to keep the prisoners as bait for the enemies.

Location: It is located on the eastern bank of the Nilwala River, approximately 350 metres from the gate to the Matara fort.

47. Visit Tissa Dagoba at Tissamaharama

Anoher interesting place which is a must visit for you in Sri Lanka is Tissa Dagoba. The town of Tissamaharama is a prominent religious focus with some emotional extensive Buddhist chime formed Dagoba holy places spotted around the wide open.

Tissa Dagoba is one of the largest Dagoba in It stands 55.8m high and has a boundary of 165m. It is thought to have held a hallowed tooth relic and a temple bone relic.  If you are looking for some serenity then this place is a must visit for you.

Highlights: Numerous Dagoba places of worship are utilized to house some essential Buddhist relic said to have originated from the collection of Buddha or a question that had a place with him. The bones of insightful adored friars are once in a while buried in a Dagoba. So , while you are in Sri Lanka don’t miss a chance to visit this place.

Location: Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka

Price:  The entry is free of cost.

Things to Do in Colombo

48. Visit Galle Face Green- Spread in 12 acres, this oceanside park in the heart of Colombo contains a promenade 500m long; a walk here is one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka
49. Have Fun National Zoological garden of Sri Lanka- Also called the Colombo Zoo, the main aim of this attraction is to lay emphasis on the conservation and wellness of the 3000 animals across 350 species that are housed here.
50. Mount Lavinia Beach- The Golden Mile of Sri Lanka, this beach in the suburbs of the Colombo is a hotspot for young people from around the world looking for fun and nightlife here
51. Bally’s Casino- Sri Lanka’s largest casino, it is famous for providing something for everyone as it allows the visitors to enter for free, enjoy free food, and play on very low stakes
52. Water World Lanka- The only public aquarium in Sri Lanka, this wonderful place spread in a whopping 5 acres is the best place to witness the amazing beauty of the world underwater
53. Explore the scenic beauty of Colombo in Airplane- Colombo is not just beautiful when you are there, you can also feel like you are falling in love as you arrive in the city and look at it all from the window of your plane
54. Try Kottu Sri Lankan cuisine- Made from the traditional Sri Lankan bread, vegetables, eggs or meat, and spices, the name od this cuisine means Chopped Bread and is claimed to be Sri Lanka’s national dish

Things to Do in Kandy

55. Visit sacred Temple of the Tooth- A sacred Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, which houses the tooth of Buddha as a relic in a part of the royal complex of olden kings of Kandy
56. Elephant safari at Udawalawe National Park- The national park which was created for the relocation of the animals displaced by the construction of Udawalawe reservoir is an amazing place to take an Elephant Safari tour
57. Hike to Hanthana Mountain Range- The mountain range containing seven peaks in Kandy is totally a hiker’s heaven, and trekking being one of the best things you can do in Sri Lanka, this place is a must visit
58. Take a Walk around Kandy Lake- Quite near to the temple of the sacred tooth is the biggest attraction of the city of Kandy, the Kandy Lake, and a walk around here will leave you with serene memories forever
59. Kandy View Point- The hill near the Kandy lake can be climbed to reach the Kandy ViewPoint from where you can get an unparalleled 360-degree view of the city
60. Have Fun at Wales Park- The park atop a hill in Kandy overlooking the lake, this scenic garden was established in a different name and was renamed in the honour of Prince of Wales
61. Visit Millenium Elephant Foundation- A charity and rehabilitation organization for Elephants, this place rescues, cares and re-establishes captive Asian Elephants; visiting here is amongst the best things to in Sri Lanka

Things to Do in Nuwara Eliya

62. Hakgala Botanical Garden- Sri Lanka’s second largest botanical garden, Hakgala Botanical Garden’s history has seen it as an experimental garden for Cinchona and then Tea Plantations, before getting turned into this beautiful masterpiece
63. Mountaineering at Pidurutalagala- Lying on the plateau of Nuwara Eliya, Pidurutalagala is the highest mountain in the country at about 2,524m above sea level; you can drive to the top because hiking is prohibited
64. Enjoy at Devon Falls- Named after the famed coffee planter Devon, the falls with a drop of 97m and lying at the height of 1,140m above sea level is a must visit when coming to Nuwara Eliya
65. Galway’s Land National Park- One of the two prime bird watching sites of the country, Galway’s Land is a small national park aiming to preserve the Montane Ecosystem, with birding amongst the best things to do in Sri Lanka
66. Nuwara Eliya Golf Club- Located on the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, it is one of the oldest Golf Clubs in Sri Lanka, the 18-hole course is spread over a whopping 100 acres
67. Take a bath in Aberdeen Falls- A scenic waterfall with a drop of about 98m, Aberdeen falls is not just a sight for the sore eyes, but is also an amazing place to relax and rejuvenate with a bath here
68. Have Fun at Victoria Park- A part of the research field of Hakgala Botanical Garden, this park next to the Nuwara Eliya Post Office was renamed on the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897
69. Lover’s Leap Waterfall- Attached with a romantic folk legend, this impressive waterfall in Nuwara Eliya is a sight to behold and visiting here is going to be one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka

Things to Do in Negombo

70. Fishing at Negombo Lagoon- If you have never fished in a Lagoon before, take this golden opportunity to experience the new adventure and then enjoy the dinner made with whatever you catch
71. Visit Guruge Nature Park- An entertainment cum educational experience, Guruge was the first theme park in Sri Lanka, where you can enjoy water rides alongside learning the history of life in the country
72. Enjoy with a splash of water at Mayan Water Park- A part of the Guruge Nature Park, the Mayan Water Park is a theme park in Negombo where you can enjoy splashes and frolic in the water with everyone
73. Sunbathing at Browns Beach- An amazing beach location in Negombo, this place is a local’s favourite spot to just sit and enjoy the views from the beach, while munching on amazing street food

Things to Do in Bentota

74. Barberyn Island- Located at about half a mile from Beruwala, this island spread in an area of just 8 acres is famous for the iconic lighthouse made of white granite
75. Moragalla Beach- A tranquil location some 2 km away from the tourist destination of Beruwala, this offbeat beach is just a stretch golden sands with clear blue waters famous for being less crowded
76. Diyakawa Water Sports Centre- A great place to enjoy water sports in Bentota, this place is famous for providing a horde of facilities like Jet Skiing, Sofa Tube Ride and many others at surprising prices
77. Try Milk Rice (kiribath)- A traditional Sri Lankan dish made from rice, it is a form of rice pudding made in coconut milk and has become a household dish with immense popularity

Offbeat Things to Do in Sri Lanka

78. Jeep Safari and camping at Wilpattu National Park- Famous for having the unique sand rimmed natural lakes filled with rainwater and home to leopards, a camping and jeep safari expedition is going to prove the best trip ever
79. Wasgamuwa National Park- A natural park built as a refuge for the animals displaced by the construction of Mahaweli Development Project, this place is famous for bird watching and herds of Sri Lankan Elephants
80. Surfing in Arugam Bay beach- An important spot on the Indian Ocean Trail of Sri Lanka, the Arugam Bay Beach is an amazing and popular surfing spot; surfing is one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka
81. Windsurfing at  Bentota Beach- Bentota beach is a beautiful location but is also a great place for people who are beginners in windsurfing as you can find coaches and types of equipment easily here
82. Hike to Knuckles mountain – Trekking is surely one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka, and the Knuckles Mountain Range is the ideal place in the country with trails made by the forest department
83. Hot air ballooning at Sigiriya Rock- Witness some of the best scenes from up top in a hot air balloon near Sigiriya Rock, and you will never forget the sunrise that you get to see from there
84. Sunset at Galle Beach- Galle is famous for being a beautiful location on the western coast of Sri Lanka, and amongst the best things to do in Sri Lanka is to witness a serene sunset on the Galle Beach
85. Wildlife safari at Sinharaja Forest reserve- A World Heritage Site and a declared biosphere reserve, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a place that houses a number of endemic species like Leopards and Elephants
86. Pigeon Island Marine Sanctuary- One of the two National Marine Parks of Sri Lanka, this place is home to some of most pristine coral reefs of Sri Lanka which is a mesmerizing sight to the visitors
87. Wildlife Safari at Kitulgala forest Reserve- Being blessed with 2 monsoons in a year, this wetland forest reserve is gifted with lush green forests was made with the idea of protecting the catchment area of Kelani river
88. Surfing and Boat riding at Hikkaduwa Beach- Located in a small town on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, the Hikkaduwa Beach is a hotspot for people looking for surfing and boat riding adventures in Sri Lanka
89. Elephant Back Safaris at Minneriya National Park and Kaudulla National Park- Built around the historical Minneriya Tank of the 3rd century and an important birding destination, both the National Parks boast of amazing experiences on an Elephant back
90. Canyoning at the waterfall of Sandun Ella- Sandun Ella is a waterfall in Kitulgala, recently emerged as a famous canyoning destination of Sri Lanka for its 105ft drop into the abyss
91. Diyakawa Water Sports Centre- A great place to enjoy water sports in Bentota, this place is famous for providing a horde of facilities like Jet Skiing, Sofa Tube Ride and many others at surprising prices
92. Enjoy magnificent View from Lipton’s Seat- One of the best viewpoints in Sri Lanka, the Lipton’s Seat was originally the lookout for the tea giant, Sir Thomas Lipton, and can be reached by climbing or taking a tuk-tuk
93. Explore Shark Point Reef-Shark Reef Point near the Pigeon Island National Park is one of the best places to see the blacktip reef Sharks while snorkelling in the reefs
94. Snorkelling at Jungle beach- One of many secluded beaches of Sri Lanka, Jungle Beach is a great place with clear waters and a good number of fish species to enjoy snorkelling in peace
95. Nallur Kandaswamy temple, Jaffna- One of the most important and prominent Hindu Temple in the Jaffna District of Sri Lanka, it is dedicated to the Lord Murugan and is a rebuilt version of the 10th-century temple
96. Sail Lanka Charter  at Trincomalee- Take a chartered boat trip along the coastlines of Sri Lanka near Trincomalee, and experience the sunset while still onboard; mesmerizing to the very extreme
97. Watch Barasingha of Lunugamvehera National Park.
98. Relax at Induruwa Beach- Induruwa Beach on the Western Coast of Sri Lanka is an amazing beach resort destination and has found its fame for the amazing views and experiences curated here
99. Fishing and Kite surfing at Negombo Beach- Negombo Beach as a top beach destination in Sri Lanka is a great place to enjoy fishing with the locals and try your hand at Kite Surfing
100. Try Hoppers a Srilankan Cusine- Hoppers or Appam is a famous Sri Lankan Cuisine made with a fermented (palm toddy or yeast) batter of flour, coconut milk and various spices, and is steamed or pan-fried
101. Visit Nilaveli Beach Resort- A prime property at the beach in Trincomalee, the rustic touch of this resort is something that attracts a large number of visitors every year, and is a must visit.

Best Places To Eat

Chutneys

Indulge your taste buds with authentic South Indian cuisines at Chutneys. It has a delightful and chic ambience with sleek black furnishing brightened with pink tones. Best known for its neatly created menu with over 200 South Indian dishes from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, this chic restaurant provides you a wide assortment of gourmet.

Despite the upscale ambience, the food is relatively cheaper. The open kitchen of the restaurant is a definite addition to its ambience. You are sure to enjoy the mouthwatering food and the atmosphere of the restaurant. If you happen to drop by the restaurant on Tuesday night, do not forget to indulge your taste buds with the delicious weekly vegetarian buffet.

Dress Code: Long Pants for men, Colonial.

Prices: Meals from LKR 500 Average Price for Two: LKR 4000

Timings:

Lunch: Daily 12 noon – 2:30 pm;
Dinner: Daily 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm (12 midnight on Fridays and Saturdays)\

The Lagoon

The Lagoon is one of the best places in Colombo when it comes to seafood, though it is a tad costly. The ambience of the restaurant with its excellent yet simple interiors makes guests feel cosy. With the host of sea food joints available in Colombo, it is indeed tough to make a mark; however, The Lagoon has been doing a wonderful job so far.

Highlights: With close to 150 varieties of seafood being cooked in this restaurant, guests are surely spoilt for choice here.

Location: The restaurant is located within the five star hotel of Cinnamon Grand.

Price for two: Approximately LKR6000.

Speciality dishes: Singapore chilli crab meat dish is a must-try at the Lagoon. Feel the crab meat balls cooked in chilly- sauce melt in your mouth.

Timings: This place is open from 12 to 2.30 in the afternoons and from 7PM to 12.00AM.

Bedspace Kitchen, Unawatuna

Based in the Garden of Bedspace Guesthouse, Bedspace Kitchen was formerly popular with the name of Cookspace Kitchen. The lip smacking delicious variety is the key essence of cuisine served here. Be it the artisan breakfast or the garden lunch the flavour and taste is incomparable. Catering Sri Lankas best fresh produce the food here is cooked fresh and served hot. Be it the smoothies, fresh juices or cocktails they serve it all amidst the beautiful garden area.

The open kitchen operates in serving both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes and follows a change in menu almost each day. However burgers, salads, vegetarian wraps and peri peri chicken are some of the specialities here. It provides a wide range of cuisines. The restaurant offers special nights on Wednesday , Friday and Sunday with special menus.

Location: Egodawatta Lane, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka Timings:

Monday to Sunday,8:00 am to 10:00pm

Lucky Fort Restaurant

A trip to Srl Lanka would never be complete without relishing the mouth watering dishes of Lucky Fort Restaurant, Galle. Designed with simplicity and adorned with beautiful flowing arrangement, lavish greenery and wooden furniture’s this place provides a serene ambience and relaxation that helps to enjoy all the more the delicious cuisine. The restaurant mainly focuses on serving local cuisine but the charming factor is the menu changes each day providing a new surprise every time one visits.

The irresistible diverse flavour is not restricted to vegetarian dishes as non vegetarian cuisine is also available here. The fresh fruit juices and the curries are some of the specialities of this food joint. There an ongoing offer of best Sri Lankan rice with 10 curries which is worth experimenting.

Location: Parawa Street No 7,Galle, Sri Lanka

Timings: Monday to Sunday,8:45 am to 10:00pm

Price for Two: 714LKR to 1430LKR approx

Cafe Japan

If you are a fan of authentic Japanese food, you should head right away to Café Japan in Colombo city. The customer service here is top notch. The place is not very popular; however, of late, it has been getting lot of attention through its food.

Highlights: The restaurant’s highlight is that it cooks exclusively as per its guest’s preferences. All you need to do is to call for an appointment and specify how you want your food to be.

Location: Bambalapitiya, at a short distance from the famous Galle Road.

Price for two: Comes up to approximately LKR3500<LKR5000.

Speciality dishes: Katsudon, which is a dish made from rice topped with any non-veg choice. How can you not taste Sushi in Café Japan? This place serves great Sushi.

Timings: The restaurant is open from 11 to 2 in the mornings and from 5.30 to 9 in the evenings, on all days of the week except Tuesdays.

Ministry of Crab

Ministry of Crab is definitely a must-visit place for crab lovers. You have definitely missed something in your lives, if you haven’t tasted the crab meat here.

Highlights: The place is co-owned by legendary cricketers from Sri Lanka – Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.

Location: Dutch Hospital, Colombo.

Price for two: Approximately LKR6000, which is indeed costly; however it is worth every penny.

Speciality dishes: Singapore style crab meat in chilly-sauce, fishes cooked in rich butter sauce and clay pot prawn curry, are some of the must try dishes here. Since huge and fleshy crabs are available here, the place is apt for group diners.

Timings: The place is open all through the year except Poya (full moon days). On weekdays, the place is open for lunch from 12 to 3PM and for dinner from 6 to 10.30PM. During weekends, the restaurant timings are 12 to 3.30PM for lunch and 6 to 10.30PM for dinner.

Flamingo House

Flamingo House represents just one word – “strange”. Food, ambience and the overall customer service is reasonable here. It is quite an unique food joint that serves Asian and European cuisine styles.

Highlights: There are murals of flamingos all over the restaurant, which justify the reason behind the place getting its name.

Location: Horton Place, Colombo.

Price for two: Approximately LKR3000, which is slightly on the higher side.

Speciality dishes: The choice of cocktails was quite impressive and they were priced reasonably. Some of the reasonable dishes are the pork sandwich, lamb chops and dim sum. The place is quite fine for group dinners, but not recommended for couples, due to the exorbitant prices.

Timings: The restaurant is open from 11in the morning to 11 in the night.

Talpe Beach Restaurant & Bar,Talpe

With fascinating ambience, cool drinks, lip smacking delicious food and friendly service, Talpe Beach Restaurant & Bar, becomes of the key attractions of Sri Lanka. The serene ambience coupled with fresh sea breeze excites the taste buds to taste some irresistible food available in this restaurant.

The food available here is served as fresh as it can, be it the seafood which was just swimming or the fresh fruits and vegetables collected in the morning from the local market, stored chickens having an organic diet and the Australian beef taking a straight flight.

Presenting both Asian and international cuisine.The restaurant is simple awesome in regards to food and ambience. It is truly a perfect site to enjoy the crimson sunset on the beach with a magnificent drink from the restaurant.

Location:Matara Road, Talpe, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday11:00am to 11:00pm, Monday closed

Price: 1430LKR to 4290LKR approx

Licensed to Grill, Kandy

Based in Dalada Veediya, Licensed to Grill is a small place near Torrington Square run by three young entrepreneurs striving hard to realise their dreams and serve in those people who love to have some good music, nice ambience, great food and some nightlife in Kandy. Ventured into the project with the dream of making big, these people have got it right with the quality and taste of the food which is both healthy as well as lip smackingly delicious

Working with a limited menu of sea food, burgers, wraps, chicken BBQ , tuna and veggies they have ruled the concept of street food in Kandy. The menus consist mainly of western dishes and the price of the food is cheap and quite reasonable

Location: Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday 5:00pm to 12:00am, Monday closed

Soya Centre, Kandy

Based in YMCA building Soya centre is a beautiful eatery in a traditional décor which serves excellent cuisine from different parts of the country. The cuisines are all made of Soya which makes it all the more unique and must try for all visitors. It is a vegetarian restaurant where one can find a full course meal comprising of roti rolls, vegetable buns and sandwiches, all of soya.

There are delicious and yummy soya drinks which are usually found in chocolate or orange flavour. The restaurant is an open air arrangement where one can enjoy the fresh breeze, the open sky and the mouth watering cuisine delights. The speciality of this restaurant is the soya ice cream which should not be missed. It is tastiest and the best option in vegetarian food.

Location: Kotugodella Vidiya, Kandy Sri Lanka

Timings: Monday to Sunday: 8:00am to 6:30pm

Helga’s Folly, Kandy

Located in midst of the calm and peacefulness of Kandy lies the beautiful hotel Helga’s Folly with eccentric interior design, huge candelabras, unique art pieces and antique artefacts that make an ambience exclusive of its own. Helga’s Folly is an excellent choice for delicious food too.

Serving multiple style cuisines they have a lot of options to choose from. One of the best advantages of eating in Helga’s Folly is that one can get it all fresh and that too in delicious taste. Local Sri Lankan cuisine is also available here and one can try the best of the country dishes here. The outside area of the restaurant is quite serene that helps in fetching a great ambience.

Location: Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy Sri Lanka

Timings: Monday to Sunday: 8:00am to 10:00pm

Athula Restaurant, Dambulla

A good option to taste irresistible food in reasonable price is provided by Athula Restaurant in Dambulla. Located in Yapagama, this is a small family restaurant which serves authentic Sri Lankan food. It does not have a huge arrangement but it is a favourite for both repeat visitors as well as locals.

The food is essentially served in home cooked style and there is no fixed menu to serve the guests. There is no menu list also as the restaurant cook prepares whatever is available fresh in the market. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian meals are available here and all are provided in buffet style meals served in beautiful terracotta pots. Fresh fruit juice remains available for drinks. The place is not at all costly and is an excellent option to taste the native cuisine

Location: Yapagama, Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Timings: Monday to Sunday: 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Mangrovia Lagoon Restaurant, Hikkaduwa

If the preference is Italian food then nothing can beat the taste of delicious Italian cuisine served in Mangrovia Lagoon Restaurant, Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka. The food prepared here is usually farm fresh and the pasta is homemade. The best attraction of this exclusive eatery is the ambience and environment of the restaurant.

The dining area is based towards the eastern end of the lagoon and with fresh air flowing in it’s a relaxing place to enjoy delicious with friends and family. The ambience is more highlighted with a light jazz music which makes it more arresting. Since food is prepared mostly with homemade ingredients, the quality is absolutely restored. Along with Italian dishes, Mediterranean dishes are also available here.

Location: Beretuduwa Road, Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

Timings: Monday to Sunday: 12:00pm to 10:00pm

Sakura, Dambulla

kitchen is delicious Sri Lankan food which is served in a buffet in its absolute authentic flavour. The buffet area typically holds 15- 20 dishes based on typical Sri Lankan cuisine. The food is extremely delicious and prepared on own by the proprietor and his wife.

The staffs are friendly and give warm welcome to everybody visiting. The ambience of the restaurant is equally arresting with warmth and cosiness spread all over in midst of serene environment. One can look outside to find stretched paddy fields and the cool air flowing through the fields comes straight to the restaurant making it a pleasure all the more.

Location: Palwehera, Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Timings: Monday to Sunday: 12:00pm to 8:00pm

Asian Jewel Boutique Hotel, Hikkaduwa

Away from the noise and buzz of proper town Asian Jewel Boutique hotel is an excellent location to enjoy delicious food in serene ambience. The calm and cool sea breeze provides a mesmerizing ambience which shoots up the taste buds and helps in enjoying the mouth watering cuisine in a much better way.

They have availability of all kinds of dishes catering to many cuisines which not only quenches the hunger but also serves as a pleasure to the eyes. The dishes are served smoking hot and freshly prepared. One of the highlights of the kitchen is battered shrimp served with a choice of five different curries. The price of the food joint is also reasonable making it one of the most popular and preferred eatery in Hikkaduwa

Location: Baddegama Road, Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

Timings: Monday to Sunday: 8:00am to 10:00pm


Best Places To Stay

Knowing where to stay in Sri Lanka depends on what you want out of your trip. If you just want to enjoy a week or more in a luxury beach resort under the shade of palm trees, head to Sri Lanka’s popular beach resorts such as Unawatuna. If adventuring into hill-top towns with ancient relics is more your scene, Kandy is the place for you. Then there’s the modern vibrancy of the cosmopolitan colonial capital Colombo, with its huge selection of accommodation.

Whatever it is you’re looking for, Sri Lanka is sure to have it. Here’s our round-up of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka to get you dreaming of your next big trip.

Where to Stay in Kandy

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Earls Regency Hotel – With its sophisticated rooms, tropical gardens, three bars, three restaurants, multiple pools, as well as a tennis court, spa, and gym, the Earls Regency Hotel is a definitively 5-star option. There is a lot to keep you entertained at this hotel. In terms of location, you’re going to be well placed to see what this area has to offer. Top sights like Kandy Lake, the storied Temple of the Tooth, and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens are all just a short drive away from this picturesque place.

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OZO Kandy – Just a stone’s throw from both Kandy Lake and the famed Temple of the Tooth, this hotel is well placed to explore the best that this hill town has to offer. For incredible views, all you have to do is head up to the rooftop pool area, or the restaurant which offers up a fantastic vista of the surrounding hills – as well as Kandy Lake itself. The rooms at OZO Kandy are light, stylish, minimalist in style, and feature French doors that open onto bright balconies.

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Hotel Casamara – The newly renovated Hotel Casamara features a terrace pool complete with sun loungers and a plethora of tropical plants, as well as an amazing rooftop bar and a sophisticated restaurant. The rooms are polished, with wooden furniture, wood floors, TVs and desks with tea and coffee making facilities. You can even upgrade for more space and a comfy double bed. The location of this 3-star offering is perfect for seeing the Temple of the Tooth, which is within walking distance.

Where to Stay in Galle

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Amari Galle – The stylish and polished rooms at this luxury offering have balconies with sea views and rain showers. They boast sleek furniture in relaxing, minimalist tones and terraces or balconies with views of the Indian Ocean. Featuring a large outdoor pool with many sun loungers, gourmet dining options – one of which is poolside – and even an open rooftop bar, Amari Galle also boasts a beachfront location. Needless to say, you will be spending your days here relaxing on the beach and living a lavish life.

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Parawa House – Parawa House is a boutique villa set in a stunning heritage building – the perfect option for anybody wanting to stay somewhere that feels downright luxurious but without the high price. Coffee and meals are available at this guesthouse, with many places to sit and enjoy the surroundings. Galle Fort is practically next door, as are all the sights that come with it, like Galle Fort National Museum, the old Dutch Church, lighthouse, clocktower, and hospital.

Where to Stay in Hikkaduwa

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Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon – The sprawling Hikka Tranz features spacious rooms that feel effortlessly design-friendly, with cool tiled floors, simple style and bold color pops of saffron. The rest of the hotel is design-led too, with a manicured garden complete with a pool, and no fewer than five restaurants to choose from. Beach fans will love this place; it’s set on a bit of headland surrounded by your favorite things – sea and sand. For those who want to explore further afield, there’s a bus stop located a short walk away.

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L&D Lodge – The rooms at L&D Lodge may be compact, but they’re modern, clean, polished and tastefully decorated; each one comes with its own balcony, too. Guests can get breakfast served in their room, which feels very luxurious – especially a spot of tea on the balcony. The location is excellent, as well; it’s a mere few minutes’ walk from this 3-star offering to the beach, which boasts the Hikkaduwa Coral Reef, plus there are many a restaurant and bar on the doorstep.

Where to Stay in Colombo

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Galle Face Hotel – This indeed is a luxurious option. One of the reasons is because it’s set in a beautiful colonial building that dates all the way back to 1864. It’s one of the oldest colonial hotels located east of the Suez canal! Famous guests include Arthur C. Clarke, Carrie Fisher, and Richard Nixon. With period features retained throughout, the rooms feature lavish fabrics and a sense of Old World decadence. There’s a beautiful bar at this seafront hotel, as well as a large restaurant, a seawater swimming pool, and even a museum containing Prince Philip’s first ever car.

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Fairway Colombo – The contemporary rooms at Fairway Colombo don’t hold back when it comes to bold design. With patterned or bright purple carpets, stylish bed throws, colorful cushions and lots of sleek, clean lines, it’s a cool place to rest your head. Guests will find a restaurant as well as a bar and bistro, plus a fitness center to keep up with your workouts. Historic and landmark buildings like the old Dutch Colonial Hospital (now a shopping district) and the World Trade Centre are a stone’s throw from here.

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CityRest Fort – This hostel features both mixed and single-sex dormitories, meaning it’s great for women backpacking around Sri Lanka by themselves – as much as anybody looking for budget accommodation in Colombo. That said, there are also double rooms on offer for couples or those wanting more privacy. Though it boasts an onsite international restaurant, CityRest Fort is all about the location: the towering Colombo World Trade Center, the Dutch Hospital shopping and historic area, as well as many more sights are very close by.

Where to Stay in Negombo

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Heritance Negombo – Boasting a beautiful sea view and a beachfront location, Heritance Negombo is the place to go for pampering. There’s an upscale rooftop bar, a seafood restaurant nestled in a grove of palm trees, and a large buffet restaurant with a selection of cuisines on offer. The rooms are design-led, sleek and stylish, featuring balconies with their very own slice of sea views. There’s also a pool to relax in, but most likely you’ll be spending most of your time on the beach or strolling around Negombo Beach Park, practically on the doorstep.

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Camelot Beach Hotel – With its huge outdoor pool, an Ayurvedic spa, three dining options, and a bar, Camelot Beach Hotel is undoubtedly the place to come to relax. As you might be able to tell from the name, this 4-star offering is situated practically on the beachfront, meaning days spent lounging around on the sand, lapping up the sun and paddling in the sea. There’s a great sense of style here, from its manicured gardens to its rooms that mix classic with minimalist cool.

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Leighton Resort – This modern, whitewashed hotel boasts a courtyard pool and simple but clean and colorful rooms. It is located just a few minutes’ walk from Negombo Beach Park – which means the Indian Ocean is within easy reach of Leighton Resort. Besides offering various tours and massage services, this hotel also features a year-round indoor pool, a hot tub, garden and restaurants with kids meals on the menu. That said, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from practically on the doorstep of this polished hotel.

Where to Stay in Unawatuna

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Cantaloupe Levels – Featuring rooms that boast beautiful sea views, Cantaloupe Levels is all about living the high life. Around the pool are double day beds complete with lavish white drapes, perfect for relaxing in the heat of the day after taking a refreshing dip. The spacious rooms are done in boutique style and feature colorful quilted furniture and wooden floors. There’s also a rooftop area for even more chilling out, and a panoramic restaurant. It’s not far from here to Jungle Beach for a spot of seaside fun.

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Thaproban Beach House – Situated on Unawatuna’s main beach, the rooms at the aptly named Thaproban Beach House feature a rustic beach house feel. In fact, you can stay at the beautiful Penthouse Suite, which offers a whole other level of beachfront luxury. The onsite restaurant spills out onto the sand of the beach and offers delicious seafood dishes, among other things. The friendly and helpful staff here make all the difference.

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Hotel J Unawatuna – An excellent option for budget travelers and not so budget travelers alike, Hotel J Unawatuna comes with a range of rooms, including mixed dormitories. But this isn’t a typical hostel; the rooms are polished and contemporary, with a design-led focus throughout the property. The bar area is particularly cool, with stylish furniture and a minimalist feel. There’s even an outdoor pool, and some of the rooms open onto the pool itself. It’s conveniently located just 500 meters from Unawatuna Railway Station.

Where to Stay in Mirissa

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Randiya Sea View – Just 300 meters from Mirissa Beach, Randiya Sea View lives up to its name: the rooms here feature balconies where you can lap up sea views at any time of day. But being so close to the beach, you may not even be in your room that much anyway. The staff here are extremely friendly and will help you out with anything you might need. The hotel also offers discounted tickets for the nearby whale watching company.

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Triple O Six – This modern hotel boasts a cool boutique style, marrying design-led furniture in a range of statement colors with traditional details, like displays of old Sri Lankan artifacts in one of the lounges. The rooms are styled like this too, with light wood furniture mixed with organic materials and sleek, minimalist features. Boasting a pool, garden, and restaurant, Triple O Six is just across the road from a beach, while Mirissa Beach is also within walking distance.

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Peacock Villa – Stay at Peacock Villa if you want to be surrounded by nature. This hotel is set in lush tropical gardens where monitor lizards, monkeys, and even peacocks roam around. Make sure you get a room here with a balcony or terrace that looks out over all this beauty. Including a tasty breakfast, it’s just a five-minute walk from this lovely hotel to the beach itself; there are plenty of restaurants – and supermarkets for snacks – located nearby, too.

Where to Stay in Ella

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Morning Dew Hotel – There are many reasons to stay at this hotel: the cozy bar, the clean, warmly decorated rooms complete with balconies, the restaurant – but most of all the rooftop. This vantage point puts you in the perfect position to soak up the incredible views that Sri Lanka’s Hill Country offers up. Plus, this is where you get to eat your breakfast each morning! Morning Dew Hotel is located near Ella Railway Station, the interesting Ella Spice Garden, and the dramatic Little Adam’s Peak.

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The View Ella – Ella is well known for its stunning views of nature, as this hotel is very happy to show off to you. Everywhere – from the rooms to the pool – you will view the jungle as far as the eye can see. Set in a charming villa-style building, The View is the place to stay if you’re interested in incredible landscapes, friendly staff, a great breakfast, and a chilled atmosphere. Simple and convivial, The View features a restaurant, a pool, and a lawn with sun loungers. It is close to cool attractions like Ella Spice Garden, where you can learn all about what grows in this stunning area.

Zion View Ella Green Retreat – With super stylish rooms complete with polished wood floors, four-poster beds, and balconies, Zion View is a 3-star hotel you won’t want to miss out on. Here, as you may be able to tell from the name, it’s all about the view. You can soak up beautiful views of the dramatic natural landscape from your room or the gorgeous infinity pool. It’s a laid back guesthouse, complete with onsite restaurant and bar, just under a 10-minute walk from Ella Railway Station.

Where to Stay in Nuwara Eliya

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Queenswood Cottage – A unique, log cabin style building, Queenswood Cottage boasts rooms that continue the lodge theme, with the logs on show, wooden floors, and exuberant cushions and bedspreads. There are charming gardens to stroll around outside. Indoors, there’s a billiards room, as well as a lounge with fireplace – plus a restaurant where a range of international cuisine is served. Nearby, you’ll find Victoria Park and the Nuwara Eliya Post Office – a colonial-era building that’s one of the oldest of its kind in Sri Lanka.

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The Grand Hotel – This luxury hotel is all about colonial opulence. Set in a building that dates back to 1891 – and with plenty of meticulously manicured lawns to relax in – The Grand Hotel stays true to its name and offers refined things like afternoon tea. Lovingly preserving its period features, there’s a billiards room, a dark wood piano lounge, and a large restaurant, all featuring things like wood paneling, black and white tiles, and ceiling fans. If you can tear yourself away, go for a stroll at nearby colonial-era Victoria Park.


Shopping In Sri Lanka

Mlesna Tea Centre

Are you a big chai lover? If yes, then of all the places, the Mlesna Tea Centre is definitely a must-visit for some tea shopping in Sri Lanka. With so many unique flavors like jasmine, rose, mint, etc. to choose from, this store is a paradise you must explore.

Timings: Open from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM every day
Location: Shop No 1-08B, Majestic City, Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Please Note: You can also find their store in the famous Crescat Boulevard mall or in Bandarawela where it stays open from 8 AM to 8 PM

Olanda Furnitures

If you’re thinking what to buy in Sri Lanka, then this is the place you should visit. Popular for its exquisite and handcrafted furniture, Olanda is a place that will leave you smitten with its charming colonial antiques that reflect the true Sri Lankan art. You can find all kinds of home accessories here, with the best part being their flexible shipping services to any place in the world.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: 30, Leyn Baan St, Galle, Sri Lanka
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Orchid House

If you’re looking for some unique things to buy in Sri Lanka, then Orchid House located in Galle is the place to be! From marvelous handmade items like jewelry, clothing, tea and spices to natural spa products, books and other handicrafts, there’s so much to shop here that you would surely not leave with a single bag.

Timings: Open from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM every day
Location: 28A Hospital Street | Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka

Barefoot

Colorful textiles, stylish clothes, and unique homeware – if this tickles your fancy much then Barefoot is the ideal boutique to visit for shopping places in Colombo. This luxury store is owned by renowned designer Barbara Sansoni whose intense love for color will surely make your shopping experience a treat for the eyes.

Location and Timings:

  • 704 Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka
    Open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM from Monday to Saturday and 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM on every Sunday
  • Dutch Hospital Fort, Colombo 01, Sri Lanka
    Open from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM from Monday to Saturday and 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on every Sunday
  • 41 Pedlar Street, Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka
    Open from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM from Monday to Saturday and 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on every Sunday

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Rangala House Art Gallery

For anyone who’s heart beats for contemporary art, Rangala House situated in central Kandy is a great place to buy some masterpieces painted by young Sri Lankan artists. While shopping here, you don’t have to worry about carrying these paintings home, as this place ships worldwide and also sells these works of art online.

Location: 7/1/1, Temple Street, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Lakpahana

A home to handcrafted elephants, demon masks and treasure boxes, Lakpahana is one of the cheapest stores for classic souvenir shopping in Colombo for tourists . This traditional handicraft shop should definitely be on your list if you do not wish to spend much.

Timings: Open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM everyday
Location: 14, (Reid Avenue), Philip Gunewardena Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
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Selyn

From gorgeously designed traditional sarees, kurtas, sarongs, etc. for women and men alike, Selyn is the only fair trade guaranteed handloom company to shop and satiate your love for Sri Lankan garments and accessories without any regrets.

Timings: Open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM from Monday to Saturday and 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on every Sunday
Location: 102 Fife Rd, Colombo 00500, Sri Lanka
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Exotic Roots

An all-in-one quaint art store in Galle, Exotic Roots is another popular place for shopping your heart out in the city. From elegant home decor pieces to colorful handmade jewelry and clothes, there’s a lot you can take away as gifts for your loved ones from here.

Location: 23 Lighthouse St, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
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Jayamali Batiks Studio

Batik fabric is one of the popular things to buy in Sri Lanka. While this wax dyed fabric is available across stores in major cities, Jayamali Batiks Studio is one of the best places to shop some unique prints. From wall hangings to home decor and clothing, you can buy the print in any form.

Timings: Open 24 hours every day
Location: Central Market, 196 Market St, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Paradise Road

An upscale store, Paradise Road is a must-visit when shopping in Colombo Sri Lanka if you appreciate minimalism. From an elegant range of home accessories to other souvenirs, this place has a lot in store that will surely make you go wow.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM every day
Location: 213 Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
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Arcade Independence Square

If high-end fashion is what you’re looking for in Sri Lanka, then Arcade Independence Square is an iconic place to shop at. Not just a home to great lifestyle brands like Giordano, Nike, and Samsung, but this place is also a feast for the eyes if visited at night.

Timings: Open from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM every day
Location: 30 Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
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Ratnapura

There is no doubt that gems are one of the precious things to buy in Sri Lanka. While there are tonnes of jewelers in Colombo and Kandy, Ratnapura – being the famous trading centre of gems is the best place to take home some shining stones.

Laksala

The only state owned handicrafts and souvenir boutique, Laksala is a top-notch place for shopping in Sri Lanka. While the place is an alternative to Lakpahana, it is known for its quality and value for money products. Irrespective of what you wish to buy, make sure you don’t skip this place at all! For cheap shopping in Colombo, do visit this place during your trip.

Timings: Open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM every day
Location: No. 215, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Thummulla, Colombo 7
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Majestic City

Of all the Sri Lanka shopping malls, Majestic City is the most popular pick for buying luxury products. This seven storey complex houses all the famous fashion, sports, and electronic brands for a unique shopping experience.

Timings: Open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM every day
Location: 10 Station Rd, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Odel

Known as the best shopping place in Sri Lanka, Odel is a heaven for Shopaholics. It is here you get all the branded fashion and lifestyle goods, and also an experience like none other. Even if you’re on a budget, do make sure you visit this store during your trip.

Timings: Open from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM every day
Location:
5, Alexandra Place, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
Level 3, Kandy City Center, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Please Note: These are the most popular stores in Sri Lanka. You can also find Odel in Wattala, Panadura, and other cities.
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Tips For Shopping In Sri Lanka

  • If bargaining is your cup of tea, then don’t shy away from negotiating in the streets of Sri Lanka. Just make sure you quote a fair price for the product you’re buying.
  • A lot of guides might lure you by taking you to their recommended stores, from where they earn a commission. Make sure you don’t get fooled and are aware of the places you wish to visit.
  • Batiks, tea, gems, and handcrafted elephants are some famous souvenirs you can consider buying for your loved ones or yourself from Sri Lanka.
  • While Sri Lanka has a lot of fancy stores and malls, its street shops are a great alternative to buy the same products if you wish to save some money.

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