9 Things You Must Do in Sri Lanka

9 Things You Must Do in Sri Lanka

9 Things You Must Do in Sri Lanka

Why haven’t you been to Sri Lanka!? Sri Lanka has mountains, picture perfect beaches, delicious food, culture and one of the best wildlife hotspots in Asia. The country is super diverse and is one of our favorite countries of all time. When following our 3-week Sri Lanka Route, you can visit these 9 things to do in Sri Lanka.

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1. Visit the Nine Arch Bridge in Ella

This iconic bridge in Sri Lanka is located just outside of Ella. After a 30-minute walk through the jungle, a 25-meter high train track appears. This great piece of architecture is hidden between lush green tea fields and bamboo forests.

Read: Things to do in Ella

2. Hike to the top of Diyaluma Falls

The 220-meter high Diyaluma waterfall is the 2nd highest waterfall of Sri Lanka. On top of the waterfall, it has different levels of natural pools where you can swim. It’s an easy but not an obvious path to get there since this isn’t a huge Sri Lanka attraction yet. This waterfall is an absolute must do in Sri Lanka!

Read: Second highest waterfall, Diyaluma Falls, Sri Lanka

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3. Swing at one of the many palm trees

The Sri Lankan has become well known because of the Instagram famous swing at Dalawella Beach. The first one is in front of Dream Cabana and the second is located in Dikwella, both on the south coast of Sri Lanka.

Read: Unawatuna Guide

4. The train between Kandy and Ella

The Kandy to Ella train journey is one of the most scenic train rides in the world. Hop on board the 7-hour trip with only cost $1.50. There is no need to get a second or first class ticket if you are planning to hand out of the open doorway being amazed by the tea plantations and waving kids along the track.

Read: Epic Train Ride from Kandy to Ella

5. Must do in Sri Lanka: Wildlife spotting

Sri Lanka is lucky to have a great selection of wildlife and marine life. Leopards, elephants, sloth bears and on the coastline the blue whale and dolphins. Animals are all over the country. The country has over 26 national parks with very good tourism infrastructure. It is one, or maybe the best country in Asia to see so many different species.

Unique about Sri Lanka is that you don’t have to go into a national park to see wild elephants. They usually pass the main road during the early morning or late afternoon.

Read: Best National Parks to see Elephants in Sri Lanka

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6. Surf and Chill

Sri Lanka is lucky to have beautiful weather and surf 365 days a year. During high season in the east, surf in Arugam Bay is world famous. At this time, the west coast has no surf and less good weather. The season flips during the other half of the year.
East, South or West, there are always beaches in Sri Lanka to get some surf, tan or relaxation at the coastline.

Read: Best beaches in Sri Lanka

7. Tea Plantations trekking in Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is known for her impressive lush green tea plantations. This area together with Haputale is where Lipton Tea started. Rent a tuk-tuk for the day and let him take you to the tea plantations, tea factories, viewpoints, and the Ramboda waterfall. Stop at several viewpoints overlooking the plantations and drink tea at the tea factories.

Read: Lush Green Tea Plantations of Nuwara Eliya

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8. Explore Galle Fort

In the 18th century, the Dutch build their headquarters, Galle Fort, on the Sri Lankan south coast. Nowadays, the beautiful old buildings are transformed into trendy shops, cafes, and restaurants. UNESCO named Galle Fort World Heritage, so the beauty of the building is being preserved.

Read: Day Trip to Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

9. Climb Sigiriya Lion Rock

This natural phenomenon is an enormous (200m) square shaped rock that looks like it’s placed there. Lion Rock is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage sights in Sri Lanka, and a must visit.

Lion Rock is recommended to climb from 7 AM to avoid the heat and crowd. The climb to the top will take about 45-minutes. Exploring the whole area around and on top of the rock will take you about 2 – 3 hours.

Read: Sigiriya Lion Rock, Sri Lanka

07/03/2020 https://www.saltinourhair.com/sri-lanka/must-do-sri-lanka/
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  • Cody Moreland

    This is a really good thing list of things to do in Sri Lanka.

  • Hi we’re planning our life dream trip to Sri Lanka we want to visit the millennium elephant place it is my dream to see these elephants and interact with them like washing them and feeding them …. but also want to be close to stunning white beaches to relax and snorkel any ideas were is best for us to stay some beaches the sea seems a little brown in colour ??? It’s gonna be my 40th so wanted something really special

  • Great content!

  • Ezgi Doganay

    Love your blog! helped us a lot while we were planning our Bali trip last summer and now I try to plan our route in Sri Lanka based on your advises :) Also great inspiration for my own blog, kisses from istanbul

  • Liliana Ventura

    Love this post!! Sri Lanka has been on my bucket list since I saw your Instagram profile! Thank guys, you are such an inspiration!

  • Sylvia Keppler

    War voriges Jahr in Hikkaduwa auf einer Ayurveda Kur. War ganz toll. Werde nächstes Jahr wieder 6 Wochen in Sri Lanka sein. Ca.ende Jänner bis Mitte März. Liebe Grüße aus Salzburg ?

  • Ashley Hoober

    Always wanted to visit Sri Lanka, my cousin and I are finally going this summer

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