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Best Things to Do in Sri Lanka- Enjoy all that Sri Lanka has to Offer

Sri Lanka hosts diverse climates, stunning natural attractions and sites of cultural heritage, all of which should be explored in order to truly experience all that the island has to offer.


Travel by Train

Travel in Sri Lanka is a wonderful experience because tourists have a multitude of choices when it comes to getting from one place to another. While one can always opt to hire a car to travel, travelling by train is highly recommended for they will be able to see wonderful sights along the way, especially if they travel by train to the hill country.


Embark on a Tea Estate Trail

Those who travel to the hill country will thoroughly enjoy walking through a tea estate. If it's possible, try to visit a tea factory and find out how tea is plucked, prepared and packaged and perhaps even purchase some freshly packaged tea to take back home. Different tea estates will produce different types of tea, and therefore, in terms of flavour, there is a lot that can be experienced.


Go Snorkelling, Diving or Surfing

The water sports available in Sri Lanka are truly numerous and varied. For those who like to surf, the surf breaks at Arugam Bay are ideal. Others who wish to enjoy snorkelling can make their way to any one of the numerous coral reefs surrounding the island or to Pigeon Island, off the coast of Trincomalee which is famous for its snorkelling expeditions. For certified divers, the numerous shipwrecks off the coast of Sri Lanka will provide a challenging yet thrilling experience.


Enjoy the View from a Hot Air Balloon

Hot air balloons have recently become one of the most wonderful ways to explore the beauty of the country. Most hot air balloon packages start just before sunrise so that tourists will be able to witness the beauty of the golden rays of the sun lighting up the lush mountains and forests of the region.


Embark on a Challenging Trek or a Peaceful Hike

The island is home to a number of mountain ranges and therefore, there is a trek or hiking trail for everyone. If you wish to enjoy a peaceful and rewarding climb, the hike up the Ella Rock in Ella is ideal. Others may find the treks through the Knuckles to be far more challenging and therefore, more exciting.



Given the proud heritage of Sri Lanka, there are a number of places tourists should visit if they are exploring the country. These include the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Pollonnaruwa as well as Dambulla. Such tours can be arranged by tour companies such as Connaissance de Ceylan. Those who visit Kandy should endeavour to visit the Dalada Maligawa while climbing atop the Sigiriya Rock is also a worthwhile and exciting experience. Those who only have time to explore Colombo should opt for a Colombo tour aboard a double decker bus which will take them past Galle Face Green, the Old Parliament, the Independence Square and Arcade Independence, Town Hall, Viharamahadevi Park and the President's House.

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