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Top 5 Things to Do in Sri Lanka – Experiencing a Magical Island

The charming island nation of Sri Lanka is always a delightful country to visit. Here you will find a host of interesting things to do that will capture the interest of the discerning visitor, like those below.


Explore the ancient cities

Sri Lanka inherits a rich historical legacy and features a host of engrossing ancient cities that will undoubtedly capture the imagination of the history and culture lover. A good place to commence your tour of Sri Lanka's ancient cities would be Anuradhapura, the first capital of the Sinhalese kings. Another fascinating historical attraction is Sigiriya with its amazing rock fortress. Other ancient cities in the island nation that will interest the history enthusiast are Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Yapahuwa, Dambulla and Buduruwagala. In these fascinating ancient cities, you will encounter the remnants of palaces, temples and other interesting structures dating from the ancient era.


Go on a wildlife safari

Sri Lanka is renowned for its splendid wildlife, featuring a number of outstanding wildlife parks for the visitor. The nation is regarded as being one of the world's foremost places to observe elephants in their natural environment; Udawalawe National Park is a great place to spot elephants whilst Minneriya National Park is also famed for its amazing gathering of elephants. On the other hand, if you are interested in spotting leopards, Sri Lanka's apex predator, the localities of choice will be Yala National Park and Kumana National Park. Meanwhile, bird lovers should make it a point to visit Bundala National Park where you will find many interesting varieties of birds.


Try hiking or trekking

Since Sri Lanka boasts remarkable and varied natural scenery it is always a delightful environment for spending time outdoors. If you enjoy walking and climbing you can take the opportunity to undertake the strenuous but rewarding experience of ascending the Lion Rock at Sigiriya. Other outstanding localities for hiking would be the Knuckles Mountain Range and Horton Plains National Park. These areas are situated in Sri Lanka's picturesque hill country which is always an interesting region to visit. You will also have the chance to climb up the famed Adam's Peak along with the innumerable local pilgrims who make the ascent.


Relax at the beach

As you might expect on a tropical island, Sri Lanka contains a fine selection of attractive beaches. Irrespective of whether you desire seclusion and romance or a party atmosphere the beaches of Sri Lanka will not disappoint. The well-known vibrant Unawatuna beach will undoubtedly capture the imagination of the leisure seeker. On the other hand, Mirissa beach is a more tranquil place where you will have the opportunity to go whale watching or snorkelling. Kalkudah, Navalady, Nilaveli, Uppuveli, Arugam Bay and Kalutara are some of the other well-known beach destinations in Sri Lanka. A choice of accommodation to consider from which Kalutara Beach would be within easy reach would be Anantara Kalutara Resort, amongst the easily accessible Kalutara hotels.


Visit tea estates

The tea produced in Sri Lanka is renowned across the globe and the island is one of the world's most important tea producers. Whilst visiting Sri Lanka you will have the opportunity to tour a tea plantation, which will appeal to the tea lover and general sightseer alike. You will see that most of the tea plantations are situated in the island's hill country as well as adjacent regions. The charming town of Nuwara Eliya and its adjoining areas are renowned for the production of tea and you will be able to tour a number of tea estates located in this region.