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Top 10 Things to do in Sri Lanka - Marvellous Experiences to Enjoy in the Paradise Islands

The island of Sri Lanka offers a myriad of delightful indulgences to thrill all those who visit it. The article below details the top 10 activities that you can do to enjoy a perfect holiday here.

1

Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The world famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most prominent landmarks in the island. Built by King Kasyapa (477- 495 CE), this majestic fortress has an impressive array of water gardens, boulder gardens and terraced gardens. The gorgeous damsels depicted in Sigiriya frescoes ceaselessly allure tourists with their spectacular feminine beauty too. If you book cultural tours of reputed tour operators like Connaissance de Ceylan you will be able to easily visit this place of charm.

2

Witness the glory of the Kandy Esala Perahera

Kandy Esala Perahera which takes place every year in the months of July and/ or August is known to be one of the grandest Buddhist festivals in the world. It is the procession of Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. The perahera, which lasts for 10 days features dancers, musicians, fire breathers as well as elephants.

3

Explore Yala National Park

Wildlife enthusiasts who visit the island should not miss out on a safari tour in Yala National Park! It has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Along with these stealthy predators, you will also get the opportunity to spot sloth bears, wild water buffaloes as well as elephants while touring in Yala.

4

Catch the whales in action in Mirissa

The little town of Mirissa that lies in the pristine southern coast of the island has international fame as the oceans that border the town attract large numbers of whales and dolphins. So if you are visiting the country between the months of November and April, do schedule a visit to Mirissa and embark on an unforgettable whale watching tour!

5

Ride the waves of Arugam Bay

Surfing enthusiast will find sublime bliss in the majestic waves that roll and foam in Arugam Bay. It is a world famous surfing spot and many local and international surfers take part in the many competitions held here between the months of April and October.

6

Discover the colonial charm of Galle

The allure and charm of the city of Galle that lies in the southwest coast of Sri Lanka are truly enchanting. The city is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Sri Lanka. It has richly retained its colonial beauty and many monuments and buildings of that era can be seen standing tall to this day. One of the prime attractions of the city is the Galle Fort which was built by the Portuguese back in the year 1588.

7

Snorkel and dive in Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa is a popular resort town which has a myriad of luxury resorts offering world-class service. The ocean here provides perfect opportunities to snorkel and dive and there are many water sports centres located in the town that provide facilities for those who like to treat themselves to these epic indulgences.

8

Breathe in the beauty of Nuwara Eliya

Sloping mountains covered in lush tea plantations with misty peaks that kiss the skies will surround you the moment you enter the idyllic city of Nuwara Eliya. Often called 'Little England', this beautiful town can enchant all of its visitors with its spectacular natural beauty and soothing climate.

9

Visit the landmarks of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa

The ancient ruins that lie scattered across the old kingdoms of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are well worth exploring. Places like Sri Maha Bodhi Temple, Ruwanweliseya Dagoba, Mirisaveti Stupa, Thuparamaya, Eth Pokuna, Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Lankathilaka Image House are popular in this region.

10

Shop till you drop in Colombo

The commercial capital of Sri Lanka has plenty of shopping malls and boutique shops that one can visit to enjoy the ultimate shopping therapy! ODEL in Alexandra Place, Arcade Independence Square and Crescat Boulevard are immensely popular among those who are looking for upscale shopping thrills.