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Updated by Joanna James on Aug 14, 2019
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Top 7 things to do in Sri Lanka – Tropical excursions await you!

This little paradise island though small in size holds an abundance of things that will make you fall in love with the country. In order to make the most of your trip to Sri Lanka here are 7 things to do when you visit the island.


Go Surfing and ride some waves

The sunny sandy beaches in Sri Lanka are one of the main reasons the island has become a famous tourist destination. The crashing waves and the tropical weather make a surfers dream come alive. Arugam Bay is the most popular surfing beach in Sri Lanka, it is not crowded and the tropical weather is perfect to catch a few waves even for first-time surfers. Most tour operators in Sri Lanka include Arugam Bay in the itinerary to allow tourists to enjoy this experience.


Go diving to explore the world underwater

While you lounge on the beach enjoying the sun-kissed beach don’t miss out going snorkelling or diving in a Sri Lanka. The marine life treasured underneath these turquoise blue waters is a universe of its own and it will be a once in a lifetime to experience to be able to swim with stingrays and sharks. It is advisable to go through a travel agent when organising your tours, as travel agents like_ Delmege Tours_ are able to customise your trip according to your requirements in order to get the best of your diving experience.


Go on a Safari in a National Park

Sri Lanka though a small island has many national parks that have flora and fauna in abundance. You will get to see some gentle giants walking to swamps minding their own business and these Asian elephants are a true delight to observe. You will also be able to spot some proud predatory leopards, beautiful peacocks, crocodiles, spotted deer, sloth bears and wild bores on these Safaris. Wilpattu, Yala, Minneriya are some of the most popular national parks in Sri Lanka


Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic

The Temple of the Tooth Relic more commonly known as the ‘Dalada Maligawa’ is a beautiful creation that was built in ancient times during the last king who reigned in the Kandyan era. The architecture, the murals and the paintings on the walls are breath-taking and they bear witness to the rich culture that prevailed during the ancient times. There are special ceremonies held daily and if you go at the right time you will be able to witness one these ceremonies as well.


Walk around the Gall Fort

The Galle Fort is another great creation which is amazing to see and also makes a great location to walk around indulging in different kinds of food and treats. The stone-walls make a great seat to sit down and take a moment for yourself whilst witnessing a stunning sunset. The Galle Forst is also a great location to be exposed to some local crafts such as Batiks, Beeralu, Wood Work and Handloom.



Sigiriya which was built by King Kasyapa is considered as one of the 8 wonders of the world by many who visit it. The intricacy in the city that was built from a natural rock is astounding to explore. The stone stairway that leads you to a carving of a Lion is one of the most important features of Sigiriya. The Sigiriya frescos are internationally renowned for the details and the colours which were achieved in the golden age of Sri Lanka.


Take a walk through the tea plantations

It is indisputable that Sri Lanka is internationally well known for its tea. If you walk along these tea plantations you will understand that the hill country is one of the most scenic and beautiful locations on the island. The misty cold weather and the greenery around combined with the stunning waterfalls that come alive at the top of the mountains make the hill country in Sri Lanka that much more special.