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Top 10 Things to Do in Sri Lanka – Discovering the Best of the Island

The island of Sri Lanka offers you a world of exciting surprises. Whatever your taste and whatever your age, this country will not disappoint. Below are 10 interesting things to do in Sri Lanka.


Bask in the Beaches

Being an island nation, right around Sri Lanka is a coastline that boasts some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world. With sands both white and gold, you can choose your favourite beachside setting depending on your personal preferences be it on the south, west, east or north coast.


Mingle With the People

The Sri Lankan community is made up of a diverse multiethnic group of people who are exceptionally warm and friendly. Locals are more than happy to interact with foreigners and are ready to lend a hand whenever required. Their hospitable nature is evident above all in their constantly smiling faces.


Discover the Wildlife

If you are a wildlife enthusiast, there are a number of wildlife sanctuaries throughout the island where you can see a variety of species in their natural habitats. In addition to a number of exotic mammals you also find a large collection of reptiles and birds, many of which are endemic to the island. If you want to explore such natural sanctuaries in Sri Lanka get in touch with local tour specialists the likes of Epic Sri Lanka Holidays which offer wildlife photography tours as well.


Experience Water Sports

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Try the water sports available in several places around the island which include some of the best things to do in Sri Lanka; surfing, snorkelling, diving, windsurfing and kitesurfing are just a few of the many activities on offer.


Enjoy Exotic Food

Sri Lanka with its diverse ethnicities is well known for its wide variety of cuisines. Whatever you indulge in, sweet or spicy, you are sure to have a whirlwind experience with the many options before you.


Discover the Beauty of Gardens

The central province of Sri Lanka is well known when it comes to beauty in general. The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Kandy and the Hakgala Botanical Garden in Nuwara Eliya are two spectacular gardens that must not be missed.


Visit Significant Places of Worship

Whether you are a Christian, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist there are significant places of worship from all faiths throughout the island that you can visit. If you want a dose of peace entwined with some history, visiting some of the temples, mosques, kovils and churches are a must do.


Trek Up the Mountains

Although Sri Lanka is a relatively tiny island there are several places for trekking and hiking; Belihuloya, Horton Plains National Park, Adam's Peak and the Knuckles Mountain Range to name a few.


Shop Till You Drop

Sri Lanka has plenty of places to shop and Colombo beats the heart of the shopping scene. There are so many new and interesting malls around the city but the locale known as Pettah remains a favourite; it is a great place to purchase wholesale or retail items at bargain prices and is an area with a lively market atmosphere.


Enjoy the Nightlife

Sri Lanka has plenty of fun after sunset in several destinations and this is predominantly thanks to its wild and wonderful nightlife. Colombo is the hub of all the fun but the south coast can get rather exciting as well with beach parties or raves on offer.

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