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List of must-have experiences in Sri Lanka - Traverse magical landscapes

For those who plan to visit Sri Lanka for the first time should definitely know some facts before packing their baggage. Here are some important experiences that you simply should not miss.


Enjoy a train ride

Train rides in Sri Lanka are undoubtedly bucket-list worthy! You'll find some of the most scenic train routes in the world here. Do not miss these memorable train journeys in the hill country through lush tea estates and old pine forests. Nothing can be compared to the Eastern train route that will take you from Kandy to Badulla. Lush forests, cold breeze and endless rolling hills of tea plantations will create memories for a lifetime. You can catch scenic seascapes and enchantments of southern coastal areas when you take the train ride from Colombo to Galle.


Visit a National Park

Apart from being an ideal destination for hikers, surfers, and birdwatchers, Sri Lanka is home to 26 amazing national parks. If you want to spot a Sri Lankan leopard, head over to Yala National Park that also features many other exotic animal species. Visit the Minneriya National Park to spot Asia's largest elephant gathering. You can plan your trip with a tour operator like Tangerine Tours that offers attractive Sri Lanka holiday packages to enjoy a hassle-free journey.


Go fishing with locals

Here is a chance to indulge in an authentic Sri Lankan family experience! Fishing is a popular hobby among many a tourist who visits Sri Lanka. Try to join fishermen who do lake fishing to add more excitement and unique experience. If you are luckier you will get the opportunity to apply both modern and traditional techniques. Don't forget to taste a king coconut to quench your thirst when you are in the boat.


Explore the picturesque hill country

Without any doubt, Sri Lanka's hill country is the most stunning, mist-wrapped land featuring spellbinding views lush tea plantations, cascading waterfalls and scenic mountains. This is a region where you can walk into the end of the world! Also known as the 'little England', Nuwara Eliya is a must visit city showcasing some of the finest golf courses in Asia, breathtaking surroundings and exciting activities like course trekking, horse riding, camping, and fishing.


Climb Pidurangala

Climbing Sigiriya Rock is one of the top reasons why many tourists travel to Sri Lanka. While the Lion Rock speaks volumes of rich culture and dramatic features like Mirror Wall and Lion's Paw, Pidurangala rock has a natural feel. Located adjacent to the Sigiriya Rock the summit of Pidurangala is famous for its dramatic sunrise. It's the perfect spot to enjoy 360-degree views of Sigiriya as well as surrounding valleys.


Get active

Even though Sri Lanka is known the world over for its golden sandy beaches, stupas, lush plantations and historic attractions, the country is also crammed with adrenaline packed activities. Why not start with an exciting scuba diving excursion to explore reefs and a variety of marine life? Southern, western and eastern coasts of Sri Lanka are ideal to plan a splendid scuba diving tour. Those who are in search of a more challenging activity can try out white water rafting.

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