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21 Must-try things to do in Sri Lanka - Feel the excitement in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small island but with many different activities to try and so many different things to see it is guaranteed you will never get bored.



In this beautiful little island blessed with so many forests and mountains if you miss out on hiking then you haven't experienced Sri Lanka to the fullest. Pidurangala, Knuckles and Adam's peak are some of the famous hiking trails.



Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Sri Lankan beaches are internationally reputed as some of the best surfing beaches in the world. Most adventure tours in Sri Lanka include surfing in the itineraries they prepare for guests.



Apart from the golden sandy beaches, the world hidden away under the carpet of the ocean is something absolutely stunning which can be witnessed through snorkelling.


Pinnawela Elephant orphanage

If you love these gentle giants you would be delighted to visit the Pinnawela Elephant orphanage where elephants of varying ages are under the care and supervision of those who love them.


Galle Fort

The former Dutch Galle Fort is an amazing creation which is now one of the most sought after tourists attractions in the southern part of the island.


Arugam Bay

Surfing in Arugam Bay is a must-do activity for adrenaline junkies. The waves at Arugam Bay are considered the most amazing waves to the surf on from beaches around the world.



The Sigiriya rock fortress is a stunning creation which is a combination of a natural rock that has been developed by humans to make a marvellous creation.


Yala Safari

Yala Safari is one of the best ways to explore and experience wildlife in Sri Lanka. SoulTrek Sri Lanka organises some of the best Yala safaris that include overnight treks and overnight stays in Yala.


Temple of the Tooth Relic

Temple of the Tooth relic in Kandy needs no introduction as it is a prestigious location that attracts people from around the world.


Dambulla Cave temple

The Dambulla cave temple which is also known as the Dambulla Golden Temple is absolutely stunning and the architecture, carvings and paintings are extremely interesting.


Nine arches bridge Elle

The Nice Arches Bridge is a photographer's paradise as it is a man-made structure surrounded by pristine mountain ranges.


Having roti and plain tea

If you are heading towards the hill country one of the best activities to do is sit at a roadside shop and have roti with plain tea.


Diyaluma Falls

If you love being a part of nature, climbing Diyaluma falls is undoubtedly one of the best challenges you can take up in Sri Lanka.


Tea factory tour

Tea is one of the main export items in Sri Lanka and it is known as the best tea in the world. Being able to take a tour to learn the process and indulge in a fresh cup of tea is a delightful treat on a cold day in the hills.


Fish markets

It is no doubt that fishery is a very popular source of income in Sri Lanka. If you visit a fish market as the boats arrive in the early morning hours you are able to see the process and buy some fresh seafood.


Kandy to Ela train ride

Riding the train from Kandy to Ella is a great treat for those who love the mountainous areas of the island. You get to see clouds rolling over hills and waterfalls flowing from up top.


Explore the markets

There are so many types of markets located around the island. Some of which are dedicated weekly markets for fruits, vegetables and fish but some of them have vendors who retail handmade handicrafts.


Try Rice and Curry

Rice and Curry is the staple diet in Sri Lanka. If you want to experience food like a local it is must to try Rice and Curry at a street-side shop.


Nilaweli Beach

The beach in Nilaweli is the perfect location to relax and wind down while enjoying the view of the setting sun.


A road trip along the East Coast

Do a road trip along the east coast to learn and experience the culture and food in the area.


Explore Colombo

Exploring Colombo will be a completely different experience to what you have gained so far from all other activities.

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