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05 Unique Things to Do in Sri Lanka – Unforgettable Island Experiences

The island of Sri Lanka is truly a land of wonder with many distinctive experiences on offer each time you visit. Here are just some of the unique things to do that will undoubtedly make for memories you will cherish for a lifetime.


Climb To the Summit of Sigiriya

One of the key attractions in Sri Lanka, the iconic Sigiriya rock fortress is truly a sight to behold. Spanning a height of around 660 feet, this UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Cultural Triangle offers an unforgettable climb to the top. On your way up, you will pass beautifully designed water and boulder gardens, intricate rock frescoes and what is known as the Mirror Wall. The final climb entails passing through two huge lion paws and at the summit, the ruins of a once glorious palace and breathtaking vistas await.


Take a Train to the Hill Country

Set amidst lush mountains and glorious panoramas, the hill country of Sri Lanka is blessed with nature's spellbinding beauty. One of the best ways to truly immerse yourself in such sights is to take a train ride to reach destinations such as Kandy, Hatton, Nuwara Eliya or Ella. The journey offers stunning views of mountain ranges, paddy fields, tea plantations and traditional villages where time seems to move slowly by.


Witness the Kandy Esala Perahera

Amongst the most popular cultural events in Sri Lanka, the annual Kandy Esala Perahera is a joy to behold and features a colourful procession. It takes place in the hill capital Kandy and pays homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha; this relic is kept at the Temple of the Tooth, within easy reach of many hotels in Kandy including those belonging to Aitken Spence Hotels. The parade which is generally held in July / August is known for having elephants as well as a variety of performers including fire-dancers, drummers, whip crackers, stilt walkers and more.


Discover the Secrets of Ceylon Tea

Another experience to enjoy in the hill country of Sri Lanka is to learn more about Ceylon Tea which was introduced during British colonial times. This includes travelling to tea estates where one can walk amidst slopes covered in the lush emerald hue of tea bushes. Some excursions let you get hands-on guidance on how to pluck tea leaves as well as learn how it is processed and sample an authentic cuppa at the end. Certain unique hotels in Sri Lanka are even housed within converted tea factories, making the experience even more special.


Experience Ayurvedic Healing

The ancient and holistic healing practices of Ayurveda are well-known on the island too. Some hotels in Sri Lanka specialise in Ayurvedic treatments in a setting that exudes tranquillity and serenity. Providing balance for mind, body and soul, such therapies utilise natural herbs and oils and can aid to increase energy, neutralise toxins and rejuvenate the body. Combined with an Ayurveda-based diet to suit your body and fulfilling wellness activities, one can find that true inner bliss!

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