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May
2018

10 best things to do in Sri Lanka:

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10 Best things to do in Sri Lanka:

Sri Lanka is one country that is on every traveler’s bucket list. It is a country that is just so green that it might give The Hulk a complex. The country is relatively small but offers a myriad range of fun, adventure, and romance. This beautiful country is home to some exotic beaches, hills, mountains, resorts, culture, people, nightlife, monuments, wildlife, cuisine and what not. Although there are hundreds of things to do in Sri Lanka, here’s my top 10 things to do in Sri Lanka for the best experience:

1. Sleep in a tree house in the middle of the forest.

Sri Lanka is home to some really wild animals since most of the country’s land is covered with rainforest. So in order to protect themselves from these animals, several villagers built tree houses and slept in them. Now, with the increase in tourism, these treehouses have been converted into resorts and hotels while still maintaining the original charm.

2. Sip a cup of tea and explore the hill country

Drinking tea is an important part of Sri Lanka’s culture and the country is a great producer of tea in the world. As per some prominent food bloggers, Sri Lanka also serves the best tea in the world. The hill country has seriously stunning views surrounded by tea plantations. The vegetation is lush green and the rolling hills make for a beautiful site.

Also, don’t miss Ella and Nuwara Eliya to see the tea plantations of Sri Lanka.

3. Walk through beautifully manicured gardens of Sri Lanka

Situated in Kandy, the Peradeniya Botanical garden was built in 1371. Today, It is home to the largest of Sri Lanka’s botanical gardens having over 4000 species of plants. In addition to the plethora of diverse flowering plants, there is also an extensive collection of medicinal plants that you can see while strolling around.

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4. Get to know the Locals

Nothing feels more special than being invited to someone’s house for dinner. Sri Lankans are the friendliest bunch and will give you good insights into the country’s culture and local attractions fo you to explore.

5. Walk along the beaches of Sri Lanka.

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, and Kosgoda are some amazing beaches, but you can still find hidden beaches all along Sri Lanka’s coast.

6. Experience a holy Buddhist site

The temple of the sacred tooth relic is the most visited site in Sri Lanka. Constructed in the 16th century AD, it is situated adjacent to the Royal Palace complex of the former kingdom of Kandy. The place is known to preserve the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha which serves as a significant symbol of Sinhalese pride and identity. A visit to the temple is a must if you’re visiting Sri Lanka.

7. Hike Pidurangala

Pidurangulu is a great sunset point hike that takes you up to the mountain adjacent to Sigiriya.  Views from the top of a giant rock there will definitely leave you mesmerized.

8. Get really up close with the whales of Sri Lanka

Spend a beautiful morning adoring the incredible blue whales in Mirrisa. Mirissa is a small fishing port on Sri Lanka’s south coast famous for surfing and whale watching. The place is considered to be one of the best locations for watching the might blue whales. The trick is to be patient and not wait for it anxiously. Until then you can admire the aquatic surroundings.

9. Visit a turtle hatchery

Turtles are under great threat due to fishing, hunting, pollution and habitat loss. So the turtle hatcheries are doing their best to preserve them. One of the best turtle hatcheries in Sri Lanka is the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery.

10. Enjoy Sri Lankan food

Whether you’re a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian or a seafood lover, you are for sure going to fall in love with Sri Lankan food. But be careful, it is saucy and spicy. Some of the best items you will find there are egg samosa, Kothu, rice and curry meals. Truly one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka.

Even though Sri Lanka is a small country, it has a lot of things to offer that you can do and keep yourself busy.

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