The best things to do in Sri Lanka

Discover the top attractions of the tear-shaped island south of India.

Sri Lanka is quickly becoming a must-see destination for travellers. Known for its diverse landscapes, ancient Buddhist ruins and sandy beaches, it’s described as one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

Enjoy Negombo’s night life

Just an hour’s drive from the Katunayake Airport and Colombo city are the streets of Negombo. Lewis Place and Poruthota Road are the ‘happening’ places to go for delicious local cuisine, hotels, bistros and bars. Enjoy the night life with live music, culture and lights throughout the streets.

Visit tea plantations

Sri Lanka is known as the tea country and tourists can visit one of the many tea plantations to see the fields of green leaves and learn how the crops are produced. Experience the traditional technique of tea-leaf picking and sample some of the different flavours. The best place to experience the tea country is in Nuwara Eliya.

Spend time in Kandy

Take a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens near Kandy and visit the beautiful temples, take some photos of Kandy Lake and eat some of the best local cuisine in the city. If you want to venture out from the city you can catch a train to the tea plantations – it is described as one of the most beautiful train routes in the world.

See the elephants

Every year, tourists can witness Sri Lanka’s elephant gathering – the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world. The gathering occurs during the dry months of the year, usually between July and October, where up to 300 elephants emerge onto the plains to drink from the water in the Minneriya National Park. To witness the gathering you can tailor it into a Sri Lanka safari.

Relive the history in Polonnaruwa

Immerse yourself in Sri Lanka’s rich history, there are plenty of tours available where you can relive what life was like in the cities 800 years ago. Visit the archaeological square where you can see age-old artefacts and structural remains of temples and statues.


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