February 27, 2024

Sri Lanka packs in plenty of adventure into its relatively compact size. From leopard-spotting safari drives to surfable beaches, the island provides something for every traveler – from leopard spotters to surfers!

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1. Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka’s largest and capital city, serves as home for many national government institutions as well as being an exciting cosmopolitan center with delightful restaurants, acclaimed museums and vibrant nightlife.

Gangaramaya Temple should be on any spiritual traveler’s itinerary in this vibrant city. This Buddhist temple boasts an eye-catching combination of various architectural styles.

2. Kandy

Kandy, an ancient Buddhist city, stands as an impressive landmark to visitors today. Its stunning ruins and temples provide a window into the kingdom’s glorious past.

From Kandy, clackety trains can whisk you along one of the world’s most breathtaking railway routes. Make sure that you sit on the right side of the train for optimal views – this truly unforgettable journey is an experience not to be forgotten!

3. Ella

Ella is one of Sri Lanka’s most beloved towns, known for everything from hiking the Nine Arch Bridge and tea plantations tours by train, to strolling tea plantations trails and mountain passes by foot. Book the appropriate accommodation and experience everything this town has to offer!

Little Adam’s Peak is a great alternative for those who don’t wish to challenge themselves with Ella Rock’s challenging climb, offering an easier and less congested hike option.

4. Udawalawe

Udawalawe National Park is an ideal spot for viewing large herds of wild Asian elephants as well as various forms of wildlife.

As Sri Lanka experiences unrest at this time, I recommend reviewing its travel advisory status before booking your travel. Create an emergency plan and remain aware of your surroundings at all times!

5. Galle

Galle Fort is one of Sri Lanka’s most alluring tourist spots. Though now home to boutique hotels and trendy cafes, its charming laneways will transport you back in time to 1700s!

Galle Fort; Chamber is an idyllic restaurant set inside its walls that serves delectable Mediterranean, Lebanese, and Moroccan fare. Distinguished by an artistic decor and hospitable staff, it has quickly become one of the most beloved spots in Galle.

6. Batticaloa

Batticaloa, situated on an island off Sri Lanka’s east coast, is known for being home to numerous singing fish species and its people are well known for cultivating rice and coconut farming.

Batticaloa is a small and compact town, ideal for walkable exploration. Most locals opt to travel by bicycle; while tuk-tuks may also be available for rent – be sure to negotiate their pricing before making a decision!

7. Galle Fort

Galle Fort is an iconic World Heritage Site with an entrancing mix of history and tropical charm, making for a wonderful walk around its walls or dining within its walls. Furthermore, with recent gentrification efforts underway in its vicinity you may also discover some delicious restaurants within its walls!

Cricket is a beloved pastime in Sri Lanka, and we were fortunate enough to enjoy watching an international game at Galle International Cricket Ground situated within Galle Fort. Here, we met locals while taking in stunning sunset views along its pathways.

8. Hikkaduwa

The beach offers plenty of relaxing bars and restaurants where you can either lounge around in the sun or enjoy an exquisite meal – you could also stop off and try some roadside roti!

The Tsunami Museum serves as a reminder of the devastating Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 as well as chronicle its aftermath for both survivors and community members alike. It also shows how individuals came together after such a catastrophic event to rebuild themselves after such devastation had taken place.

Visit the Turtle Hatchery to meet baby turtles and adult ones that have been rescued – an awesome way to support the community!

9. Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is world renowned for its tea production. The cool climate here makes the ideal conditions for cultivating high-grade orange pekoe tea, known as OPT-001.

Laughing Leopard Hostel is an ideal accommodation option for backpackers in this region, featuring friendly staff and colonial-themed decor that exudes charm. Additionally, they serve the best high tea around.

Victoria Park is an inviting park adorned with flowers and birds; entry fee for foreigners is 300 rupees.

10. Nuwara Eliya Beach

Nuwara Eliya is a charming town teeming with tea plantations, providing the ideal setting for exploring nearby mountains. Additionally, this is also an excellent starting point for excursions to Adam’s Peak and Horton Plains.

There’s plenty of English culture here, from its iconic golf courses and houses that harken back to London, to outdoor adventures and relaxing at heritage hotels while sipping locally produced tea.

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