The gem of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has gradually become one of the coveted tourists’ destinations over the last few years. Have you been planning for a Sri Lanka travel but not sure of the things to do there? With a broad diversity of culture and geographic landscapes, Sri Lanka offers something for all who visit this incredible island. In a literal sense, there is no limit to what this repository of cultural heritage can offer you.
So no matter whether you enjoy water sports or love gazing at the priceless artifacts in the museums or admire the natural beauty of the coalescing of the vast ocean and the gigantic mountains, here goes a list of the top things to do in Sri Lanka.
Discovering unexplored islands
If you are one of those intrepid tourists who are looking to explore out-of-the-box zones of Sri Lanka, then prep up for a journey to the untouched islands of the country. Head towards the northern apex of Sri Lanka and you get to witness a few islands living together peacefully.
The largest of these islands is called the sleepy Neduntivu which has been renamed by the Dutch as Delft. More than 4,500 natives and wild horses live on this trailing island. The crossing to this archipelago is very short but is crooked and since it is mostly unexplored, you won’t get to see many hotels or guesthouses here.
Nevertheless, you will be warmly welcomed by the inhabitants and if you have taken part in the Sri Lanka travel to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, you will simply enjoy the serenity here.
Visiting the tea kingdom of Nuwara Eliya
A perfect way to immerse yourself in the wonderful colonial throwback is to visit the Nuwara Eliya. It is enriched with the history and tradition of the home county and you will simply enjoy picking fresh tea leaves early morning. If you are not so adventurous, you may just tour across the neatly built lanes and watch the pickers skilfully selecting the best tea leaves. What’s more, you can taste and purchase samples as per your budget and preferences.
If you are a tea connoisseur, you will definitely wish to visit the Haputale Mountains of this exuberant hill country. If you still can’t guess it, then it’s that historical spot where Sir Thomas Lipton began his kingdom of tea plantation and harvesting. To have a complete experience of this place, it’s a must to organize a comfortable commute to Lipton’s Seat which was the stalwart’s favorite haunt from where he oversaw the entire tea empire.
Even though it goes without saying that taking a car up there is going to be much comfortable, if you can manage a tuk-tuk ride in the open air, the whole experience is going to be much more exciting and fun-filled. It’s important that you reach there early so that you are done before the fog covers up the scenic view of the mountains.
The Lion Rock Fortress is one of the World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. This fortress situated at the top of a rock was constructed in the 5th Century AD. Though it is a fortress, the ambiance is more spiritually inclined than being militant. When it was constructed, Sigiriya functioned as a Buddhist monastery as well as a regal palace.
Besides being a center of Sri Lanka travel, Sigiriya is one of the significant urban planning ventures devised at the beginning of the millennium. Moreover, this place houses some of the ancient landscapes and gardens across the globe.
Another crucial tourist spot here is the mirror wall which was so dextrously polished that the then ruler indulged in visualizing his own reflection in the wall. It’s worth mentioning that you must climb up the place early in the morning for avoiding the unnecessary crowd and most importantly, heat.
Indulging in sumptuous seafood
Essentially, the food served in Sri Lanka is not very different from Indian cuisine. But as the sea surrounds this island country from all sides, the cuisine is pivoted around various kinds of seafood which is always fresh and has a rustic flavor, and is utterly delicious.
One of the best things to do in Sri Lanka is losing yourself in the unparalleled taste and aroma of Jaffna crab curry which is considered the best in the whole world. Though it’s easily available across the country, it would be great if you can have it from a place where the expert chefs handcraft the dish by grinding the coconut. This gives a very rich and toasty flavor to the curry leaving you to want more. Other than this, you should also taste the Sri Lankan squid curry that’s tossed in cream of coconut with a dash of lime juice.
Touring through the beautiful monasteries of Colombo
The colorful and chaotic city of Colombo forms a critical part of your Sri Lanka travel. But do you know many hidden gems you can come across here in the form of temples and monasteries? They are colorful and serene which add to their unconventional beauty and are worthy of being sought after.
Located right next to Lake Beira, the Gangaramaya Temple is a remarkable Buddhist temple that offers a strange calmness and peace of mind. Moreover, you must take your time out to visit the Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Temple which is a highly ornate Hindu temple in the entire city. It’s situated at the top of a rocky area and surrounded beautifully on all sides by the blue sea waters.
The bottom line:
The list of things to do in Sri Lanka is quite action-packed and suits those who love adventure amidst the lap of nature. Besides what has been already mentioned, you should hike a bit in the Little Adams Park, take a safari to the Kaudiulla National Park, and watch the sunset from the Dalawella Beach palm tree rope swing. Last but not the least, the cultural tradition and culinary arts of Sri Lanka are mesmerizing and will keep you captivated all through.
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