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Specialist Advice: Best things to do in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small island off the south coast of India Ocean and it is being known as a “travel phenomenon”, a new Bali in Asia. So, what are the best things to do in Sri Lanka? Here’s a brief overview of the unique island paradise, followed by our specialists’ advice.

1. Taking a slow train

Getting through the country by train is actually an awesome experience. It amazes you by the spectacular views of the Muthurajawela swampland and tranquil villages, or immense rice fields. Especially, from this exceptional perspective, you are astonished by the lush green carpets of tea hills or numerous alluring waterfalls cascading down the mountainside. Unlike the fast speed trains, riding an unhurried rail is definitely the best satisfaction for you. It is slow that you can see the butterflies hover in or over the roof of trains. Or another experience through the different long tunnels now opens for you.  The train trip takes you through 56 dark manmade tunnels all over this country and seduces travelers by majestic natural beauty for centuries. Kandy to Ella train journey is regarded as one of the most seductive journeys in the world.  All of these, Sri Lanka offers you the enchanting views from the top to bottom of the country’s coastal region.

slow train in sri lanka

The slow train ride in Sri Lanka

This incredible train ride is one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka. If being asked what makes Sri Lanka more special, I think magnetic train journey is deserved the most. You now understand why.

2. Going on a walking tour in Pettah, Colombo

Thanks to its historic buildings and markets, Pettah is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Colombo. In the center of Colombo, it’s possibly the best place to explore the laid-back locals, ingest the sounds and smells as well as get a flavor of life in Sri Lanka. You yourself experience the local cuisines, especially the curry here.  Baskets of vibrant fruits are in abundance at Pettah, Colombo. Kick off your Sri Lanka discovery by walking through Pettah fresh markets providing a lot of wholesale vegetables, fruits and traditional clothes. The yelling of the vendors is the striking hallmark in the crowd of people. Whenever you visit Colombo, come to Pettah market in the early morning or late twilight, one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka.

3. Lazing on bewitching beaches

The glories of charming Sri Lanka are thirteen hundred kilometers of picturesque sandy beaches. The more you reward them, the more they reward you. That is what pristine nature provides you. What are the typical features that make a new Island more adorable in the eyes of travelers? Definitely, one of these is relaxation in the ideal un-spoiled beaches along the 1,340-kilometer coastline. The vivid noise of crashing waves into the small cliffs wows you a lot. Walking leisurely along the beach at dawn, lazing in the glow of sunsets or going fishing at twilight for dinners. See spinner dolphins in Kalpitiya or watch blue whales off the coast in Mirissa, windsurf at all levels through rough waters in Ahangama or watch turtles hatchery in their natural habits must be the best things to do in Sri Lanka. Famed for its golden sand, Unawatuna is among the noisiest beaches in Sri Lanka with luxury restaurants and hotels.


Bewitched beach in Sri Lanka

The tranquil east and south beaches are under-developed on tourism purpose, so it remains the best authentic sceneries with the lifestyle of fishing villages or never-ending ranges of things to explore. As the sun is dipping over the horizon, you are soaked into the rhythmic daily life of fishermen. Not only famous for untouched beaches, does Sri Lanka appeal many visitors by its deliberate beat of life along the coastline.

4. Discovering the biodiversity of natural wildlife


The natural wildlife

Despite its tiny size, a variety of wildlife is one of the remarkable highlights in this South Asia country. Visitors are overawed by its diversity of clans of elephants nearby Udawalawe National Park or elusive leopards in Yala. Whereas, Ceylon Grey Hornbill gains its reputation for hundreds of colorful birds, insects and rainbow-color fish. Some travelers will be disappointed if they don’t have the opportunity to see one of them. On purpose of eco-tourism, the authorities want to protect their potential national parks as well as allow you - visitors to discover the most of Sri Lanka wilderness. So, one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka is discovering Sri Lanka National Parks with a diversity of nature.

5. Visiting marvelous lighthouse Galle and Golden Temple of Dambulla

Sri Lanka is a mysterious country, home to many historical and religious sites. Embark on an enigmatic vacation to see Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. From the first century BC with more than 160-meter height and five main mausoleums, you will find the most impressive attractions over Sri Lanka. In addition, it is also the symbols of the god from Hindu Pantheon. If you want to witness the best long history in this country, the Golden Temple of Dambulla is here for you. At the top of the temple, you are awash into the glorious sparkles of dawn in the early morning or wowed by the fabulous sights of Sri Lanka. If you are wondering what are must-dos when traveling to this country, visiting Ancient Rock Temple of Dambulla is our exact answer. Thus, it is one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka.

Dambulla Cave Pagoda in Sri Lanka

Statues in Dambulla Cave Pagoda

Galle city-Sri Lanka

Charming Galle city  with the lighthouse by the sea

Last but not least, it is extremely regretful if you don’t check out the oldest lighthouses Galle, built by Portuguese people from the 16th century. Nowadays, it is well-known as the dominant trading port in this land. All you can do is walking around the quaint streets roughly 130 acres with vintage warehouses, churches as well as the small houses or heading to the National Maritime Museum exhibiting the periods of the resplendent history of Sri Lanka. Not surprisingly, villagers often welcome you warmly “Do you like my beloved country, Sri Lanka?” Notably, their hospitality and honesty draw you to stay longer and longer here.  One or two night stay in Galle Fort hotel is highly recommended to experience the daily senses of life here. Probably the best time to explore Galle is from December to April, based on the weather forecast. To put it into a nutshell, all the above activities are what everybody should know about the best things to do in Sri Lanka. The secret of magical land is waiting for your Sri Lanka Tours. Step your foot on this beautiful Island, more than a destination is the great victory of discovering different countries all over the world.


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