10 Things You Should Do in Sri Lanka
Probably being the most visited site by tourists in Sri Lanka this amazing historical place has archeological significance. Surrounded by forest, the Sigiriya rock plateau is 200 meters higher than the trees and it was formed by an extinct volcano. What is most impressive about it is that it was once a Buddhist monastery and then it became King Kashyapa's palace which remnants are still there today attracting many curious people.
Believe me when I tell you that Sri Lanka has some of the most breathtaking beaches you've ever seen. Make sure you've set aside some time for chilling out at some of the best ones, such as Welligama Beach and Dikwella Beach. You can even try your hand at surfing, which is one of Sri Lanka's most popular sports.
Visit Local Temples
Sri Lanka is the place where you can find Hindu temples, Buddhist temples, Catholic churches and Mesquites all in the same city! A mix of cultures and a lot of respect, but since the population is mostly comprised by Buddhist one of the most famous temples is the Buddhist Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. As it is called the temple holds a relic of the Buddha's tooth which attracts many practitioners to pray as well as tourists to the city of Kandy.
Ride a Tuk Tuk
The most adventurous way to discover Sri Lanka is definitely by riding the local vehicle and exploring the city pretending you are not a tourist. The traditional vehicle is the old-fashioned 3 wheels Tuk Tuk and you will see many of them on the roads. It is very cheap to rent one and it might be a very good option to wander around the place feeling the wind and watching the view during the ride.
Dambulla Cave Temples
Considered by UNESCO a world heritage site, these temples are a must-see in Sri Lanka. The statues of the Buddha, Hindu deities and Sri Lankan kings are all exposed in five different caves which makes it a very interesting experience and although it is a 2000 years old operating temple, everything is very well preserved. It is also worth visiting the golden temple at the same time as it is only downhill of the other.
Tea plantations in Sri Lanka attracts many people who are tea fanatics, but also people who just enjoy a beautiful landscape. These plantations are part of Sri Lankan ancient history, but are still running today as production generates income. Most of the tea plantations offer guided tours which is a good option to get to know more about the details of the sites and its fascinating history.
Ella Train Journey
This scenic train ride is simply impossible to miss while visiting Sri Lanka. It is a 7 hour long train ride through green tea plantations and mountain views which is considered nothing less than the most beautiful train ride in the world! Be it from Kandy to Ella or vise versa this tour is amazing and yields great pictures too.
Little Adam's Peak
Located in Ella, a region know for its mountains, the little Adam’s peak is a hiking destination for whoever wants to enjoy the amazing landscape view when on the top without being exhausted after a massive hike. As the name anticipates, Little Adam's is not soo high compared to other mountains and it only takes 20-40 minutes to reach the first peak, but this doesn't mean the view is not worth it.
Nine Arches Bridge
The famous Nine Arches Bridge is an ancient bridge made in the British colonial period only from rocks, bricks and cement. With no use of steel the bridge still stands today and is located close to the main town of Ella next to a dense jungle where it is visited by many people from all around the world! The picturesque view is captured in pictures and for sure wont’t ever get out of your mind when you see it.
Safaris are always a good option to experience wildlife without being an accomplice to caged animals, as they are freely living in their habitat, and in Sri Lanka, one has the chance to have this experience and find over thousands of different fauna and flora species. There are many safari options ranging from luxurious to budgeted ones as well as some places where you can even camp which enhances the experience even more by spending the night in the middle of nature.
Sri Lanka is a mystical place with a lot of nature, culture and history that dates back to 5,000 B.C! Nowadays it can be considered a trip back in time and a once in a lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in a wonderful Sri Lankan experience!