Blue ocean, sandy beaches, and palm trees is the first thing that many associate with Sri Lanka. You wouldn’t be wrong – this nation has plenty of pristine beaches for you to visit. The island’s long coastline means you’re never far from a beach, but it’s the south coast where you’ll find the best ones.
If you’re looking for a base to explore the beaches from, we’d recommend Galle. This small city is a tourist attraction in itself, filled with historical sights and plenty to learn about. As for which beaches to visit, heading over to Hikkaduwa is a must (we like to go surfing there!). Mirissa and Tangalle are also well worth visiting.
When you’re hiking, you’ll hear birds in the trees and see animals around you but it’s when you go on safari that things really get good.
Yala National Park is the best place to go if you’re looking to get the best look at Sri Lanka’s wildlife. And boy is there a lot to see. Elephants, crocodiles, and peacocks are all common sights but the one Sri Lanka is really famous for is the leopard. It’s a very hard animal to see in the wild and it’s in Sri Lanka that you’ve got the best chance of spotting one.
Sri Lanka is jam packed with tasty dishes to try. With a cuisine not so well known to the rest of the world there’s a lot to explore. We also like to combine the nation’s tasty food with its natural beauty and have BBQs on the beach!
You’ll find lots of street food stands in Sri Lanka and its got fantastic food markets. Negombo’s fish market is famous for its daily auctions and even if you’re not eating any fish, they’re a lot of fun to watch.
Whether it’s hiking, white-water rafting, or just getting a great view – take your pick. A trip up to the top of Sigiriya Rock offers a view that will take your breath away. Little Adam’s Peak will do the same and offers the spot for a perfect Instagram post. (Face away from the camera and look into the distance, you know the one.)
If you’re a fan of getting wet, we like to go white-water rafting in Kitulgala on our tour. There are also plenty of waterfalls: visit the impressive Ravana Falls where you can enjoy a swim.
From temples to markets, there’s a lot to explore on a visit. As historical sights go, the Dambulla Caves are a must, home to a Buddhist temple over 2000 years old. Another essential visit is the Temple of the Tooth, a decorative temple home to a tooth said to be taken from the Buddha himself.
History aside, exploring Sri Lanka’s cities is an immersive experience. One of our favourite spots to explore is Kandy’s Central Market – when you’re travelling it offers a chance to get a sense of the traditional Sri Lankan market.