The Best Things to Do in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks

Popular things to do in Sri Lanka

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World heritage site
Sigiriya Fortress Sigiriya
4.6
Duration: 3h 30 min
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World heritage site
Golden Temple of Dambulla Dambulla
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic Kandy
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
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National Park
Yala National Park Yala National Park
2.7
Duration: 8 hours
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea. Take stress off the schedule by using our Sri Lanka trip planner.

Nature in Sri Lanka

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Mountain
Little Adam's Peak Ella
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
National Park
Udawalawe National Park Udawalawe National Park
4.4
Duration: 8 hours
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Water Body
Kandy Lake Kandy
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
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World heritage site
Sinharaja Forest Reserve Galle
4.2
Duration: 4 hours

Historic Sites in Sri Lanka

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World heritage site
Galle Fort Galle
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
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Religious Site
Mihintale Anuradhapura
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
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Religious Site
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple Colombo
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
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World heritage site
Polonnaruwa Polonnaruwa
4.4
Duration: 3 hours

Wildlife in Sri Lanka

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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching Mirissa
3.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
See Lanka Travels Waikkal
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Safari
Safaris Tissamaharama
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours Arugam Bay
4.9
Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Sri Lanka

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching Kalametiya
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Safari
Safaris Colombo
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
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National Park
Bundala National Park Weligatta
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
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Landmark
Japanese Peace Pagoda Unawatuna
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

Tours in Sri Lanka

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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours Tissamaharama
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Food Tour
Food Tours Colombo
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
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Rail Tour
Rail Tours Kandy
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Climbing Tour
Climbing Tours Colombo
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Historical Tour
LSL Adventure Tours Negombo
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour
Tour Guide in Sri Lanka Negombo
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Multi-day Tour
DestinLanka Travels Colombo
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Religious Site
Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Matara Matara
Duration: 30 minutes

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