Our Top Ten List for Sri Lanka
Immerse in Ancient History
With a history dating back over 2,500 years, Sri Lanka is rich in culture. From the spectacular Sigiriya rock fortress the 8th wonder in the world to the Dambulla cave temples, from the ancient kingdoms of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura to Kandy's temple of the tooth and legendary perahera, from the now-accessible Jaffna’s Hindu culture to the southern city of Galle, a UNESCO heritage site -we have the best of the ancients within our shores.
Lounge in Paradise
Our beaches and seaside are the stuff of magic. From Beruwala to Tangalle in the south to Negombo and Kalpitiya in the West - and from the blue waters of Trincomalee, Pasikuda and Arugam Bay in the east to the arid beaches of the North, we have a bucket list of the best Lankan beaches under our belt. Chill under the tropical sunshine or go snorkelling amidst the numerous coral reefs; or try wind, kite, water surfing or white water rafting for something more active.
Look a Leopard in the Eye – or go Diving with Whales!
Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to see the magnificent Blue Whale, and one of the best places to see Leopard, with a high density visible population in Yala National Park. Luxury Safaris, wilderness camping, snorkelling and diving tours – a world of adventure awaits on our tropical island. Our many wildlife and nature parks include Yala, Udawalawe, Wilpattu, Kumana, Minneriya and even the Pinnawala Elephant orphanage where you can get an up-close and personal view into the life of these majestic beasts.
Have High Tea and Heightened Experiences
Head to Nuwara Eliya, Haputale and beyond for cool climes, mountain trekking and the world’s finest cuppa. Walk to the World's End or climb Adam’s Peak for a spiritual high. Spend your days walking through lush tea plantations, tropical rainforests and rolling hillsides for a heightened getaway. Bathe under a waterfall, take a train ride through the hills and discover a perfect holiday come to life.
Sri Lanka is also now widely dotted with many boutique hotels across the country, created and curated with the island’s multicultural history in mind. Hidden away tropical gardens give way to Dutch, Portuguese and British architecture strewn with all the comfort’s your heart desires. Luxury with a touch of warm Sri Lankan hospitality is more than you could ask for and will leave you thoroughly spoilt.
From hot-hot crab curry infused with murunga leaves, to local favourites like the infamous kottu roti, crispy hoppers, milk rice and more – Sri Lanka’s local cuisine is literally to die for. When you eat local in Sri Lanka, you get to take your taste buds on a holiday too. The scent of cinnamon, cardamom and other exotic spices in our homemade delicacies will leave your mouth watering for more.
Wear a Sarong – or a Sari!
Our traditional garments are as delectable as our curries. When in Sri Lanka, we recommend that you lounge in a sarong or get dressed up in vibrant sari to truly immerse in the Lankan spirit.
Immerse in Local Legends
With an ancient history and ancient religions still actively practised and celebrated, the island is shrouded in myths, folk tales, strange practices and mystical arts. From the legend of Maha Sona to the curse of Kuveni, from the call of the Devil Bird to our vault of angels, demons and spirit-beings, immerse in an altogether different side to the island’s charm.
Shop until you Drop and Ride in a Tuk-Tuk!
One of the greenest cities in Asia, Colombo is an active and bustling metropolis. The city’s treasury of nightlife, galleries, malls and markets will keep you completely occupied in tropical city life. Our array of silk fabrics, rare blue sapphires, batiks and intricate crafts will keep you shopping until you drop. Hop on a tuk-tuk for a bit of an adventure, and the best way to get around the city!
Dance into the Dawn
In Sri Lanka, we know how to party – island style. Urban clubs, beach parties, underground raves and rock concerts make up our wide spectrum of entertainment options available across cities and resort locations. If you like to party, then Sri Lanka is the perfect place to dance until dawn.