So you’ve made the epic decision to travel to Sri Lanka, or if you haven’t, I imagine your flights will be booked immediately after reading this blog post. You’re about to get serious TRAVEL FOMO when you realise how much fun there is to be had in this incredible country 😎
Sri Lanka has recently become a backpacking delight with something for every type of traveller.
But with a country that has so much to discover, you’re going to need a helping hand when it comes to building that Sri Lanka bucket list and I am going to help you!
Here are the 10 ultimate experiences you’re going to want to tick off while travelling Sri Lanka;
1) Ride the famous blue train to Ella
You’ve yearned over the instagram shots right? Well wouldn’t you rather ride the “World’s Most Scenic Train” yourself? Jump on board the famous blue train, cruising high over mountains, through spectacular landscapes, sharing the experience with fellow travellers and locals!
2) Sunrise safari spotting wild elephants
Yeah okay, it may be early but are you seriously going to care when you’re in an open top jeep in the heart of the jungle observing wild elephants in their natural habitat? Nope, didn’t think so! Not forgetting the rest of the animals that are wandering wild in the incredible Udawalawe National Park 🐊 🐒 🐃 🦚
3) Learn how to catch your first wave
Ever wondered what all the hype is around surfing? Well the South Coast of Sri Lanka is the perfect place to feel it for yourself. Grab a lesson with a local legend in Weligama and they’ll have you up riding your first wave, throwing a shaka and falling in love with the sport in no time! 🤙
4) Swing from a palm tree at sunset
Whether it be just what your Instagram feed needs right now or just because it sounds bloody epic, the South Coast is home to so many tropical beaches and the most beautiful colours at sunset. With palm trees galore, it won’t be long until you find a bit of rope to swing yourself from for that epic shot! 🌴
Ask a Tuk Tuk driver to take you to the one @ Dalawella Beach, Unawatuna
5) Visit a tea plantation
Did you know, Sri Lankan’s enjoy a good cuppa more than us Brits? Well as the 4th largest producer of tea in the World, it makes sense right? Even if you’re a coffee lover, make sure you take a trip to a tea plantation preferably in the Nuwara Eliya region. Not only is it fascinating to learn how the tea is picked and made without the modern technology you’d expect but also because the plantation sites built high up in the mountains for maximum rainfall, are some of the most breathtaking views in the country!
6) Eat as much curry & rice as possible
Now this is the type of advice I can certainly get on board with as Sri Lankan cuisine is some of the tastiest I’ve tried! Imagine tapas style eating with a variety of different flavoured curries; majority of them vegetarian, some spicy, others not so much, made with the freshest of local ingredients! And if you want to eat it like a local would; add some dried chillies, mix it all together and pick it up with your hands 🤤
7) Hike Little Adam’s Peak
You’re 100% going to pass through the wonderful hill town of Ella on your adventure through Sri Lanka, because basically, you’d be very silly not to. The walk up to Little Adam’s Park isn’t actually that long and not so difficult either, which is very surprising because when you reach the top… well I’ll let the views do the talking when you get up there yourself 😍 But if I was you, I’d set your alarm early and get up there before the sunrises… it’s the perfect spot to watch the sunrise high over the mountains!
8) Walk the tracks over the Nice Arches Bridge
As if you needed another reason to visit Ella but if so, here it is! Nine Arch Bridge is an iconic landmark in Sri Lanka and you’ll certainly want to visit this impressive piece of architecture built amongst dense jungle and lush tea plants! An active train line crosses the bridge and you’ll be surprised to see a lot of the local people using the train tracks as their daily commute by foot!
9) Visit Lions Rock, Sigiriya
If you’ve done your research on Sri Lanka, you’ve probably already read about the spectacular Rock Fortress in Sigiriya. And with every good reason because this iconic World Heritage site is one you need to add to the top of your bucket list. However, in my opinion the best way to appreciate this impressive landmark is by gazing at it from a distance rather than walking up the face of it. One of my favourite jungle hikes in Sri Lanka is that of Pidurangala and what makes it even better, is reaching the top and having THE best view of Lions Rock, without the crowds! 🙌
10) Wander the streets of Galle Fort
This charming Dutch Colonial town perched on the South Coast is an integral part of Sri Lanka’s history and you need to give yourself a day here to explore the quirkiness it has to offer! Wander through the narrow streets and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time to the cobblestones of Europe. Bursting with photo-worthy architecture, cool cafes, beautiful boutiques and lots of mouth-watering Italian Gelato!
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