14 must to have experiences in Sri Lanka

The wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka shares its religious and cultural history with India, the small country surrounded by blue water and lush green forests have so much to explore that you would want to return again and again. Here are few must to do things in Sri Lanka:

1. Romantic Walks/Elephant Ride at the beaches
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Lined with a string of alluring hotels and resorts, the beaches in Sri Lanka are absolutely terrific to spend a day sunbathing, and enjoying water sports or sand activities with your family and friends. The blue water and white sand makes the place a perfect destination for peace seekers. Few must to visit beaches in Sri Lanka are in Unawatuna, Bentota and Induruwa, Uppuveli, Mirissa and Arugam Bay.

2. Thrilling Wildlife Safaris
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For wildlife enthusiasts, the Sri Lankan jungles have a lot to explore, from mammals like Asiatic Elephants, Leopards, Sloth Bears to reptiles like Crocodiles and Monitor Lizards. Wildlife parks such as Yala West, Udawalave, Wasgamuwa National Park, Wilpattu etc. will offer you an adventure packed journey. Bird watching in Kalametiya and Bundala bird sanctuaries is also a popular land based activity in Sri Lanka for the nature lovers.

3. Touring Kandy
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This beautiful city located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, is very famous for its lake view and Peradeniya Botanical garden. Apart for scenic views of the lush green Kandy city, several temples like Bahirawakanda and a famous Buddha Temple called as The Temple of the Toot adds to the beauty of this region. Another place to be at is the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage.

4. Visiting the Cultural Triangle
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The cultural triangle of Sri Lanka covers three cities majorly. The 2000 years old Anuradhapura holds the historical importance while Mihintale, Polonnaruwa Sigiriya and Dambulla are the cities at the centre of this geographical triangle, having a lot more to discover in Lanka. You will get cultural glimpse of this country here at the very famous Sigiriya rock fortress and the ancient Buddhist monastry at Ritigale. The cultural triangle is well connected to beautiful cities of Colombo and Kandy.

5. Whale and Dolphin Watching
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With the Very popular documentary “Ocean Giants” by BBC, Kalpitiya and Dondra in Sri Lanka nowadays attract tourists, photographers and marine experts to witness the majestic sea creatures like Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and thousands of Spinner Dolphins in their natural habitat. Best time to visit is during Nov-April.

6. Hot Air Ballooning
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Escape the usual crowd and take a journey along the blue skies on a Hot Air Balloon having a bird’s eye view of the cultural triangle or the wildlife parks of Sri Lanka. This will give the best opportunity for birthday celebrations and marriage proposals. The best time for Hot Air Ballooning is between Dec-Mar.

7. Tea Estate Trails
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If you are looking forward to spend some quality time with your loved ones, the crisscross routes going to the tea estates will give you quite a relaxed atmosphere with a delightful sight. The generous people and their hospitality here give an aroma of this beautiful country. You will find the most popular tea estates in Sri Lanka in Hatton & Dickoya, Morawaka and Nuwara Eliya.

8. Celebrating Weddings & Honeymoons
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The white sands and lush gardens at a beach resort followed by a romantic dinner is the best way to take your better half out on a wedding anniversary or to spend a quality honeymoon time. Moreover, the celebration with the locals and their cultural activities is going to be a story worth sharing.

9. Train Journeys with children
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Train journeys are always fun, it’s always a different experience in another country. Sri Lanka is lush green and the railway line goes through the forests towards mountains passing through the tea plantations. The beautiful landscapes and fresh atmosphere make the train journey in Sri Lanka must to add in your bucket list.

10. Touring the Forts and Lighthouses
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Just like every country, exploring the historical monuments and structures will add a lot of value in your tour. In Sigiriya city of Sri Lanka, the Dutch built forts are archaeological masterpiece of this region, while the lighthouses in Colombo stand as designated monuments.

11. Visiting the Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada)
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The conical Adam’s Peak aka Butterfly Mountain is believed to be a holy place for Buddhists and Hindus, the spectacular view of the forested hills and clouds from this sacred mountain will take you to blissful world of paradise. The best time to trek the Adam’s Peak is between Decembers to May.

12. Reignite Your Love For Sea Food!
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Sri Lanka is famous for its sea food, so when in Colombo don’t forget to visit the ‘Lagoon’, which is perhaps one of the best sea food restaurants in the country. Apart from sea food, you may pamper your taste buds with local delicacies like Fish Ambul Thiyal, Kottu and Polos.

13. A Stay At Taj Samudra
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Landscaped just near the Colombo city at a distance of 35 km. the Taj Samudra is a sea facing 5 star hotel proving fabulous Sri Lankan hospitality to the tourists in over 11 acres of sea facing property. When in Colombo, Taj stay is a must!

14. Spending Weekend in Bentota
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Book a luxury suite in Taj Vivanta in Bentota city, the sea facing views and extremely calm weather of this city will make you fall in love with Sri Lanka. You can start your day at the Bentota beach by taking a sunbath or enjoying water sports followed by a visit to the Turtle Hatchery at Induruwa beach, by the evening go to the Chaplon Tea centre to relish some freshly picked Ceylon Tea.

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Travel Agent by profession and travel freaks by passion. Its my sweet ,mad travel and fashioned life to inspire people that its not that hard to travel with a full time job. I believe in enjoying life as if there is no tomorrow and to treasure my travel memories until i am old and grey. Travel + Photography + Food + Madness = The Tales of a Traveler

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