Sri Lanka! What comes to your mind after hearing the name of Sri Lanka? A Small Island country? Even though it is a small island country nestled in the Indian ocean, this country has an abundance of unique experiences to excite you. From exploring diverse wildlife to exhilarating water sports, adrenaline-rushing activities to happening nightlife, the experiences are endless.
If you are stuck with the question of what activities you should try at least once when you are in Sri Lanka. Don’t Worry! Here we are up with the top five must-try activities you can’t afford to miss.
Scuba diving at Hikkaduwa
Hikkaduwa is one of the best places on the Sri Lanka tour for water sports. Especially for diving and snorkeling, It has natural diving spots with vibrant coral gardens, exotic flora, and fauna, colorful reefs, marine creatures in turquoise waters. Glimpses of all these marine lives, aquatic animals, and coral reefs are no less than a visual delight to eyes.
Hikkaduwa has a rich collection of diving sites varying in difficulty level with unique experiences. Dive for You, Blue Deep Diving Center, International Diving School, Poseidon Diving Station, the conch, Kiralagala, Goda gala, off Coral gardens, and Duke of Shaftesbury are some famous diving centers and points. All these points hold endless fun and adrenaline rush to excite you while diving deep. If you are gonna experience scuba diving for the first time, You should not worry as it is safe. You will perform the activity under the guidance of certified trainers.
November to March is the best time for diving in this coastal town.
White river rafting in Kitulgala
White river rafting is an exhilarating water sport to indulge in that does not require great physical strength. Surrounded by tickly forest hills, Kitulgala is considered the ideal spot for white river rafting in Sri Lanka. It is a quaint town in the west located around 60 Km from Kandy and approx 100 Km from the Capital city Colombo. In the town, you will be rafting over the 4 Km major stretch of picturesque Kelaniya river. It covers 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids in around 1 hour surrounded by enchanting rainforests. All the safety gears, rafts, and comprehensive briefs will be given by whiter river rafting instructors. The minimum age for this white river rafting in this town is above 10 years. December to March is the best time for ideal white river rafting in Kitulgala.
Enjoy the nightlife of Colombo
Even though Sri Lanka is a small island country the nightlife of this country is quite surprising. Its crazy lifestyle and lively nightlife offer a vast variety of partying places. Among all the craziest and most entertaining nightlife experiences are offered by the capital of this country – Colombo. Colombo is also one of the most tourist-friendly places boasting of most happening nightclubs, chill-out pubs, casinos, and Bazars. The city has got all ideal places varying from pocket friendly to luxury. Some of the best places are Rhythm and Blues, Bally’s casino, Cleopatra night club, Bellagio casino, ON 14 rooftop bar, the kings bury Colombo, Zaza bar, and loft lounge bar.
Have a Wildlife experience at Yala National Park
Due to the vast diversity and abundance of national parks and wildlife, Sri Lanka has emerged as one of the best places for wildlife in South Asia.
Yala national park is the most prominent wildlife park housing 44 varieties of mammal, 215 bird species, amazing flora, and fauna. Leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, and crocodiles are the most famous and spotted residents of this park.
February to July is considered as the preferable time for exploring this park and wildlife safari. Several companies conduct half-day and full-day safari tours to explore the wilderness at its best.
Explore the Horton Plains National Park
Walking in the wilderness of the Horton National park is among the best things to do in Sri Lanka packages. Horton plains national park is a famous tourist attraction near the city of Nuwara Eliya. It is nestled in dense forest at an elevation ranging from 6900 ft to 7500 ft. Surrounded by Kirigalpotta and Totapola mountains, the park has rich biodiversity and flora. It is home to 750 plants and 150 animals species, and bird species.
The main highlight of this park is World’s end which offers breathtaking scenery. World’s end is a towering cliff top that is the point where this park comes to a sudden end. Cascading down from 20 meters high, exquisite Baker’s falls is another tourist highlight in the park.
To explore its wildlife and clear spectacular visuals, January to March is the ideal time to visit the park.
Worship in the Seetha Amman Temple
Sri Seetha Amman temple is one of the most unique temples in the country of Sri Lanka. Situated very close to Nuwara Eliya, It is the Hindu temple dedicated to Seetha Maa who is the daughter of Mother Earth and Lord Ram’s wife. It is said that this temple was the holy place where she was imprisoned by King Ravana approximately 5000 years ago. Thus the temple has religious significance as it is related to Ramayana. The temple houses idols of Devi Seetha, Lord Ram, Lakshman, and Lord Hanuman. Set amidst lush greenery, The architecture of this temple is glorious and excellent. Worship and seek blessings at the temple.
Surfing at Arugam Bay
Located on the South East coast of Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay is among the places you should visit once in your life. It is popular for offering the finest experiences of Surfing on the planet. Counted among the top 10 surfing destinations, it attracts die-hard surfing lovers all over the globe. Whether you are an experienced surfer or a beginner, it has breaks ranging all levels from easy to intermediate to difficult. Whiskey point, Main point, Okanda, Elephant rock, Peanut farm, Pottuvil point are the best points for surfing at the bay. The best season for surfing in Arugam Bay is from May to September.