Sri Lanka AKA the Emerald Island AKA the Pearl of the Indian Ocean is considered the hottest new destination by everyone who is me. Blessed with breathtaking natural beauty, teeming with wildlife, and home to the warmest people on the planet, Sri Lanka is the place to be in. With a seamless Sri Lanka visa process and affordable holiday packages, no wonder Sri Lanka is a preferred destination. Find out why with our list of 7 things to do in Sri Lanka.  

Release baby turtles

Turtle hatchling
A turtle hatchling

The western coast of Sri Lanka hosts several different species of rare and endangered turtles every year. These flapping superstars come down to the beaches around Bentota and lay their eggs which are then takes to hatcheries near the shore. These hatcheries keep them safe till they are ready to head back to the ocean. So where do you come in? Visitors to the hatcheries get the incredible opportunity to release the baby turtles back into the ocean. You can join a bunch of volunteers as they head to the beach every evening after sundown to guide the babies back home. Who knows when one of them might grow up to be a teenage mutant ninja turtle?

Pick tea leaves

Tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya
Tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya, a picturesque town in the hills of central Sri Lanka, is an indelible part of Sri Lanka holidays. The rolling hills are carpeted in tea plantations producing some of the finest tea in the world with many of these plantations offering exclusive guided tours. These tours let you pick tea leaves from the plantation, give you a sneak peek into tea manufacturing and serve you some of the finest tea in the world.

Ride a pachyderm

Elephants in the wild
Elephants in the wild

Elephants are everywhere in Sri Lanka. Lounging in temples, working in lumbering and taking constant dips in ponds like in a Lux advertisement. Seeing them from afar, however, just isn’t enough. Which is one of the coolest things to do in Sri Lanka is riding an elephant. Head to Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park and hop onto a pachyderm for an elephant back safari.

Pray to a tooth

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Located in the heart of Sri Lanka is the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. This temple is the historic city of Kandy is said to hold a tooth of Gautama Buddha. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, darshan at the Temple of the Tooth is a mandatory addition to every Sri Lanka holiday.

Spot a Leopard

Leopard at Yala National Park
Spot a leopard at Yala

Spotting the spotted beast in Yala National Park is an unforgettable experience and one of the top things to do in Sri Lanka. The park has the highest density of leopards in the world which make it easy to spot one on your safari along with jackals, monkeys, elephants, crocodiles, and monitor lizards. 

Climb an ancient rock

Sigriya Fortress
Sigriya Fortress looms over the plains

Rising steeply above the flat plains of Dumbulla, Sigriya is often called the Eighth Wonder of the World. The summit of the 370m high rock was home to an imposing fortress and palace with ponds, fountains and sprawling gardens. A short hike up the rock will take you back in time to the fifth century when Sigiriya was the most powerful kingdom on the island. The walk up takes longer than it does to get a visa and the views will blow you away.

Get crabby

Crab Curry
Seafood to die for

Sri Lanka has something we don’t; a ministry of crab. This iconic restaurant is a Lankan tour de force. It is a celebration of Lankan cuisine, and by extension, its culture. Serving delectable coastal food including exquisite, wild-caught crab, Ministry of Crab is tucked in a luxurious spot in Dutch Hospital, Colombo.

And that is our list of 7 things to do in Sri Lanka. If you have any cool experiences to add to the list or a Sri Lanka travel story you would like to share, just comment below.

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