Sri Lanka, Asia

Sri Lanka, Asia


A teardrop in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka promises a lifetime of adventures. There’s a fly-and-flop beach break here if you want it, but the pull of safari drives, tea plantation tours and mountain-top temples will surely be too strong.

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The largest city and point of entry for most is Colombo. Though many leave quickly for more rural landscapes, there’s plenty of cultural attractions here to merit a stay (scale the giant Lotus Tower and visit the National Museum) plus a burgeoning gastronomic scene.

After that, Sri Lanka is a choose-your-own-adventure destination. For a wildlife-watching break, head to Yala National Park and search for the elusive leopard, while Minneriya National Park is a good spot to see wild elephants. Visit Mirissa for a whale-watching tour, particularly in March and April when blue whales patrol the waters.

Thrillseeker? Weligama is a top surf spot, while Hikkaduwa combines excellent breaks with a thrumming nightlife. There’s white-water rafting in Kitulgala and fauna-filled treks in the Sinharaja rainforest.

For picturesque cultural activities, head to Sigiriya and climb the giant peak to a hilltop fortress. Also visit Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) for an early morning hike to catch sunrise. Though the view is worth the calf-killing climb alone, the top is also home to a footprint-like impression that’s sacred in the Buddhist, Islamic, Christian and Hindu faiths. Finally, head to Ella and Nuwara Eliya to cut through lush tea plantations and learn about the tea-making process.

The good news is that you don’t have to plan it alone. Join Trips by Culture Trip for an activity-packed adventure and you’ll discover unmissable landmarks and lesser-known wonders with a small-group of like-minded travellers. A Local Insider will guide you and provide expert insight – your job is to relax and enjoy this epic island.