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3 Ways to Spend Your Day While Visiting Sri Lanka

Surfing Sri Lanka

Surfing Sri Lanka (photo: Amila Tennakoon)

Sri Lanka has a rich cultural history that goes back thousands of years.

Whether you enjoy pristine landscapes or unique cultural traditions, there's something for everyone.

Here are three ideas of ways to spend your day to get you started with a plan.

1. Go Surfing

With miles of beaches for you to explore, there's no better place to enjoy an afternoon of surfing.

Even if you've never tried it, surfing can be an enjoyable experience and there are many instructors on the island who can help you learn.

Once you've got the basics down, you'll be able to enjoy surfing in similarly exotic locales around the world.

Alternatively, many visitors choose to relax on the beaches of Sri Lanka every day, so this is another option if you want to spend your time away from the town center.

Lion Entrance guarding Sigiriya summit

Lion Entrance guarding Sigiriya summit (photo: McKay Savage)

2. Tour the Island

Sri Lanka has lots of interesting cultural traditions.

Check to see if there are any festivals planned during your visit.

Experiencing the cultural events of Sri Lanka can be an exciting part of your trip, and you may remember it as the highlight of your visit.

Once you get involved with one of the local festivals it becomes easy to lose track of time, so make sure you plan ahead.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (photo: Amila Tennakoon)

3. Go for an Adventure

There are many pathways to be found through the beautiful landscape of Sri Lanka and you can go for a hike on your own or find a guide to lead the way for you.

With stunning waterfalls and amazing wildlife you're sure to enjoy your time surrounded by the natural beauty.

For example, you could visit Sigiriya to see the monument that is considered by many to be the 8th wonder of the world.

Even if you spend the day wandering the trails and don't visit any of the main highlights, you'll still have a great time.

No matter where you go, Sri Lanka is a beautiful island and just being on the trails will be a wonderful experience.

Before arriving, review your options and plan for how you want to spend your time. In doing so, you'll get the most out of your visit to the incredible island of Sri Lanka.


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Kapila Priyadarshana

Friday 23rd of September 2016

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Karthik Shetty

Tuesday 30th of August 2016

One solid reason to visit Sri Lanka is “ Sri Lanka, is a Sri Lanka ”’. It is a bundle of contradictions.During my last trip to Sri Lanka , we booked a short term rental and had an awesome time in Sri Lanka enjoying backwater… Whispering Palms Beach Resort is an amazing place which will cater to all your needs!

Ahmed Gusto

Friday 11th of March 2016

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with a rich culture. day tours to most famous places are offered by many tour operators or you can take the public transport network to reach your destination. the transport network is a cheap option. remember to have one of their kottu roti or rice and curry before you leave and don't forget to ride a three wheel as well

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