Discover the undiscovered and quench the wanderlust in you. If you have been wondering where to travel next, then you must know that an utterly fantastical country awaits your arrival. Immaculate beaches, perennial ruins, and oodles of undeniably irresistible experiences are what Sri Lanka gifts you. A traveller never runs short of things to do and places to visit in Sri Lanka. 

Sri Lanka tourism is back on track welcoming fully vaccinated rovers. It’s time to tick off this enigmatic destination from your dream travel list. Here is a run-down of some of the top things to do in Sri Lanka!

Best Country to Travel to 

An enticing mix of sensory delights, Sri Lanka is a must-visit for globetrotters who long to be awed and inspired at the same time. One of the best countries to explore, Sri Lanka offers an unadulterated escape from the usual. Countless travellers passed overhead while making their way to some other place but now the equation has changed. 

With a myriad of alluring tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, the country is now making more and more travel enthusiasts touch down. And while you journey across this incredibly hospitable and amazingly green paradise, don’t forget to visit some of the most riveting Sri Lanka tourist places. 

Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa

One of the most captivating places to visit in Sri Lanka, Gal Vihara is a monument worth witnessing. An epitome of excellence, this rock temple of Buddha was fashioned in the 12th century by king Parakrama Bahu I. Featuring an exceptional series of Buddha’s sculptures carved out of a large chunk of large granitic (granite gneiss) rock, Gal Vihara is a sight to behold. Each representing a different stage in Buddha’s life, these group of images are a superlative example of ancient Sinhalese sculpting.

Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa Udawalawe National Park, Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces

Udawalawe National Park, Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces

A window to wilderness and exotic wildlife, National Parks are one among the nation’s finest places to visit in Sri Lanka. Opting for safaris around the park, especially Udawalawe National Park offers a great chance to spot out sambars, wild buffaloes, spotted deer, and a passel of primates. Elephant watching at Udawalawe National Park surpasses several National Parks popular in East Africa. Alongside the elephants, the park is also home to around 210 species of birds, sloth bears, water monitor lizards, and the occasional leopard. 

Jaffna Fort, Jaffna

Listed in the top choice of places to visit in Sri Lanka, Jaffna Fort built by the Portuguese colonialists back in 1619, during the invasion of the Jaffna Kingdom, carries a lot of historical relevance. Overlooking the Jaffna Lagoon, the fort featuring gateways, moats, and walls, opens up to wonderful views of the surroundings that come alive from its ramparts. 

National Museum, Colombo

An explicit specimen of Sri Lanka’s history, culture, and crafts, the National Museum showcases intriguing details of the country’s colonial past. Guns, swords, 19th-century paintings, the splendid royal throne, and several other antique paraphernalia make it a powerhouse of the display. The National Museum is one of the most exciting places to visit in Sri Lanka. 

Jaffna Fort, Jaffna National Museum, Colombo

Arugam Bay Beach, Arugam Bay

The palm-fringed Arugam Bay Beach adorned with unending sand is an ultimate spot to kick back and relax. The azure waves kissing the caramel-coloured shores, soothe both the eyes and the soul. Travelers on a lookout for solace and seclusion, Arugam Bay Beach is going to be an ideal spot to hit among numerous other places to visit in Sri Lanka. 

Anuradhapura World Heritage Site

One of South Asia’s most evocative ruins is that of Anuradhapura, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka. Large expanses of this complex characterize a rich and unique collection of architectural and archaeological wonders – giant dagobas (brick stupas), crumbling primordial temples, and archetypical pools existing from more than a millennium (377 BC to 1017 AD). Anuradhapura World Heritage Site, a must-see attraction topping the list of places to visit in Sri Lanka. 

Things-to-do in Sri Lanka 

  • Indulge in the thrills of surfing at Arugam Bay Beach.
  • Hop in for a train ride from Kandy to Ella.
  • Ramble-past the tea estates of Bogawantalawa.
  • Hike-up to the Lion Rock, Sigiriya. 
  • Enjoy Hot Air Ballooning at Kandalama.
  • Take a plunge into Glen Falls.
  • Sample a variety of tantalizing Sri Lankan cuisine served across the streets of Colombo.
  • Be a part of a gripping wildlife safari at Uda Walawe National Park.
  • Spot dolphins and whales at Mirissa Beach.
  • Paddle past the scenic villages of Galle.

Arugam Bay Beach, Arugam Bay Anuradhapura World Heritage Site

Best time to visit Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a year-round magnet for ardent travelers, although the best time to visit Sri Lanka is between December and mid-April as it is considered to be the peak time to unfurl the charms of this place.

Where to stay? 

There are several resorts in Sri Lanka, yet for a luxurious and comfortable stay best would be to enjoy a pleasing halt at Club Mahindra’ s partner hotels. Unwind amidst tranquil environs and make the most of world -class amenities.

Sri Lanka is infectious, as it gets in your veins and one would know this only after wandering across this enthralling destination. Plan out your trip, follow the COVID-19 protocols and head out for a wild & whacky journey across this country that is meant to enchant you completely. 

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