Sri Lanka is a magnificent country to explore a range of experiences. You can take in the liveliness of a contemporary city, soak in the island’s culture and history, discover its wildlife, enjoy the sunshine and indulge in adventures. Here are some of the best trips and travels in Sri Lanka you can enjoy.

Explore Colombo’s Vibrant Culture

Many people miss out on Colombo as a top destination for their trips and travels. On the one hand, that is understandable. There isn’t much to do to spend several days there. However, you are missing out if you skip the city entirely. Our recommendation? Spend at least one day getting to know Colombo.

Stroll through bustling markets and discover local crafts, spices and flavours. Visit the National Museum to delve into Sri Lanka’s rich history. You’ll love the colonial architecture of the Old Dutch Hospital, now a chic shopping and dining spot. Don’t miss a sunset at Galle Face Green, where you can enjoy street food and watch kite flyers.

Experience the Majesty of Kandy

Next, head to Kandy, nestled in the hills.

The Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most iconic temples in Sri Lanka, is a must-see. There, you can take in the elegant Kanydan architecture. Attend a daily puja (ritual) where the custodians honour the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha.

Wander around the serene Kandy Lake and enjoy the wildlife that lives in and around the lake. You can then attend a traditional Kandyan dance show at a nearby cultural centre. The Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya offers a tranquil escape with its vast collection of exotic plants. Spend your evening there and take in the beauty of nature.

Safari Adventures in National Parks

Sri Lanka is home to numerous national parks teeming with wildlife. In Yala National Park, you might spot leopards, elephants, and a variety of birds. For a quieter safari, visit Udawalawe National Park, known for its large elephant population. Minneriya National Park offers the chance to see the spectacular elephant gathering, one of the largest in the world. Horton Plains National Park is a great destination for hiking and spotting some animal species you can’t find easily in other parks.

There are also two marine national parks – one in Hikkaduwa and the other in Trincomalee. There you can explore the coral reefs that thrive underwater and get closer to the marine wildlife Sri Lanka has to offer.

Relax on Pristine Beaches

Sri Lanka is famous for its beaches. The tropical island has several stunning beaches that offer unique experiences.

The beaches in southern Sri Lanka are popular with both locals and tourists. Mirissa’s golden sands and turquoise waters are perfect for unwinding. You can also go whale watching here, with blue whales and dolphins often spotted off the coast. In Galle, explore the historic Galle Fort before heading to Unawatuna Beach for a swim. Hiriketiya is an up-and-coming beach that draws in people due to its beauty.

Kalpitiya on the west coast is the perfect destination to enjoy kite surfing. On the other hand, Arugam Bay on the east coast is a haven for surfers. The Jaffna peninsula has several beaches where you can indulge in a peaceful time.

Discover Ancient Ruins and Temples

Sri Lanka is a country with a long history. You can find traces of several ancient kingdoms if you have the time to explore the island.

Sri Lankans are also deeply religious. The island is home to people from different religious backgrounds and you can find places of worship throughout the land. You are welcome to visit these places of worship and people will happily guide you. There are even annual celebrations and events happening at these places of worship that you can experience with the locals.

Scenic Train Journeys

Don’t miss a scenic train ride through Sri Lanka’s hill country. The journey from Kandy to Ella is particularly breathtaking, with lush tea plantations, waterfalls, and misty mountains.

The coastal trains take you through cityscapes and suburban areas with glimpses of the sea accompanying you throughout the journey.

The central plains are also perfect for a train ride, as you get to see the land shift from one climate zone to another.