The Ultimate Travel Bucket List for your Holiday in Sri Lanka
A holiday in Sri Lanka is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
For those who make the decision to sojourn in this coastal paradise, it’s a decision they tend to never regret. Upon entering this lush cocoon of good food, great people, and pristine beaches, many are at a loss about which of the many wonderful experiences they ought to undertake.
Our blog this week dives into our travel bucket list in Sri Lanka – helping you choose some of the best attractions and experiences. From scaling epic mountains to swimming with sharks, encounter the best of Sri Lanka before you die!
Kitesurfing in Kalpitiya
Nestled between the breathtaking lagoon in Puttalam and the magnificent Indian Ocean, the Kalpitiya peninsula is a must-visit for die-hard adrenaline junkies.
With a number of Kitesurfing training and equipment centres in the area, getting the gear and the know-how to combat the waves and the wind is no big deal. The best time to plan your holiday in Sri Lanka would then be between the months of May-October or December-March, to guarantee an unforgettable water sport adventure.
If you find that kitesurfing isn’t really meant for you, however, no fear! You can easily switch tracks and experience some of the most stunning aquatic life Sri Lanka has to offer, with its exciting whale and dolphin watching tours!
Swimming with Sharks in Pigeon Island
If you believe swimming with sharks in Sri Lanka involves metal boxes and high levels of fear and danger, you’re sadly mistaken.
For bona fide underwater enthusiasts, Pigeon Island is nothing short of a holy grail. Here, adventurers can discover untold coastal treasures in the form of stunning reef fish, including the Blacktip Reef Shark and elusive Whale Shark, who inhabit the waters of Trincomalee. Swim with these exquisite creatures and engage in a mind-altering experience you’ll never forget!
If you’re keen to experience this once-in-a-lifetime thrill, head to the North-Eastern part of the island once you arrive in Sri Lanka. The area is home to top-notch accommodation, perfect for your holiday in Sri Lanka!
Travel back in time at Sigiriya
Now one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country, Sigiriya is the ancient palatial rock fortress that the infamous Prince Kashyapa once sought refuge in. Here, the prince built a home hewn of rock in the likeness of a lion, which stands tall to this day.
Visitors who clamber up the fortress’ steep staircases are rewarded with magnificent panoramas of the serene countryside. Apart from this, you can also witness world-famous murals of the women of the prince’s court, the palace’s now graffitied mirror wall, and the well-preserved palace gardens.
For history buffs, a holiday in Sri Lanka can never be complete without a visit to this enchanting rock fortress.
Conquer Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak)
A stunning hiking trail with strong historical and religious roots, Adam’s Peak is one of the most prominent peaks in Sri Lanka.
One of the many highlights of this trek is witnessing the revered depression among the rocks believed to be the footprint of Lord Buddha to some, that of Adam to others, or even belonging to St. Thomas the apostle, as believed by the Portuguese. Hiking season generally lasts between December to May and although trekking is still possible during other times of the year, conditions aren’t as favourable.
If you visit Sri Lanka and are keen to experience the force of its religious, cultural, and historical roots, catching the sunrise on the peak of Sri Pada is a moment you’d be hard-pressed to forget.
A train ride from Kandy to Ella
If you’re a sucker for stunning views of the countryside, the train ride from Kandy to Ella is an absolute must on your holiday in Sri Lanka.
While the trip generally takes around 7 hours (one way), feel the time fly as you gaze at the unspoiled nature and scenery of the famed Hill Country of Sri Lanka. Tickets aren’t too expensive, especially considering the resplendent sights of lush tea plantations, valleys, and peaks you’re privy to along the way.
For bona fide nature lovers, photography enthusiasts or just about anyone keen to experience the glories of the country, this train ride is one you’ll carry with you for a lifetime.