Often called the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. This small island nation with stunning scenes and historic sites is capable of providing a plethora of experiences to a traveller.
With that stated, if you are planning to visit this culturally rich island nation any time soon, be sure to try the following five amazing things:
The famous train ride to Ella from Kandy
The train that ferries people from Kandy to Ella takes one of the most scenic railway routes in the whole world! It is recommended that you leave your seat and secure a space by the door of the railcar if you want to enjoy the best views of the scenic landscape. You would be passing through beautiful bridges, picturesque tea plantations, and quaint little villages.
You would need to be a bit patient though since it would be a 5-hour long journey, but in the end, it will be worth your efforts!
Climb up to Sigiriya – the ‘should be’ 8th wonder of the world!
Sigiriya is a breathtaking man-made site of significant historical importance. Lots of visitors often ask themselves why this place didn’t get the designation of the 8th wonder of the world!
It is an astonishing feat of architecture that has been subjected to several invasions and wars. It is a fortress that sits on top of a large and tall mound or landmass, if you may. You can bear witness to abandoned palaces, stairs, water bodies, and huge walls! If you can, climb this place at dawn to catch a magnificent sunrise!
Hike in the heavenly Diyaluma Falls
Hiking to the top of the Diyaluma Falls is an activity that you should try during your visit to this beautiful island nation. Diyaluma Falls is the second largest waterfall in the country. It is preferred by most (if not all) visitors due to the spectacular views it offers to people who make it to the top!
You can wash off your tiredness once you reach the top since it also hosts a plethora of natural pools – perfect for a quick dip!
Get closer to Sri Lanka’s wildlife
Sri Lanka is known for its diverse wildlife which is why you should go on a safari while you are there! The country is packed with many National Parks that can offer you the opportunity to get up close and personal with Mother Nature and the wildlife.
Be sure to check out Kaudulla National Park. It is ideal for cruising through the jungle on a jeep. You will be able to take pictures of monkeys, elephants, and other wildlife here!
Explore the countryside and tea trails of Sri Lanka
While you are in Sri Lanka, don’t even consider leaving the nation without exploring the nation’s countryside and its tea trails. To witness the best landscape, head over to the city of Nuwara Eliya. This city is surrounded by steep mountains that are riddled with tea plantations, luxurious tea estates, and renowned factories of tea brands like Lipton Tea!
One of the most popular attractions here is The Royal Tea Trail which goes on between steep terraces that are used as tea fields.
There are tons of amazing things to try while you are visiting Sri Lanka. Don’t forget to share your experiences in the comments section below!