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What are the 5 must-try things in Sri Lanka?

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Sri Lanka is a jewel-shaped island nation located in the Indian Ocean. Despite being a small island nation often overshadowed by India and the draws of south-east Asia, there really is too much to see in one trip to teardrop-shaped Sri Lanka. There’s a long tick-list of tea towns, Buddhist temples, and national parks to pack into an itinerary. So let us now explore the five must-try things in Sri Lanka.

Visit Colombo’s Ministry of Crabs


Opened by two former national cricket players in an old Dutch hospital, Colombo’s Ministry of Crab serves knockout sweet, succulent, and spicy Sri Lankan crab in what is one of the capital’s most beautiful buildings. The restaurant itself was also voted as one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants in 2016.

Early morning hike in the lush green tea plantations

Tea plantation

Sri Lanka is famous for its Ceylon tea. Walk past lush green tea plantations on a four-hour trek up to Ella Rock for amazing views.

Get Lost in the Caves

Dambulla Buddha Caves

The Dambulla Buddha caves are filled with Buddha statues and cave paintings and are amazingly atmospheric.

Enjoy Surfing and Partying

Arugam Bay

In the southeast of the island, Arugam Bay is a crescent of golden sand that offers barrelling breaks during summer days and beach parties galore on balmy nights. In winter, drag your board to Weligama.

Go for a Walk on Peaceful Beaches

Uppuveli and Nilaveli, both close to Trincomalee in the northeast, are secluded and stunning stretches of sand. The few accommodation options are spread out, making these beaches perfect for lonely wanderings.

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