Sri Lanka Travel Bites
Sigiriya Rock – History and Views
A must see for your bucket list is the magnificent Sigiriya Rock with its huge lion’s paws. To learn more about the rich history of the place you can hire a guide (usually can be found in the entrance).
The best time to visit Sigiriya Rock is either in the early morning hours before the other tourists arrive or in the afternoon.
Nuwara Eliya Tea Plantations
Visiting the tea plantations and factories in Nuwara Eliya is a wonderful experience and an opportunity to learn more about the history of Sri Lanka as well as the famous Lipton tea estate. For a small sum of money you can hire a tuk tuk and go through several viewpoints around the area or you can actually hike the tea trails themselves.
Kitulgala Water Rafting and Rock Sliding
So you were wondering where to go rafting in Sri Lanka, well for adventure activities in Sri Lanka you’d better add Kitulgala to your Sri Lanka checklist. In this beautiful area between Colombo and Nuwara Eliya you can go water rafting and discover the many beautiful waterfalls and hiking trails. Kitulgala canyoning (rock sliding) and abseiling is also a great activity for the adrenaline seekers.
Hiking in Ella
Are you looking for some things to do in Ella? No worries, there are many to choose from. First of all, enjoy the special laid back atmosphere of this town. Then start climbing…. climb Ella Rock and little’s Adam Peak, go take a picture of the famous Nine Arch Bridge or take a cooking class. You can also visit the Diyaluma Falls or choose the easier option and visit Ravan Fall just 10 minutes from Ella.
Visit Sri Lanka’s National Parks
By now you’ve probably seen many monkeys all over Sri Lanka but how about some elephants or Leopards? There are many national parks to choose from but two of the most famous ones are Yala and Udawalawe.
Sri Lanka Beaches
There are many beaches to choose from but check the season of your visit and choose your preferred beaches accordingly. For surfers, check Arugam Bay, Unawatuna, Weligama or Hikkaduwa. For scuba-diving and snorkeling, check out Mirissa, Trincomalee, or Passikudah.
Tips For Sri Lanka
Tips for planning the perfect Sri Lanka itinerary:
Getting around Sri Lanka: you can use the local buses, rent a motorbike, hire a driver or use the train. No matter how you choose to travel around Sri Lanka, you must ride the train at least once. Sri Lanka has some of the most scenic train routes in the world!
The best scenic train route is taking the train from Kandy to Ella, but you can split this ride and take the shorter routes either from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya (Nanu Oya) or from Nuwara Eliya to Ella. Make sure to book your ticket in advance – these routes are very popular.
Best Sri Lanka dishes to try: Rice and curry dishes, vegetable rotti, deviled chicken (or any other deviled dish), hoppers (crispy sri lankan pancakes) and coconut sambol. For snacks: crispy spiced chickpeas and fresh pineapple and for tea time – the simplest coconut biscuits you can find in every store – addictive!