I visited this beautiful destination at the beginning of January. Sri Lanka is often overshadowed by it’s much larger neighbor India which is a shame. If you’re going to India you really might as well visit Sri Lanka too and vice versa! There are so many things to do in Sri Lanka that this gem of an island may surprise you. If you’re lucky enough to visit then be prepared to see elephants everywhere which was actually the number one reason I went in the first place… I love elephants!

Top Things To Do In Sri Lanka

Here’s my pick of the top 5 things to do in Sri Lanka.

Tea lover?

Explore where Sir Thomas Lipton launched his tea empire in the Hill Country’s Haputale Mountains. Nuwara Eliya is a city in the hill country of the Central Province of Sri Lanka and is at the heart of Sri Lanka’s booming tea industry. I’m more of a PG Tips girls myself but don’t let the brand of your preferred tipple stop you from taking a tuk tuk up to Lipton’s seat which was his favorite place to sit and admire his vast tea estate. You can also watch the tea pickers and take random tea samples home. Lipton’s great for cookie dunking so… stock up!

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Visit Sigiriya

Not only is the rock fortress Sigiriya one of Sri Lanka’s seven world heritage sites dating back to the 5th century AD it’s also home to some of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. Worth a visit? I think so!

sigiriya sri lanka

Feeling energetic after that cup of chai? Climb Sigiriya!

Discover Untouched Islands

Get your Captain Cook on and discover the tiny islands just off Sri Lanka’s most northern tip. The largest of these untouched islands is called Neduntivu and is home to about 3000 people and a herd of wild horses. Eat fish, relax on the beach (pretend to be ship wrecked for a few hours) and forget about the world as you know it. Click To Tweet There are no hotels so if you want to stay the night you’d better make friends with a local!

Neduntivu Island Sri Lanka

Discover untouched islands off Sri Lanka’s northern most tip.

Visit Kandy

Kandy is a large and very pretty city in central Sri Lanka, surrounded by mountains and a bio-diverse rainforest. The city’s heart is Kandy Lake but most people visit Kandy for it’s famous elephant orphanage. While you’re there visit sacred Buddhist sites such as the Temple of the Tooth shrine which is celebrated with the grand Esala Perahera annual procession.

elephant orphanage Kandy Sri Lanka

Kandy is most famous for it’s elephant orphanage.

Count A Leopard’s Spots

The island of Yala’s southern coast is the place to spot a leopard in Sri Lanka although they can be found in a number of the national parks too. How do I know you’ll probably spot one in Yala? Because you will, trust me.

Leopard Sri Lanka

Spot leopards in Sri Lanka! Meow.

Are you planning to visit Sri Lanka sometime soon or have you already been? Feel free to share your own top things to do in Sri Lanka in the comments section below… 

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Don’t rely on the ramblings of a slightly demented Jetset Bunny for things to do in Sri Lanka. If you’re thinking about visiting Sri Lanka or you need more detailed information then I recommend these Sri Lanka guide books, Lonely Planet’s being my personal favorite.

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