Until a few years back, Sri Lanka wasn't a place where people would travel to owing to its never-ending Civil War situation. The island is stunning and not as full of tourists as you might think.Flights to Colombo are often very inexpensive from many prominent cities of the world like Singapore and Mumbai. However, just make sure to check the visa requirements before flying to your destination.
Getting around is very easy here. You can hire a bike or a chauffeur-driven car to travel in the city. All of this can be decided on at the airport. Keep in mind that the prices for taxis here are quite high. So, if you are staying for two weeks, it's advisable to rent a car. If you're adventurous, you can get a bike. As the island is quite small, you can see a lot of places in very small time. Here are the best 10 places you cannot miss out on visiting when in Sri Lanka.
Galle is an old Dutch town and the architecture of the place will constantly remind you of that. You can explore the old forts, the markets, and Dutch town area, and of course, the wonderful beaches. The best hotspot around here is Unawatuna, which is a great place for beginners to learn how to surf. Visit the lighthouse and do some whale watching.
Beaches are the main reason for coming to Sri Lanka and this is a spot not to be missed as there are myriad beautiful beaches waiting to get explored. Located close to the airport, the place also has some lovely canals. You can enjoy a number of interesting activities here including lagoon safaris, fishing, wakeboarding and jet skiing.
The capital city is so clean and modern that you will be amazed and completely enjoy your time here. You can walk to many places and rickshaws are around for the convenience of travellers. The city is also home to several religious centres and some cool antique shops. Do not miss out on relishing the local street food of Sri Lanka when in Colombo.
Here you can visit the famous Temple of Tooth along with several other Buddhist sites. It is on a plateau surrounded by mountains which provides some best views in the country. Here you can explore tea plantations and the rain forest. Also, do not forget to take a walk around Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake).
Arugam Bay is a surfer's paradise. The surf seasons change often in Sri Lanka so you need to keep checking for the same. During peak season, there could be up to 80 people on the best waves. However, this isn't for beginners. There are beach shacks aplenty and many hippies can be seen hanging around. You won't get bored here and the views are to die for.
This will be a little more relaxed than Arugam Bay and is known for snorkelling with turtles. You can meet and gel up with loads of other travellers, relish good food, and enjoy a great nightlife on the South coast of Hikkaduwa.
Some will say this is the most beautiful place in the whole country. Everyone who comes back from Sri Lanka raves about this place! The place is known for its stunning scenery with waterfalls and gardens. It's a hill station often called 'Little England'.
Yala National Park
Your safari destination! On your way to Yala National Park, you might just see an elephant cross your path. On the safari, keep your eyes out for are leopards. You can camp out at multiple campsites here and 'rough it' a bit before heading back from the jungle.
Tangalle is another surfing hotspot in Sri Lanka. It's one of the largest and most beautiful towns you can visit on the South coast. Some people call it the 'perfect beach' and it still has that the old world charm. You can pass here driving between Colombo and Galle.
Such a stunning beach town! There are holiday homes and luxury villas here to choose from. This would be a perfect place to end your trip, relax, and eat your last of the local thalis. Don't forget to visit the Sea Turtle Protection Association here and hit up a spa!