Sri Lanka Things to Do

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Sri Lanka Things to Do

  • Temples

    Colombo Things to Do

    In the Pettah area of Colombo is the famous Sea Street, home to three important Hindu Temples, the Ganeshan, the Old Kathiresan and the New Kathiresan. All have their intricately-carved and colourful gopurams (doorways). This street is also a business centre for many jewellery shops.

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  • Day Trip

    Colombo Things to Do

    St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, a branch of the Church of Scotland, earlier known as St. Andrew's Scots Kirk located in Princess Street, Fort, is the only Presbyterian Church in Sri Lanka. It opened its doors to worshippers on 21st. October, 1842. In 1906, it was shifted to its present location between the DFCC Bank and The Cinnamon Grand, close...

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  • Museums

    Colombo Things to Do

    In the centre of the bustling, noisy and marginally manic Pettah (market) area of Colombo stands the rather fine building you see in the main image which houses the Dutch Period Museum. It is a building with quite an interesting history and dates to the very late 17th century when it was constructed by the Dutch Governor of the area, a chap called...

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  • Zoo

    Colombo Things to Do

    I should preface this tip by saying that I love Asia and just about everything about it. It is the continent I have travelled most extensively in and, whilst I hope to visit other continents, I remain drawn here. I should also say that I do not particularly like zoos as I am inherently against the idea of wild animals being caged, often in...

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  • Galle Face Green

    Colombo Things to Do

    One of the major things to do in Colombo mentioned in my guidebook and on any travel website you care to go on is a visit to Galle Face Green, so I did. Now it is great to have a green space in the middle of any major city, and doubly so if it is beside the ocean but I really don't see what all the fuss is about nor why it is so popular. Certainly...

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  • Shopping

    Colombo Things to Do

    It is a very strange thing that generally speaking I hate shopping and yet I love markets, specifically those in Asia. My virtual Tourist pages are full of tips on them. I am not sure if it is the sights, smells (particularly delightful on this continent), sounds or just the general hubbub and sense of life about them but I never pass up the chance...

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  • Beaches

    Colombo Things to Do

    While the beaches within the city are not the best for swimming or playing, a large amount of people still enjoy walking along the boardwalks and taking in the sunsets. Particularly on the weekends, thousands of people spend the twilight hours wading in the waves, walking the beach, flying kites and ultimately watching the sun go behind the...

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  • Forts

    Colombo Things to Do

    Fort area, earlier known as Kolonthota, is the place the Portuguese landed in the early 16th century. They developed it and, to protect their economic interests, built a fort there in 1588. In 1656, the Dutch conquered this fort and established their sway over Colombo. In 1815, the British gained control over it and made it their administrative...

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  • Cinnamon Gardens - Viharamahadevi Park

    Colombo Things to Do

    The green space of Viharamahadevi Park isn't all it could be but it still represents one of the city's largest open recreational areas. There isn't much to do here apart from walk in the shade of the trees and soak up the ambience. In the middle of the day this is a favoured spot for people to spend their time sleeping out of the midday sun, which...

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  • Buddha

    Colombo Things to Do

    There are places and places to see in Sri Lanka but just about every place in Asia offers ruins, colonial cities, temples, and natural wonders. This puts a pilgrimage to Sri Pada, AKA Adam's Peak, in a class in itself. A huge footprint at the top of the mountain is said to be Adam's (say the Muslims), Buddha's (say the Buddhists), Siva's (say the...

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  • South West to Galle

    Further down the West coast to Galle, and a place where you will have heard so much with regard to the destruction of the Tsunami, you will find loads of great places to eat and great entertainment. Lots of hotels and great beaches. I think if I were to return to Sri Lanka, this is where I would look for a hotel instead of the one further up the...

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  • Turtle Sanctuary

    You have to visit the turtle farms and sanctuary, because they need you to donate to help them look after these creatures. The owners make a living too of course, but so what, as long as these creatures get a chance, it's cool by me. I do like turtles.

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  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

    You just have to check this place out. The elephants aren't all tied up, one or two are because they are nasty or in Musk when the elephants testosterone levels in an elephant in musk can be as much as 60 times greater than normal.Anyway, it is really nice the way the staff look after them, and then take them all for a swim and a wash and you can...

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  • Sigiriya

    Sigiriya is massive tower of rock nearly 200 meters high. And 'Lion rock' fortress is witness to the civilization of Ceylon during the years of the reign of Kassapa I.We got as far as the entrance gates, and were confronted by a huge cueue that we just didnt want to stand in as it was far too warm that day, and Im sure there isnt always a cueue...

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  • Dambulla cave temple.

    After a bit of a climb up loads of steps and a hill full of monkey's chewing gum, yep, they were chewing gum that rotten tourists were giving them for a laugh, we got to the cave temple and it was really really interesting.Not usually my thing, but I found it amazing and well worth a look.

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  • Visit Tsunami shrine.

    This was such a sad area to visit on the West Coast of Sri Lanka. Sad, and yet amazing to see at the same time. To wonder how so many people lost their lives, and how so many lucky ones survived this horror.As we drove along the West coast, there were graves, and little bits of houses that where washed away. And we visited a turtle farm that had...

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  • Yala National Park

    If you are a animal lover than this is a must do. You hire a driver and they take you all through the national park where you will see all sorts of fauna and flora! It was truely amazing and one of the best days of my life.

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  • Walk the beach, swim the ocean

    Our first couple days in Sri Lanka we walked the beach, swam and ate. The ocean is the warmest I have ever felt. Feels like a warm bath! There was one day we headed down and everyone was out of the water. We finally asked and a little girl told us there was a huge "salty" in the water. Kinda freaky but way to cool! You can watch the fishman...I...

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  • Climbing Adams Peak- The Piligrimage

    Adams Peak is unique in the sense that people from all religions have a reason to climb the peak. We saw many Biddhist and Hindu deities being worshipped while climbing this peak. Also a couple of ideally situated massage centers.

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  • Watch the elephants bathing at Pinnewala

    This whole pinnawala experience for me at least has always been about this activity, every day the mahouts steer a herd of elephants across the road and through some touristy shops into the Maha Oya river running across Pinnawala. The sheer joy the elephants display at entering the water is amazing! Young and old alike they literally submerge...

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  • An impressive elephant orphanage at...

    This is the one constant in all 3 trips of mine to Sri Lanka- ofcourse like most other places to visit this is very touristy!! But as a keen wildlife enthusiast I never cease to be impressed at the sheer joy these elephants experience while taken for a bath at the river across the road. It is an absolute pleasure to watch their actions and...

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  • Shop for Nortake dinnerware

    We were just discussing how proud we were we didn't spend much around shopping on this trip, when suddenly Manoj and Prana started squeaking Noritake Noritake upon seeing a showroom in Colombo. Unfortunately that showroom was closed since it was New Years. However atleast we got them to calm down and explain what Noritake was- turns out it is a...

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  • Tooth Relic Temple at Kandy

    Our hostess gave us a very good tip while at Kandy, just as we were preparing to make an evening visit to the tooth relic temple while at Kandy she suggested we make our visit early in the morning at 5:30 AM to ensure we avoid the crowds and have a good darshan. According to Sri Lankan legends when Lord Buddha died, his tooth was retrieved from the...

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  • Laksapana Water Falls near Adams Peak

    On the way to Adams Peak itself you can catch a sight of this wondrous waterfall from a distance, we weren't aware of this before we went so hadn't plannedenough time to drive to it and stop. On hindsight we really do regret it. The glimpse from a distance itself seemed more spectacular than most other waterfalls which we did stop at. On my return...

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  • Archaelogical Buddhist Site-...

    We were headed from Nuwara Eliya to Tissa and as we passed some spectacular falls and rolling green hills our driver Rizvi told us there was an interesting archaeological area in a little detour before Tissa. So we asked him to take us there. This was Buduruwagala, a magical buddhist piligrimage site. Though there is no entry fee as such the...

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  • An unforgettable sunrise @ Adam's Peak

    The first time I visited Sri Lanka was in Jan 1999, and I remembered climbing up in the night to view a glorious sunrise. One which has rated highest despite my many travels since. Hence when we planned our trip this time I was convinced I had to share ths experience with AJ.In order to climb the Adam's Peak, you need to stay in one of the many...

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  • Trincomalee.

    Trincomalee is a small town in the north western part of sri Lanka that has good beaches and good diving certain times a year.I was there for a few days visitng a friend and i really liked the bohemian feel of the place.The place has tourism but it's not build up and the place has a very easygoing feel to it and there is almost no harrasment of...

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  • Kandy.

    Kandy is the former capital of Sri Lanka and situated up in the hills ans is therefor a little cooler than most of Sri Lanka.It's also the holy city of Sri Lanka as it has the temple of the sacred tooth.Be ware that because of the status as a sacred city there is very little in terms of nightlife there.It has an artificial lake build in the center...

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  • Arugam Bay.

    Arugam Bay is on the east coast of Sri Lanka and the main surf spot on the island.The waves here are big and so is the surf.The place is actually tiny, but it's lined up with several guest houses and restaurants so there are plenty of places to stay and eat.Arygam Bay was very badly hit by the tsunami in 2004 but has slowly been rebuild and you see...

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  • Galle.

    Galle is an old fortified city on the south west coast of Sri Lanka and one of the most pleasant towns you can imagine.the town is considerd world heritage by UNESCO so you have the place very nicely restored and the town is full of little guest houses, boutiqe hotels and nice cafes and restaurants that just make you wanna get stuck there for weeks...

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  • Hikkaduwa.

    Hikkaduwa is one of the main beach towns in Sri Lanka.It was first discoverd by the hippies in the 1960's and is today a mix of mainstream tourism, surfers and backpackers.It still has a very smalltown feel to it despite the small handful of resort hotels it has these days and there is a distinct laid back attitude to the place but it's still...

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  • Colombo.

    Colombo is the commercial center of Sri Lanka and quite a pleasant city in my opinion.It's a funny mix of things that are very modern and things that are very run down.I think this has partly to do with the recent civil unrest in Sri lanka, but these days it's a peaceful city with a business vibe and quite a few colonial remains and you should not...

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  • Whale Watching out of Weligama.

    I stayed in the Flower Garden Hotel in Unawatuna - which I found to be excellent. While swimming in the surf (cloudy due to the rains) a turtle actually bumped in to me!! I got quite a fright until I realised what it was!!I also went Whale Watching from Weligama - which was truly excellent! We were collected from Unawatuna and brought to the port...

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  • avoid tours

    I've been in Sri Lanka 'coz we didn't want to pass two weeks at the Maldives. As it was a honeymoon trip, we let the travel agency organize everything (well, we sorted out the most suitable standard tour from the available tour operators) and we encountered few problems. First of all, the flight (from Milan, Italy) was operated by Meridiana with a...

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  • Elephant Volunteer Project - Kegalle

    If you want to have a more up close and personal elephant experience then I can recommend Inspire Sri Lanka Elephant Volunteering Project just down the road from Pinnawala.Here you can stay from one week to one year and during your time you will be involved in all things elephant! From daily care and feeding, to learning about anatomy and health...

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  • a land like no other

    Sri Lanka being a very small island is only 434 km long and 224 km wide. However this doesn't cease the country to offer you heterogeneity in activities. The Things to Do in Sri Lanka are innumerable, and listing a few of them hereunder. Bird watchingSri Lanka is called a bird's paradise and has about 435 species of the same dwelling here. The...

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  • Climb on Sigiriya mountain

    Lovely experience and good exercise :)Ancient rock fortress with interesting history, gardens, canals, lots of birds and animals.And 1200 steps to go!Note: beware of sly guides, agree on their fee before the tour starts. USD10 is more than enough.

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  • near Kandy - Royal Botanical Gardens of...

    Peradeniya is a town on the outskirts of Kandy, on the main road to Colombo, famous for its botanical gardens, considered to be one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Asia.The origins of the Botanic Gardens dates as far back as 1371 when a Kandyan king moved the court here and ordered a pleasure garden to be built on a location surrounded...

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  • Day trip to Galle

    Galle is an easy day trip from just about any the west coast hotels and a perfect test run for anyone trying their hand at independent travel in Sri Lanka. Forget the car and driver routine or the over-crowded bus, get a ticket from your local railway station, jump on a train heading south and you will eventually reach Galle. The journey along the...

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  • Elephant Orphanage

    The Elephant Orphanage is world famous, even Blue Peter have been there. Nothing better than seeing these beautiful creatures in their natural environment, Very cheap day out. Include it in a 2 or 3-day trip out from your base, we did and loved it.There are restaurants and bars there so there’s no need to travel loaded down. Brilliant day out, and...

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  • Lying on the beach - Hikkaduwa,...

    As far as I seen, there are two beaches that it worth a longer visit on the western and south-western coast: Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna. Both offer a lot of nice beach accommodations, with small restaurants and free wi-fi. Those are the beaches with the best water for swimming, and the most beautiful blue color. Hikkaduwa is a 3-4 km long beach, wavy,...

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  • Sri Lanka Heritage Tour

    8 Days Tour Day 1Met at the airport by our representative and transfer to hotel in Negombo for overnight stay. Day 2 After breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura. On the way to Anuradhaura visit fish market at Chilaw. Thereafter jeep safari at Wilpaththu National. Dinner and over night at Anuradhapura. Day 3 After breakfast visit Sri Maha Bodhi Temple,...

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  • Let's Go Green!

    Small Eco village somewhere in the center of the island.The houses made of mud and no electronic devices can be found on the area!No gas or electric ovens!It's like to go into the past!Good and enjoyable!

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  • Kandy & Coastal Weather

    The cultural triangle comprises of 3 large cities, situated in the north central region of Sri Lanka. During the past 25+years, there have issues traveling beyond this point as there have been trouble in the north and eastern parts of the country.. Up until 2009/May, the northern & eastern parts were under terrorist control and were not passable.....

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  • Credible Wildlife Tour Operators

    There are many well trained and experienced Tour Operators in Sri Lanka.. Each tour operator will have their own structure and unique methods of entertaining the customer.. The Tour generally accommodates the cost of::1) Traveling (Which will always be several hundred Km (Since your going to the North-Central, Central, South-East, West-Central; the...

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