Sri Lanka is a magical place. Sitting off the toe of India, it is colorful, noisy, enchanting, spiritual and endlessly fascinating. If you are lucky enough to find yourself on your way to Sri Lanka, here's your list of things to see and do.
1 Step on a Moonstone
The ruins of Anuradhapura.
King Kasyapa (477 – 495 AD) built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3 Take a Photo of a Breathtaking View
The view from the top of Sigiriya.
4 View the Artistry of a Hindu Temple
Sri Subramaniya Kovil in Colombo
5 Watch the Goings on at the Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala, Sabaragamuwa River
6 Shop for Gems
Sri Lankan sapphires are among the finest grade gems found anywhere.
7 Snap a Picture of a Stunning Beach
8 Visit a Cave Monastery
The cave monastery of Dambulla, a World Heritage site, has five sanctuaries and is the largest, best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.
9 Smell the Gorgeous Flowers
The Royal Botanical Garden Peradeniya near Kandy
10 Climb Ancient Stone Steps
Staircase at Yapahuwa Temple
11 See Centuries Old Hunter/gatherer Techniques
The stilt fishermen of Sri Lanka.
12 Take a Train Ride Though the Hill Country
Sri Lanka's Hill Country is a place where you can wear a fleece in the daytime and cuddle up beside a log fire in the evening.
13 Take a Ride in a Tuktuk
An experience not to be missed.
14 Visit a Tea Plantation
Many plantations offer tours to see how tea is made.
15 Lounge by the Pool
Amanwella, a modernist perch in Tangalle, on Sri Lanka’s southern coast.
16 Make Footprints in the Sand
17 See a Stunning Waterfall
Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa - Colombo
18 Visit a Spice Plantation
19 Be Awed by Huge Statues
Dambulla Cave Temple
20 Visit a National Park
An elephant in Habarana National Park
21 See Incredibly Colorful Birds
An Asian Fairy Bluebird
22 Take a Pew at a Beach Bar
23 Admire the Carvings
The Gal Vihara, is a rock temple of the Buddha situated in the UNESCO listed ancient city of Polonnaruwa
24 Dine on Traditional Sri Lankan Food
Egg hoppers and chicken curry
25 See Wonderful Wildlife
A Sri Lanka leopard known as a kotiya
26 Catch a Magical Sunset
27 Go for a Long Walk and Get Drenched in the Mist
28 Visit a Sacred City
29 See a Collection of Buddhas
Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo
30 Visit an Old Colonial Town
31 Catch Your Breath
32 Gaze up at a Very Tall Buddha
The Aukuna Buddha in Anuradhapura was built during King Dhatusena's reign (455-473AD). The +40ft statute was carved out on a massive rock face.
33 Shop at a Market
Like everywhere in Asia, the markets are really colorful, noisy and aromatic.
34 See a Relic of Buddha
Sri Dalada Maligawa aka Temple of the Tooth in Kandy is home to a Buddhist relic - one of Buddha's teeth.
35 See Conservation in Action
Turtle Conservation Project, Kosgoda.
36 Tread in a Place of Legend
Seetha Amman Kovil in Seetha Eliya. It is believed that Sitha was held captive here by the king Ravana as told in the Hindu epic, Ramayana.
37 See Ancient Crafts
A mask maker.
38 Adam's Peak
Adam’s Peak is well known for the Sri Pada, i.e.,"sacred footprint", a 1.8 m (5ft 11 in) rock formation near the summit, which in Buddhist tradition is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Islamic and Christian tradition that of Adam, or that of St. Thomas. In Islamic tradition it is the site where Adam fell to earth and where his footprint cane found
39 Visit the Capital
Colombo is noisy, noxious, overcrowded, edged by slums but also an absolutely fascinating place to visit.
40 Crane Your Neck to See the Top
Kandaswamy Kovil in Nalluir is one of the most significant Hindu temples in Northern Sri Lanka
41 Take a Crazy Dive
The stony ramparts at Galle
42 Climb up to Where Sri Lankan Buddhism Began
1840 steps, bordered with frangipane trees, leading to Mihintale, where the story of Sri Lankan Buddhism began.
43 Go Scuba Diving
Trincomalee in the East Coast of Sri Lanka
44 See the Sri Lankans at Work
Tamil farmers transporting coconut husks.
45 Chill and Reflect on a Fabulous Holiday
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