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Sri Lanka – Things to do

Sri Lanka Attractions

Sri Lanka will do its best to enchant you. After all, this is the land of mist-shrouded landscapes, ancient ruins and enthralling wildlife. Discover the ruins of Polonnaruwa and Galle and sip tea among the plantations of Nuwara Eliya.

Temple of the Tooth by night

Temple of the Tooth

This mysterious 17th century temple, the legendary home of the Buddha’s tooth, is one of Sri Lanka’s most captivating. See the six golden caskets the tooth was hidden in after it was smuggled here in the hair of a princess.

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Elephant transit home - Udawalawe

Udawalawe National Park

This once small nature reserve is now an attraction to thousands every year. Everyone who visits takes away the amazing experience of the vast areas of roaming space and the mix of wildlife that inhabit it.

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Market stall selling local produce

Sri Lanka Cuisine

Likened to South Indian cuisine, Sri Lankan flavours are dominated by spices, coconut and chillies, with the island's dishes considered among the worlds hottest. While standard foods are spicy, many restaurants tone the chilli content down for tourists.

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Built on and around a towering 200-metre-high rock, this is just one of Sri Lanka's World Heritage Sites.

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Dambulla cave temple

Dambulla Rock Temple

Dating back to the 1st century, and containing stunning Buddhist murals, this is the best-preserved temple in Sri Lanka.

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Reclining Buddha at Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa

See the remains of this remarkable city, filled with ruins, statues, and Brahmanic monuments.

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Tea pickers

Hill country and tea plantations

This is where you will get a true taste of Sri Lanka, with raging rivers, herds of majestic elephants, fabulous scenery and walking opportunities.

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Small fishing boat

Tropical beaches

1,000 miles of palm-fringed beaches are waiting to welcome you to this exquisite island, from the golden swathes of Negombo and the beautiful lagoons of Bentota to the pristine coral reefs of Unawatuna in Galle.

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Snorkelling around Pigeon Island

Spend a day with a relaxed snorkelling trip and discover Sri Lanka’s beautiful underwater world. Pigeon Island is a national park featuring pristine, magical corals. If you're very lucky you might spot a shark or a turtle, among the vibrant reefs teeming with animals. Alternatively, simply relax on the beautiful beaches and watch the locals playing in their cherished waters.

Nuwara Eliya

Hill country

Visiting Sri Lanka's Hill Country offers a chance to taste and sample the traditional Ceylon Tea at many of the local plantations. Sri Lankan tea is delicious, scented and relaxing, and all grown locally. Many of the tea plantations offer tours, helping you learn how the process develops the tiniest plant into the tastiest tea.

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Gal Oya National Park

Waterfalls

There's a wonderful bonus to visiting these hills on your holidays in Sri Lanka. In the regions of Kandy and Nuwara Eliya you can see many waterfalls; some are huge while others are more tranquil and calming. There are some truly beautiful plunge pools, like Ramboda Falls, where you can take a dip.