For a relatively small island, Sri Lanka is an incredibly diverse country. Whether you’re a history buff, adrenalin junkie or just want to relax on a beautiful beach, it really does have something for everyone. With more operators now offering packages form the UK and Europe, it’s never been easier to visit the teardrop shaped Island. If like us, you don’t like the constraints of a package deal, you can get return flights direct from London Heathrow for as little as £500pp with Sri Lankan Airways.

Need more persuading? Keep reading…


1. Spend hours getting lost in an ancient city.


2. Admire colonial architecture in the picturesque town of Galle. Once you’re inside the walled city, you’ll feel like you’re in a completely different country.


3. Tick off some UNESCO sites by visiting one or all of the 8 World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka. (Photo – Cave Temples of Dambulla).


4. Party all night on one of the many party beaches. Our favourite was Unawatuna.


5. Take a seat in the open door of a train. The scenic but 8 hour journey from Kandy to Ella was one the highlights of our trip.


6. Ride the streets in a crazy tuk tuk, just don’t forget to negotiate the price before you get in.


7. Experience nature at its best – in the wild. With 22 national parks to choose from there is an abundance of wildlife to see.


8. Take a walk along the train from Ella Station to the Nine Arch Bridge. If you’re organised enough, check the train timetable and hopefully you’ll see a train go over it. The trains are slow but be cautious on the tracks.


9. Swim with turtles in the Indian ocean, but please don’t touch.


10. Find enlightenment in one of the many Buddhist Temples.


11. Fill your belly with delicious local foods. Don’t be afraid to try the street food, it’s much better than any Western style restaurant you’ll find.


12. Sip on the aptly named cocktail Arrack Attack. Arrack is a popular spirit amongst locals, but be warned, it’s the devils juice and you may not be able to function properly the following day.


13. Spend at least one day exploring he hustle and bustle of Colombo. Despite what people say, it’s worth seeing.


14. Tea will be shoved under your nose at every opportunity. Make the most of it, it will be some of the best tea you’ve ever tasted.


15. Give homestay a try, you’ll get an incredible opportunity to meet and live like a local, even if just for one night.


16. Climb the 5500 steps to the summit of Adams peak (we just did the little one).


17. Be amazed at how a palace could be built on a 660 ft rock during the 5th century.


18. Get your surf on in Arugams Bay.


19. Gasp at the breathtaking landscapes all around you.


20. Enjoy the luxury of the cheap accommodation (not as cheap as SE Asia but, by Western standard).

Have you visited Sri Lanka? What were your highlights?

Pin 20 Reason to vist Sri Lanka


  1. Seeing posts about Sri Lanka makes me even more excited to visit this year! I’d love to see a turtle there (but obviously won’t touch it). Where did you see one? And which national parks would you recommend? I can’t wait to see elephants in the wild!


    1. You’ll love it. We saw turtles in Hikkaduwa. They come in to shore everyday as the locals feed them seaweed. Even though the locals feed them they do try and encurage the tourists to repect them. For elephants we went to Kadulla National Park (but check the migration pattern for the time of year) and we saw leopards in Yala National Park. Are you planning on travelling around?


  2. This post makes me so happy, especially since I’m reading it on my guesthouse balcony in Galle while drinking a cold Lion beer! It’s a great list, and I don’t disagree with any of it. Galle, especially, has captured my heart. I was originally only here for two nights. I left and immediately came back because I missed it so much. I booked a ten day stay inside the fort and just extended it a few more. I know I eventually have to leave, but it’s going to be awful. Of course I do want to see the rest of the country, but maybe I could just stay one more night…

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    1. You have no idea how jealous I am that you’re in Galle and I’m sat in the rainy UK! We stayed in Unawatuna and just visited Galle for the day, it’s such a beautiful yet strange place, I didn’t feel like I was in Sri Lanka when inside the fort. Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay 🙂


  3. Sri Lanka is just edging around the top of my bucket list – I really do want to get there soon! Thanks for some great suggestions that I didn’t know about, in addition to the ones I did that I’m now even more inspired about!

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  4. I didn’t know very much about Sri Lanka before reading your post, but it looks so pretty and somewhere you can just go exploring! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. You probably could have had me convinced with like two or three reasons, haha! But with 20, I am probably gonna see how much flights cost after I post this comment. Awesome pictures, Sri Lanka has always been near the top of my list, and for good reason as you have just confirmed!

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  6. I visited back in October with my friend and we loved it. There were so many different types of things to do and I loved how the landscape changed from one day to the next (and I think we only saw a fraction on what’s on offer).

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  7. Gotta agree with all of your points why people should go to Sri Lanka! Nature is so beautiful there and all the Buddhist Temples are just amazing to go visit! Of course the Ella train trip to Kandy is one of our highlights

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