What to do in Sri Lanka; The ultimate bucket list

Sri Lanka may be a small island nation, but it has a lot of things going on for it! If you’re ever wondering ‘what to do in Sri Lanka?’; we’ve got you covered right here. There’s so much to do in Sri Lanka, however, here’s some of the things you must try on your visit to Sri Lanka;

1. Taste a king coconut

King coconuts are locally referred to as ‘thambili’ and are a bright-orange-coloured variety of coconuts which are indigenous to Sri Lanka. It’s one of the most popular beverages among the locals and is super refreshing and rejuvenating to sip at while you explore Sri Lanka attractions on a hot and sunny day. Here’s a tip; get your king coconut chopped in half (which the vendor will be happy to do for you) and scoop out the jelly like substance (lining the inner-side of the king coconut) using a part of the shell as a spoon. It’ll be divine, we promise!
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2. Visit a Rock-star- the Sigiriya rock fortress

The rock fortress in Sigiriya said to be built by King Kashyapa is considered to be the 8th wonder of the world. It is also one of the most valuable historic monuments in the island and the hike is definitely worth the view at its peak. Sigiriya is one of the most visited sites in Sri Lanka and it’s no surprise why! The climb, the view and everything in-between makes for the perfect Sri Lankan experience.
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3. Take a palm-tree swing
Want to make your friends and family ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at the wonders of your travels in Sri Lanka? Make sure you post that Insta-worthy picture of you swinging over the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka on a palm-tree swing. Swing over the ocean and capture that effortlessly picturesque moment on camera!
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4. Try some hoppers

Hoppers are a local delicacy that you must try in Sri Lanka. Famous for its texture; a hopper is crispy around the edges and has a soft core in the center. Head on over to Nuga Gama at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo to taste this local staple which is perfectly customizable to your preference, either sweet or spicy!

5. Visit Ella and all its wonders

Ella is fast becoming the most popular destination to visit in Sri Lanka. Visit Ella Sri Lanka, by train and experience one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. While you’re in Ella, you must visit, the Mini Adam’s Peak, the Nine Arch Bridge, Ravana Falls and Cave, and the Ella Rock among many other tourist attractions.
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6. Elephant and leopard encounters

A rich and diverse collection of mammals have found their homes in Sri Lanka including the elusive Leopard and the majestic elephant. Being one of the finest wildlife watching countries in South Asia, a wild life tour in Sri Lanka is guaranteed to give you a heart-warming and jaw-dropping experience of close encounters with Elephants and Leopards. Enjoy it in comfort by staying with us at Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts.
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Photo Credits: Chitral Jayatilake

7. High-tea at Cinnamon Lakeside

It is no wonder that a cup (or two, or many?) of the famous Ceylon Tea is a must try in Sri Lanka. So treat yourself to some of the best local teas, scrumptious tea-time savories and some mouth-watering sweets at the Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo. Eat your cares away and wash away your weariness with a comforting cup of tea with us. Here in Sri Lanka, there’s nothing a cup of tea cannot fix!

8. Visit the National Museum in Colombo

The majestic building that houses the National Museum was built in 1876, and is a renowned architectural masterpiece from the colonial times. Some of the rarities and artifacts at the museum date back to the 5th century. When you visit Colombo, do make a visit to the National Museum and travel back a couple of centuries and revel in the wonders of Sri Lanka’s rich history.

9. Whale-watching in Mirissa

There is no better place to head out to sea and observe majestic creatures like the Whales in their own habitat than in Mirissa. Journey into the deep seas and experience the vivacity of Sri Lanka’s marine life. Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon offers the best and definitely the most comfortable Marine Mammal Safari’s out there giving you the 5-star treatment you deserve.
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10. Experience the Hikkaduwa nightlife

The vibrant party atmosphere of Hikkaduwa attracts all the thrill-seekers and party animals to Hikkaduwa. With its perfectly relaxing atmosphere, ocean waves in the background and the sandy beach beneath, the party never stops! Dance until your legs are sore and experience the nightlife in Hikkaduwa at its best!

11. Cycle around an ancient city

When you visit the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, comprising of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy, the most popular, the best and most preferred method of transport is a bicycle. Bicycles can be hired all over these cities for a cost of about USD 5-7. So let your hair down and cycle around the much loved ancient cities of Sri Lanka.
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12. Treat yourself to some water sports

Whilst Sri Lanka provides a perfectly relaxing getaway, it is also the place to be for the thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies out there! The water sports in the coastal areas of Sri Lanka are a must try and you can do so to your hearts content while you stay at Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon, Cinnamon Bey Beruwala or the Cinnamon Bentota Beach which is set to open in December 2019.
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Author: Shenella Fonseka

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