Sri Lanka is a very small island in the Indian Ocean, in the shape of a small teardrop. Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, the natural beauty of this island and the hospitality of its people will surely leave you in love. Here are some of the most uniquely Sri Lankan activities you can do while you’re here.
Visit a tea estate in Nuwara Eliya
The hill country of Sri Lanka is an adventure into the past. Nuwara Eliya reflects the charming aesthetic of British Colonial architecture, representing the country’s long history under foreign rule. This is also where the famous Ceylonese tea comes from. There are so many neatly manicured tea estates that offer tours into their factories and see the pluckers in action. You can even buy souvenirs to gift loved ones back home.
Have a hearty Sri Lankan meal
With the sea surrounding this island, it is not surprising that the seafood here is mind-blowing. Sri Lankan crab and other fish are delicacies in many countries so don’t miss out on the opportunity to try some. Coastal towns such as Negombo offer amazing seafood; many resorts and hotels in the area such as Club Hotel Dolphin and many other amazing Negombo restaurants offer fresh seafood prepared according to authentic Sri Lankan cooking styles.
Experience true Tamilian culture in Jaffna
The northern corner of Sri Lanka was not allowed access by tourists because of the deep unrest and civil war that raged on for years. But now, the region is once again open to everyone and is perfectly safe for a holiday. You can now experience the true Tamil culture there, taste the unique food, experience the spiritual gratification and get to know a whole new aspect of Sri Lanka.
Be mesmerized by the colonial charm of Galle
The city of Galle used to be the headquarters of the Dutch while they ruled Sri Lanka. The historic Galle Fort too was built by the Dutch in 1663. It is one of the many iconic landmarks left behind by the dutch. Walking through the cities of Galle, you will be able to see houses, charming boutiques, and many other buildings heavily influenced by Dutch colonial architecture.
Tour the extraordinary temples of Colombo
There are so many serene and beautiful temples hidden within the busy streets of Colombo. Gangaramaya Temple is one such temple and it is situated right in the heart of Colombo, facing the Beira Lake. Sri Kailawasanthan Swami Devasthanam Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in the country.