Updated: Oct 21, 2019
Hello! My name is Tia (@tee_uhhh) and I'm here to take you through my top 10 experiences in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is a tiny island country located in the Indian Ocean in South Asia. Sri Lanka is known as the place where the original soul of Buddhism is still thriving. During our eight day stay, we did a bit of everything whilst staying out of the super touristy spots for most of our trip. Whether you’re looking for a place to be one with nature, meditate, learn about the countries culture, relax on the beach, hike, or do something adventurous - Sri Lanka has it all and then some. Here are my top ten favourite things we experienced whilst visiting the gem of the Indian Ocean.
10. Visit Ravana Falls in Ella
Ravana Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Sri Lanka, located in Ella. If you're lucky enough to pass this beautiful waterfall, stop and take a few photos. Pictures are free and worth the few extra minutes.
9. Visit a Local Village
When we were in Sigiriya, we paid 3000 Rupees to take a boat across one of the lakes to a nearby local village where they cooked for us. We had the opportunity to crack the coconut open and peel the inside of the coconut out with one of their tools. They cooked us coconut sambal from scratch which was arguably one of the best meals we ate while in Sri Lanka. The locals were very welcoming and kind, I think they enjoyed making the food for us as much as we enjoyed eating it.
8. Hike Rose Quartz Mountain
Here's something you don't see on many lists of places to visit in Sri Lanka. Rose Quartz Mountain is a hidden gem located in The National Ironwood Forest in Dambulla. The mountain range is made of pink and violet quartz deposits. It takes about thirty minutes to get to the mountain range, as you'll have to walk through the forest to get there. Make sure you wear some good shoes, pack snacks, water and bring insect repellent!
7. Spend some time at Hikkaduwa Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach is a place I'd wish we'd spent more time at but unfortunately we only had eight days. Hikkaduwa is a small town located in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The water is clear, there were sea turtles in the water, lots of places to snorkel and dive, and perfect for those who love to surf. Hikkaduwa was the most touristy spot we'd visited so they can be a little pricy but overall, the beach was beautiful and relaxing.
6. Visit a Tea Plantation in Nuwara Eliya
Tea production is one of Sri Lanka's main sources of foreign exchange and contributes a large sum to the economy of the country. If you're looking for something more relaxing, learning about tea production and drinking a glass of tea is the perfect excursion for you. We visited Damro Tea in Nuwara Eliya, they provide free tours and their tea is delicious.
5. Go on a Safari in Yala National Park
Yala National Park is known as Sri Lanka's most famous wildlife park. The safari consists of sitting in a Jeep and roaming around the park looking for wildlife. We saw a few elephants, wild boar, a selection of birds, crocodiles, and buf