Sri Lanka is a beautiful tear-drop shaped island country in the India Ocean. It may look small on the map but don’t be fooled by its size because this tourist destination is home to sandy beaches, hills, jungles, ancient monuments and excellent food. This place offers a perfect blend of culture, history and fun activities for everyone who sets foot in this picture-perfect landscape. If you are planning on visiting Sri Lanka anytime soon, here are some of the touristy things that you can indulge in here to make the most of your trip. 

1. Take a dip in some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sri Lanka. 

Devon Falls, Laxapana Falls, Ramboda Falls, and Glen Falls are some of the most scenic waterfalls in Sri Lanka that you can visit if you want to take a refreshing dip or simply relax on the shores, with your loved ones. 

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2. Hop on a train ride from Kandy to the cloud-kissed town of Ella for an unforgettable experience. 

You will be taken through green seas of tea plantations, cottony clouds and breathtaking views of lush hills as you descend to reach Ella. This is undoubtedly one of the most unique things to do in Sri Lanka.

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3. Spot whales and dolphins in Mirissa, Sri Lanka. 

You can opt for a guided whale/dolphin watching tours in Mirissa if you want to spot these wonderful creatures sprinting about in the sea joyfully. The best time to go for this tour is from November to April. 

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4. Sip on some tea and explore the lush, green tea plantations that Sri Lanka has to offer. 

Sri Lanka is one of the leading producers of tea in the world so you can explore the lush, green landscape surrounded by beautiful tea plantations in Sri Lanka, if you want to stay away from crowded tourist spots. 

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5. Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress for a 360 degree view of the surroundings.

Climbing rocky steps and narrow metal stairs may seem like a task but it is definitely worth the effort. On reaching the top, you’ll get an uninterrupted view of the surrounding hills, forests, pastures, lakes, and even monuments of Sigiriya from the top that will leave you spellbound.  

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6. Explore the sandy beaches of Sri Lanka. 

The expansive coastlines of Sri Lanka offer some of the most beautiful beaches for all the water babies out there. Bentota, Weligama, Galle, Induruwa, Hikkaduwa, Koggala, Negombo and Trincomalee are some of the best sandy beaches that offer the best scenic views. 

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7. Head to Madu River if you want to indulge in water sports.

If you are an adventure junkie, head to Madu River or the beaches in Bentota for endless fun activities. Jet skiing, banana boat ride, parasailing, paramotoring, speed boat ride, yachting, canoeing and kayaking are among the most adventurous things to do in Sri Lanka.  

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8. Visit the sprawling floating market of Pettah. 

The floating market of Pettah is built on a bridge located above Beira Lake. You can visit this pretty little market to buy clothes, bags, accessories, electronics jewellery items and souvenirs. 

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9. Spot leopards in Yala National Park. 

Plan a day trip to Yala National Park if you are a wildlife lover, adventure enthusiast or a wildlife photographer. You can spot leopards, elephants, Sri Lankan sloth bears, crocodiles and a number of dangerous reptiles. This national park is also famous for its beach and its picture-perfect fishing villages. 

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10. Go on a Catamaran Cruise trip in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. 

If you really want to spend some quality time with your loved ones, opt for a trip on Catamaran cruise which will let you collect some fond memories of Sri Lanka. You can soak in some sun, read a book or relax and take in the fresh air while you enjoy the cruise. 

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11. Visit the gorgeous Dambulla Cave temple.

If you want to seek inner peace head to Dambulla Cave temple which is also known as Golden Rock temple. This cave temple is made with a massive granite outcrop, which is why, it is also declared as one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO. 

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