Hiking is usually done up in the Hill country where mountains and waterfalls are found in abundance. Jungles and nature reserves are also covered during hiking. A bit of bird watching can also be thrown in at the same time.
Fully trained guides are on hand by hotels that offer hiking as a part of their package when it comes to exploring Sri Lanka.
One of the many reasons as to why people visit Sri Lanka is because of its very diverse wildlife. From flora to fauna, a lot of species are endemic to Sri Lanka. A lot of people, even the locals come to nature reserves and forests to get a glimpse of rare creatures for maybe once in their whole lifetime.
A lot of nature reserves and sanctuaries are in Sri Lanka in order to protect the wildlife from human interests that might harm the animals including poaching. Visitors are allowed in to these reserves where you can take safari trips with a trained guide provided by the reserves themselves.
- Yala National Park, Wasgamuwa National Park, Wilpattu National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Bundala National Park, Horton Plains, Minneriya National Park
DEEP SEA FISHING
As the waves plummet the sides of the boat and the sea birds call above your head, the ocean’s scent and the thrill of the chase is exhilarating. Shark, Marlin, Tuna, the big names in deep-water game fishing roam Sri Lanka’s deep seas. Closer to shore the calmer waters teem with a variety of species, and the hospitable local fishermen are only too willing to invite visitors to join them on their daily or nightly excursions off the coastline.
Pink frangipani flowers float in terracotta bowls, their sweet fragrance, a counterpoint to the earthy herbal notes of the oil being gently massaged into your feet and body. As you lie on a neem wood table, with dried neem leaves hanging from the ceiling to purify the air, you slip into that elusive state where body and mind are in complete harmony, the only reminder of the outside world being the soft sigh of the Indian Ocean in the background.
One of the world’s oldest forms of healing, Ayurveda — derived from the Sanskrit words for life (ayuh) and knowledge or science (veda) — originated in India more than 3,000 years ago and soon spread to Sri Lanka, where Sinhalese kings established Ayurveda treatment centres in the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. In Ayurveda, a combination of herbs, diet, massage, hydrotherapy and oil treatment is used to treat everything from stress to diabetes, migraine, asthma, arthritis and high blood pressure. Ayurveda specialists will tell you that this form of treatment also helps boost the immune system, promotes a general sense of well-being and even helps delay the ageing process.
Sri Lanka is now the ultimate romantic destination in the world. The number of weddings held per year in Sri Lanka is increasing day by day. A lot of hotels and resorts offer wedding and honeymoon packages that guarantee that you will have a really memorable wedding and honeymoon.
Let your imagination run wild so that you can have limitless possibilities for making one of the most important days in your life a dream come true. Most people opt for traditional Sinhalese weddings with going-away elephant rides, so on and so forth. A registrar is also at hand in most resorts based on requests. It will be a very different and very chic wedding experience and moreover, you can spend the honeymoon at a very romantic getaway by the beach or the in hill country. You will have the most amazing day in your life and that's guaranteed for sure.
One of the favorite recreational activities among tourists. There are several dive sites along Sri Lanka's coastline, where scuba diving is mostly done: Hikkaduwa beach and Tangalla beach during November to April and Nilaveli from April to September. While diving, you will be able to experience the rich and breathtakingly beautiful coral reefs and fish.
- Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Negombo, Nilaveli
The most famous place for surfing is the Arugam bay on the East Coast which also happened to host the 2004 National Championships. The usual surfing season is from April to September when it is very windy. Southern Coastal beaches are also famous among surfers.
- Arugam Bay, Bentota, Hikkaduwa
National Parks, sanctuaries and nature reserves abound on this compact little island nation, each offering a plethora of unique landscapes and a stunning variety of both endemic and migratory wildlife.
While leopards, elephants and sloth bears are among the favourites of the terrestrial animals to be witnessed in the wild, Sri Lanka also has a vast range of bird species, numerous amphibians and an immense variety of reptiles resident in its wilds.