Our most recommended things to do in Sri Lanka
1. From Ella: Diyaluma Falls Full-Day Tour with Lunch
You’ll begin your full-day tour of the beautiful Diyaluma Falls, Sri Lanka’s second highest waterfall, when you’re picked up from your central city hotel. You’ll then travel to Koslanda, where you’ll begin a small hike to the upper area of Diyaluma. Once you’ve reached your destination, you’ll experience breathtaking views of the valley and the surrounding Sri Lankan wilderness and have the chance to take stunning photos and relax upon the precipice. There’ll also be ample time for you to enjoy a refreshing dip in these pristine, crystal-clear waters, allowing you to fully unwind and escape the daily grind of modern life. The day trip includes lunch and you’ll finish the tour with unforgettable memories of the natural beauty of Sri Lanka.
2. Udawalawe: Full-Day Safari Experience with Lunch
Meet your friendly driver at 6:00 AM at your hotel in Udawalawe to begin your adventure to Udawalawe National Park. Covering an area of 230,821 hectares, explore Udawalawe National Park and its thriving elephant population of approximately 500 elephants. Discover the park's various other wildlife, with wild buffalo, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, sambar, hare, mongoose, crocodiles, and 30 species of snakes that have been recorded. 50 species of butterflies and many types of birds are also found in the park. Have a thrilling experience during your safari tour and take some time to enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. At the conclusion of your exciting safari trip, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
3. Sri Lanka: 4-Hour Guided Cycling Tour of Ella
Your cycling adventure begins when you meet your guide at Ella Gap Hotel to get familiar with the bikes and learn some handy safety hints. You’ll then cycle out across Demodara Nine Arch Bridge and veer off the main road into the wilderness. From here, you’ll ride through vast Sri Lankan paddy fields, pass by local tea plantations, and discover the native plants of a variety of regional spices. Stop off to enjoy some refreshments at a nearby restaurant before heading back onto the main road and cycling onwards to Little Adam’s Peak, where you’ll take in spectacular views of the surrounding Ella countryside. Once you’ve cycled around 20 kilometers, you’ll find yourself back at your starting point, rejuvenated from all the fresh air and exercise ready for a well-deserved rest.
4. Colombo: Yapahuwa, Dambadeniya, & Panduwasnuwara Tour
The tour begins with early morning pickup from your Colombo hotel at 6am, then travels the 2-hour journey to the first stop of the day, the Kingdom of Dambadeniya. Step back in time as you wander around the ruins of Dambadeniya, once a bustling mid-13th century hub reigned over by King Parakramabahu II. See the recently excavated remains of the Temple of the Tooth, as well as the fascinating royal palace complex with its gardens, walls, and moats. By 10:30am arrive at the next stop of the day, the former capital of Sri Lanka, Yapahuwa. Marvel at the city’s fortress which was built on a giant rock, boasting wide staircases, beautiful stone sculptures, and highly detailed pillar carvings. Climb to the top of the fortress to view the ruins of the stupa on the summit of the rock, which once would have been used as a center for meditation. Spend a few hours exploring ruins of Yapahuwa, then ...
5. Galle/Unawatuna/Mirissa: Udawalawe Safari with Lunch
Your experience begins as you are collected from your centrally located hotel in Galle, Unawatuna, or Mirissaat at 10:30AM. Following a meet and greet, proceed to the Udawalawe National Park. Upon your arrival to the Udawalawe National Park at 1:30PM, enjoy a mouthwatering lunch after which you'll spend a thrilling 3 hours taking a safari on board a Jeep. The Udawalawe National Park is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see wild elephants. An Asian elephant herd consisting of no less than 400 of the animals is permanently residing in the park. The area is capable of sustaining large numbers of elephants, which is primarily thanks to its abundant water sources. Hundreds of elephants annually migrate to the park from nearby protected areas as well. Following your safari, your experience ends as you are transferred back to your hotel in Galle, Unawatuna, or Mirissa.
6. Colombo: Colombo Airport (CMB) and Colombo City Transfer
Enjoy a relaxing and comfortable private transfer from Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) to your hotel. Head to the airport arrivals lobby after landing to meet your driver who will be holding a sign board with your name on it. If you are unable to locate your driver, a support team is on hand 24/7. Let your driver escort you and your luggage to your comfortable and safe vehicle. Sit back and relax during the 1-2 hour journey to your preferred drop-off location. Rely on your driver's expertise to travel the safest, most traffic-free route possible. Feel free to let your driver know in case you need to stop for refreshments or emergencies.
7. From Negombo: Bentota Full-Day Tour
Begin your day at 8:00 AM at Madu River in Balapitiya for a boat safari. For one-hour, journey through the primitive depths of the mangrove marshes. Traverse the dark and dangerous caverns, formed by the thick mangrove forests, interspersed with stretches of bright open water. The next destination is the Kothduwa Temple. This Buddhist temple is located on the island and is known as the Kothduwa Raja Maha Viharaya. The island is within the Madu Ganga Estuary. Madu Ganga is an archipelago of fifteen different islands and a lagoon. It is believed that a Relic of Lord Buddha was once sheltered in the Kothduwa temple circa 340CE. Enjoy lunch then visit the Lunuganga Garden. Geoffrey Bawa was one of Asia's finest architects. He passed away in 2003. Lunuganga was Bawa’s country home. It sits in an enchanting atmosphere with glorious views. It is now managed by the Lunuganga Trust. Admire th...
8. Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip from Colombo
Depart Colombo and travel by a shared vehicle, in a small group, to the city of Sigiriya, and head directly to Sigiriya Rock on arrival. Gaze in awe at the massive column of rock that, according to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle The Culavamsa, was selected by King Kasyapa as the site of his new capital. Admire numerous paintings of historic queens, princesses, and maids inside the rock fortress before getting a break for lunch at your own expense. Then, explore some of the traditional crafts of the region, such as wood carving and batik textiles, with time to purchase souvenirs before departing. Start the journey back towards Colombo via Dambulla to explore the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Discover the magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings of vivid colors and different shapes, painted from around the 2nd century B.C. up to the 18th-century Kandy...
This is a must do activity in Sri Lanka. Amazing view of endless nature in Sigiriya, but also a lot of other small activities on the way there and back.
9. Colombo: Angampora Martial Arts Show Private Half-Day Tour
Discover the ancient martial art of Angampora and witness an exciting combat fight up close. After getting picked up from your hotel in Colombo, head to the Angampora Training Center in Athurugiriya, a journey which will take approximately 1.5 hours. Upon arrival at the center, enjoy a 45-minute demonstration of this legendary martial art. Watch as skilled fighters fight hand-to-hand, grappling, striking and attacking each others pressure points with the aim of causing extreme pain. However, it's not all blood and guts, you will also discover how Angampora can be used in daily life, in areas such as self-defense, meditation, and exercise. After the demonstration, meet with professional Angampora experts and ask any questions you may have about the history and techniques of Angampora. Finish your experience by learning a few basic self-defense techniques, enabling you to experience Anga...
10. Yala National Park All-Inclusive 2-Day Safari
Spend the night in a treehouse at the 2nd largest national park in Sri Lanka and look for wildlife on an evening and early morning nature trek. Benefit from the expertise of a game ranger as your personal guide. Day 1: Following pick-up at your hotel, journey towards Yala National Park in southeast Sri Lanka. Upon arrival at Tissamarama, head to the luxurious Leopard Nest campsite and check in to one of the treehouses. Enjoy lunch at the campsite's main restaurant or at one of the many outdoor locations before some time to relax. Get back to nature with an evening game drive and look for wildlife, such as leopards in their natural environment. Return to the campsite to freshen up before drinks and appetizers around the campfire. Dinner will be served at one of many locations throughout the camp. Day 2: Enjoy breakfast at a private location by a lake w...
We have engaged Beyond Escapes for our Yala Tour and it was fantastic! Not only did we manage to see numerous wild animals in the safari, the experience to stay in a tree house is great! Separately, I would like to compliment our driver, Mr Kumara, who fetched us from Mirissa to Yala Park stay, and the next day to Nuwara Eliya. (Note that Safari has its own and another driver.) Kumara is a very good guide and great driver. He showed us around and dropped us at some spots around our journey to take nice photos. 2 thumbs up for him! Thank you once again!
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