31 best things to do in Sri Lanka 2023

1. Go Surfing

No Sri Lanka trip would be complete without getting in the water. Sri Lanka is a beginner surfers paradise. Hikkaduwa on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast is the popular spot where we tried surfing. The sandy break cushions your fall and the waves are not the gigantic intimidating pipes seen in Hawaii or Australia.

If you have never surfed before, Hikkiduwa in Sri Lanka is the place to do it. It is very easy to learn here and the conditions are perfect for the first-timer. So if you are looking for something to do in Sri Lanka, give surfing a try!

There are plenty of things to do in Hikkaduwa besides surfing. It has a long sandy beach filled with beach bars, resorts and shopping. So spend a bit of time chilling in this popular expat town.

2. Aragum Bay

On the west coast of Sri Lanka, there is a popular beach that offers bigger and better waves that is an awesome spot for surfing called Aragum Bay. This is where you’ll find a lot of surfers hanging out waiting to catch a wave. The season is different than Hikkaduwa’s however, so make sure to check when surfing on the west coast is popular.

Arugam Bay, with its perfect waves, became our favorite spot for surfing. Even as beginners, we enjoyed the thrill of riding the waves in this surfer’s paradise. But surfing is not all Arugam Bay offers. Its relaxed vibe and beautiful beaches make it a perfect getaway.

Make sure to explore the local cuisine and the nightlife of Arugam Bay. The delectable seafood, coupled with lively beach parties, made our stay unforgettable. If you’re seeking adventure or just wish to chill, Arugam Bay is an excellent choice.

2. Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Nothing prepared us for the awe-inspiring sight of Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Known as the ‘Lion Rock Fortress,’ this ancient palace and fortress complex enthralled us with its sheer magnitude and ingenuity. The arduous climb to the top was instantly rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, something that will remain etched in our memories forever.

During the climb, take your time to see its impressive frescoes, the mirror wall, and the lion gate. The important archeological site is very impressive. Gracing the covers of many Sri Lankan Guide books, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Sri Lanka’s most recognizable sites.

It is also set in a beautiful location in Sri Lanka. Surrounded by jungle, villages, and farmland, Sigiriya Rock is a location set back in time. Monkeys play on the trails and crocodiles dwell in its moat. The entry price is steep, but it is a beautiful view with an impressive museum as well.

3. Go On Safari In Yala National Park

Yala National Park is one of the few places in the world where you can see a leopard. I put Yala up there as one of our top things to do in Sri Lanka. We had so much fun looking at all the wildlife and four-wheeling through the park in our safari truck. Hanging out and making new friends was part of the fun!

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