1. Sunrise Hike to Ella Rock
Even though Ella has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka, there are hidden and most treasured secrets that are known only by the travel souls. The sunrise hike to Ella Rock is one of the most tiring experiences you will have during your stay, but it will all be worth the effort when you witness the golden rays rising from the skies to the melodies of the birds and the rustling of the trees. This picturesque moment will capture your heart instantly and it’s the perfect Instagram worthy moment to capture from your camera. And who doesn’t like a little bit of sunrise yoga when you feel like you’re on top of the world.
2. Surf your heart away
It’s no secret that Sri Lanka has the most heavenly beaches and it’s a paradise for the surfers, yogis and all the lovers of water sports. Did you know that there are secret camps that provide you yoga, meditation, relaxation and even surfing lessons? You will get to explore different cultures and make new friends from different parts of the world. With the enormous waves of the ocean, you can surf until your heart starts beating with excitement. And it’s not simply about the exciting and adventurous sports, you can even grab a book of the poem and relax under a palm tree with a “thambili” in your hand.
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3. Into the Untouched Woods
Walk into one of the pristine forests in Sri Lanka and you will get a chance to escape your busy schedules and take time for yourself and rediscover yourself with yoga, meditation in hillside hermitage. The free spirit inside you needs healing and discovery and peacefulness. In the knuckles mountain range, you will meet two monks who have been maintaining one of the core duties of the monastic. And you will be able to learn Dhamma and bring some peace to your spirit as well.
4. Go UP to the sky
Nothing beats a hot air balloon ride under the blue skies and across the central plains of the island. The birds-eye view of the ancient kingdoms, lakes and mountains will make you want to take a hot air balloon ride every day. And it’s the perfect time to take out your camera and capture those beautiful moments. The birds-eye view of the Sigiriya - the kingdom standing tall one the massive rock is definitely an Instagram worthy moment.
5. Take a ride in an Air Taxi
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We all know how sometimes our vacations start to feel short and when you have so much to explore and little time, what can you do? There’s an exciting solution for that and it’s the ride in a Sri Lankan Air Taxi. It’s one of those taxis that take the high road to a destination. A bird’s eye of this beautiful tropical island holding diverse landscapes and historic landmarks. And what’s better than grabbing your camera and taking in those memories when you’re almost touching the mountain peaks during your air taxi ride?
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6. Walk through the emerald paddy-fields and countryside
One of the best things about visiting Sri Lanka is the gorgeous, sprawling countryside. One of our favourite things to do in Sri Lanka is to get out into the countryside and take numerous strolls through the rice paddy fields. And it feels refreshing to get away from the crowds and traffic of the urban life and experience the countryside. And taking a stroll through the rice paddy fields is also the perfect remedy. During your walk, you will meet villagers, farmers and you might even come across small huts near the trees.
7. Ayurveda Panchakarma Treatments in Sri Lanka
A system of healing that has been perfecting its way for more than 5000 years is what you need during your vacation to heal yourself mentally, physically and spiritually. “Ayurveda” is a way of life and not only just a form of medication. Ayurveda is a form of medicine that has been known to more many generations in Sri Lanka for more than 3000 years. So how about a vacation where you focus on yourself and your wellbeing? “Panchakarma” is the 5 natural ways of treatments that you will be receiving. Wellness and relaxation during your journey in Sri Lanka
8. Farm to Table
What is a vacation without indulging yourself in the traditional ways of life on the island? With the exciting beaches, taxi rides over the diverse landscapes and water sports, it’s time for you to get a hands-on experience of the village life and the culinary art that is an experience of a lifetime. And who knows, you might end up making the same dishes at home as well. During your stay, you can head out and pick out fresh organic vegetables from the farmer’s market and make your own delicious, spicy and traditional Island dish.
9. From the waterfalls to the hidden ponds
A waterfall excursion is a next adventure that will leave you breathless and stunned by the beauty of nature. Visiting some of the most famous waterfalls in Sri Lanka out of the 400 recorded waterfalls should be added to your bucket list. While some waterfalls are rugged and can only be seen from a distance, some have naturals pools to bathe in. And the hike to see some waterfalls is an added adventure for the exploring junkie out there. It’s definitely a must do while you’re in Sri Lanka
10. Trendy Healthy Cafes & Urban Culture
It’s an ever more evolving cafe culture that captures our interest next. We’d love to enjoy a cup of hot coffee made from roasted coffee beans and have a chat with our friends and capture those quirky cafe culture moments and the quirky, rustic or vintage interior. Colombo houses many restaurants, cafes and little bakeries and exploring them is an experience that will indeed satisfy your taste buds. Even if you move away from Colombo, the cafe culture stands tall anywhere you go, Ella, Galle or even Kandy.
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