Things to Do in Sri Lanka

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Things to do

Here at Scott Dunn, our experts know the very best things to do in Sri Lanka, having explored the entire country to find you the most exclusive and memorable experiences. 

For nature-lovers, a wildlife safari in Sri Lanka is a must, with the country being home to many magnificent national parks teeming with animals. The Wilpattu National Park is a top Sri Lanka attraction, offering full and half-day safaris where you’ll get to see elephants, giraffes, and sometimes even leopards. For an exhilarating adventure, a hike through the Knuckles Reserve Forest is a spectacular experience. On a safari or hiking tour, we’ll also book you knowledgeable guides that will show you the best off-grid spots and nature’s highlights.

If you fancy trying a fun and active pursuit during your trip, we can even arrange for private surf lessons, as Sri Lanka serves up fantastic surf along the south coast. Then, once you’ve hit the waves you can relax with a cocktail as you watch the sunset from the beach.

Foodies will no doubt love the local cuisine, with Sri Lankan dishes renowned for their unique flavours and delicious combinations. Why not let us arrange a private cookery course for you, ready to impress your friends and family when you’re home?

Whatever it is you’re looking to do, our experts will craft you the luxury holiday of a lifetime, rich in memories and unforgettable experiences.

A Southern Blend - Visit a Tea Plantation

A Southern Blend - Visit a Tea Plantation

Koggala Lake, South Coast, Sri Lanka

It is not just Sri Lanka's Hill Country that is home to tea plantations; not far from Koggala Lake is the South Coast's very own tea plantation. See the ladies plucking tea leaves and visit the tea factory and learn about Sri Lanka's most famous export.

Anuradhapura Ancient City

Anuradhapura Ancient City

Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura dates from the sixth century BC and is one of Buddhism's holiest sites, containing the 2,200 year old Sri Maha Bodhi tree, grown from a cutting of the Indian tree beneath which Buddha found Enlightenment.

Batticaloa by Bicycle

Batticaloa by Bicycle

East Coast, Sri Lanka

Spend the day exploring Batticaloa and the surrounding countryside by bicycle, visiting some of the more interesting sites and taking in the beautiful scenery.

Colombo - Cookery Demonstration

Colombo - Cookery Demonstration

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Visit a local market to choose ingredients before heading to Mrs Dole's house where she will explain and demonstrate the art of Sri Lankan cuisine. Visitors can participate in the cooking and then enjoy the fruits of their labour with a delicious lunch.

Colombo - Mark Forbes Walk

Colombo - Mark Forbes Walk

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Enjoy a guided tour of Colombo's hidden corners. Mark Forbes or one of his team will take you on a tour of the city's historic buildings before visiting the Pettah Market. This tour lasts around two to three hours.

Colombo - Tuk Tuk Safari

Colombo - Tuk Tuk Safari

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Enjoy this four hour tour of Colombo by tuk tuk. A fun way to get around, this tour is an interactive immersion into local life, culture and a chance to sample Sri Lankan food and of course tea. Heading to famous landmarks including the Dutch Hospital.

Adventure Culture Off the beaten track
Colombo Walking Tour

Colombo Walking Tour

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Go on a walking tour of Colombo's pre- and post-colonial sites with Mark Forbes.

Colonial Colombo by Vintage Car

Colonial Colombo by Vintage Car

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colonial Colombo by Vintage Car is a fabulous way to explore this evolving city as the sun sets. Cruise around in your chauffeur driven vintage car and retrace Colombo's colonial past.

Couples Culture
Cycling Tour outside Galle

Cycling Tour outside Galle

Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka

Spend half a day cycling through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside outside Galle.

Dambulla Buddhist Caves

Dambulla Buddhist Caves

Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka

Dambulla is an ancient historical site set on a large granite outcrop. The caves at Dambulla are famous for their temples and have been repainted several times in the 11th, 12th and 18th centuries with secular and Buddhist scenes.

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