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.

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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.

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
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.

Explore Galle Fort

Explore Galle Fort

Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka

While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.

Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle

Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle

Galle, Sri Lanka

Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.

Culture Off the beaten track Adventure
Gal Oya Lodge - Climb Monkey Mountain

Gal Oya Lodge - Climb Monkey Mountain

Gal Oya National Park, Sri Lanka

Enjoy this truly off-the-beaten track experience climbing Monkey Mountain. Located close to Gal Oya Lodge, this is the perfect experience for adventurous guests wishing to get outside. After a two-hour trek, you will be rewarded with outstanding views.

Adventure Off the beaten track
Gal Oya Lodge - Jeep Safari and Walk through Nilgala

Gal Oya Lodge - Jeep Safari and Walk through Nilgala

East Coast, Sri Lanka

As it is Sri Lanka's most untouched national park, Gal Oya is a fantastic location to see wildlife with very few other visitors. On this experience you will enjoy a jeep safari coupled with a walk through the unspoilt Nilgala section of the park.

Galle Cooking Experience - Food for the Soul

Galle Cooking Experience - Food for the Soul

Galle, Sri Lanka

During your time in Sri Lanka you are sure to dine on some soul-stirring dishes, including the traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. Food lovers will love this cooking experience, from the vibrant market of Galle to cooking in a local village.

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Galle Fort Tour with a Local Host

Galle Fort Tour with a Local Host

Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle’s main attraction is the 17th century Dutch Fort. Much of the old Fort and the township still remain, within its well-preserved bastions including its public buildings, churches, the famous lighthouse and a maze of narrow cobbled streets.

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