Things to Do in Sri Lanka
Explore the magic of Sri Lanka, the Scott Dunn way…
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.
Guided Tour of Kandy: Gods, Kings & Men
Kandy, Hill Country, Sri Lanka
Today head to the centre of Kandy, once known as the Kingdom of Kandy. Take some time to visit the famous UNESCO protected Temple of the Tooth. Next wander around the colourful market followed by some tea at the historic Queen's Hotel.
Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy, Sri Lanka
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Kandy, is renowned for its wide variety of plant species and beautiful flowers. Of particular note is the collection of a variety of orchids.
Minneriya National Park
Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka
The amazing Minneriya National Park is renowned for its elephant populations and beautiful scenery. Enjoy a safari drive in search of the Asian elephant, a highlight for many during their tour through this fascinating teardrop isle.
Polonnaruwa - Meet the Monkeys
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and the monkeys that occupy the area. These impressive ruins have been carefully preserved and have attracted groups of three diurnal primates. Get up close with these cheeky animals and learn about their behaviour.
Polonnaruwa Ancient City
Sigiriya, Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa dates from the 10th century AD. Originally planned as an expression and statement of imperial power, the city was eventually abandoned in 1288. Many of the remains are still in excellent condition.
Safari in Wilpattu National Park
Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka's National Parks, Sri Lanka
Head into Wilpattu National Park for a morning or evening safari to marvel at the range of wildlife.
Sigiriya, Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka
The Sigiriya rock rises majestically from the jungle floor. It is famous for its ‘mirror wall’, so called because of its highly polished surface. Half-way up there are galleries with frescoes in brilliant tempera. Sigirya dates from the 5th century AD.
Temple of the Tooth
Hill Country, Sri Lanka
This evening you will visit The Temple of the Tooth. The stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself.
Train from Kandy to Hatton
Hatton, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka
The 2 hour train journey to Hatton is a glorious way to see the rolling countryside from your observation car, as you climb into the hills and tea plantations.
Ulagalla - Organic Garden Tour & Cookery Demonstration
Ulagalla, Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka
Enjoy a guided tour of the organic herb and vegetable garden during your stay at Ulagalla. Here you can pick ingredients for lunch, and then help prepare a traditional Sri Lankan lunch using this fresh produce and an array of spices.