Top 10 things to do in Sri Lanka

You've got a great chance of spotting a leopard at Yala National Park
1. Visit Yala National Park, teeming with animals from the Sri Lankan sloth bear and leopard to flocks of Lesser flamingos in the lagoons

Learn how tea is made at a traditional tea plantation
2. Take a train into the Central Highlands to discover colonial tea plantations, lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls

Explore the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
3. Explore Kandy and the surrounding plateau, including the famous Temple of the Tooth where the relic of the tooth of Buddha is housed

Sigiriya Rock, Sri Lanka
4. Climb above misty forests to explore the ancient ruins carved into the bedrock at Sigiriya 

Sri Lankan Stilt Fishing | Top 10 things to do in Sri Lanka
5. Head to the beaches near Matara to watch men stilt fishing, every so often flicking tiny sardines out of the water

Cricket is a national obsession!
6. Catch a game of cricket – it is the most popular sport in the country and is played from the professional pitches of Colombo to kids messing around on the country’s beaches

Visit the historic Dutch fort at Galle
7. The charming fort town of Galle is caught in the past. Built in 1663, the Dutch architecture takes over the centre with scented red hibiscus and swaying palm trees finishing off the image of this blissful place

Mirissa is famous for blue whale watching tours
8. To catch a glimpse of the mighty blue whale head to Mirissa for brilliant whale watching and sublime beaches

Stop off at Polonnaruwa and catch a glimpse of this sacred Buddhist site
9. Discover the ancient ruins at Polonnaruwa, a mix of temples, statues and crumbling columns dating from the 9th Century

Chill out on the palm fringed beaches of Sri Lanka
10. Soak up the sun and relax on the golden sands of Sri Lanka's best beaches

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