For any travellers to Asia, you may wonder what country offers up unprecedented levels of things to see and do with a bit of an adventurous twist. You’re in luck – Sri Lanka offers all this and more and all of it with a huge undercurrent of adventure. Located off the south eastern coast of India, Sri Lanka is a well-placed country to also access the continent of India, so for travellers on longer trips, doing both in one go is a great idea. So what is there to see and do in Sri Lanka for adventure lovers? Read ahead.
Canyoning is one of the ultimate ways to see a country, literally getting down and dirty in the vast gorges and canyons that make up the countryside and beyond. Sri Lanka is awash with gorgeous hills and mountainous scenery, ideal for finding opportunities for canyoning. Canyoning, for those who don’t know the term is a way of traversing through a canyon that may include abseiling, walking, climbing, scrambling, and even swimming in order to get from A to B. It’s a highly enjoyable and challenging way to spend a day, and in Sri Lanka, many companies offer this as a form of adventure tour.
With so many rocky outcrops and mountainous regions throughout the country, it only stands to reason that climbing – in all its forms – is another highly enjoyed activity throughout the countryside. Sigiriya – the famous rock and former royal palace – is a prime example of some of the climbing you can do that doesn’t involve needing equipment and is one of the ‘must do’ things in Sri Lanka. The view from the top of the rock is not only commanding and impressive, but it’s historically rich in culture. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sigiriya is home to not just the palace ruins but also a network of gardens as well as fresco paintings that date back over a thousand years.
It’s true – Safaris aren’t just for Africa anymore! Sri Lanka is home to herds of wild elephants and other animals which can be safely and enjoyably viewed from the experience of a safari. There are numerous safaris that are available, not all of which include seeing animals exclusively. Village safaris to meet the local people are wildly popular as are river and boating safaris to see specifically water based wildlife. Safaris can be booked in a number of places across the country and they are a primarily exceptional way to get out and get up close and personal with the wildlife and nature of Sri Lanka. Definitely don’t come here without joining a safari of some kind. Village safaris can be particularly enjoyable where you can see how the local people live and work and interact with them personally and meaningfully.
So there you have a quick rundown on Sri Lanka for the adventurous spirit. There has never been a better time to check out this unique and beautiful country, and with so many things to see and do, including great outdoor activities mentioned above it’s easy to see why this country is fast becoming a go-to for many.