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Sri Lanka Bucketlist

Sri Lanka is a great destination to head to if you’re on a tight budget (not a skinny jean tight type though). Here are some places that you NEED to add to your bucket list when visiting this beautiful pearl in the Indian Ocean!

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Elephants, elephants, elephants! That’s all there is to say. Pinnawala is known for the popular and oldest elephant orphanage in the country where injured and abandoned elephants are brought to the orphanage from the wild where they are rehabilitated and looked after for the rest of their life. Head down here to get up close with these majestic and oh-so-adorable giants, and watch them frolic in the river! Keep an eye out for the mischievous ones that wander away from the herd while on the river.


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Ever seen pictures of the big rock in Sri Lanka that was once known to be a 5th century palace? The big rock is known as Sigiriya or Lions Rock. AND you can climb it! Pack your trainers and prepare to be amazed by the majestic views once you reach the summit.



The most popular tourist attraction in Dambulla is the Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple. The temple is located at the summit of a rock. Yes, Sri Lanka does have its fair share of huge rocks that you can climb. Tip: Climb in the morning or evening, if you want to avoid your feet getting burnt (as you’ll have to remove your footwear at some point during the climb due to religious reasons.). Fortunately, in Sri Lanka, resorts are abundant such as Heritance Kandalama, where you can rest after all the arduous rock climbing!


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This ancient city is ideal for history buffs and cultural enthusiasts. The city is clustered with ancient temples and ruins. Visit the main temple which is home to the Sacred Bodhi Tree, or “Sri Maha Bodhi”, which is believed to have been part of the tree where Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.

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Here’s another rock for you to climb! You can usually climb this rock only during a particular season from December to May. Approximately 5000 steps to reach the peak, you will have to start your climb at 2 am (no, it’s not a typo. We really mean A.M.) and you’ll reach the summit just in time to watch the first rays of sunlight touch Sri Lanka.


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Kandy is also known as the hill city. Get on a train to Kandy and experience breath taking views while you get to the city. Visit the Sacred Tooth Temple, also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa. The Temple is known for holding a sacred tooth relic believed to be from Lord Buddha. You can even watch a cultural performance of Kandy dancers at the convention centre.


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You absolutely can NOT miss Galle while in Sri Lanka. This historical buzzing town is deeply rooted with history, culture and amazing views. Walk along the Galle Fort and discover the remnants from the Dutch and Portuguese settlement.


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Do you have FOMO while in Sri Lanka? Then complete your trip to Sri Lanka by basking under the sun on the golden sandy beaches of Sri Lanka. A short ride from Galle is the small beach town of Unawatuna. Relax by the beach while sipping on a refreshing beverage. Tip: Try the local beer – Lion!


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Finish off you bucket list with a trip to Hikkaduwa! Surfers – this place is for you! The beautiful waters of Hikkaduwa are ideal for surfing and snorkelling. The beach is also known for hosting crazy beach parties!

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