Sri Lanka

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Sri Lanka


Visit this bustling Colombo boutique, best known for vibrant handloom cotton fabrics as well as clothing, books, handicrafts, and local tea.

706 Galle Rd., Colombo 3, 011-94-11-2580114,
Tags: shopping | things to do | souvenirs | crafts

Elephant orphanage

Learn about the world’s largest land mammals at this sanctuary for a herd of over 60 orphaned elephants; you’ll love watching the babies being fed (9:15am daily) and the herd splashing happily in the nearby river.

Jetwing Travels, 50 miles from Colombo, on the road to Kandy, 011-94-11-4714830,
Tags: family | things to do | wildlife

Gal Vihara

This set of four sublime statues of Buddha – hewn out the granite rock face in the ruined city of Polonnaruwa – is the country’s most impressive sculptural treasure.

Hemtours, 011-94-11-231-3131,
Tags: things to do | architecture | history | tour

Gallery Café and Paradise Road

Mingle with Colombo’s chic society at this elegantly appointed restaurant and then visit Paradise Road, the attached boutique and gallery, for souvenirs, home décor, and antiques.

Colombo 3, 2 Alfred House Rd., 011- 94-11-2582162
Tags: shopping | things to do | culinary | gallery

Hill Country

Take the opportunity to enjoy the splendors of this central region: verdant hills carpeted with tea bushes, terraced rice fields, and scenic waterfalls. You can even stay on a tea-estate. Refer to the Tea Trails itinerary offered by e-Holidays.

e-Holidays, No. 29, Palm Grove, Colombo 3, 011-94-11-4741650,
Tags: things to do | tour | road trips


Explore the ruins of a 5th-century palace and fortress built atop a stark, monolithic rock. Still visible are the foundations of elaborate gardens, complete with fountains and frescoes of topless damsels.

Island Tours, 135 2/1 Union Place, Colombo 2, 011-94-77-7702696,
Tags: things to do | culture | architecture | history | tour

Yala National Park

If you’re lucky you might spot a majestic Sri Lankan leopard, not to mention peacocks and elephants in their natural habitat, at this wildlife refuge on the southern coast. Stay overnight and arrange for a safari at Yala Village, an eco-friendly chalet located close to the entrance of the park.

Kirinda, 011-94-47-2239450,
Tags: things to do | tour | wildlife | adventure

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