Get under the magical island's skin with these unique Sri Lanka experiences. Ideas for off-beat tours and exciting things to do from the Sri Lanka experts.
Arankelle Forest Monastery, Melsiripura
Ancient monastic ruins hidden away in the forest just north of Kurunegala.
Beruwela Fish Harbour, Bentota
Explore the bustling, fascinating harbour in the earl morning to see the nights catch being brought to shore.
Bicycle tour, Bentota
Explore Bentota by bicycle, visiting the Virahaya Temple and Lunuganga House.
Ancient rock carvings deep in the dry jungle west of Wellawaya.
Colombo City Walk, Colombo
Spend a few hours exploring Colombo's architecture, hidden gems and colonial history with local expert Mark Forbes.
Contrasts of Kandy, Kandy
Explore the rich history of Kandy, including the Royal Botanical Garden and Queen's Hotel.
Cooking Classes, Inland from Galle
Learn to cook authentic Sri Lankan cuisine
Deep Sea Fishing, Bentota
Spend the early morning fishing in the rich waters around Sri Lanka's southwest coast.
Golf - Victoria Course, Kandy, Kandy
A round on one of the most scenic golf courses in Asia
Hot Air Ballooning, Dambulla
Glide majestically above ruined cities, sail over undisturbed wildlife and hover as the sun rises through the morning mist on the horizon.
Hundungoda Tea Estate, Koggala
A family run high end working tea estate on the south coast of Sri Lanka.
Lahugala National Park, Arugum Bay
Sri Lanka's smallest national park, Lahugala is a great spot for watching Asian elephants in the wild and is just a skip from Arugum Bay.
Maligawila Standing Buddha, Ella
Sri Lanka's largest standing Buddha, hidden within the jungle of the lower hills.
Market, cooking and Galle Fort, Inland from Galle
A morning market visit and cooking class, followed by a guided walk of Galle Fort.
Pidurangula Rock, Sigiriya
Just beside Sigiriya Rock Fortress lies another granite rock jutting out of the surrounding lowland, Pidurangala Rock.
Resvehera Monastery, Dambulla
Ancient monastic complex hidden away in the heart of elephant country.
Sigiriya and Village Farm experience, Sigiriya
Visit local farms and learn firsthand about the life and work of the villagers, enjoy a home-cooked lunch and visit the stunning Sigiriya rock fortress
Tantirimalee Monastery, Wilpattu
Stunning scenery, culture and some of the world's oldest rock paintings.
Tea Factory Visit, Nuwara Eliya
See the inner-workings of a tea factory and follow the process from plucking the bud to brewing a cup
The Potter's Wheel, Kandy
Discover one of Sri Lanka's longest standing cottage industries and try your hand at pottery making: Sri Lankan style.
Train through the hill country, Kandy
One of Asia's great train journeys, with spectacular views from start to finish
Whale watching, Mirissa, Mirissa
Spend the morning on the lookout for Moby Dick