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Whale watching spot comes at the top amongst the major attractions in Mirissa. You can find a number of operators around this area offering trips to the Indian Ocean for dolphins, whales, and turtles spotting.
Location: Harbour Road, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.
Timings: Usually, the whale watching tour starts early in the morning around 6-7 AM and lasts for 4-5 hours approximately. The ocean gets rough due to sunlight in the afternoon, hence, it is difficult to spot a whale in the water at this time.
Price: The average cost for whale watching is Rs. 2500 - 3500. However, if you are a group of 4-5 people, you can negotiate the prices to get a better deal.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to spot whale is from December to March as the ocean is not rough during this time.
Distance from Mirissa: This place is located around 15-20 KM away from Mirissa beach.
The Nine Arches Bridge is one of the most beautiful landmarks of Sri Lanka and amongst the top places to visit in Ella. There is an interesting story behind this bridge. When the British stopped the construction of this bridge mid-way due to lack of steel during World War 1, the locals constructed it using stone and bricks.
The bridge has stood strong without a single piece of steel since then. The setting of the bridge is extremely charming and is amongst the most popular tourist places in Ella. It is located inside a dense forest near a quaint little village with tea plantations surrounding it. Watching the old world trains pass through this bridge is a sight most loved by the tourists.
Location: Between Ella and Damodara Station
Timings: The bridge is approachable all day around. However, early morning sunrise is the best time to visit.
Price: There is no entry fee.
Sri Lanka is abundant with the legends of Ramayana. So much so that even the natural landscapes have compelling stories associated with them. The Ravana Falls and the nearby caves are said to be some of the places where the demon god Ravana hid. These legends and the striking landscape of this Ella attraction pulls many travellers to them.
The waterfall is around 82 ft. in height and is layered in three tiers. The third tier is approachable after a sharp rock climb and rewards with some amazing views of the dense greens and the rocky landscape.
Location: A 23, Ravana Wildlife Sanctuary, Ella
Timings: March- June, December- February
Price: There is no entry fee
The secret beach of Mirissa is not a secret anymore as it is easy to reach and well signposted nowadays. It is one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa for capturing some beautiful moments and epic photographs.
Moreover, most of the beaches in Mirissa are crowded so the secret beach is the perfect place to relax and sit in a peaceful environment.
Location: Secret Beach Mirissa, Mirissa, Sri Lanka
Timings: Open for 24 hours.
Price: The best thing about Mirissa beach is there is no entrance fee for it.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this beach is either early in the morning to relax or in the evening to enjoy an incredible sunset.
Distance from Mirissa: This beach is located at a distance of approximately 1-2 KM from the heart of the Mirissa town. You can reach a secret beach in several ways like you can choose to walk, hire a moped or take a tuk-tuk. However, try to start early if you’re planning to go on a walk, otherwise, it will be 20 minutes of hard work in direct sunlight on a steep pathway.
Ravana’s Cave is a place of the legends and amongst the top places to visit in Ella. As per Hindu mythology, it is said that Ravana had hidden Sita in this cave after kidnapping her. Legends apart, the natural scenic beauty of this cave, located at a height of around 4,500 ft.) attracts hikers and adventure seekers from all over the world.
This caving activity is exciting, as one has to climb around 1,000 steps to reach the huge cave. Travellers love to spend time in the cool dark interiors of the cave and amidst the dense greenery.
Location: Bandarawela- Wellawaya Road, Ella
Timings: Best time to visit is early morning or evening to escape the heat. The caves are open all year round.
Price: LKR 150, INR 58
If you want to enjoy a sunset dinner at a lovely restaurant then do not miss to visit Mirissa Beach. It is one of those attractions in Mirissa where you can find plenty of great restaurants offering a variety of seafood.
Although you will find this beach a little crowded yet, it will give you a very relaxing vibe.
Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.
Timings: Open for 24 hours.
Price: Visiting Mirissa beach is free of cost. In fact, you can enjoy the Lion beers on free sunbeds at a very reasonable price.
Best Time to Visit: The beach gets busy from 11 AM so it is recommended to visit this either early in the morning to avoid the crowd or in the evening to enjoy a lovely sunset.
Distance from Mirissa: Once you reach Mirissa from Colombo, you can easily found this exotic beach as it is only a couple of KM away from the Mirissa railway station.
Ella Rock is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Ella amongst the most interesting places to visit in Ella. A three-hour easy trek will take you further into the luxuriantly dense forested countryside of Ella attractions. During the trek up till the rock, you will see beautiful tea plantations and get a chance to interact with the tea planters.
Once atop the rock, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the morning sun rising from behind the lush hills. You will get a bird’s eye view of the scenic valleys rolling for miles. Travellers love to spend some quiet time in peace atop the rock in this popular tourist place in Ella.
Location: Wellawaya-Ella-Kumbalwela highway, Ella
Timings: The best time for this hike is early morning around 5:30 am
Price: LKR 3,800, INR 1,500
Another one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa is to climb up the Parrot Rock. This small and easily accessible rock will give you a stunning view of the Mirissa area. This is a place which will take your mind away from work and stress.
It is a very quiet place where you can relax watching surfers in the high tides of water. You can also chill out in the nearby restaurants of this place.
Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.
Timings: Open for 24 hours.
Price: You don’t need to pay any price for visiting this place.
Best Time to Visit: You can come early in the morning to enjoy with the low tides and the amazing morning sea breeze. Visiting it in the evening is also a great idea if you want to enjoy wrapping up activities looking at the breathtaking sunset.
Distance from Mirissa: The parrot rock is located to the left side of Mirissa beach. So once you reach Mirissa beach you can easily get on this rock to have an excellent sea view.
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Traveller Tales From Srilanka
08 July 2019
What a wonderful day it was , we did Ella Rock, Nine Arch Bridge and Little Adams Peak in the tour.
08 July 2019
This was one of the many falls we visited on our way from Nuwara Eliya to Yala. It was awesome tour
08 July 2019
It was a luxurious experience all together. Great food & drinks with extremely beautiful views of the sea.
08 July 2019
Beautiful Experience at the marvel of nature, Kandy along trekking and camping. Campsite was the best thing about the package
08 July 2019
This was the most recommended thing to do in kandy amazing dance performances and stunts
08 July 2019
The journey was mindblowing , we were free to visit any place we wanted in Kandy.
08 July 2019
On the way to Kandy from Colombo take a visit to see the Elephants. If your timing is right you see them having a bath in the river then cross the road back to the orphanage where they are feed and roa...
08 July 2019
Was stunned with the city view one side and mountains on the other side. What a great day, Well spent
08 July 2019
Highly recommend. Great instructor. Lots of fun. Great way to start the morning. Even stood up for a short while.
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From visiting points of interests, landmarks, historical ruins to geological formations, tourists can have a very interesting time in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is not only a nature lover’s paradise if you are an adventure lover you will love Sri Lanka. Romantic honeymoons, relaxing massages, cruises, fishing, diving and bike riding can all be a part of your itinerary. You can choose activities like-
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Adrenaline junkies can have a lot of thrilling experiences in Sri Lanka even though it isn’t the first country that you think of when you want to plan an adventure holiday. There are a lot of things that you can do to satiate your spirit of adventure. You can choose from among:
Sri Lanka being an island offers the best kind of water sports. Get vendors to train you in surfing or enjoy the challenges of fishing in a lagoon. The most wonderful experiences can be gained in Sri Lanka by those who love adventures, especially in the water. The place has beautiful views to offer. You can be spoilt for choice among several water sports activities in Srilanka. Get going and choose from amongst:
Beach bums can have a whale of a time in Sri Lanka which has the privilege of being surrounded on all sides by the Indian Ocean. Just a reminder here that this ‘Pearl of the Ocean’ is an island. It has plenty of beautiful beaches for you to retreat to. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy Scuba diving while the party-minded can make themselves at home on dance floors. Sandy shores, beautiful views, glamorous sunsets and sumptuous seafood are guaranteed at all the beaches. You can enjoy all this at anything ranging between Rs 3500/- to Rs. 10000/- ordinarily and if you want to spend time in luxury you can spend between Rs.25000/- to Rs. 35000/-. Here is a list for you to peruse:
While you can go for whale watching from Dondra Point and Trincomalee, Mirissa is the best place to start your whale and dolphin watching tour in Sri Lanka. This is one of the most exciting water activities you can do in Sri Lanka during your holiday.
In the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, you can see Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales and Killer whales also once in a while. An added attraction is the sighting of Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso's dolphins and striped dolphins. The mischievous yet friendly, ever smiling dolphins will entertain you while the humpback and the blue whales, will just glide past you. The coast guards ensure that this activity in no way harms these grand sea creatures and you can get just close enough to photograph them. Whatever it may be, don’t forget to gather this experience.
Sri Lanka with its warm ocean currents is an amazing dive destination. The landscape is just as varied and vibrant both above and underwater. An incredible variety of marine creatures abound in the waters of Sri Lanka. Expect to see a variety of colorful reef fish, which include sweet lips, batfish, and more.Covered in marine life, soft corals and schools of fish, great wreck dives are available as well as waiting to be discovered in Sri Lanka. These ships were sunk mostly during the second world war and create a mysterious atmosphere that makes you reminisce of the past events.The diving spot has to be decided according to your time of visit because of the varying monsoon season. The best locations for diving are:
Sri Lanka offers the best experience in camping. You have the opportunity to go for rainforest camping and revel in the sound of the water as you camp close to the fall. You can couple your camping expedition with other water activities and have the same concept in an equally thrilling experience of a jungle safari too. You can enjoy camping in Srilanka· Yala National Park
Buddhism is the main religion followed by the people of Sri Lanka but people following Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam also live here. Therefore one can choose from among Temples, Viharas, Mosques, and Churches for spiritual experience or visit all of them. The historical backgrounds of some of these places of interest can be mesmerising. You can visit any of the following:
Although Sri Lanka does not provide the best barrels or high waves its warm waters are perfect for solo surfing. Even if you have never had an experience of surfing earlier the vendors will assist you well enough to take chances. So never hesitate to enjoy the surfing activity. You can avail of this opportunity at any of the following:
Fishing activities in an island will always be a popular activity. There is plenty to choose from In Sri Lanka. The Indian Ocean surrounding Sri Lanka is rich with Tuna, Red and White Snappers, Jack Fish, Barracuda, and the stunning Wahoo. All of this makes deep sea fishing here a fantastic experience. The places to go for deep sea fishing are:
Sri Lanka is a popular destination for wildlife safaris with its vast array of untouched habitats. It is home to the most thrilling and interesting big game wildlife tours of the world which take place within the country's national parks some of which are recognised as Heritage Sites of the world. Visit the following for a great time:
Sri Lanka is a popular place for sea kayaking. A kayak has a canoe-like appearance and is moved with the use of a paddle in rotation. Again this one is for the adventure lovers but everyone should get this experience. The best places for sea kayaking experiences are:
Tourists who are interested in taking a close look at the place could definitely choose to go hiking. It is the best way to get the feel of a place. There are several opportunities for hiking in Sri Lanka. Various operators can be contacted to help you out with hiking activities. Go on a conducted one for the best experience.Take a hiking tour to:
Rock climbing is a test of endurance, strength, and balance. If you are a combination of all these then give it a try. You can go for bouldering, solo climbing, rope climbing according to your ability and choice. Here too vendors will help you out with the right ideas. Most climbing activities take place in:
Sri Lanka or the ‘pearl in the Indian Ocean', offers world-class Snorkelling tours. Fascinating ship wrecks, a multitude of tropical fish and magnificently colourful coral reefs make Sri Lanka a paradise for snorkelers. Check out with tour operators on this. They are the best people to guide you and there are many vendors operating such activities. Here is a list of places for you to check out:
The adventure takes on a whole new meaning when multi-colored hot-air balloons drift silently above the forest. Imagine yourself on one of them enjoying a bird’s eye view of the terrain below. The take off in itself is an adventure and can be heart stopping but after that, you can just relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Hot air ballooning is best from October to April because of weather conditions. You need to contact vendors who will arrange this adventure for you. You will find people to help in Dambulla.
Anyone above the age of 10 years is welcome to experience the thrills of White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River. The trip covers five major rapids and four minor rapids. A comprehensive safety briefing will be given before you are fitted with safety gear and put on modern rafts. The operators take care of all the essentials. The distance covered is around five kilometres. The enchanting view of the river and its surrounding will make this a memorable experience. Kitulagala is the place to visit to find operators conducting white water rafting.
Kalpitiya is the place to go for kite surfing. The islets, reef, and sandbanks on the North of the peninsula, between the Ocean and the lagoon, provide a perfect place for kite trips. Even if you are inexperienced, this is one experience you ought not to miss out on. Most vendors organize kite trips on a weekly basis but are flexible to cater to needs of the tourist. Just go for it to make your trip to Sri Lanka memorable. You can also try the following places:
There are various operators who will provide amazing cruises for tourists to enjoy. Ports in this island are located in Colombo, Galle, Trincomalee, and Hambantota. Sri Lanka provides the perfect atmosphere for sailing all year round with its good winds, sunny weather, and beautiful landscapes. From October until May go to Mirissa and Beruwela and from June until September the places to go to are Trincomalee and Passikudah as the best spots for sailing. Take your pick of coastal cruises, sailing boat rental, and private sailboat charters. Places to choose from are:
The Avifauna of Sri Lanka is varied. Among the 430 species of birds found in Sri Lanka 233 are resident and 198 species are migrants to the country. Seabirds like Shearwaters, Petrels, and Storm-Petrels migrate to Sri Lankan waters. Many of these migrants regularly visit the country. The rest are occasional visitors. Between October to late April or early May is the best for visiting birders. There are many good birding sites like:
Speleology is not only captivating but also rather an unusual experience not to be missed while in Sri Lanka. There are many caves from the Ritigala Mountains in the north to the central hills and the southern hillocks of the South. They abound with stalactites and stalagmites, sometimes as tall as a child. These caves are often home to a great variety of nocturnal creatures and may not always be safe. The most famous caves are in
There are plenty of places in Sri Lanka where you can take a break from sightseeing and Casinos top this list. Enjoy a break from roaming or keep this for the night. Some of the top rated Casinos are:
For the adventure lover, mountain biking is a must do in Sri Lanka. Get a good bike and enjoy your adventure. The trails cover these areas amongst many others:
Imagine yourself flying around the country visiting its cities. Air Taxi Services are available in plenty and offer a quick and breathtaking journey across the island to most of the popular destinations in Sri Lanka. There are several vendors operating from
Another kind of adventure you can enjoy in Sri Lanka is going on village safaris and taking a ride on a bullock cart. The bullock cart supposedly is the first vehicle to be used in Sri Lanka. You can go back in history with these village safaris. You can choose from:
What a wonderful experience it would be to just let your hair down and go for a massage and spa after a tiring day. There are plenty of spa and massage centres in Sri Lanka to rejuvenate you after your tour. You will find innumerable centres in
Blue whale watching is one of the best experiences that one can have in Sri Lanka. It is organised by several vendors and the best site is Mirissa. This is the best place to go watching blue whales and can cost you around 6000 Sri Lankan rupees for a safari.
If you have chosen Sri Lanka as your honeymoon destination you will find places and activities that will sweep you off your feet. The best time, of course, is from November to April. You can choose from among: