Many of the island’s ancient historical wonders are located on hills or mountains. Reaching these magnificent sites include climbing hundreds of steps, while enjoying mesmeric views and a glimpse of the island’s glorious past. Join pilgrims climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada), to pay homage to the sacred footprint at the summit. Ascend up the many paths of Mihintale to discover the monastic remnants or scale the Dambulla rock to discover ancient art. Climb Sigiriya to marvel at ancient Sri Lankan architecture.
There are many paths that cross through beautiful landscapes in Sri Lanka. Hike along these trails to get in touch with nature while keeping fit. Trek to Ella and to Nuwara Eliya where walking trails wind through hills and mountains such as Ella Rock, Little Adam’s Peak and the Seven Virgin Peaks. Walk through the wild terrain of the east coast as you hop from one surf point to the other. Journey through the forest trails of Kanneliya or Runakanda; or hike through river paths to discover village life in Illagolla.
No matter where you are holidaying in Sri Lanka, whether it is in the bustling capital city, mountains or coastal area, opt to cycle. There are bicycles for hire everywhere. A wonderful way to explore the heritage citadels of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, which are filled with ancient wonder is by cycling from one sacred site to another. Journey back in time and witness the grandeur of Sri Lanka during the reign of kings. Discover Kandy, resplendent with well preserved colonial architecture, on cycle. It’s a great way to keep fit and beat the traffic too.
Row row row your carbs away. Be it kayaking, canoeing or banana boat riding, the waters of the island will provide you an exciting rush. Immerse in the tranquillity of the rivers and lakes, connect with nature as you treat your senses to the green glory of the island and watch out for bird life. White water raft- ing is a great way to get your adrenaline pumping!
Help plough a paddy field, help out in an organic garden or pluck tea for a day. There’s many more exhilarating ways to experience the island. Head on over and get your game on!