Sri Lanka is no doubt one of the destinations I have dreamt of for a long time now. During this lock-down, as I had more time, I watched several vlogs that inspired me to plan our future travel there.
Nobody can stop us from dreaming, right? So, in this post I will share with you my top 7 video choices of vlogs and sightseeing of Sri Lanka, and then some of the best places to choose to travel. Ready? Let’s jump.
My top 7 video choices of Sri Lanka tours.
- 7 Days in Sri Lanka Vlog | Sigiriya, Kandy, Dambulla, Galle, Unawatuna, Colombo
In this video you can join Suitcase Monkeys on their travel around Sri Lanka with a full commentary guide: Sigiriya, Kandy, Dambulla, Galle Fort, Unawatuna, Colombo. They visited the Dambulla Cave Temple, Safari jeep tour with elephants, Temple of the Tooth, whale watching, climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress and more.
- Sri Lanka | Virtual Vacation in 4K
Vagaborthers offer us a complete guide on vacation within Sri Lanka. I joined them on their Virtual Vacation in 4k, and was more than amazed by their trip.
During this virtual vacation you will enjoy the best places from Colombo to the highlands of Ella, an epic train ride to Nuwara Eliya and Kandy and back down to the surf coast of Mirissa.
- VR Country Tours | #6: Sri Lanka 🇱🇰【360 Video】
Then I joined Andy Kay on his virtual 360 tour in Sri Lanka.
In this video I found endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavourful food that make Sri Lanka irresistible.
You can also enjoy the sacred home of the world’s oldest living human-planted tree in the morning (Anuradhapura) and stand awestruck by the sight of hundreds of elephants gathering in the afternoon (Minneriya). Discover a favourite beach, meditate in a 2000-year-old temple, exchange smiles while strolling a mellow village, marvel at birds and wildflowers, try to keep count of the little dishes that come with your rice and curry. Wander past colonial gems in Colombo, then hit some epic surf.Sri Lanka is spectacular, affordable and still often uncrowded. Now is the best time to discover it.
- 10 Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka – Travel Video
On another day I joined touropia with their video of 10 best places to visit in Sri Lanka. They invite us to see colonial architecture from the days when the Portuguese, Dutch and English ruled. You’ll also see lots of elephants, some of which participate in local festivals and, if you’re lucky, perhaps a leopard or two at a wildlife sanctuary. Here’s a look at the best places to visit in Sri Lanka.
- 12 things you shouldn’t miss in Sri Lanka – Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel
Lonely Planet is one of the sites that I am following since we began our blog, they inspired us on so many destinations. I didn’t know about their vlog, so I was impressed to see this video of Sri Lanka. As per their choice Sri Lanka is Lonely Planet’s top country to travel to in 2019. So, if we cannot travel there now, maybe we can plan to do it in 2021?
- Things To Do in SRI LANKA | UNILAD Adventure
On the other hand UNILAD Adventure have their top list to visit in Sri Lanka. They invite us to watch their journey from stunning wildlife to vast breathtaking landscapes.
- SRI LANKA TOP 9: Why You Need To Visit in 2019
Last but not least The Life of Jord on his vlog explains why Sri Lanka was on his top choice of travels in 2019. But I think it is the right destination to visit in 2021 as well.
After watching all these amazing adventures I decided to make a resume of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is a small island and it is hot all year around. The monsoon brings rain to the west and southwest coasts and hill country from May to September and hits the east coast from November to March. Basically, the best time to visit the west and south coasts and hill country is from December to March, while the best weather on the east coast is from April/May to September.
About places, there are few of those that are repeated constantly in all the videos:
- Colombo a city with bustling markets, temples and restaurants
- Galle Fort – a colonial walled town on the ocean
- South West Coast a relaxed coastal areas with lots of sand and sun
- Yala Safari Park if you want to enjoy some wild life like elephants, leopards and beautiful scenery
- Tea Country – Hatton, Ella, Nuwara Eliya and Kandy are towns high in the hills surrounded by lush tea farms
- Cultural triangle – To the north, see ancient cities and beautiful temples around Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Sigiriya
Below I am sharing a resume of what I have chosen for our future visit to Sri Lanka. Hope you will like it too.
As you already know Sri Lanka is a tiny island, as it is only 9,833,517 sq km, but it has a wide diversity of landscape to offer. From mountains and cliffs, to hills filled with tea plantations, waterfalls, insane beaches and sunsets, and of course, temples.
All of this diversity and the seemingly endless list of things to see, makes planning your trip and finding the best places to visit in Sri Lanka a challenge.
In Maduru Oya National Park you can enjoy some wild life, elephants, massive rocks, jungles, rivers, and insane sunsets. The scenery mixed with all of the elephants easily makes it one of the most exciting places to visit in Sri Lanka!
Dambulla Cave Temples have religious and historical significance, but these are also beautiful and unique. These date back thousands of years and showcase a series of 5 temples carved into the side of a cliff face (making them temples inside of man made caves.
On the Little Adam’s Peak you will be rewarded with stunning views of the mountains rolling hills, Ravana Falls, the town of Ella, and of course, Ella Rock.
Liptons Seat is a viewpoint up above all of the tea fields not too far from Haputale. Back in the day, Thomas Lipton was once in Sri Lanka and owned these tea fields. Although the company Lipton no longer owns the tea fields or factory here (although they are a buyer) the viewpoint remains named after the infamous Thomas Lipton.
On Pidurangala Rock you can enjoy a magical sunset, overlooking Sigiriya Rock.
Fort Frederick is a fort in Trincomalee on Sri Lanka’s east coast. The Fort is built on the edge of a peninsula and offers views of Trincomalee and Uppuveli Beach. The water is bright blue and the huge beach bay is beautiful.
Nilaveli Beach is a pristine white sandy beach. Here you can swim, relax in the sand, or even go snorkeling. It is a stunning area any beach lover will be impressed with.
Secret Beach is another beach that is considered as one of the most gorgeous in Sri Lanka is “Secret Beach.” Secret Beach was once a beach very few knew about, but as soon as tourists discovered how gorgeous this little beach bay was, the word got out. It has since become one of the most popular places to visit in Sri Lanka!
The Knuckles Mountain Range is a very scenic mountainous area in central Sri Lanka. For those who really want to tackle some longer hikes in the Knuckles, consider doing the Nitro Caves hike or the Duwili Ella trail.
Bambarakanda Falls is Sri Lanka’s tallest waterfall and definitely a place to check out if you want to see one massive (and breathtaking) waterfall. It is located within the Horton Plains National Park but on the southern side meaning it is best accessed from Haputale (rather than Nuwara Eliya like most of the other parts of the national park.)
Nine Arches Bridge is one of the most photographed places in Sri Lanka – but that’s because it is just so beautiful! The bridge towers above a gorge full of tea fields and makes for the perfect place to visit in Sri Lanka to take your next favorite travel photo.
The World’s End hike is one of the most famous hikes in Sri Lanka. This short 9.5 km-long loop trail brings you up to an edge of a cliff where it literally appears as you’ve come to the end of the world! In fact, on a clear day, you can see over all of the mountains all the way to the ocean!
Galle Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1588 to protect Sri Lanka from ocean attacks. Evidence of battle is found throughout the fort and the Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
And as well taking a train from Ella to Kandy as it has become famous because of how scenic it is! This route is not only a practical way of transport for travelers but also one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka. From the train window, you will be able to take in some of the beautiful landscapes of Sri Lanka of mountains, gorges, and tea fields.
The train ride takes about 4 hours, however, you can also do the short ride between Ella and Haptuale which is much shorter and is said to be the most scenic portion of the journey anyway.
Marble beach is well known for its sand, as the sand is fine and white, and the water is calm. Visiting Marble Beach is a serene experience and it really is a true beach paradise.
And here we came to the end of my prepared travel bucket list to Sri Lanka. Thoughts? Please, share if you were there, and know some more places to visit there.