Sri Lanka is full of opportunities to adventure and relax. You can get up close with the wildlife, including elephants and leopards- spend time with them and take pictures with them. You can also head to the highlands or the sandy beaches in the south. Sri Lanka truly offers an escape from your everyday routine, allowing you to achieve solace and peace in its purest form.
While in Sri Lanka, make sure to climb Sigiriya, a UNESCO heritage site. Sigiriya is a rock top fortress discovered as early as the fifth century AD. Over the years, the fortress has been used as a Buddhist monastery and a royal palace. It also has some of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world! This UNESCO heritage site attracts hundreds of visitors every day. So if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy the breathtaking sites easily, make sure to leave early in the morning. Elephants are everywhere in Sri Lanka. It is unlikely that you will not run across any elephants during your trip.
The two most famous national parks where you can meet elephants include the Udawalawe National Park and the Gal Oya National Park. Udawalawe National Park is the most famous one amongst tourists, and you are very likely to find elephants roaming free here. This park is home to an extraordinary 400 pachyderms. The vast jungles and the area’s watersheds allow these elephants to reside peacefully. Gal Oya National Park does not attract as many visitors but offers a memorable experience. You can find countless elephants swimming in the Senanayake Samudra lake, Sri Lanka’s largest water body. You can either take a safari or even a boat to see these elephants!