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25 things not to miss

It’s not possible to see everything that Sri Lanka has to offer in one trip and we don’t suggest you try. What follows, in no particular order, is a selective taste of the countries highlights, including astonishing religious and historic sites, unforgettable wild life, scenery and beaches, and vibrant festivals. All highlights have a page reference to take you straight into the guide, where you can find out more; the coloured numbers refer to chapters in the guide section.

CRICKET
ADAM’S PEAK
BIG BUDDHAS
GALLE
YALA NATIONAL PARK
WORLD’S END
RICE AND CURRY
BIRDS
KATARAGAMA
ANURADHAPURA
BAWA HOTELS
SIGIRIYA AND AROUND
ELLA
THE PETTAH
WHALE AND DOLPHIN-WATCHING
POLONNARUWA
BENTOTA
KANDY ESALA PERAHERA
SINHARAJA
AYURVEDA
ARUGAMBAY
KANDIAN DANCING AND DRUMMING
DAMBULLA
MIRISSA
KANDY