Must-see: TOP 10 places in Sri Lanka according to a travel expert

Travel expert Anastasia Vladykina told YouTravel about the places you should definitely visit when traveling around Sri Lanka.

She also shared life hacks and prices for visiting attractions.

Must-see: Top 10 places in Sri Lanka according to a travel expert

1. The Coconut Tree Hill

One of the most famous Instagram places was unknown until quite recently. The hill is located in Mirissa on the south coast of the island. Of course, the most spectacular photos are taken at sunset.

  • Cost: free.

Must-see: Top 10 places in Sri Lanka by travel expert

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2. Lighthouse Dondra

The most famous lighthouse in Sri Lanka and one of the largest in Southeast Asia. The cape is washed by the Indian Ocean, and palm trees grow around, of course, this is another southern insta-location.

  • Cost: free.

Must-see: Top 10 places in Sri Lanka by travel expert

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3. Jetavana Stupa

The tallest brick structure in the world is 120 meters. Jetavana is listed as a UNESCO site and must-see. Located in the ancient city of Anuradhapura.

  • Price: $25.

Must-see: Top 10 places in Sri Lanke Lanka according to a travel expert

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4. Diyaluma Waterfall or “Bridal Veil”

The height of the waterfall reaches 220 meters. There is a natural pool at the edge of the waterfall where you can swim and take amazing photos. The best time to visit during the hot months is from June to August when the water level in the pool drops.

  • Cost: free.

Must-see: TOP 10 places in Sri Lanka according to a travel expert

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5. Mirissa

In addition to the picturesque beach, you can watch whales and dolphins here. And if it is already difficult to surprise someone first, then the whales will definitely create a wow effect. The best time to see Mirissa is from November to March. From April to July you can watch whales off the coast of Trincomalee.

  • Ticket price: $50.

Must-see: TOP 10 places in Sri Lanka according to a travel expert

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6. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Every day at 10 am, elephants are brought to the river to bathe. The ticket costs ~$13. The box office is open from 8:00.

Life hack: if you arrive early, no one will ask you for a ticket.

Must-see: TOP 10 places in Sri Lanka according to a travel expert

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7. Dikwella

A beach where there are no big waves, and a whole co-working space has been created for remote workers on the shore of The Verse Collective. At the end of the beach, there is another Sri Lankan Instagram spot: a rope swing set on an almost horizontal palm tree.

  • Cost: free.

Must-see: TOP 10 places in Sri Lanka according to a travel expert

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8. Kitulgala City

The main base for rafting in Sri Lanka. This city is known as the filming location for the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai.

  • River rafting costs: $25-30.

Must-see: TOP 10 places in Sri Lanka according to a travel expert

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9. Demodar Loop

The unique railway line, which runs directly below it, makes a loop and exits the tunnel that is laid under the Demodara station. This is the only place in the world where the tunnel passes under the station. You can drive to another mountain to watch the train leave. It's better to take a tuk-tuk.

  • Fee: $25 for a tuk-tuk for two.

Must-see: TOP- 10 places in Sri Lanka according to a travel expert

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10. Yala National Park

Here is the largest population of leopards. It is best to visit from November to April, at this time the least chance of getting caught in the rain. Among the wild animals of the reserve there is the famous elephant Gumanu, who once ate a tourist's handbag with all its contents, including a passport.

  • Ticket price: ~40$ + jeep for 5 people 30-50$.

Must -see: TOP 10 places in Sri Lanka according to a travel expert

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