There are literally incredible experiences around every corner in Sri Lanka. It’s hard to believe how much there is to discover on such a small island and you wouldn’t want to miss out on any of it right? That’s why we’ve put together the Ultimate Vagabond’s Bucket List for Sri Lanka. This is not just any bucket list, this is the ULTIMATE VAGABOND’S BUCKET LIST FOR SRI LANKA so we’ve brought you 100 things to tick off on your adventures!

These aren’t just the places in the guidebook that every traveller will visit. This is an honest collection of all the experiences that will make your trip truly unforgettable. We’ve missed out all the places that weren’t worth the visit and included all the places that were missed out by the guidebooks. Follow the Ultimate Vagabond’s Bucket List and fall in love with Sri Lanka just like we did.

#1 Eat as much curry as possible

#2 Take a train journey through the tea country

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#3 Climb Pidurangala rock and see Sigiriya from a different perspective

#4 Get off the beaten track

#5 Eat as much fruit as possible

#6 Catch a wave

#7 Travel nice and slowly

#8 Follow your ears and try a kotthu roti

#9 Climb 5,500 steps and ring the bell at the top of Adam’s Peak and watch the sun rise with thousands of pilgrims

#10 Spot elephants in the wild

#11 Find the best curry in the world in Uppeveli

#12 Jump on a train

#13 And make some friends!

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#14 Spend all day walking from temple to temple

 

#15 Get lost in the clouds

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#16 Eat curry with your hands

#17 Explore the jungle ruins of Arankele and visit the monks

#18 Swim with sharks at Pigeon island

#19 Take a sleeper train

#20 Wander through the tea factories

#21 Take a ride in a tuk tuk and maybe even a drive

#22 Practice your photography

#23 Cycle from temple to temple in Anuradhapura

#24 Make friends with everyone 

#25 Go kayaking in Tangalla

#26 Marvel at Sigirya

#27 Sleep in a tree house

#28 Vagabond around the Jaffna Peninsula

#29 Don’t let the rain get you down

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#30 Find some amazing views

#31 Walk across the 9 arch bridge

#32 Try ALL of the short eats!

#33 Take off you shirt (guys only!) and visit the temples in the north

#34 If it’s free check out the cave paintings in Dambulla

#35 Find a never ending road

#36 Don’t go to Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage (they don’t love the elephants, see them in the wild instead)

#37 Visit Sir Thomas Lipton in Haputale

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#38 Say hello to some school kids

#39 Have some string hopppers for breakfast

#40 Try on some traditional clothes

#41 Find a quiet spot for some meditation

#42 Explore the fishing communities in Jaffna

#43 Be blown away by some Kandyan dancing

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#44 Hike through the darkness and watch the sun rise from Little Adam’s Peak

#45 Choose Mihintale over Polonnaruwa to beat the crowds and save some money

#46 Watch the fishermen at work

#47 Get your sweat on with some spicy food

#48 Learn about Sri Lankan history and culture

#49 Try some of the local poisons

#50 Shelter from the heat

#51 Be respectful with your photos

#52 Wildlife spot in a national park

#53 Visit the famous temples in Jaffna

#54 Witness an evening Puja in Kataragama. Actually, go to as many evening pujas as you can!

#55 Play the papaya lottery

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#56 Embrace nature

#57 Find a good book

#58 Clamber around the ruined fort in Mannar

#59 Visit a night market

#60 Get on a bike

#61 Eat your curry by the pot

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#62 Makes some friends

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#63 Take a dip in a hot spring

#64 Find the classic cars in the North of Sri Lanka

#65 Fall asleep in a hammock

#66 Find the perfect beach

#67 Do a handstand on the beach

#68 Learn about local traditions

#69 Wake up early

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#70  Go to bed late

#71 Find some flamingos

#72 Try to enjoy the traffic

#73 Try and make friends with monkeys

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#74 Go on a boat trip

#75 Take some time to relax

#76 Have breakfast with a view

#77 Sleep in the trees in Arugam Bay

#78 Spot cows on the beach

#79 Find some lying Buddha

#80 Swim with turtles in Hikkaduwa

#81 Learn about the civil war

#82 Walk for hours in Weligama and find the stilt fishermen

#83 Fall in love with roti and dhal

#84 Discover fresh fruit smoothies

#85 Make your own way up Ella Rock and prepare yourself for a view!

#86 Adventure from Haputale to Idalgashina through woods and railways

#87 Walk up the hill to the Japanese Peace Pagoda in Unawatuna

#88 Avoid the scammers around Kandy Lake

#89 Try a dosa in Northern Sri Lanka

#90 Discover great bird watching and wildlife at the water tanks around the country

#91 Find Jungle Book scenes in Ritigala

#92 Rent a motorbike and explore

#93 Walk to deserted beaches in Batticalao

#94 Visit Swami rock in Trincomalee

#95 See the oldest Baobab tree in Sri Lanka

#96 Join the morning commuters

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#97 Climb a tree

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#98 Try to say yes more

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#99 Keep on vagabonding

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

#100 Leave no trace

The Ultimate Vagabond's Bucket List for Sri Lanka

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