Take a break from bustling Colombo and head to the outskirts of the capital, this quiet spot offers an insight into rural life. You can visit a rubber plantation, see bright green paddy fields, and step inside an old temple, carved out of marble over 300 years ago. Or perhaps ride around in Sri Lanka’s favourite mode of transport – a tuk-tuk. Your whole experience is rounded off with walk-through of a self sufficient farm, and a delicious lunch in the farm house.
Shorts and skirts aren’t allowed at sacred sites. Women have to cover their shoulders, too, and you’ll need to take off your shoes before entering the temples. We suggest bringing a pair of socks with you, because the pavements can be hot. And, just so you’re aware, no photos are allowed in front of the Buddha statues. The journey takes approximately one and a half hours each way. It's a good idea to pack some mosquito repellent, as they're quite common here.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.