Sri Lanka is famous for its paradise beaches, however it is also known for its spectacular nature and wildlife reserves. There are 86 species of mammals of which 16 are indigenous to Sri Lanka as well as 427 species of birds, 26 are indigenous to the country.
If you are interested in sheer adventure in water sports surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, wind surfing, are just a few of the many varieties offered by Lanka that will definitely make your adrenaline run twice quicker. For people who like to walk the land and refresh themselves by getting a clearer and nearer view of the traditions and lives of the natives of a country and also wish to behold the beauty of a land from a closer distance, Sri Lanka offers her wide expanse of tropical forests, valleys, grasslands, foggy mountains, craggy peaks and rolling hills for hiking and trekking.
To touch upon a few places those are the major attractions of the island in terms of adventure and recreation are: Bentota, apart from its sandy sunny beaches offer the thrilling water sport, Scuba Diving. Hikkaduwa, Trincomalee are other popular dive sites which also has facilities for Snorkeling.
Trekking tracks across the North western Province and around Horton Plains, and Belihuloya and Knuckles Mountain Range for hiking are dreamlands for trekkers and hikers.
Among many sanctuaries and wild life reserves National Parks and the Sinharaja rainforest are counted as the important ones in the island.
For absolute recreation one may visit the National Museum and Natural History Musuem. Among many more, the Bird Sanctuaries famous among bird watchers are Bundala, Kumana, Bellanwila-Attidiya, Kegalle - Kurulu-kele Asunder from all these, the cascades like Bambarakanda Ella and Diyaluma Waterfall is sheer feast for the eyes.
Golden beaches of Sri Lanka for instance the Unawatuna Beach, or Nilaveli Beach are those which are ideal for a reposeful holiday.
There is no end to entertainment and recreation or adventure in the country. You just need to visit to believe.