There are too many to list, but i will tell you about a few:
One of the best days was the cycling day - The route was great-off road through local villages, nice and flat. It was great to be out and seeing things first hand, for example, the local children returning from school, locals using the lake to wash themselves and clothes. The local kids really loved to run out to greet us when they knew we were passing so we could wave to them and say hello. Some liked to do high fives!! I can still see the image of a tiny child about 2 who run out front and then said "hi"to us-bless. You'd often be riding and then hear a tiny voice say hi-it wasn't always easy to ride and look out for kids and wildlife though!! The lunch we had at a local farmer's house was one of the best on the trip.
The elephant orphanage was also fab- waiting at the top of the road while the doors to the orphanage open and approx 70 elephants then walk past you down the street in a line was very surreal. Then we had a few hours to watch the elephants interacting (they are so tactile with each other) and also having the opportunity to stroke or feed them.
Climbing Adam's peak was a great experience- this was very different to other climbs i have done as the journey was not very touristy and so we shared this journey mainly with locals making the pilgramage. From the bottom it did feel a little nerve racking as our eyes followed the blaring street lights as they followed the route to the top (a little like christmas tree lights)-ok-so we are going up there!! The guides were really patient and completly followed our pace. The contrast of the religious elements of this walk and the blaring music coming from the frequent coffee shops was also unique. The decent was very exciting as it was now daylight and so we could see the pictoresque views around and the monkeys!!
Ok, there were many more inspirational moments- i loved the cheeky monkeys-they were much more accessible than i'd expected and always made us laugh-for example, we had a personal monkey show on the balcony of our hotel in Kandy, in Sigria I would go for an early morning swim and watch the monkey families interacting with each others. The swimming pools were all situated in the most stunning locations- i have been spoilt for life now!!
Bring goggles if you like swimming as there are many opportunities for this.
You don't need malaria tablets.
Bring tops that cover you shoulders and bottoms to cover your legs as in the first few days you visit a number of temples (I ran out of bottoms).
Go on the optional trips- the elephant orphange is more than worth it. Even if you do all the extras there is still time to relax.
Do Adam's peak- it is tiring and you do miss out on some sleep but it is pretty doable and you get time to sleep on the long journey the next day. I had an early night the next day and was fine (and i need my sleep or get grumpy).
Jungle formula did not work on keeping the mosquitoes away from me!!
The shops at Galle are fab and provide opportunities to buy some nice sounvenirs for yourselves.
Bring baby wipes to use to clean yourself after the safari as you will get fithy.
With hindsight I would have brought some light weight gifts for the local chidren to give out on the cycling trip.
Do the elephant ride as it is really relaxing (unlike my experiences in Thailand) -I even rode on his kneck- the locals are great at spotting photo opportunities and would take photos with your cameras providing you with great documentation of your adventures!!
If you get the option of having a group kitty for tips and water then do this as it made everything so much easier. It also meant that it was so much easier to stay hydrated as water was freely available in the coach-a very good idea!!!
Go for a trip around the town in Kandy- this enabled us to get out into the country and brought its own adventures with the locals!!
Always have the name of your hotel written somewhere so you can always ask a tuk tuk driver to take you back incase you get lost (shared from experience!!)