35 Photos That Will Make You Want to Travel Sri Lanka

What do you get when you put together a dazzling mirage of pristine white-sanded beaches, the endless green rolling hills of tea plantations, and the wildlife diversity of an African Safari? Sri Lanka, or as the locals like to call it, the pearl of the Indian Ocean.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Sri Lanka as I was invited to the Cinnamon Travel Blogger Awards. In the ten days I spent in Sri Lanka, I got to see just a small slice of what this magnificent island has to offer. Brimming with jaw-dropping scenery, magnificent wildlife and bucketlist-worthy experiences, it’s easy to see why this country has turned into one of the most up-and-coming tourist destinations… All the more reason to experience Sri Lanka sooner rather than later!

Here are 35 photos that will probably make you want to book a flight to Sri Lanka ASAP:

35 Beautiful Sri Lanka Photos

Exploring the Knuckles Mountain Range, book a day tour from Kandy here
Treehouse, Back of Beyond PidurangalaHome for the night at Back of Beyond Pidurangala 
Train Kandy to Nuwera EliyaCatching the Train from Kandy to Nuwera Eliya
Mountain Sunrise KandyWatching the sunrise over the mountains in Kandy

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Galle LighthouseExploring the town of Galle
Train ride Colombo to KandyViews out of the window on the train to Kandy
Sri Lankan CurryFeasting on delicious Sri Lankan Curry at a local village
Tea Plantations, Nuwara EliyaVisiting the Mackwood Tea Plantations
Unawatuna Beach, Sri LankaAfternoon swims at Unawatuna Beach 
Sigiriya Rock FortressClimbing the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress, check here for a day excursion
Elephant Safari, Minneriya National ParkElephant spotting at Minneriya National Park, included in this 2-day tour from Colombo
Sri Lanka Bucketlist (326)Afternoon tea at Back of Beyond Pidurangala
Mahaweli RiverKandyCruising along the Mahaweli River
Tea Plantations, Nuwara EliyaTea time at the Mackwood Tea Plantations
Temple of the Tooth KandyExploring the famous Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, check here for a city tour of Kandy
Nuwera Eliya to KandyWaterfall discoveries on the drive from Nuwera Eliya to Kandy 
Cinnamon Citadel HotelCocktails by the pool at Cinnamon Citadel Hotel
Fire Walking Show in KandyWatching the fire walkers during a cultural show in Kandy, book a ticket here
Knuckles Mountain RangeDriving through the tea plantations surrounding the Knuckles Mountain Range, book a day tour from Kandy here
Royal Cocoon, Nuwara EliyaFrolicking through the gardens at the Royal Cocoon in Nuwara Eliya
Kandy Mountain RangeFirst light over the Kandy Mountain Range, book a day tour from Kandy here
 
Cinnamon Citadel KandyA traditional welcome to the Cinnamon Citadel in Kandy
Mahaweli River KandyA lazy afternoon by the Mahaweli River in Kandy
Sigiriya Rock FortressViews from the top of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sri Lankan CurryWatching a local prepare fresh Sri Lankan Curry
Train from Kandy to Nuwara EliyaFriendly locals on the train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya 
Temple of the Tooth, KandyLighting a candle at the Temple of the Tooth
Mahaweli River KandyCruising along the Mahaweli River in Kandy
Treehouse, Back of Beyond PidurangalaSleeping inside a Treehouse at Back of Beyond Pidurangala
Sri Lankan Village ExperiencePaddling through a lily pond with some locals
Sri Lanka Bucketlist (403)Learning to hull rice with the ladies in the village 
Sri Lanka Bucketlist (325)Elephant Safari at Minneriya National Park
Cinnamon Citadel HotelRelaxing by the pool at Cinnamon Citadel Hotel 
Local Village in MataleWandering through local villages in Matale 
Train Ride from Colombo to KandyHanging out on the train ride from Colombo to Kandy

If you’re wondering more about my photography, check this post and this one on my camera equipment. I also edit them in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

A massive thanks to Cinnamon Hotels, Sri Lankan Airlines and Sri Lanka Tourism for the incredible trip. I’m already looking forward to returning and exploring this country further!

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