The Tear Drop island of Sri Lanka has many wonderful qualities – national parks full of incredible wildlife, verdant tea plantations, beautiful Hindu and Buddhist temples, untouched idyllic beaches and bustling busy cities. With over 2,000 years of fascinating history and a rich cultural heritage, exploring Sri Lanka makes for an incredible adventure. We’ve pulled together the best photos of people’s journeys through this tiny but tremendous island.
Joining the locals on a train ride to Nuwara Eliya, travelling up into the hill country, is a wonderful way to see the scenery of the lush tea plantations. Photo credit: Franck Reyneir
While catching a train in Sri Lanka is a wonderful way to view the landscapes, it’s also a great snapshot of daily life. Photo credit: Garret Clarke
The birthplace of Ceylon Tea and one of the country’s primary exports, Sri Lanka is home to many picturesque and verdant tea plantations. Photo credit: the best is yet to come
Buddhism is the main religion in Sri Lanka, but over 12% of the population are Hindu. There are many temples dedicated to the Hindu religion including this intricately decorated one in Kandy. Photo credit: Ad
Yala National Park is a wildlife haven, filled with monkeys, peacocks, elephants and, a real highlight spot of any Sri Lanka safari, leopards. Photo credit: Kosala Bandara
Less than a two hour drive from Colombo, the golden sands of Bentota beach and the shimmering blue waters of the Indian Ocean make for the perfect place to unwind. Photo credit: Hafiz Issadeen
Lauhgala National Park is one of the smaller national parks of Sri Lanka and provides a marvellous safari experience – no vehicles are allowed but visitors are free to walk in and enjoy watching wildlife from one of the many viewpoints. Photo credit: Alexander
It’s not hard to see why Unawatuna is Sri Lanka’s most popular beach, a hotspot for both locals and tourists, with its beautiful banana-shaped sweep of golden sand fringed with swaying palm trees. Photo credit: Iris Liu
One of the country’s most spectacular and dramatic sights, Sigiriya Rock is incredibly historic with plenty of stories of Sri Lanka’s past. To get to the top to enjoy some incredible views of Sri Lanka, walkers need to climb 1200 steps up a staircase flanked by lion paws. Photo credit: Syaolyao Cska
Featured image: Colsteel
Do these photos inspire you to travel around Sri Lanka? We have a selection of group tours and private itineraries that take you to the island’s highlights.
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