Photos to Inspire you to visit Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Udawalawe

Backpacking Sri Lanka

At first we intended to only spend 2-3 weeks in Sri Lanka. However, after 50 days we were still there. I realize now I fell head over heels in love with the raw country, noisey streets, and delicious rice and curries.

I hope these pictures will inspire you to visit this country and meet the people. Sri Lanka is more than just the island off of India. It’s more than just a history of war. It’s a country of tastes, adventure, and dramatic landscapes all jam packed into a tiny island.

Don’t just visit the Westernized sites, but engage with people and learn about the culture. Some of my favorite moments were spent taking polaroids of the children who chased our scooter down dirt roads.

Provinces of Sri Lanka that we visited

  1. Central Province: Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Adam’s Peak, Haputale, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Horton Plains
  2. North Central Province: Polonnaruwa
  3. Western Province: Colombo
  4. Southern Province: Galle, Matara, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Weligama, Mirissa, Udawalawe

Central Province:

Woman working in tea plantation
Picking tea leaves at the Somerset Estate tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya
Peaking out of the train in Kandy
Peaking out of the train in Kandy
Trains in Kandy
Trains in Kandy
reflection from a train of Sri Lankan family
A father daughter seen on a train between Kandy and Ella
Riding the Kandy to Ella train
Tea plantation workers at Lipton’s Seat, Haputale
Sri Lankan homes Haputale
Colorful homes on the drive from Haputale to Lipton’s Seat
Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka
Adams peak – the sunrise casts’ the peaks shadow atop the clouds
Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka
We left at 4am to reach Adam’s Peak at 6:15am for sunrise. Lucky for us, most people have to leave between 1-3am to avoid massive crowds!
Nine Arch Bridge, Ella
Palm tree views from Nine Arch Views, Ella
walking the cows on Nine Arch Bridge
Nine Arch Bridge, Ella
Train from Kandy to Ella
A view from the Kandy to Ella train
Horton Plains, Sri Lanka
Hiking near Horton Plains, the World’s End hike
Green Views in Sri Lanka
A view from scootering around Hatton
More Mountain was landscape from central Sri Lanka


A white Buddha statue stands in the mist, viewed from Pidurangala
A view of Lion Rock from Pidurangala
Sigiriya views from Pidurangala, the less crowded hike nearby
Misty views from Pidurangala
Sunset at Jathika Namal Uyana, also known as rose quartz mountain – the largest pink quartz mountain in Southeast Asia
Sunset at Rose Quartz Mountain
Pink rose quartz, an easy hike done from Dambulla or Sigiriya


Two Sri Lankan brothers
Two fisherman brothers seen on the beach between Galle and Mirissa
Image of elephant family
Elephants in Udawalawe National Park
Image of two birds
Green bee-eaters, bird watching in Udawalawe
A hungry elephant in Udawalawe
Views returning from blue whale watching tour in Mirissa


Archeological sites in Anuradhapura

Kiri Vihara dagoba in Polonnaruwa

Galle Old Fort
Galle Old Fort
Image of Galle Fort through window
Coffee shop views in Galle old fort

Image of Sunset at Unawatuna
Sunset surf from unawatuna
Image of cricket field in Galle
Sri Lankan stilt fisherman
Fisherman outside Unawatuna

Swimming at dusk in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan woman walking on a beach in Galle

My adventures and ramblings through Europe, Australia, and now back the United States. I generally write from daily inspirations or from random thoughts.

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