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 spend 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:

Exploring the Knuckles Mountain Range


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
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
Elephant Safari, Minneriya National ParkElephant spotting at Minneriya National Park


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
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
Knuckles Mountain RangeDriving through the tea plantations surrounding the Knuckles Mountain Range
Royal Cocoon, Nuwara EliyaFrolicking through the gardens at the Royal Cocoon in Nuwara Eliya

Kandy Mountain RangeFirst light over the Kandy Mountain Range
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


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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    August 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Oh wow those are such pretty pictures!! It looks so so amazing there! This post definitely makes me want to visit Sri Lanka :)


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    August 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Absolutely beautiful collection of photos Nic! I am going to work my absolute hardest to get myself to Sri Lanka in 2017 :D x Elle

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      October 6, 2016 at 1:18 am

      you can do it…! good luck… ;)

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    August 10, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Beautiful pictures, feel like going back to Sri Lanka again.


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    August 10, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Beautiful images Nicola. It’s so much greener than I had imagined. I actually made myself a Sri Lankan curry last night, it was delicious. Made me crave the real thing. Sri Lanka is definitely very high on my list! x

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    August 10, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Sri Lanka has been on our radar for quite a while and these photos just confirm why! Looks like you had an incredible trip, awesome shots Nicola, love following your travels!

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    August 10, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Each picture is lovely! Reminded me a lot my trip to India. Especially stick out on the train to feel the breeze, it might be dangerous but hey all the locals do it!
    Much love!

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      August 20, 2016 at 11:22 am

      Best thing about Sri Lanka is that you can experience different climates within a short drive of 4 hours. Road trips are with breathtaking views. Try visiting “18 Wanguwa” Road. The road with 18 bends in the hill country.
      You will find most friendly locals in Sri Lanka as hospitality is a part of Sri Lankan culture…

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    Hand Luggage Only
    August 14, 2016 at 6:38 am

    We stayed at the Cinamon citadel too! Lovely photos as usual Nicola!

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    August 18, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    When I first saw these photo’s a few months back I instantly knew that Sri Lanka had to be the next destination. These are so gorgeous!

    Hope you had the best time grooving at Sziget!

    Soph xx

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    August 19, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Wow! this captures the essence of Sri Lanka very well. I hope you had a chance to visit pristine beaches in eastern and southern Sri Lanka. And try the fresh catch of the day straight from the sea…

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    Udara Abeysundara
    August 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I live in Sri Lanka and this makes me want to travel in Sri Lanka more… :) drop a line if you in SL lets cook dinner.. :)

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    August 19, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Friend,

    hope you had a great trip in sri lanka. what is the camera you used to took these awesome pictures. thank you.

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    Stephan Johnson
    August 19, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    You should also check out this cool Instagram page that showcases the best places to visit in Sri Lanka – https://www.instagram.com/tales_of_ceylon/

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    Aaron peter rodrigo
    August 20, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    fantastic!! just a heads up, visit Pigeon island,Trincomalee and Mirissa ! its a must and prepare the snorkeling gear

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    August 20, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    another list of places to visit in this beautiful country. Sri Lanka was one of my best stops http://www.wonderdiscovery.com/best-places-to-visit-in-sri-lanka/

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    Sasika Ranasinghe
    August 21, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Nicola, Thank you for your wonderful article on Sri Lanka with lots of beautiful images. However there are lot more to discover in Sri Lanka. Hope you will visit us again.

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    Inzamam Junaideen
    August 21, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Hey I’m wondering how you took all those high shots… Looks amazing though…

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    August 23, 2016 at 5:45 am

    This looks incredible! Sri Lanka has been on my bucket list for a while! so jealous xx

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    Asela Bogahawatta
    August 23, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Absolutely lovely

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    August 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you for taking the beauty of Sri Lanka to the world.appreciate your work (y)
    regards from SL

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    Climates Tours
    August 30, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Dear Nicola, I have seen your amazingly creative photos been viral in FB,just now only I found the real owner ! Bravo ! you simply nailed the trip!….Thank you so much to make Sri Lanka as a destination! Grant us permission to publish in our website too! Good Luck!

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    Karthik Shetty
    August 31, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Sri Lanka is a bundle of contradictions.During my last trip to Srilanka we booked a short term rental with https://www.heybnbworld.com and had an awesome time in Srilanka.Whispering Palms Beach Resort is an is an amazing place which will cater to all your needs!

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    September 29, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Great shots Nicola! Thank you for sharing :)
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    Nandun Senevirathna
    October 3, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Sri Lanka is a land like no other..Other call it heaven..but call it home..Love my motherland Sri Lanka

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    October 4, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    It’s the first time I’m seeing the first shot. Where in knuckles was it taken. Some wonderful clicks btw.

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      October 8, 2016 at 11:53 pm

      ReversTurn – Matale

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    October 12, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    An excellent country side which I experienced during one of my visits…well Sri Lanka is a beautiful country

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    November 4, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Amazing photos! I can’t wait to go next month :)


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    The Thrifty Issue
    November 16, 2016 at 2:14 am

    I’m in love! Those photos are just lovely! Sri Lanka is definitely on the list.

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    December 9, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Hi lovely,
    These photo’s are incredible! Have been interested in Sir Lanka for a while now! Was this a specific tour or all pieced together?

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    Back of Beyond
    December 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Beautiful pictures, thank you for visiting us, Nicola!
    Welcome to Back of beyond – Relax & enjoy nature!

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