Enjoy our favourite Sri Lanka photos from our four different visits to one of our favourite countries!
We fell in love with Sri Lanka the first time we visited in 2010.
We spent a month traveling around by trains, local buses, and tuk-tuks.
We have been back to Sri Lanka three more times and each was a very different experience and captured many more Sri Lanka photos.
Sri Lanka in Photos
My how Sri Lanka has changed and blossomed over the years while still retaining its charm and beauty.
Elephants of Sri Lanka in photos
Sri Lanka has a huge volume of elephants and they are working hard to conserve their habitat.
There are many national parks and wildlife preserves for elephants to roam and for tourists to see them in their natural habitats.
While we saw many elephants in the national parks and elephant sanctuaries, it was also common to see them walking along railroad tracks and paved road sharing the streets with buses and motorcycles.
It is a cultural experience to ride the trains of Sri Lanka. The old trains date back to the colonial days and they slowly wind through the highlands offering gorgeous views.
Many people hang out the windows and doors, but we were happy to sit on the wooden benches.
Culture of Sri Lanka in Pictures
We were lucky to be able to take a helicopter tour over the heavenly site of Sigiriya.
Sigiriya was an ancient city dating back to the third century BC.
It is located between the towns of Dambulla and Habarane and is the most viisted site in all of Sri Lanka.
You can climb to the top of the 370 meter high massive rocky plateau.
One of our most memorable experiences in Sri Lanka was taking part in the annual Adam's Peak Pilgrimage.
Starting our climb in the middle of the night, we made our way past religious artifacts for Muslim, Hindu and Christian faiths, and shops and stores selling souvenirs.
Wildlife of Sri Lanka
We have never seen such a spectacular peacock as we did at Yala National park in the South.
Our first two times to Sri Lanka, we didn't see a sloth bear, but they are coming back in numbers and are more common to see.
With proper conservation, they will thrive.
Sea turtles have a rough life, but the Kosgoda Turtle hatchery is doing their best to help save the sea turtles by farming eggs and releasing them into the wild.
Kandy was the ancient capital of Sri Lanka and visiting the Royal Palace is a must.
Beaches Sri Lanka Pictures
We loved spending a good chunk of time in Hikkaduwa. It made for a great base to explore the coast and make our way to Gall and Una Watuna.
But what we loved the most was chilling out on the beach and learning to surf!
Aragum Bay is probably the best beach in Sri Lanka. It's also a popular spot for seasoned surfers.
Sri Lanka is famous for its tea production and you cannot visit the country without spending time among the tea terraces of Nuwara Eliya.
We have a soft spot for Sri Lanka, it is often at the top of our list of places we recommend to visit.
Scenery of Sri Lanka
This photo was taken in Tissa the day before our wildlife safari in Yala.
We spent the day exploring the beautiful countryside.
Tourism is at an all time high with grand resorts opening up everywhere.
Hiking to Ella Rock is a great day trek. Spending time in the highlands is a must.
We hope that after viewing these photos, you will feel the same way.
One thing that hasn't changed though, is the beauty of the land and the generous spirit of the people.
When visiting Sri Lanka, a lot of people take a side trip to the Maldives. See all the things there are to do in the Maldives too!
Remembering the Tsunami
We hope you enjoy the Sri Lanka pictures we have shared with you. We love the country of Sri Lanka and especially its people. We hope you get the chance to visit and that these Sri Lanka photos inspire you to travel there too!