I was recently looking through some photos from previous trips and came across these from Sri Lanka. I can’t believe it’s been nearly two years since we visited, and I’ve barely posted anything about this teardrop-shaped country in South Asia. We spent two weeks exploring Sri Lanka with its nascent (but quickly growing) tourist industry, and would love to go back to see more of the country. The people, the food, the history (both centuries-old and more recent tragedies) all combine to create a fascinating place.

 

The cobblestoned streets of the former fort city of Galle. The beautiful beaches of chilled-out Mirissa. The heights of mysterious Sigiriya. Elephants and wildlife in Minneriya. Trains and tea in Ella. The historical centre of Kandy. Fast-paced, dusty Colombo. Colourful festivals. Spicy curries and sickly sweet desserts. Here are some of my favourite photos from our trip.

 

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School boys relaxing in the shade in Galle

 

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The lighthouse in Galle

 

A game of cricket in Galle

 

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Boys playing in the ocean in the dying sunlight

 

Wandering the cobblestoned streets of Galle

 

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Early morning in Mirissa, on our way to see whales

 

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Fishing boats in Mirissa

 

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Surfer in Mirissa

 

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Volleyball on the beach in Mirissa

 

Cricket on the beach in Mirissa

 

Sunrise in Mirissa

 

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Fisherman in Mirissa

 

Thin, fluffy crepes filled with a sweet coconut mixture – my favourite snack in Sri Lanka

 

Train travel in Ella

 

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Train tracks in Ella

 

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Climbing up to Adam’s Peak in Ella

 

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Views across the tea plantations in Ella

 

Travelling by train from Ella to Kandy

 

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Building in Kandy

 

Old tea posters in Kandy

 

Tea plantation in Kandy

 

Looking over Kandy

 

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Elephant statues in Kandy

 

Looking across the lake in Kandy

 

Lighting candles in the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

 

View of Sigiriya

 

Paintings inside Sigiriya

 

View from the top of Sigiriya

 

Stairs used to climb up Sigiriya – you won’t see me climbing these!

 

Elephants at Minneriya National Park

 

People crowding Galle Face Green

 

The Perahera festival

 

Beautifully-adorned dancers during Perahera festival

 

Coconuts everywhere

 

Smiling faces in Colombo

 

Grains for sale in Colombo

 

Mosque in Colombo

If you haven’t visited yet, put it on your list.

 

Have you ever visited Sri Lanka? What is your favourite place in the country? Would you visit again?