Elephant in Sri Lanka

30 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit Sri Lanka

The first seed of my desire to visit Sri Lanka was planted in 2010, when then-relevant singer M.I.A. tweeted her outrage over The New York Times including the island on its annual list of places to visit. Two years later, I was on the cusp of making my maiden voyage to Sri Lanka, but had to cancel at the last minute when my ophidiophobic ex-boyfriend learned about the snakes that apparently live in Sri Lanka.

I finally ended up getting to Sri Lanka last summer—and I’m happy to report I witnessed neither the carnage M.I.A. warned about in her tweet, nor a single snake slithering across the ground.

What I did find in Sri Lanka was an enchanting, diverse arrays of landscapes that belie the island’s small size, a plethora of untouched cultural wonders and a pacifying hospitality that proved the perfect counterweight to the stress the country’s lacking infrastructure often caused me.

Today’s post, which features Sri Lanka pictures from its modern capital Colombo to its 2,500-year old capital Anuradhapura, from its idyllic beaches to its towering tea plantations, from its ancient Buddhist relics to the timeless beauty of the elephants that wander its backwaters, will ensure you don’t wait as long as I did to get yourself to this magical island.

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marcus March 20, 2014 at 6:33 am

Great Pictures, I love Sri Lanka and happy for the many years of experience, when I could call SL my home, years of my life which will always have a VERY special place in my heart and memories!

uza March 20, 2014 at 6:58 am

Lovely! Simply superb!!

Robert Schrader March 20, 2014 at 11:34 am

Superb country!

Robert Schrader March 20, 2014 at 11:34 am

I can’t wait to go back!

Lindsay March 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Great photos, Robert. The one of the monk is truly exceptional. What an expression. May I ask what camera you use? The resolution is great.

Robert Schrader March 21, 2014 at 11:35 am

I was shooting with a Nikon D5100 at the time. Thanks for the compliments!

Ovini Sam March 21, 2014 at 11:40 am

Wow….. im so happy to hear those things about my Country. you guys are always welcome to this paradise.

Ovini Sam March 21, 2014 at 11:47 am

If you are going to visit again,you may see knuckles, Singharaja forest, yala national park, ,east coast and Sri pada (adams’s peak). those are so amazingly beautiful… 🙂

topolka March 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm

wonderfull !!!
What is the name of the watherfall from the pictures?

Rita March 23, 2014 at 6:28 am

Hi Robert. I’ve been looking for a holiday destination, this seems perfect! Could you tell me how long you went for, what time of year and if it’s a good place for a lone traveller? Thanks!

Robert Schrader March 23, 2014 at 7:12 pm

It’s great for solo travelers! I went during June, which is a rather rainy (but also quite cool!) time, and I went for two weeks.

Adventurous Andrea March 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm

The one of the elephants is just so endearing!

Robert Schrader March 24, 2014 at 10:43 am

It was such an incredibly special day. I highly recommend you make it to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage if you love elephants!

Hana March 24, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Hi there =) I would recommend that you don’t go during april and may, the heat is unbearable – even for us Srilankans! You should definitely go uphill to some tea estates. They are the best! Oh! and the beaches up north are lovely as well =)

Hannah March 26, 2014 at 7:22 am

Awesome pics! How was the food in Sri Lanka? Heard it was really cheap!

Robert Schrader March 26, 2014 at 7:32 am

Thanks for such great advice!

MightyTravels April 17, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Some stunning photos that definitely make you want to visit / return to Sri Lanka!

Added you on Twitter – hope to connect there sometime!

Robert Schrader April 18, 2014 at 12:56 am

Yes! I hope so too!

Hannah T June 28, 2014 at 5:09 am

Beautiful Country, So serene.
I wish I lived in SL.
Sri Lankan are so lucky! (MA)

Robert Schrader June 29, 2014 at 6:29 am

They are!

Howard Martenstyn August 22, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Thanks Rob for sharing your great experience of our country. Glad to see you were greeted with the Sri Lankan smile. On your next trip here, you may want to experience some of Sri Lanka’s Amazing Maritime too. See more at http://www.slam.lk

Robert Schrader August 25, 2014 at 6:31 am

I definitely do! But your website doesn’t work.

Howard Martenstyn August 25, 2014 at 10:17 am

Rob, it should work. Unless my provider network was down when you tried. http://www.slam.lk redirects to http://www.outoftheblueguide.wix.com/outoftheblue. Both url’s should work. Pls let me know if the problem persists. Thx….Howard

Ni March 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

It’s my first place abroad..and I fell in love with it and lived there for more than 3 yrs ..beautiful country with beautiful people

Jet Rodriguez July 1, 2015 at 10:08 am

beautiful photos <3

Robert Schrader July 10, 2015 at 7:43 am


Kim | TheWanderlist.net July 26, 2015 at 3:57 am


I’m kicking off my first ever trip as a solo traveller with a month in Sri Lanka at the end of August. EEEK! Is the transport network really that bad?

Also, where is that waterfall? I assume it’s somewhere in tea-country on a trek?

Robert Schrader July 26, 2015 at 4:37 pm

The waterfall is in Nuwara Eliya, you’re right. And the transport network, while it definitely leaves a lot to be desired, is a work in progress. This post is from two years ago 🙂

Matt Burden September 18, 2015 at 5:49 am

This is amazing!!!! loved the place when I last visited! I booked with the best company Indulge Sri Lanka they made everything perfect! http://www.IndulgeSL.com

chathu December 25, 2015 at 9:33 am

I’m really happy to hear those things about my country. But this post is old.

Robert Schrader December 25, 2015 at 1:39 pm

What an ungrateful comment! First of all, the post is less than two years old. Secondly, if you want me to return to Sri Lanka and post new insights, please buy my ticket.

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