16 Photos that will make you wish you flew back to Sri Lanka right now!

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Pictures do tell a thousand words ! Nobody ever forgets to take back memories of a travel destination and what better way than to take photos or even better videos. Sri Lanka is a kaleidoscope of natural colors which shine radiantly wherever one hopes to tread. The lush paddy fields, the thick dense forest cover and rolling velvety hills capture a palette of a variety of greens. the golden sunrises and the sunsets seen from anywhere in the island is always awe-inspiring. The trees, flowers, wildlife, and the costumes of people will capture almost all the colors in an artists palette.    

COLORS OF SRI LANKA CAPTURED ON CAMERA

The hypnotic trans that the visitor would find himself/herself is effectively portrayed through this mesmerizing video ably assisted by the beautiful background music. The film has been able to capture most of the captivating scenes evident during a visit to Sri Lanka with precise flow in the transition of the scenes providing the viewer an uninterrupted enthrallment of the captivating scenes available for a visitor touring Sri Lanka…..

The sheer impact of all these elements emerging and disappearing in front of the visitor has a translucent effect in the mind’s eye until the vivid details are captured on camera and deciphered in the form of a photo to base the understanding of each object viewed.

Did you know this year is full long extended long weekends? How many of these vacation breaks do you actually plan to use? May be you could use the paid time off to hang out with your loved ones in Sri Lanka.

For such a small island country, Sri Lanka has much to offer. Whether you go for its unrivaled wildlife tourism, from watching sea turtles nest to exploring the eight UNESCO sites; relax on the pristine sandy beaches stretching along the 1,300 Km coastline, or surf along the waves of the Indian Ocean.

For those who wonder what the small island country has to offer, scroll down these spectacular photographs to explore the exquisiteness of the hidden gem- Sri Lanka.

  1. Sri Lankan Leopards

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Sri Lanka has been identified as one of 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world. With the favorable topographic and climatic conditions, Out of the 125 mammal species found in Sri Lanka 21 are endemic species. It is always a treat to spot the elusive Sri Lankan Leopard at the Yala or Wilpattu National parks, while the former has the highest leopard concentration in the world.

  1. Discover your own Beach

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Sri Lankan beaches, with their golden sand and sunshine make a perfect destination to relax by the azure waters of the sea. The island being encircled by the ocean offers a myriad of beaches along its coastline-Bentota, Tangalle, Nilveli, Hikkaduwa and many more to explore. The beaches are fairly clean and some of them are infinitely less crowded.

  1. Food Paradises of Sri Lanka

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Think of food, think of fresh fish, delectable curries, coconut delicacies and barbecue. With Sri Lanka being very close to the southern India, there is a strong South Indian culinary influence in the delicacies of Sri Lanka.

  1. Sigiriya Rock Fortress

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Probably the 8th Wonder of the World – Sigiriya is a major tourist attraction. The iconic rock fortress is known for its landscaped gardens, marvelous froscoes and intricate architecture – the lion head, paws and renowned as an important urban city planning sites of the first millennium – or is the history of the rock fortress a lot more longer than its made to be known…

  1. Nuwara Eliya

The roof of the island is known as ‘Little England’ or Nuwara Eliya – – a picturesque city located in the highest and coolest area of Sri Lanka. Home to the famous Ceylon tea. The city which is on a plateau, and around it are the rolling mountains carpeted with velvety green tea plantations.

  1. Stilt Fishing

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A tradition from history still practiced by these stilt fishing requires the fisherman to balance on the stilts 2 meters above the sea. South of Galle is this most prevalent. It is so perplexing and mind boggling to observe this, but the technique is to not disturb the fishes due to which they stay on the banks for a longer time.

  1. Horton Plains

A sheer precipice at the southern end of Horton Plains National Park provides one of the most panoramic views of the southern plains of Sri Lanka and in order to see this one should be there before 9 in the morning or the mist easily sets in. The plains are one of the many protected areas in the country. Witness the species like Purple Faced Langur, Dull Blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka White Eye, Yellow-eared bulbul and more that are endemic to Sri lanka.

  1. Adam’s Peak

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A sacred place atop this holy mountain is popular knwon as Sri Pada i.e sacred footprint, where one finds a giant implant on the rock which according to the Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims it is the footprint of either the Buddha, Vishnu or Adam respectively and therefore needs the highest veneration even when climbing the mountain. Therefore this mountain is popularly known among the locals as Sri Pada i.e sacred footprint. The districts to south and east of Adam’s peak yields precious stones such as emerald, rubies and sapphires.

  1. Minneriya National Park

Sri Lanka often praised as one of the best safari destinations outside Africa. For an authentic elephant safari experience head to Minneriya National Park. The best time to visit this park is between September and October when the world famous “Elephant Gathering” takes place  The elphants come out in their numbers to the gigantic lake when the forest area becomes dry and it is  a treat to watch the herds drink, bathe and play at the water’s edge. Not only will you witness the largest land mammal and their babies play-side-by-side, you can also be a spectator to endemic birds and other mammal species.

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  1. Turtle Nesting Sites in Tangalle

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195 Kms from Colombo lies the city of Tangalle, touted as Sri Lanka’s answer to paradise. Tangalle is a home to idyllic beachfront resorts perfect for a family vacation. With sandy beaches to rocky cave beaches, myriad turtle nesting sites and a 2000 year old rock monastery, Tangalle sure is a must visit when in Sri Lanka.

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  1. Surf at Arugam Bay

If you’re an adventure freak then off the many things to do in Sri Lanka, you must try surfing along the azure waters of the Indian Ocea. The south and southeast coast of Sri Lanka is bordered by vast expanses of ocean creating consistent swells. There are various schools at Arugam Bay to help you if you’re a beginner.

  1. Galle

The main attraction in Galle is the fortress which was first built by the colonial Portuguese and then fortified by the Dutch during the 17th and 18th Centuries respectively. Siituated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka. The ancient port has been a famous trading port and believed to have supplied Spices, Gems and Peacocks to the biblical king Solomon. Inside the fort you could take a walk on top of the ramparts and observe the majestci views of the Indian Ocean, and visit the old Dutch Reformed Church, All Saints Church and Meera Mosque.

13. Mirissa Beach

This whale watching hot-spot is also the largest fishing port in south of Sri Lanka, Mirissa beach is a popular hangout location for tourists. Go whale watching and spot dolphins play in the water. Mirissa is a perfect destination to try fresh fishes like tuna, mullet, snapper and butterfish.

14. Temple of Tooth Kandy

One of the most sacred places in the Bufddhist world is the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) in Kamdy – located in the royal palace complex of the last royal Kingdom. The relic of the tooth of Buddha is housed inside this temple. Every Wednesday the ritual of bathing the relic with an herbal preparation called Nanumara Mangallaya (made from scented water and fragrant flowers) takes place.

15. Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa – the medieval capital of Sri Lanka (12th to 14th Century AD), boasts of some of the most intricate artwork on stone. The Vatadage and Gal Vihare Buddha Statues bears witness to an era abundant in artistic talent. The Ancient City has been declared as a World Heritage Site. National Museum in Colombo is home to many relics excavated from the site such at stone lion, the Hindu bronzes and more.

  1. Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

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There are five varieties of Sea Turtles found in Sri Lanka, namely Olive Ridley Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, Green Turtle,Hawksbill Turtle and Leatherhead Turtle. Sri lanka has various Turtle Conservation Projects active in the country protecting their nesting ecosystems. Kosgoda is one of them. Not only can you see the eggs, newly hatched turtles but you could also release them into the sea at night.

  1. Nuwara Eliya to Ella Train Ride

if you like take some breathtakingly awesome photos of the Sri Lankan natural landscapes, then  hop on to one of Sri Lanka’s scenic train routes Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Ella. Sweep past the tea plantations, waterfalls and peaceful tiny train stations. The train journey has been classified as one of the most beautiful train rides in the whole of the world.

  1. Enjoy Sunset at Negombo Coast

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Negombo is a modest beach town on the west coast of the island. Head over to the pristine beaches, feel the aromatic air and soak in the picturesque sunset.

This is not it. There’s so much more to this small island country. The warmth of the people, salubrious climate and exquisiteness will keep calling you back for more. Escape on any of the extended long weekends this year to the Wonder of Asia. Here’s to restoring our work-life balance and planning one amazing trip at a time!

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