Wonder why they call Sri Lanka “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean?” Well I found out.
Going into my first trip to the island destination, I didn’t know what to expect. I was blown away by the stunning landscapes of the Sri Lankan countrysides. There’s definitely no shortage of natural beauty between the tropical, green mountains, overgrown forests, sparkling coastlines and lush rivers!
One of my most memorable moments was climbing Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress, and discovering an incredible 360-degree view. And then while I thought climbing Sigiriya had the most incredible view I could get, I shortly discovered that the view of it from atop Pidurangala Rock at sunset looking back at Sigiriya might take the cake.
During my 10 days there, I got to embark on my first ever safari- 2 in fact- in both Minneriya National Park and Udawalawe National Park.
We saw so many elephants and wildlife in a short amount if time… it was an amazing experience!
Other highlights were visiting the local community of Hiriwadunna for a traditional Sri Lankan cooking class, touring a Virgin White Tea plantation in southern Sri Lanka, exploring the historical town of Galle, and a ride up the magical Madu River.
I’ll definitely be back to visit Sri Lanka in the near future!
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wow….. nice pics… how was the traveling experience?? what about the cost?
Hi Shameem! I’ll put together more info about traveling Sri Lanka on a budget, in the meantime check out my Sri Lanka Travel Guide: https://theblondeabroad.com/ultimate-sri-lanka-travel-guide/
Sri Lanka is such a rewarding place to travel with a camera. I had a great time there, thanks to the wildlife, landscapes and fabulous heritage sites. Looks like you had an enjoyable trip too.
Hey Stuart! So glad you got to visit — such an incredible place!