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25 photos that will inspire you to visit Sri Lanka with Intrepid

written by Bex Shapiro June 7, 2018
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Rainforests. Beaches. Ruins. Temples. Tea. Surf. Trains. 

So many reasons to visit the idyllic island nation of Sri Lanka.

But why simply list the reasons when we could show you picture proof that this destination deserves a place at the very top of your bucket list? In this instance, ‘picture proof’ comes in the form of some lovely shots from photographer extraordinaire Ryan Bolton who embarked on Intrepid’s 8-day Simply Sri Lanka trip just a while back.

We think he did a great job capturing the fun of the trip, the beauty of the country, and the magic of an adventure with Intrepid. Give the photo essay a browse, and apologies in advance if the temptation to book gets a little too unbearable…

Day 1: Negombo

Close to the capital and hearteningly near the waterfront, Negombo is a great first stop in Sri Lanka. Enjoy one of many beach bars and restaurants, and get settled in.

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Arriving into Negombo

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The fish market in Negombo

READ MORE: 5 EXPERIENCES THAT PROVE SRI LANKA IS AN ADVENTURER’S PARADISE

Day 2: Dambulla

Time for action! Drive to the town of Dambulla and visit either a wildlife reserve (hello, wild elephants!) or the nearby Dambulla Caves. Whichever option you pick is bound to be a winner.

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The Dambulla Caves

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Monkeys in Dambulla

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Day 3: Sigiraya, Kandy

Because you can’t visit Sri Lanka without ogling at the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya. Ensure you wear good shoes because the hike is steep but OH SO WORTH IT.

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Hiking to Sigiriya

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Happy at the top

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Endless views

When you’ve taken photos aplenty, it’s time for the next stop: Kandy. To experience the best of the city, be sure to visit the Temple of the Tooth (the country’s most important Buddhist site) and enjoy a dance and drumming performance.

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Lovely Kandy

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At Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth

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A cultural performance in Kandy

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Day 4: Nuwara Eliya

Lakes, markets, citadels and nature walks.. there’s so much to do in and around Kandy. But if you’re looking for even more adventure, try a day trip to Nuwara Eliya. The only thing better than the train journey there is the colonial charm and British tea culture you’ll be immersed in upon arrival.

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The train to Nuwara Eliya

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Lush landscapes aplenty

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Learning about the tea growing industry

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Enjoying tea in Nuwara Eliya

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Nuwara Eliya views

READ MORE: WHY NORTHERN SRI LANKA SHOULD BE ON YOUR TRAVEL RADAR

Day 5: Unawatuna

Ready to relax? Unawatuna is made for unwinding in style. Try your hand at surfing, then reward yourself with a drink (or three) in one of many local restaurants and bars.

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Coastal bliss in Unawatuna

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Group surf lesson

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Taking it slow in Unawatuna

READ MORE: 6 BEACHES IN SRI LANKA YOU SIMPLY HAVE TO VISIT

Day 6: Unawatuna

Relax on the beach – all day, if you please. Or pop to nearby Galle for Dutch colonial architecture and a bunch of boutique shops. Back in Unawatuna, maybe it’s time for a group meal and cocktail session?

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Tuk tuk in Unawatuna

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Tropical vibes

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Drinks with the Intrepid group in Unawatuna

READ MORE: 5 BREAKFASTS IN SRI LANKA WORTH A TASTE

Day 7: Colombo

Take the train to Sri Lanka’s capital, hit the shops, embrace the street food, and make the most of your last night. The tour might be coming to an end, but the memories will last a lifetime.

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A market in Colombo

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A cooking class in Colombo

READ MORE: SRI LANKA’S MOST FASCINATING HISTORICAL SITES

Day 8: Colombo

Although it’s time to say bye to your new best buds, there’s always room in any itinerary for last-day sightseeing. Consider visiting Gangaramaya Temple or taking a day trip with Intrepid’s sister company, Urban Adventures.

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Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo

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Farewell, Colombo

Inspired to go on this epic adventure? Check out Intrepid’s Simply Sri Lanka tour and array of other tours in Sri Lanka.

(All images taken by Ryan Bolton on Intrepid’s Simply Sri Lanka tour.)

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2 comments

Hassan October 19, 2018 - 10:25 pm

It a lovely place to visit as Sri Lanka has a lot to offer in terms of experiences, sight seeing, local food and the list goes on. Its even great for Muslims alike as you even have great halal tour operators in the country as well.

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platinumtvl June 7, 2018 - 4:05 pm

Sri lanka is evergreen place to travel for people who love peace, culture and luxury. It makes things more memorable !

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