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