Sri Lanka is absolutely dreamy to say the least – pristine white sand beaches stretching till the eyes can see, lush green tea plantations rolling over miles, serene monasteries with centuries of history and of course the gentle, ever smiling Sri Lankan souls. Here is a glimpse of Sri Lanka through my eyes…
Got onto this really uncomfortable stick after fighting the super rough waters and didn’t end up catching shit. But hey! Made for a great picture, yeah?
Hands down the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. Climb up to the edge of the Galle Fort and feast your eyes on this beauty.
The long bearded, amazingly talented mask maker who chisels out evil monsters, sleeping Buddhas and good luck charms all day in his tiny workshop in Galle. Walk around the streets of Galle Fort area and spot many such master craftsmen who are keeping the art form alive.
Zarook is the waiter at Mama’s Roof top cafe. He chatted with us through lunch – an eclectic spread of yummy curries and Sri Lankan delicacies, and then decided to bunk work and give us a tour of Galle. He is such a good vibe guy! You dare not tell on him!!
This was hands down my most favourite beach in Lanka! Just a short trek away from Unawatuna, you get to this beach that hardly anyone knows about, drink some cool yellow coconut water and gorge down some fresh fish. Life!
Pollonnaruwa was easily one of the most memorable parts of my Sri Lanka trip. The stone Buddha statues, ancient ruins and to top it all the pouring rain that made it all the more beautiful. I really felt like a lost little girl wound up back in time.
A cold albeit illegal shower at the Queen’s bath. Thanks to the pouring rain, there were no guards to shoo us away. What an end to a spectacular day!
One of the most prosperous kingdoms in the world back then, you can sense its magnificence even in the ruins!
One of the most famous monasteries in Sri Lanka, this place is said to house the relic of Buddha’s tooth. According to Sri Lankan legends, when the Buddha died his body was cremated and his left canine tooth was retrieved from the funeral pyre by his disciple, Khema. Therefore the symbolic teeth surrounding the statue.
In Yala, we donned our safari hats, got into our big safari jeep and bounced around for 4 hours on bumpy muddy trails. No luck with any leopards. So much for spotting one tiny monitor lizard, a crocodile sunbathing obliviously and an elephant in a far corner. We did spot this beauty though! 🙂
I ended up falling off the cycle even before I hit the road and sprained my ankle horribly the day we landed in Yala. This beautiful sunset made it a tad bearable I must confess. Read more about this here.
I had no idea what to expect of Sigiriya. It is absolutely breathtaking, like a mini Machu Pichu that no one knows about! It has murals that were painted on hundreds of years ago and the ruins of a kingdom that old.
Climbed almost 1800 steps to get to the top of Sigiriya, with a sprained ankle. As you can see, it was clearly worth it!
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Saw these beauties up close, bathing, eating and mostly chilling! They are either orphans or elephants freed from captivity. The great thing is this place doesn’t allow foreigners to ride on them, the maximum you can do is feed or bathe them which is okay. Pinawala is definitely an experience I would recommend in Sri Lanka.
So there it is! If you ever decide to take a trip there, do visit these awesome places!! And make sure to check out my epic post on the nuttiest things to do in Lanka!
Happy travels! 🙂