17 Photos That Will Make You Want to Travel To Sri Lanka

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  1. 1. 17 Photos That Will Make You Want to Travel To Sri Lanka monkeysandmountains.com /sri-lanka-travel-photos Rather than tell you why you should travel to Sri Lanka, Ill show you. Check out these photos that highlight the wildlife, UNESCO sites, beaches, culture, people and food of Sri Lanka Wildlife of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is one of the worlds 25 biodiversity hotspots. It has one of the highest rates of endemic species (not found anywhere else) anywhere in the world! 23% of all flowering plants are endemic and 16 mammals. My personal favourite of course is the Toque macaque. Its a paradise for wildlife and nature lovers. Yala National Park has the highest density of leopards on the planet. I.e. if you really want to see a leopard, head to Sri Lanka. I visited Yala three times and was fortunate enough to see one on each of my visits. Id previously been to Africa four times and while Id seen leopard tracks, the actual leopard alluded me. Every. Single. Time. Sri Lanka is also a great place to observe elephants in the wild. With over 5000, there are more Asian elephants found here than anywhere else in Asia. Minneraya National Park is famous for the gathering. Approximately 300 elephants come together each year during the dry season. Even if youre not travelling to Sri Lanka at this time, on our Wildlife and Cultural Highlights of Sri Lanka Tour, youre guaranteed to spot elephants. Numerous times! I got some great photos from observing them in Kaudulla National Park. Of special importance and something near and dear to my heart is that the best place to see elephants in Sri Lanka is in the wild. Please dont visit them at one of the elephant orphanages. The article explains how terrible this is for the elephants. 1/19
  2. 2. Yala National Park is the best place on earth to spot a leopard. 2/19
  3. 3. Look closely. Leopards are masters at camouflaging themselves in trees. 3/19
  4. 4. Mother elephant and her calf seen in Kaudulla National Park. 4/19
  5. 5. Sri Lanka provides lots of opportunities to observe elephants in the wild. 5/19
  6. 6. My group of travellers observing elephants herds in Kaudulla National Park. 6/19
  7. 7. Toque macaques are one of the 16 mammals that are endemic to Sri Lanka 7/19
  8. 8. Toque macaques get their names from the tuft of hair on their heads. Beaches of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka has 1340 km (1833 miles) of coastline. Your hardest challenge wont be finding a beach but choosing which ones to visit. If youre there between November and April hop in a boat for a chance to spot the largest animal on the planet. Im talking about the blue whale. They can reach lengths of up to 30 m (98 ft). Check out what the Nomadic Boys thought. Needless to say, Im beyond jealous! 8/19
  9. 9. Sri Lanka has some gorgeous beaches. UNESCO Sites of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Thats pretty incredible when you consider how small the country is. We visit three of them on our Wildlife and Cultural Highlights of Sri Lanka Tour. Youll find photos of two of them, the ancient city of Sigiriya and the Old Town and fortifications of Galle, below. 9/19
  10. 10. The ancient city of Sigiriya is one of Sri Lankas 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 10/19
  11. 11. Your climb to the top of Sigiriya is rewarded with a panoramic vista. 11/19
  12. 12. The fortified Old Town of Galle dates back to the 16th century. Its a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Culture and People of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is a mix of modern and traditional. Youll find many regional differences. And also rich traditions of music, dance, art and indigenous holistic medicine. I was fortunate enough to experience this firsthand by staying at an Ayurvedic Retreat. It was intense. And honestly, there were times I hated it. Still, the science and philosophy behind it is fascinating. And I did feel better afterwards. Sri Lankans are warm, friendly and seem to be always smiling. Theyre shy but do like to dress up for special occasions when they put their shyness aside. 12/19
  13. 13. Sri Lanka is a mix of modernity and traditional living. 13/19
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  15. 15. Learning to make Coconut Sambol from a local. 15/19
  16. 16. A local rowing a traditional dugout canoe. Sri Lankan Cuisine The national dish of Sri Lanka is rice and curry. Coconut, rice and spices are staples in Sri Lankan cuisine. Another popular dish and my personal favourite, Coconut Sambol. Its a paste made of ground coconut with peppers, dried fish and lime juice. I ate this every single day in Sri Lanka and sought it out. Its SO good. Sri Lanka is also an easy place for vegetarians to travel. There are many vegetarian curries available and lentils are also frequently used in cooking. 16/19
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  18. 18. Coconut sambol is my favourite Sri Lankan dish. I enjoyed my time in Sri Lanka so much. The biodiversity and cultural wealth for such a tiny island is incredible. Thats why I collaborated with a local tour operator to offer you a Wildlife and Cultural Highlights of Sri Lanka Tour. You can check it out here: 18/19
  19. 19. Laurel Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends. http://monkeysandmountains.com 19/19