Sri Lanka in Instagram

I went to Sri Lanka in search of inspiration, and I certainly found it. After over a year in North America, I was desperate to explore somewhere more foreign, to learn about a new culture and to really feel out of my depth for a little while. Basically, I wanted to remind myself of the many important reasons why I travel in the first place.

I got all that and more. Sri Lanka was beautiful, occasionally frustrating and just an incredibly interesting place to explore. I loved learning about the country’s unique cuisine, history and ecosystems. I have a lot of stories to tell you in the coming weeks (plus some stories about Hong Kong, and leftover stories from Las Vegas, Austin and Seattle that I still need to get around to- but let’s not dwell on that now.

As an appetizer, here are some of my favorite Instagram shots I took while traveling through Sri Lanka:

Getting up close with wild Elephants in Kaudulla National Park
Vibrant cave paintings at Sigiriya Cliff Fortress
A monk posing at the top of the cliff fortress
One of the many ancient Buddhas in the ruins of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO site
Colorful prayer flags
Cheeky monkeys with a view in the Pollunuwara compound
Old-fashion train departure board in Kandy
Stunning blue water and the Portuguese fort in Galle
Some of the vibrant spices that are staples in Sri Lankan cooking
Distinctive Sri Lankan boat on the beach near Galle
The actual TBC Conference in Colombo- the first of it’s kind!
The view from my window at the Hotel J in Negombo
the main beach in Negombo
My last sunset in Sri Lanka

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BONUS: Here is a video put together by my friends from Captain and Clark (with a cameo from yours truly) that goes a long way towards summing up our experiences in this “humid,” “spicy” and “sun-drenched” country:

 My trip to Sri Lanka was sponsored by Cinnamon Hotels and Sri Lanka Airlines.

25 thoughts on “Sri Lanka in Instagram”

  1. Looks like a wonderful experience, Steph! I particularly love that Sri Lankan boat. The colors are so vibrant! Looking forward to reading more about the trip 🙂

  2. Gosh, I’m so happy that all of you (I guess?) liked this country! I was there in March 2014 and I really fell in love but I’ve got a friend who didn’t agree with me and she was even surprised how it possible to like this coutry as much as I do! She was so convincing in her complaining about it that I started to believe that maybe there is something wrong with me?
    The most frightening thing for me was that I go back there in March 2015 with a group of women and what I would tell them if they didn’t like Sri Lanka?

    But when I look at your (and other bloggers) pictures and read your words I know that they’ll like it, too. I’m so sure about it and can’t wait to go back there! 😀

  3. Saiful Islam Khan

    Sri Lanka, a beautiful country in Asia contains magnificent places & colorful scenic beauty even a lot of UNESCO recognized sites there. It’s highly appreciated for backpackers enjoying above all you shared. I personally liked appetizer, spices, prayer flags & beaches photos those were too colorful to like much.
    Very thank you Steph for sharing these photos with experiences! Indeed you are a good photographer too! Keep it up writings & sharing such this.

    Best regards,
    Saiful

  4. I love how much attention Sri Lanka’s been getting lately! My husband and I are planning to go there next February/March and this has really whetted my appetite. The food, the history, the beaches; I can’t wait to surround myself with all that good stuff!

    1. Yeah Dave and Lauren’s articles a few months ago were super inspiring! I suspect you’ll read even more about Sri Lanka in the next few months- after all there were 40 bloggers on the trip.

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