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Sri Lanka; a place of exotic beauty, prowling leopards, bathing elephants and vast, natural landscape. The island is home to eight Unesco World Heritage sites and tropical rain forests. It’s become a fascination with great Travel Writers, including American novelist Paul Theroux, during his four-month journey by train in the ‘Great Railway Bazaar.’ But, reading about it will never be enough. You have to witness Sri Lanka’s jaw-dropping beauty to believe an island like this can still exist in the modern world. There are so many sights in Sri Lanka, a visit to the island will make you the envy of all your friends, particularly when they see the amazing images uploaded to your social media pages. Here are some of the pictures you could be taking on your next trip to Sri Lanka…

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Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress in the Matale region. It’s said that King Katsyapa built his palace on top of the 200-meter rock and would make this area his new capital. It was later abandoned after his death and then used as a monastery until the 14th century. Now it is a sight that must be seen to be believed.    

Ancient rock fortress Sigiriya

This is a traditional way for fishermen to catch their fish in Sri Lanka. Although this practice has become less about catching fish and more about posing for the camera, it’s still an amazing photo opportunity you won’t want to miss. This photo was taken close to the major city of Galle.

Stilt fisherman

These beautiful Buddha statues can be found in the Seema Malaka temple. A place that’s used today for people to rest and meditate, rather than worship. Although it was built in the 19th Century, it had to be reconstructed in 1976 because the original structure began to sink into the waters of the Beira Lake. But it’s a must for the Sri Lankan photo collection.

Buddhas in Seema Malaka temple

Tea is big business in Sri Lanka with tea plantations and estates employing around one million people. The plantations make for amazing pictures, just take a look at these fields,  carved onto hilltops.

Tea plantation

This landscape is home to one of the most amazing natural sights, the St Clair waterfall. It’s the widest in Sri Lanka and the locals refer to it as ‘little Niagara Falls.’ The waterfall is situated three kilometers west of the town of Talawakele on the Hatton-Talawakele Highway.

St Clair waterfall

This is one of the many stunning, natural beaches scattered across the coast of Sri Lanka. Many are unspoiled by modern tourism. This landscape and beach can be found in the town of Unawatuna, in the south of Sri Lanka.

Beach in Unawatuna

Where will you visit in Sri Lanka? 

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