Our site is rich with global explorations via collections and information that will take you all over the world from the comfort of your seat. Perhaps one of these collections will even inspire you to travel to a destination for real have a fulfilling experience of your own. That’s what we want to do after sifting through our library for some truly stunning imagery from Sri Lanka.

Browse through 15 of our favorites below, along with some facts on each of the locations, and be sure to click through to our full Sri Lanka lightbox for even more adventure.

Landmark in Sri Lanka by SurrangaSL
Landmark in Sri Lanka by SurrangaSL

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is known to many as an exotic getaway destination, lush with tropical vegetation and coastal paradises. The largest city in the country is Colombo, which is also its capital, with a population of around 647,000. The city, along with the country at large, is home to a melting pot of ethnicities, religions, and languages, but the official languages are Sinhalese and Tamil.

Tea field plantation by itsmejust
Tea-field plantation by itsmejust

Stilt fishermen occupy a special place in Sri Lankan culture, particularly because the longstanding tradition came to life during a time of struggle. During World War II, food shortages and a lack of fishing space caused fishermen to try new methods that would hopefully garner more successes. They used scraps of wood from shipwrecks and other detritus to create stilts that propped them above the water in spots that didn’t offer sitting space on land.

Traditional stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka by Rawpixel
Traditional stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka by Rawpixel

The method is still used to this day, but is difficult to achieve successfully unless the fisherman is skilled at this particular craft. Natural disasters in the region have also made this a more difficult and dangerous task to take on, threatening the continued livelihood of the method.

Pineapple fruit display on street in Malwana by Saman527
Pineapple fruit display on a street in Malwana by Saman527
Bird Island, Koggala by Volodymyr Goinyk
Bird Island, Koggala by Volodymyr Goinyk

Wildlife in Sri Lanka is eclectic and varied, including sloth bears, Sri Lankan elephants, leopards, deer, snakes, and over 200 different species of birds, as well as tarantulas and scorpions. These are just a smattering of what you might encounter in the wild.

Baby turtle in Sri Lanka by Jaromir Chalabala
Baby turtle in Sri Lanka by Jaromir Chalabala
Adam's Peak Mountain by SurangaSL
Adam’s Peak Mountain by SurangaSL

Adam’s Peak Mountain is most commonly known for its “sacred footprint,” otherwise known as “Pada.” In Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, and Catholic traditions, the footprint is associated with figures including Buddha, Shiva, Adam, and Saint Thomas, making the location sacred for its spiritual and holy connotations.

Yapahuwa Rock, Sri Lanka by Natalia Davidovich
Yapahuwa Rock, Sri Lanka by Natalia Davidovich

At the tail end of the 13th Century, Yapahuwa Rock was home to the largest city in Sri Lanka, existing as both a palace and a military sanction against foreign invaders. The space now holds remnants of the distant past, including caves with Buddhist inscriptions, shrines, temples, and an ornamental stairway.

Mahaseya Stupa by Natalia Davidovich
Mahaseya Stupa by Natalia Davidovich

In Sri Lankan culture, the Stupa is a mound-like structure that contains Buddhist relics, as well as the ashes of monks. It offers visitors and people of the surrounding areas a safe space for meditation and peace.

Tea Darjeeling Plantation in Sri Lanka by Nadezda Murmakova
Tea Darjeeling Plantation in Sri Lanka by Nadezda Murmakova

The climate and humidity of Sri Lanka encourages the production of tea, which is responsible for a significant portion of the country’s economy and employment. It was once the number-one tea exporter in the world, but has since fallen behind Kenya.

Man and child riding elephant near rock of Sigiriya by paul prescott
Man and child riding elephant near rock of Sigiriya by Paul Prescott

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Top image: Red tree on tea plantation near Nuwara Elyia by Martin Bisof