A gem-shaped island in the middle of the Indian ocean; Sri Lanka is a beautiful little country that is packed with many amazing places of interest.
On your trip to Sri Lanka, you’ll want to taste a proper rice and curry, walk in a tropical forest, relax on some of the best beaches on the planet and visit a tea estate in the central highlands. Sri Lanka is much the same but very different than its bigger cousin in the North, India. You will never regret visiting the beautiful island of Sri Lanka.
Useful travel guides
Top 3 itineraries in Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka is a beautiful little tropical country in the middle of the Indian Ocean that offers an amazing variation of sights for you to explore. You will need at least 3-4 weeks to explore each of these itineraries on the island.
Essential tips and tricks for backpacking in Sri Lanka – In this guide, you will be able to read about 11 essential things to know about backpacking in Sri Lanka. The topics in the guide are there to prepare you for when you will be backpacking on the island. Read about safety, budget tips, where to go etc.
Useful Sinhala phrases for Backpacking – Either for respect, comprehension or for a convenient communication between yourself and Sri Lankans, it’s a major benefit to know a few words of Sinhala on your way in Sri Lanka. The language Sinhala seems difficult at first, but it’s easy to pick up. I made a dozen of friends in Sri Lanka and they all loved it that I spoke or understood a few words of Sinhala.
Top recommended places to see in Sri Lanka
Some Travel Pictures that Show you the Beauty of Sri Lanka – These travel pictures will show some of the best views I encountered in Sri Lanka. The island is filled with astonishing natural landscapes and many breathtaking sceneries, all waiting for you to get explored. I collected some of my best travel pictures from my trip in 2016 in this article.
Capital City Colombo – The mighty capital of the island, vibrant and ‘more developed’ than the rest of the country. There is some nightlife, good food (even Italian pizza places, with cheese!), history and many shops. The buzzing city is transforming more and more in the recent years because of the big impact of globalization in Sri Lanka. Everybody in Colombo likes the good life, fancy stuff, and good food. This is a city you must visit if you have plenty of time on your backpacking trip. Colombo is where you need to be if you want to extend the date of your tourist visa. The biggest airport of the country in Negombo is just next to Colombo.
Beautiful Mountain Town Ella – The beautiful mountain town of Ella makes the perfect hangout spot if you like great mountain views, amazing hikes, and a spot-on relaxed backpacker vibe. You’ll need at least 1-2 days to see some nice places in Ella, but consider to stay for 3-4 days to absorb the breathtaking environment and relaxed atmosphere of Ella, in the highlands of Sri Lanka.
The Mountain Adams peak – Based in the beautiful region of the central highlands of Sri Lanka, Adam’s peak is a beloved and famous place to visit. Either traditional pilgrims or adventurous tourists venture the mighty Adam’s peak up and down every day. Get yourself ready for a 5-8 hour hike, to get up very early and to see a breathtaking sunrise from the top of this magnificent mountain.
The Elephant Parade in Kandy – Right in the middle of the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy, a popular celebration takes place during every monthly full moon day. The celebration is called the Kandy Perahera, or festival of the tooth. The Kandy Perahera basically is an elephant parade with traditional Sri Lankan music and dancers. One of the elephants in the parade wears a very decorated, beautiful relic with the holy tooth of Buddha inside of it. A very interesting thing to visit on your trip to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan Street & Flea Markets – A combo of daily fresh produce, the scent of indigenous spices and local arts and crafts are typical for Sri Lanka flea markets. These markets are quite interesting to visit on your trip to this beautiful travel destination. Sri Lanka flea markets are recommended for off-the-beaten-track backpackers that want to interact with the local culture in Sri Lanka. Plus, You will get the chance to buy some cheap, but high-quality souvenirs.
Negombo Fish Market – A combo of daily fresh produce, the scent of indigenous spices and local arts and crafts are typical for Sri Lanka flea markets. These markets are quite interesting to visit on your trip to this beautiful travel destination. Sri Lanka flea markets are recommended for off-the-beaten-track backpackers that want to interact with the local culture in Sri Lanka. Plus, You will get the chance to buy some cheap, but high-quality souvenirs.