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Sri Lanka seems to be on everyone’s radar these days. It was named as one of the places backpackers have to visit before the crowds descend by Huffington Post, the BBC recently called it the South Asia’s new adrenaline capital, and Lonely Planet called it the top country to visit in 2013.

A few months ago I shared my own views on travel to Sri Lanka in a post titled: Is Sri Lanka the New Hot Spot in Asia? Explaining what the country had to offer and why some might want to visit it.

But I know, just as well as you do, that when it comes to travel a picture is worth a thousand words. I didn’t know much about Sri Lanka before traveling there, but I once came across a few photos of the country and was immediately drawn in. The lush greenery looked incredible, the wildlife seemed plentiful, the beaches appeared inviting, and the adventures – challenging! It was everything I was looking for and I was sold!

But when I got to Sri Lanka and had a chance to witness its beauty with my own eyes… plus with the eye of my trusted companion Canon T1i, I was taken a back by the scenery… check it out yourself!

Travel to Sri Lanka: Lush greenery of the Kandy Region, an area known for its national parks and tea plantations

Lush greenery of the Kandy Region, an area known for its national parks and tea plantations.

Sri Lanka's beaches can rival some of the best beaches in the world

Sri Lanka’s beaches can rival some of the best beaches in the world

Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) from afar. The path to the top consists of over 5,000 steps, yet hundreds of thousands of locals and travelers climb to the top of this peak on a yearly basis

Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) from afar. The path to the top consists of over 5,000 steps, yet hundreds of thousands of locals and travelers climb to the top of this peak on a yearly basis

View from Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) just after sunrise. It's a 3-4 hour climb to get up there, but when you are standing at the top of the peak, above the hills and the clouds, every one of those 5,000 steps seems worth it

View from Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) just after sunrise. It’s a 3-4 hour climb to get up there, but when you are standing at the top of the peak, above the hills and the clouds, every one of those 5,000 steps seems worth it

One of many Hindu temples in Sri Lanka. Their colourful façades are fascinating and incredibly complex.

One of many Hindu temples in Sri Lanka. Their colourful façades are fascinating and incredibly complex.

Rolling hills of the tea plantations in Sri Lanka's Hill Country. It's a must visit for any tea lover or a nature enthusiast.

Rolling hills of the tea plantations in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. It’s a must visit for any tea lover or a nature enthusiast.

A train ride through the Hill Country region is probably the most picturesque activity you can do Sri Lanka. The best part of the journey is from Haputale to Ella

A train ride through the Hill Country region is probably the most picturesque activity you can do Sri Lanka. The best part of the journey is from Haputale to Ella

Elephant family in Yala National Park. There are hundreds of them roaming around the park. It's amazing watching them in their natural environment.

Elephant family in Yala National Park. There are hundreds of them roaming around the park. It’s amazing watching them in their natural environment.

Waterbuffaloes and other animals enjoying a beautiful morning in Yala National Park.

Waterbuffaloes and other animals enjoying a beautiful morning in Yala National Park.

Overlooking Sri Lanka from the Japanese Peace Pagoda in Unawatuna. Nothing but blue skies and lush greenery.

Overlooking Sri Lanka from the Japanese Peace Pagoda in Unawatuna. Nothing but blue skies and lush greenery.

Are you inspired to book the next flight to Sri Lanka yet?

If not, check out this article to see more photos and learn about travel in Sri Lanka.

Or head straight to the Sri Lanka Travel Guide to find out where to go and what to do in Sri Lanka.

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