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Instagramable Places In Sri Lanka

This year I was lucky enough to spend to insane weeks seeing all there is to see in Sri Lanka. We went from the south to the north and back down again exploring hidden and not so hidden gems along the way. The island still has so much more to offer but we did see some awesome sights and really pretty places. A lot of places are instagram famous others not so much but are equally worth heading to even just to enjoy the beauty.

I thought I would share 12 instagramable places in Sri Lanka places you should definitely try and stop at when you visit

Galle Fort

This little colonial area in the town of Galle has a total vibe of it’s own. A lighthouse sits on it’s fort wall lined coast creating the perfect backdrop for photos. The little fort area is filled with cute shops, photogenic cafe’s and rustic charm. We only had an hour to stroll around but you could easily spend the entire day there snapping away!

My favorite places to take photo in Galle fort

  • Various angles of the lighthouse
  • Stick no bills poster shop
  • Koccoriko clothing store

Kandy to Ella train

The Kandy to Ella train ( the instagram famous blue train ) has recently popped up as a hotspot to get photos. The photogenic train ride mixed with the fact that you can hang out the side of the train made it an instant hit.

The trick is to get a second or third class ticket as that is where you will find the open doors. The most photogenic part of the train ride is the last 3 or so hours from Nuwara Eliya. I suggest getting on there to make your journey shorter as well as the full ride is about 7 hours.

Remember to be safe with this photo and respect the locals that take these trains!

Unawatuna beach swing

There are a few beach swings in Sri Lanka and they are all pretty epic! We went to the one in Unawatuna and although it is a little bit hidden it is so worth it. There are two ways to get to the swing. You can walk from Wijaya beach, that also has a pretty epic photo spot. Or you can set your google maps for Dream Cabana in Unawatuna. This is a beach front spot where you can rent rooms and exactly where the swing is.

It costs 500 Sri Lankan Rupees for three swings which is definitely a bargain!

Roadside fruit stalls

These fruit stalls are all over the place but we found some really photogenic ones on our way to Mirissa. The locals were super friendly and didn’t mind us taking photos but I would suggest buying some fruit anyway! It is a great way to support them and say thanks!

Coconut tree hill

Coconut tree hill is probably now the most well known place in Mirissa and for a good reason. It is so photogenic and definitely one of the most instagramable spots in Sri Lanka. On a good day the gorgeous viewpoint with it’s tall coconut trees is surrounded by bright blue water at the edge. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t in the mood when we were there but it was still really pretty for photos!

Go early in the morning or at sunset for the best vibe! If you google coconut tree hill when in Mirissa it will come up. Then just look for a little alleyway with the name painted on the side of the wall and you will find it!

Nine arch bridge

Nine arch bridge in Ella was high on my bucket list for quite a while. This amazing bridge hidden in the lush hills looked like something out of a fairytale. It didn’t disappoint in real life either even with the crazy amount of people that were milling around at noon when we went.

It is pretty simple to find just ask any local or hop in a tuk-tuk! 🙂

Udawalawe national park

Yala might be the most popular national park to spot some wild elephants in Sri Lanka but it can also get really busy! Udawalawe is a smaller park with much less cars and some really gorgeous landscapes. Head in closer to sunset time ( the park closes at 6 though ) to get some really good light!


Mini Adams Peak ( or basically any other hike in Ella! )

There are plenty of hikes in Sri Lanka and especially in Ella where beautiful mountains surround everything. We hiked mini Adam’s peak and it’s the perfect hike for “non” hikers that want some good views. Most of the hike is either a jeep track or steers with only a few other bits and it takes about 30 minutes to the top walking slowly.

The entrance to the hike is right opposite the nine arch bridge entrance so once again super easy to find and you can do both in one day! 🙂

Kandy lake

It rained a lot when we were in Kandy which I was pretty bummed about. There were so many gorgeous areas to shoot though! Kandy lake was especially stunning and I can imagine that on a perfect evening a sunset there could be really really gorgeous!

Sigiriya Rock

Sigiriya rock is another hot spot that is definitely worth a visit. This incredible rock was once home to a monastery and then a palace and has a rich history. There are plenty of places for a good photo either from the bottom or the top. Just be warned go early or late as it get’s really really busy during the day!



Pidurangala is the smaller rock next to the mighty Sigiriya. From the you actually have the best view of the lion rock so it is a must do when you are in the area. If you don’t have time for both I would probably suggest you rather do Pidurangala! The hike starts at a temple and you can get a taxi or tuk-tuk to the entrance. You need to cover up and pay a small entrance fee to enter as well.

Then a quick pretty hike takes you up to the round rocks at the top which is a great place for some unique photos!

Sri Lanka from above

My last one is a bit more difficult to do but so very worth it if you can. Take a small charter flight while in Sri Lanka and see this beautiful island from above. We flew from Jaffna to Sigiriya and it was really incredible!

As drones are now banned in Sri Lanka for the time being it is also the perfect way to get those from above shots for the gram!



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