First week on the road | Kandy | Dambulla |

My first week in Sri Lanka flew by. There is so much to see in this beautiful country, which I was crossing at maximum pace. I arrived to Kandy by train from Colombo. At the viewpoint over Kandy I was able to capture this beautiful vibrant city, in spite of being smart enough to forget to pack my tripod 🙂

While Kandy has a lot to offer, my new travel buddy Charlotte and I decided to visit some places surrounding Kandy. In Peradeniya is one of Sri Lanka’s most famous botanical gardens, where one could easily get lost for an entire day exploring the beautiful flora & fauna of this country. “Just don’t wander off without paying attention to those cheeky monkeys who might steal your food”.  So I decided to shoot them instead. With my camera, off course.


After a few days in Kandy, my body was craving some change and Charlotte and I travelled to Dambulah. If that long bus ride was very good for my body is a different question of course, as Sri Lankan buses are not very famous for their comfortable seats. From Dambullah we arranged a safari in Minnerya Wildpark. Our first encounter with two wild elephants was soon overwhelmed by multiple big groups of elephants passing by. Apparently September is the season when a phenomenon called ‘The Gathering’ takes place. At the end of the safari we had seen more than 200 elephants!

That night we decided to take it slow, as our friendly tuk tuk driver picked us up at 4:30 AM (!) the next morning to climb Pidurangula Rock. We climbed this temple near Sigiriya in pitch dark in order to witness the sunrise. And what a sunrise it was! Everything was lit so magically as we gasped at the magnificent views around us.  

Off to a new adventure, a little less busy, a beach maybe?

Veerle Sloof

Veerle Sloof

My name is Veerle Sloof. I’m a 22-year-old photographer. In 2014 I started my own photography business: Veer & Vorm.

  • Hanny

    19 September 2017 at 20:51 Reply

    Prachtige foto’s, wat een geweldige ervaringen. Blijven genieten!

  • Nieske Houkes

    19 September 2017 at 21:15 Reply

    Wat heb je al veel gezien en beleefd. Prachtige foto’s
    Nog heel veel plezier en veel belevenissen.
    Lieve groetjes van ons.
    Jos en Nieske

    • Veerle Sloof

      Veerle Sloof

      20 September 2017 at 11:17 Reply

      Bedankt voor de lieve woorden!
      Leuk om wat van jullie te horen.
      Groetjes terug,

  • petra sloof

    20 September 2017 at 08:42 Reply

    Heel mooi verslag en prachtige foto’s ga zo voort . Weet je inmiddels dat de vogel een indische scharrelaar is? Je kunt hem op Google vinden, . gooeie reis en lieve groeten van je omaaaa.

  • Leandro Bandeira

    20 September 2017 at 21:09 Reply

    Now I know why you worked so hard in the cafe. It was to have beautiful moments like this. Enjoy your trip!

  • Nelson Calderone

    15 November 2017 at 16:45 Reply

    Pidurangula Rock is stunning. You will have to tell me more about it and just how you shot those photos.

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