Category Archive: Sri Lanka

May 03 2014

Sri Lanka: conclusions and tips

14 days; 30 crazy hours of bus; 7 hours of train; 1 safari; my freakiest flight ever (Colombo – Jeddah); 2 visa cards stolen; 1 pair of sunglasses stolen (If you thief ever read this, I hope you got a conjunctivitis with my sunglasses!); 1 pair of Sri Lanka Ray Ban sunglasses broken. What I …

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May 02 2014

Beach day!

This morning I took a bus to Koggala to go to the beach. Actually I was more interested in the fishermen than in the beach itself because in this area fishermen work on stilts above the waves at high tide. These stilts positions, planted in the sea bottom, pass down from father to son and …

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May 01 2014

Decompression at Galle

After a crazy travelling rhythm, I decided to settle for three nights in Galle. A city by the sea known for its fort, colonial architecture and with the Unesco stamp, Galle was the kind of place that I needed for a while. Galle’s fort was built by the Portuguese during the XVIth century, when the city …

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Apr 30 2014

Yala National Park Safari: never more (like this)

For those who decide to carry their telephoto lens during the entire trip in Sri Lanka, they will be rewarded with varied wildlife to the point that guidebooks compare Sinhalese National Parks experience to African safaris. Yala National Park was not my first choice (I preferred to visit Uda Walawe National Park) but it was …

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Apr 29 2014

Little Adam’s Peak

Ella is a small quiet town in the Hill Country with many activities for backpackers. Located in the heart of the Hill Country, It is a good base camp for some nice walks around. I arrived to Ella by train and with the rain. After finding a guest house and a quick lunch, I decided that …

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Apr 28 2014

Nuwara Eliya

My first stop on the Hill Country was Nuwara Eliya, the spot chosen by the British to escape the heat of the lowlands. It was here where they started developing successfully the tea cultivation in Sri Lanka, the famous tea of Ceylan. Sir Thomas Lipton, for example, started his huge tea business buying his own …

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Apr 27 2014

Train to the Hill Country

Sri Lanka’s railways are a great way to cross the Hill Country. Tea plantations, remote mountain villages and spectacular waterfalls pop up to your window all along this train journey from Kandy. All guidebooks suggest tourists to buy a first class ticket but second and third classes are comfortable as well (instead of A/C they …

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Apr 26 2014

Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa was my last stop in the Cultural Triangle. I had no more time for archaeological sites and the North of the country was really hot. During the Xth century, South Indian Chola Dinasty conquered Anuradhapura and chose Polonnaruwa as their new capital city in Sri Lanka. Its kings built huge buildings, temples to commemorate their conquests and extended parks …

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Apr 25 2014

The Lion Rock

Sigiriya is a nice stop on the Cultural Triangle, at only 20 kms from Dambulla. It is an ancient royal palace located on the top of a huge monolith 392m hight. King Kasyapa built this palace on Vth century for his new capital and decorated the rock’s sides with beautiful frescoes. The palace was abandoned …

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Apr 24 2014

From Buddha to Buddha

Between Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the two main historical sites of the Cultural Triangle, there are many interesting things that can keep you busy for a while. We chose Dambulla as base camp to visit around. Before getting there, we stopped at Aukana to say hi! to its Buddha. Legend says it was sculpted in Vth …

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