Sri Lanka

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  • Day5

    We took a bus to Nuriwa Ella, a tuk tuk to Nuna Oya then train via one of the world's most scenic train routes to Ella. A total travel time of 8 hours at a grand cost of £8, for both of us, which means we can eat out in style tonight.

  • Day4

    An old archeological site dating back over 1500 years. How people managed to climb up there in the first place is quite amazing. Today's modern staircase was tricky enough. Good views of the surrounding jungle from the top.

  • Day6

    We woke at sunrise to trek to Ella rock. We beat the heat and tourists to the top and enjoyed the views. Back at the homestay our hosts had prepared a breakfast that was enough to feed four or five people.

  • Day9

    Yesterday we took the bus to the beach town Unawatuna. The bus was super busy, really sweaty, so Phoebe conserved energy by being the quietest she's been all week.
    Today we relaxed on the beach and lazed by the pool that we had all to ourselves.

  • Day7

    Kataragama is a famous pilgrimage site for Sri Lankan Hindus and Buddhists. We arrived at the start of the 2 week celebrations. During our safari in Yala national park, we saw hundreds of people making the long walk (some walk 100's of miles) through the national park. There are daily evening parades in the towns sacred park, with devotees performing acts of self-mutilation, walking on hot coals, dancers and a variety of musicians making it quite and entertaining and colourful experience.Read more

  • Day223

    What a nice journey. My first time traveling in Sri Lanka by train. It's amazing, like the pictures you know from documentaries. The train is fully stuffed with people. Even outside the people hanging at the windows. During my ride I booked a hostel a bit outside of town. Have to walk after the 4 hours ride. I met Andrew and Hanna, a Canadian-German couple. The stood in a hostel in the other direction.

    My hostel is very nice. It called city center hostel, what's a bit weird because the city is 15 minutes away. In the front of the hostel is a small bakery.

    Kandy is a nice place. Everything is great because it's located in the Highlands. So very mountainous.
    I enjoyed the local food like roti with Dahl. Spent a lot of time with hiking or visiting temples. There was this temple in the hills with this huge white Buddha. The statue is impressive the temple less. I decided to visit the temple of the sacred tooth, a huge Buddhist temple in the city of kandy. It's a great place to spend time but with almost 10€ entrance fee pretty expensive and you have to pay more when you want to visit the museums in the area.

    Three days later I did my way to Arugam Bay to meet Jess.
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  • Day224

    If you create a plan everything sounds easy. From place A to B it's just 200km so maybe four hours drive.
    Reality looks different. From kandy to Arugam Bay is a long way. No direct bus, so I need to change busses several times. No problem...
    So let's go. In kandy started at 8 am to dambulla, kuduruwela, batticoloa, puttovil , arugam Bay...
    Five busses and eleven hours later I arrived in Arugam. Jess had already a hostel, but it was fully booked. So I stood in a hotel for 20€. The bed was OK and I could swap hostel next day. The beach Hut is the cheapest option to stay in Arugam because it's a surfers place and apparently high season.
    Jess and me had some amazing days at the beach and amazing food. The curry buffet of mama's restaurant is incredible. All you can eat for 2,5€.

    One day a guy from our hostel took us to a place close to Elefants rock, to see wild elefants. We also saw a crocodile laying on a rock and a beautiful sunset.
    Days like this remind me what I miss most: Janina! I would like to see her smile or listen to her voice. I know that she isn't doing well at the moment and the fact hurt a lot.

    After four days in Arugam Jess and me split up. She needed time for her self because these are her last days on the road. I left towards Ella. Another town in the Highlands. Famous for hiking and a place on my way to the south coast.
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  • Day227

    After a couple of hours bus ride to Ella it's almost 3pm. I booked a bed for one night in a very nice hostel and regret the fact that I didn't have booked more. It's a 2.6km outside the town on a mountain with an amazing view on Ella's rock.
    At the hostel I met Raj, a nice guy from India. The host offered tea and soupy noodles for a late lunch.
    Afterwards we went to town to see whatelse to do in Ella. Ella is a small but very busy and touristy town in the Highlands. The food, accommodation and all other activities are quiet pricey compared to other places in sri lanka or southeast Asia.
    Raj and me went out for a proper indian rice with curry. It was very tasty.
    Back in our hostel we met Alexandra, Danilo and Ryan. We decided to go to Ella's rock tomorrow morning.

    It's eightish! Our host entered the dorm. BREAKFAST!!! Everyone is still tired but we stood up and got benefited with an amazing breakfast. Homemade roti, string hoppers, egg hoppers, Dahl and fruits. Also a lot of tea. A great start into the day. Absolutely stuffed we made our way to Ella's rock. 5km hiking up and down the mountain. Finally we reached the peek and got an amazing view above the landscape. After we rested we went back to the hostel, along some railways, what's quite scary because of coming trains.
    We swapped the hostel and walked to little Adam's peek, a smaller mountain opposite of Ella's rock. Another five Kilometer walk, hopefully with an beautiful sunset. The hike was fine but to cloudy for sunset.
    After more than 25km of hiking all were sleepy and next days plan was the waterfalls and the temple in the cave...
    Early up and ready for a good breakfast! Alexandra, Ryan and me went to the waterfall only six kilometers. We reached the waterfall and realized that the hike before was very tough and everyone was quiet exhausted. We thought about taking a tuktuk but living on a budget also means to safe money wherever you can. Halfway back we took the tuktuk because of cramped legs. Alex and me took a massage after the waterfall and Ryan a nap.

    The massage was pricey but relaxing. Few hours later we sat in a restaurant and got some food with Paul, an Irish guy from our hostel and some Spanish girl. It was a great evening with a lot of beer and jokes. At 12pm the stuff of the restaurant asked us to leave because the already closed since 11. Very polite people these singalese.

    Went out for a last breakfast with Alex, Ryan and Paul because they wanted to go arugam and my plan was the south.
    During the breakfast I decided to stay a couple of days with these nice guys and joined them. Hours later I arrived in Arugam Bay, again.
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  • Day230

    Follow the flow not the plan. After breakfast with these amazing guys I decided to join them to arugam Bay. Such good company isn't easy to find...

    Arugam is like every time during high season almost fully booked. I found a bed in a dorm and paid to much. But it was just for one night and the next day we moved to a nice hostel with three beds. So Ryan, Sofia and I shared the room.
    The next day's weren't so special. Hanging around at the beach, enjoyed good food and had a lot of arack. This is the local alcohol in sri lanka. It's made of coconut and Contests >40% alcohol. Very tasty when it's mixed with coke. At least per night/person half a bottle is enough to enjoy without headache next day.

    Finally we rent surfboards and tried surfing. After two hours of fighting against the waves and the current I gave up. Maybe next time if I'm in a better physical condition.

    After almost a week I left to dambulla... But this is another story.
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  • Day3

    Enjoyed our first home cooked Sri Lankan dinner. Stayed with Kushana and his family. Spent our first day walking around Kandy.

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