Sri Lanka
Central Province

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  • Day5

    Zahntempel von Kandy

    January 20 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Heute ist Vollmond - ein Feiertag in Sri Lanka.
    Daher wurde uns da Erlebnis zu teil, die Gläubigen bei ihren Ritualen zu beobachten.

    Hier soll sich ein Zahn Buddhas befinden, welche als bedeutendste buddhistische Reliquie Sri Lankas gilt.

  • Day6

    Überraschung

    January 21 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Da unterhält man sich einmal mit Engländern darüber dass man auf Hochzeitsreise unterwegs ist und schon wird man zum Abendessen von Personal überrascht.

  • Day4

    Sigiriya

    January 19 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Der Löwenfelsen. 1860 Stufen zum Tagesbeginn. Hier merkt man die Kombination aus Wärme und Luftfeuchtigkeit 🥵

  • Day7

    Knuckles Range

    January 21 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Today's world heritage site is the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. This site has three separate components to it, covering three separate national park areas in central Sri Lanka. It mostly covers mountainous terrain and tea plantations, and had proved to be quite difficult to organise a tour there. The few companies we could find just wanted to sell us 2-3 day treks through jungles, which we obviously weren't interested in! So in the end we just organised it ourselves.

    First up was a bus about 2 hours to the east of Kandy, following the main road. We got off at a small bump in the highway town, and hired a tuk tuk up into the hills where the main conservation centre was. Here we purchased our reasonably priced permits and set off on a two kilometre hike to a pair of cliff lookouts known as Mini World's End 1 and 2. The original, non-mini versions are located in one of the other areas of the World Heritage site.

    The hike itself was pretty straight forward, not too much climbing or bush-bashing. We'd heard bad things about leeches, but the ground was fairly dry and we covered ourselves in DEET so had no issues.

    Nice views from the lookouts, though one was rather obscured by mists and a few trees as well. Aside from a couple of guys working on the path, there was absolutely nobody around, and we even managed to spot a small deer!

    All up the hike took us about 90 minutes including a few breaks, before we got our tuktuk back down the mountain. Just enough time to grab some snacks for a late lunch before a bus arrived and we jumped on.

    No space at all on this bus either, so lots more bouncing around and accidental elbowing as I stood the two hours back into Kandy. Also had my first encounter with the unspoken caste system - as the bus slightly emptied out I got offered a spare seat instead of older folks and women which I found surprising.

    Got off the bus slightly early and went for a drink at a rooftop backpacker bar, only to discover alcohol isn't served between 2pm and 5pm! So we ordered juices and the waiter came back saying we could have beer, just to make sure his boss didn't see! Thinking about it, it doesn't seem like a big drinking culture as alcohol is quite expensive and there just aren't that many bars around. Hardly anyone smoking either, though apparently it's banned in public.

    We stayed here for a couple of hours before wandering back through town and then home via another tuktuk. Had a small dinner at a restaurant just nearby which was about to close - nothing too fancy.
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  • Day5

    Dambulla

    January 19 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Up early again and on another bus, heading south out of Polonnaruwa towards the town of Dambulla. Very crowded again, though at least we were able to get a seat. Also slightly terrifying given the speeds that the drivers go at - it might not be all that fast, but in a big heavy vehicle packed with people it sure feels it!

    Arrived in Dambulla around lunchtime and dropped off our luggage at the guest house. Our main reason for stopping here was to check out the nearby Golden Temple, which was only a few hundred metres from where we were staying. So off we went!

    First up is a large modern Buddha statue, one of the world's largest, painted gold which sadly looks quite tacky. It's not actually associated with the World Heritage site though, which is a series of cave temples located up in the hills behind.

    The climb was tiring but not super tough, though we made it harder for ourselves by taking the wrong entrance and having to backtrack a fair way to the ticket booth. Ticket prices here are really expensive - most of the attractions are $20-$30 USD for foreigners, though this one was a bit cheaper. Locals of course get in for a token amount. No cards accepted either, so we've been constantly visiting ATMs.

    The caves themselves were quite nice, five in total and packed with wall paintings and statues of Buddha. Some of the paintings were hundreds of years old, though a lot of it had been repainted in the 19th century. Although the shrines have been used for millenia (probably since not long after Buddha himself), it was fairly unclear how old a lot of the decoration etc was. And we didn't hire a guide either; they don't really fill you with confidence when you hear them saying stuff that completely contradicts what you've just read!

    All in all a fairly short visit, only about 90 minutes all up, so we headed back down the hill, grabbed some lunch and then relaxed for the afternoon. Had dinner at a nice local place down the road where we were the only customers!
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  • Day11

    Crowdy Sri Lanka

    January 18 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Heute den 5ten Tag in Sri Lanka. Was zuerst auffällt, ist das hektische Treibem hier überall. Der Lärmpegel ist deutlich gestiegen und ab 6 Uhr morgens scheint die ganze Insel in Bewegung zu sein. Trotz allem ist die Insel wunderschön grün! Nach zwei Tagen Colombo, wobei der erste ein Ankommen in diesem Land bedeutete und der zweite Tag zur Erholung diente, zog es uns weiter ins Landesinnere. Die Strecke von Colombo bis nach Kandy haben wir dann mutig mit dem Zug zurückgelegt. Warum mutig? Die Plätze im Zug sind so beliebt wie die wenigen Rettungsboote der Titanic. Das Einsteigen grenzt an einen Überlebenskampf. Adis Sonnenbrille hat den Kampf leider nicht überlebt...
    In Kandy angekommen, mussten wir uns zuerst mal um eine Unterkunft kümmern. Nachdem wir uns mit Essen und Trinken gestärkt hatten, sind wir mit einem Tuktuk zu einer Unterkunft in der Nähe gefahren. Leider war dort aber nur nochein Bett frei... er wollte uns aber auch nicht wieder gehen lassen. Also warteten wir ca 2 Stunden, während er uns immer wieder neue Vorschläge unterbreitete, wie zusammen auf einem Klappbett zu übernachten oder auf einer so dünne Matte zu schlafen, dass man sich quasi direkt auf den Boden legen konnte. Nach zwei Std. konnte er uns dann doch irgendwie auf zwei Matrazen unterbringen. Froh, eine Übernachtubgsmöglichkeit gefunden zu haben, sind wir dann mit dem Tuktuk ins Stadtzentrum noch was trinken gegangen. Die Nacht war dann mehr oder weniger erholsam, da es durch alle Löcher gezogen hat, ziemlich frisch war und die Hunde die ganze Nacht durch gebellt haben...
    Am nächten Morgen sind wir ein Hostel weitergezogen und haben uns Kandy angeschaut.
    Jetzt sind wir wieder im Zug und nach nur ca. 45 min hatten wir beide das grosse Glück einen Sitzplatz zu erhaschen. Suuuuper, da die Zugfahrt nach Ella knapp 7 Stunde dauern wird...😅
    Das Glücksgefühl über dieses wunderbare Privileg zu Reisen verschlägt mir manchmal fast den Atem und rührt mich ab und zu zu Tränen. Dieser Sitzplatz ist einfach spitzenklasse! 😊
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Central Province, Zentralprovinz, Централна провинция, Província Central, Centra Provinco, Provincia Central, استان مرکزی, Sri Lankan keskinen provinssi, Province du Centre, मध्य प्रान्त, Provincia Centrale, 中部州, ცენტრალური პროვინცია, 중부 주, मध्य प्रांत, मध्यम प्रान्त, Centrale Provincie, Prowincja Środkowa, Центральная провинция, මධ්‍යම පළාත, Centralprovinsen, மத்திய மாகாணம், Центральна провінція, وسطی صوبہ، سری لنکا, Tỉnh Trung Tâm, 中央省

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