Sri Lanka – From Kandy to Trincomalee

In October, Tina and I travelled through Sri Lanka. Upon our arrival in Colombo we literally hopped on a driving train headed to Kandy (where I supposedly fell asleep standing). Located in the slopes of the island’s central highlands, Kandy is both a transportation hub with buses and trains going to any destination on the island and a welcoming town with many attractions.

View over Kandy
View over Kandy
Tooth temple in Kandy
Tooth temple in Kandy

During these first days, it rained more than we had expected. Still, exploring and figuring out the new environment was exciting.

Elephant in the streets of Kandy
Elephant in the streets of Kandy
Strolling through town
Strolling through town
Sunset view
Sunset view

From Kandy, we took the bus to Dambulla, where we climbed up to the Cave Temple after gathering with local people seeking shelter from the rain. The next morning we got up early to ascend the massive monolith of Sigiriya with ancient ruins on top.

Walking towards Sigiriya in the early morning
Walking towards Sigiriya in the early morning
Climbing up Sigiriya
Climbing up Sigiriya
On top of Sigiriya
On top of Sigiriya
Shelter from the torrential rain
Shelter from the torrential rain
View from the Cave Temple entrance
View from the Cave Temple entrance
Bus stop in Dambulla
Bus stop in Dambulla
Surprise: the little snack turned out to be the little spicy snack.
Surprise: the little snack turned out to be the little spicy snack
On the bus
On the bus

Desperate for sunshine, we took the bus up north to Trincomalee. We spent the first nights right at the beach at the south end of Nilaveli. Almost alone, we enjoyed a perfect beach, which after the Tsunami in 2004 slowly starts to attract more tourists again (though not during off-season apparently).

Sunrise in Nilaveli
Sunrise in Nilaveli
Beachfront cemetery.
Beachfront cemetery
Local fishermen bringing in the night's catch.
Local fishermen bringing in the night’s catch
Fancy pool.
Fancy pool

From Trincomalee, it takes a whole day to travel to Nuwara Eliya, a still very British looking mountain village amidst tea plantations. From there, one can take one of the world’s most scenic train rides through the highlands to Ella.

Tea plantation close to Nuwara Eliya
Tea plantation close to Nuwara Eliya
In the streets of Nuwara Eliya
In the streets of Nuwara Eliya
Road to Nanu Oya
Road to Nanu Oya
At the station's cafe in Nanu Oya
At the station’s cafe in Nanu Oya
Scenic train ride to Ella
Scenic train ride to Ella
Thunderstorm in Ella
Thunderstorm in Ella
Ella, in the morning
Ella, in the morning

Read on to see how our trip continued.

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