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.
During these first days, it rained more than we had expected. Still, exploring and figuring out the new environment was exciting.
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.
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).
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.
Read on to see how our trip continued.
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