Aug 22 2019 to Aug 22 2019
An island that has a bit of everything for everybody!
Clean pristine beach with amazing sunset views and Tiki Shacks
For best access, stay at a beach hotel or resort
This was a beautiful resort with an infinity pool with views to die for. Slightly off the grid, it is a perfect way to switch off for a couple of days.
Wadiya: A tiki shack serves the Catch of the Day - barbecued..
Don’t forget to try the Red Mullet fish
In the searing heat and humidity of Galle, this place had the perfect respite in their Ice Tea. The Bawa style architecture and slick interior make this a must see and must Tea place in Galle!
Far from the main Hikkaduwa beach, at access points along the coastal highway from
Galle to Bentota, there are absolutely serene and breathtaking sunsets to be experienced. Venture off the main beach and lose yourself in unnamed and unmarked roadside beaches..
If not driving a rental, take a bus and get off a stop along this highway that looks appealing.
This is what switching from coastal Sri Lanka to the interior felt like. The clouds seemed to welcome us into their boulevard with canopied formations..
Another morning cloud formation: there’s a reason they say all hikes in Sri Lanka should end by noon! This was the perfect guest house/home-stay experience in the mountainous Tea region of Uva province. Patricia, the owner, runs a close knit family style setup. Highly recommend this Guest House.
It’s easier to access by a car. With a Tultuk, it’s about a 800 LKR and a 30 min ride from the nearest big town (Ella)
Battling morning blues, leeches and fog was all worth it to experience these unique views from
Ella Rock. Can be hiked from multiple bases so do make this a part of your Uva region trip!
There are no clear trail markers so leave back markers at key junctions on the trail
This is just us (Anna and me) enjoying our Tuk Tuk ride. Tuk Tuks are your best friends when you’re in them and your fiercest rivals when you’re driving a car. Clearly this pic was taken in a TukTuk and not in our rental car
To experience mountain railway in Sri Lanka, we decided to take the train from Heeloya to Badulla (a one hour ride that usually takes 1.5 hours due to delays) heeloya was the perfect sleepy (but miraculously well looked after) station in a sleepy village that seemed to be trapped in a time warp..
Keep change.. only tickets available were class 3 and ridiculously cheap (LKR 25)
Photo is gimmicky but Sri Lankan hospitality toward tourists was quite amazing. Quite like the Atithi Devo Bhava sentiment of its neighbor except it appears to be actually practiced
This is just one snap out of many views that we encountered driving from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy.. one of the most beautiful drives in Sri Lanka
This bungalow (constructed in 1920) is quite possibly the best way to experience the expansive views, mist, food and lifestyle of Nuwara Eliya back in the day. Khema, who runs this family bungalow as a hobby is a very caring and welcoming host. You’ll want to go back (or at least extend your stay a bit..)
This is the view from the living room of Glenesk when the mist sets off on its temporary daily journey - these sweeping views almost made us stay back!
Pedro’s is a great place to witness factory scale tea production. This makes it a great complement to the micro scale organic tea farms like AMBA Estate and truly helps you understand the scale of tea Manufacturing in Sri Lanka.
Pedro’s also allows you to roam around their tea estate. All those Darjeeling views that you had always dreamed of seem to come alive here at Pedro’s
A mountain resort in an old tea factory building, this place is hard to get to but has an amazing High Tea offering that we decided to take outside on a patio overlooking the Tea estates. Worth it, totally!
This can be a very expensive property to stay at but stopping by for lunch or high Tea is a very reasonably priced experience
Never has a polluted lake commanded such advantageous and calming position in a city.
Walk around the lake, check out the Buddhist temples around it or shop or find a dining spot..
These gardens could truly inspire kids to be botanists. So much diversity of flora from around the world and so well maintained! Easy 3+ hour spend in Kandy, away from the pollution
Recommend a bus or Tuk Tuk to get here. It can be extremely painful to get to due to traffic but it’s worth it
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