Sri Lanka - Land of Beaches, Buddhism & (erstwhile) British Raj

Aug 22 2019 to Aug 22 2019

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Abhishek Shiwalkar
Aug 22 2019

An island that has a bit of everything for everybody!

Ahungalla Beach
Ahungalla Beach

Clean pristine beach with amazing sunset views and Tiki Shacks

For best access, stay at a beach hotel or resort

Heritance Ahungalla
Heritance Ahungalla

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.

Heritance Ahungalla
Heritance Ahungalla

Wadiya: A tiki shack serves the Catch of the Day - barbecued..

Don’t forget to try the Red Mullet fish

Prince of Galle
Prince of Galle

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!

Hikkaduwa Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach

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.

Matara
Matara

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..

Morning Mist Guesthouse
Morning Mist Guesthouse

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)

Ella Rock
Ella Rock

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

Heeloya Railway Station
Heeloya Railway Station

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)

Badulla Railway Station
Badulla Railway Station

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

Glenesk Bungalow
Glenesk Bungalow

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..)

Glenesk Bungalow
Glenesk Bungalow

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 Tea Factory
Pedro Tea Factory

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 Tea Factory
Pedro Tea Factory

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

Heritance Tea Factory
Heritance Tea Factory

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

Bogambara Lake
Bogambara Lake

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..

Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens

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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