• Sri Lanka Dambulla Pidurangala
    Hiking,  Pidurangala,  Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    Dambulla in a day : Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya, Pidurangala

    To the north of the hill country in Sri Lanka, lies most of the historical and cultural sites. Dambulla is host to 2 of the more prominent and culturally significant sites. The Dambulla Cave Temple (aka Golden Temple) and Sigiriya (aka Lion’s Rock) are both declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites and easily accessible from Dambulla. Additionally, within touching distance from Sigiriya is the lesser known and often overlooked alternative Pidurangala. It is also one of the best places to view sunrise or sunset overlooking the majestic Sigiriya. Dambulla is a good place to explore all 3 sites within a day or two as they are all very close to each other.…

  • Sri Lanka Adam's Peak
    Adam's Peak,  Hiking,  Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) : Climbing Sri Lanka’s most sacred mountain

    Adam’s Peak, or Sri Pada, is often considered a sunrise hike, usually done in the early mornings so that one can see the sunrise at 2,243m on the summit. “Sri Pada”, which is Sacred Footprint” in Sinhalese gets its name from the rock formation near the summit which supposedly is the footprint of Buddha. It is revered as a holy site not only by the Buddhists, but by many other religions such as the Hindus, Muslims and Christians. It is one of the more important pilgrimage site, where Buddhists all over the world travel to scale the mountain. The pilgrimage season lasts from December to May, where it can be unbearably…

  • Sri Lanka Ella Train
    Ella,  Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    Ella : The Scenic Train Ride

    The train rides around the hill country of Sri Lanka are touted to be the “World’s most scenic train ride”. That is, of course, a grave exaggeration, but it might be the most beautiful train ride in Sri Lanka. Just google that Sri lanka trains/Sri Lanka Scenic trains/Kandy train/Ella train. There are a million travel bloggers spewing the same headlines. It almost seems as if the hype is copy and pasted, with similar pictures of everyone hanging out of the train carriages. The “World most beautiful scenic train ride” to me is actually just another train ride through the hill country. There are many debates on which portion is the…

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