• Sri Lanka Ella Train
    Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    1 Week in Sri Lanka : My Itinerary

    I was looking for a short getaway for a week and decided on Sri Lanka. If you wish to see it on google map, here is the link : https://goo.gl/maps/7CDjXjzhYU82 This was my Sri Lanka 1 week itinerary. Airport -> Ella ->Travelling Day -> Adam’s Peak -> Dambulla/Pidurangala/Sigiriya-> Kandy -> Airport For a more detailed breakdown, please visit the individual days of my trip. You could also read my tips and guide on how to travel on a budget in Sri Lanka. Expenses My exchange rate was 1 USD for 151.35 Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR).  The following will give you an estimate on how much you spend on items in Sri Lanka. My budget…

  • Sri Lanka Kandy
    Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    Kandy : A sweet stop for city kids in Sri Lanka

    Every backpacker knows Kandy, maybe because it sounds like “Candy” so everyone wants to visit somewhere sweet. We chose Kandy to be our last stop before flying back to Singapore. Kandy is positioned as the capital of the central province and hill country. It is quite impressive as a city as it is the central hub of Hill Country, where most buses and trains go through Kandy. This contributes to the sprawling mess of the bus station, but also the energy and vibe to the city. There are many restaurants, food places, a growing number of cafes and a better infrastructure built in Kandy as compared to the other areas…

  • 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…

  • Sri Lanka Ella
    Ella,  Hiking,  Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    A day in Ella : Ella’s Rock and Little Adam’s Peak

    Ella is famous for 3 main sites. Ella’s Rock, Little Adam’s Peak and the Demodara Nine Arches Bridge. Although we did not visit the Nine Arches Bridge, I think it is possible and ideal to do all 3 within a day. https://goo.gl/maps/FdA1LCLgWcM2 If I were to redo my trip, I would do all 3 sights by my own 2 feet and it would be a full walking day for me in Ella. It is possible to get around by tuk-tuk and much faster, but why waste money and the chance the burn some calories? ELLA ROCK I did not sleep a wink on my overnight train from Colombo to Ella.…

  • Sri Lanka Ella Train
    Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    SRI LANKA : HOW TO TRAVEL SRI LANKA ON A BUDGET

    Why Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka isn’t as massive as its gigantic neighbour India, but it makes for an inexpensive 1-2 week trip in Asia. I spent only 500 SGD in total for my 1 week trip in Sri Lanka. This is inclusive of my flights which is 300 SGD. Sri Lanka is a country of many diverse sights. She is rich in historical and religious sites, has idyllic beaches to relax in and scenic hill country to explore, as well as some of the best national parks in the region for leopards and elephants. We hiked to the summit of Adam’s Peak, explored the scenic hill country using its scenic…

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