Udawalawe

Udawalawe Another early start for us both as we had to be ready to leave for 5.30am! We were picked up on one of the safari cars and transported to the park entrance. After waiting around half an hour for the park to actually open we set off with the rest of the cars on the lookout for wildlife! About 10 minutes in we realised how bad the roads were around the park, at one point I think we were nearly ejected from our seats and thrown off the car! It didn’t take long to see our first elephant which was hiding behind some bushes, I can only imagine that the large number of convoys must have scared them away. The driver got the message however and soon set off on our own…
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Ella to Udawalawe

Ella to Udawalawe After receiving some Information from Justine and Yanik about the hike up Ella’s Rock, we decided to take the slightly less conventional route to the top. As we were told an early start would give us a better likelihood of clear weather, we managed to drag ourselves out of bed by 5.30am and set off onto the track (quite literally, we had to walk around 45 minutes on the train track from Ella train station to Kithalella station). From the starting track, it took around an hour to climb, clamber and pull ourselves up the mountain. Eventually we made it to the top and I must say, the views were incredible! Just as we arrived we were fortunate enough for the sun to break out through the…
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Exploring Ella

Exploring Ella Today we walked up to Little Adams peak. Apparently it’s called this because the shape resembles Adams peak, also in Sri Lanka. We didn’t do this though because it’s closed off this time of year so they don’t light it up because of the rain so it’s much more dangerous and difficult! Little Adam’s peak still seemed quite steep though, and it was very hot as we were walking up. But was a pretty short walk to the top so didn’t take too long. From the top we had great views of Ella Rock, our conquest for tomorrow! We also met lots of cute dogs, we named two Adam and Eve. On our way back down, we diverted off towards the 9 arch bridge, walking through some tea…
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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya Today we woke up super early to get a 1 hour taxi to Horton Plains National Park. The guy in the hostel was really nice and made us a breakfast ‘pack up’ for the road and woke up the same time as us to give us it before we jumped in the taxi. Very cute! We had ham toasties, some pastries and some fruit. We arrived there just before 6.30, we had to stop off to pay for entry into the park. We had to pay extra for the taxi and driver which we found odd because they just sat in the car park! On the road up to the entrance we stopped to see some wild deer. At the entrance, there was a man checking bags for…
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Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya Today we were both very excited as we were getting the train from Kandy to Nanu Oya train station (about 6km from Nuwara Eliya where our hostel was). The trains offered first, second and third class tickets. We were told that any hopes of getting a first or second class reserved ticket was hopeless as they can be purchased 30 days in advance. Instead we opted to turn up an hour before and hope for the best! Luckily we were able to purchase a second class unreserved ticket. As the train pulled in we soon plonked ourselves on the first seats we met eyes with. The rest of the journey was full of stunning scenery as we made our way through the rural hillsides of Sri…
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Exploring Kandy

Exploring Kandy I was woken by cars honking on the road outside. Kyle still sleeping with his earplugs in! I keep trying to work out when it is that Sri Lankan people use their horns but it just seems to be every 10 seconds per car. If they haven’t used it in that time they get anxious and give it a tap to let off some steam and join in with the other cars. Definitely don’t fancy driving here! Breakfast was a little odd. We were given jam on bread, an omelette sandwich, a banana, yoghurt and a bar of chocolate! It was weirdly nice though! We had a walk round Kandy seeing what we could find to do for the day. It was a very hectic city compared to what…
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Dambulla to Kandy

Dambulla to Kandy As we said goodbye to Dambulla we packed our bags and headed to the bus station. Upon arrival a man asked us where we were going and said an AIR CONDITIONED bus was heading to candy. For an extra 100 rupees each it was well worth it! One exception for these types of coaches are that they won’t leave until they’re full, so you can find yourself waiting around for a while until you leave. Nonetheless, after 20ish minutes we were soon on our way. As we arrived in Kandy there was a completely different feel about the place. It seemed much more built up with about ten times more people walking around. I think the fact we arrived in rush hour only made things more hectic.…
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Dambulla Cave Temples

Dambulla Cave Temples We decided that because of the rain previous days, we were going to stay more local today and not venture out to Polonnaruwa and rent bikes as originally planned. If we ever return to Sri Lanka in the future, we hope to add this in! Typical though, it didn’t rain today! We walked across to Dambulla Cave temples instead which were really impressive. These had statues and paintings and altogether there were 153 statues of Buddha, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses. We also saw a lot of monkeys and their babies! Very cute! But we weren’t prepared for the stairs! After Sigiriya yesterday our legs were aching and didn’t expect to climb up lots of stairs to get to…
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Sigiriya

Sigiriya Day 4 in Sri Lanka! We open our curtains and again, another glorious wet day! We both didn’t feel like breakfast this morning, I think it must be a mixture of heat, smells and the swarm of flys in the kitchen! Our destination for today is the ancient city of Sigiriya, since were finding our feet a little it’s also getting easier to get around! With just a 15 minute walk the the bus station we were soon on our way! I have to say, the bus to Sigiriya hasn’t been the most pleasant of them all! This one had an abundance of people squeezing onto the bus, that combined with no air con meant it made for a very long, hot and sticky ride. Around 45 minutes later we…
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Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura So despite our mosquito net, I managed to get stung in the night! First time I’ve actually had a mosquito bite show up on me so new experiences at least! No more though please! We came out to breakfast plates with our allocated food, we cooked our eggs to our liking and ate outside looking onto the garden. Today we took our first venture into Dambulla to find the bus station. Turns out there are two, so of course we went to the one we didn’t want. It allowed for a further explore of the city though finding where we needed to be! We were very much tourists walking around though and stuck out like sore thumbs! Arriving into Anuradhapura was 125 rupees each. Again we are clearly the…
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