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Ultimate Guide To Getting Around Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small island which makes it ideal and easy to travel around in. This is a complete guide to getting around Sri Lanka, with tips and tricks for the best ways to travel around the country All you need to know about hiring a car & driver, and how to buy train tickets in Sri Lanka.

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The Lovely Mountain Town Ella

by Maria Wulff Hauglann| Last updated May 12, 2020

After spending weeks along the coast of Sri Lanka, enjoying some of the best beaches the country has to offer, we decided to escape the heat and head inland up to the mountains of Sri Lanka, to the Hill Country. We choose to go to Ella, a lovely sleepy hill town!

Ella is a peaceful small village in the middle of a beautiful green countryside, with spectacular views! It is nestled in a valley, surrounded by high mountains, some of them higher than 2000 m.

Last Day In Paradise – Negombo Beach

by Maria Wulff Hauglann| Last updated May 5, 2020

We had a flight back to Bangkok really late in the evening (actually after midnight), so we decided to spend our last day in Sri Lanka in Negombo. Negombo is a small beach town located near Bandaranaike International Airport. It is full of decent hotels and restaurants, as well as an OK beach (though a bit polluted). If you are looking for a beach place close to the airport, then Negombo is the one!

In Search Of Buddha’s Tooth – Kandy

by Maria Wulff Hauglann| Last updated May 5, 2020

During our travels in Sri Lanka, we had heard so much about Kandy, everybody said we HAD to go to the beautiful city Kandy. So we eventually decided to check out this famous city Kandy on our way from Ella. We took the most beautiful train ride from Ella to Kandy, a highlight on our Sri Lankan trip.

I must admit we were a little bit disappointed of Kandy. Everybody kept telling us (including the Lonely Planet book) that Kandy was sooooo beautiful, and “Here`s a city that looks good even when it`s raining” (quote Lonely Planet). Here is our top 5 list of what to see in Kandy (if you still want to go there after reading this…).

Getting Up Close With Elephants

by Maria Wulff Hauglann| Last updated May 5, 2020

From Kandy we went on a day trip with tuk-tuk to the Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka. The orphanage is government run, and was initially created to protect abandoned or orphaned elephants. Today it is one of Sri Lankas most popular attractions, both among tourists and locals. We came really close to elephants of all ages!

Climbing Little Adam`s Peak

by Maria Wulff Hauglann| Last updated May 5, 2020

Our second hike in Ella was to Little Adam`s Peak, which we did without a guide. It is a fairly easy hike and very popular! At top of the 1141 m high mountain, the views were spectacular!

A Kite Surfers Paradise – Kalpitiya

by Maria Wulff Hauglann| Last updated May 5, 2020

Kalpitiya is a small town in the middle of nowhere, on the north west side of Sri Lanka. It sits on the finger of land that separates Dutch Bay from the Indian Ocean. After we had taken a beginner kite surfing course in Mui Ne, Vietnam, we wanted to take our kite surfing a bit further. We had heard that Kalpitiya was THE place to go kite surfing in Sri Lanka! So we headed up north to Kalpitiya for some more lessons. And we did not regret it, the place turned out to be perfect for beginners!

10 Must-See Things in The Ancient City Polonnaruwa

by Maria Wulff Hauglann| Last updated May 5, 2020

Sri Lanka is, among it`s many attractions, also home to some of the best preserved ancient ruins and temples in Asia. Perhaps the finest can be found at the ancient capital city of Polonnaruwa, situated almost in the middle of the country.

Not as well known or spectacular as the temples of Angkor in Cambodia, but much less visited and no less atmospheric. This is a place where you can easily imagine yourself being Indiana Jones in search of lost treasures, and where if you are lucky some wild elephants may even come wandering across your path while you explore these ancient temples…