With a lot of expectancy and prophecies I have planned my international trip to Sri Lanka, it’s not that it is my first international trip, but this is my first trip as yours truly “ KARTOOTI_CREATURE”( Instagram handle) and this trip has become popular amongst all of my friends , well-wishers and instagram family, After a long list of suggestions to share details about my Sri Lanka Trip, I have decided to pen down every moment of this trip in Two Parts .
Part -1 Colombo to Sigiriya- Mountain Journey
Part 2– Colombo to Galle- Colombo – Sea Side Journey
Part -1 Mountain Journey – Colombo- Gampha- Kandy – Dambulla- Sigiriya Rock – Colombo
Day -1 The Journey starts from Bandaranaike Int. Airport to Gampha –
Trains at Kandy Station
The journey from Bandaranaike Int. airport to Gampha was really astonishing and local, There is no direct transportation from Bandaranaike Int. Airport to Gampaha. However, you can take the walk to Katunayake Airport Bus Station and take a bus from there to Gampha, though the frequency of buses are less , hence I took the taxi to Gampaha which costs 5 USD .
Note :- The benefit of going to Gampha is if you really do not want to stuck in long hours of traffic of Colombo city and really have a plan to go directly to Kandy then Gampha is the station(22.4 KM)from where you can take a train to Kandy.
Day -1 Gampha to Kandy – Train Journey(92.3 Kms- APPx – 4-5 Hours) – Beautiful Experience
Gampha to Kandy Train Tickets –Approximate Prices – 1st class – 4 $, 2nd Class – 1.5 $ , 3rd Class - 0.5 $
Timings – Check timings (https://eservices.railway.gov.lk/schedule/searchTrain.action?lang=en)
Train tickets are available online for AC travel , for NON AC travel you have to purchase tickets from ticket window
The train journey is stunning and spellbinding, train passes through striking tunnels, mountains, It’s an extraordinary experience of taking the train. It thrills when the cold air that comes in through the windows and the endless rolling hills of tea plantations and lush forests. The Eastern train route takes you from Kandy to Nanu Oya, on to Ella and Badulla. You must first take the train from Gampha to Kandy and then change lines at Kandy.
Day -1 Arrival to Kandy and City Tour at kandy
I had boarded the train at 12:30 PM to Kandy and reached to Kandy by around 4:00 PM, so it was approximately 4 Hours of beautiful journey.
Accommodation at Kandy - There are Many homestays, Budget Hotels and Luxury Homestays are available, My Homestay experience during my visit to kandy was not that Great, as the homestay was very far from city centre and overpriced , hence I am not sharing details here but through www.booking.com . You will find many good budget homestays near city center. Booking.com provides good facility of advance booking without paying or pay at property. Approximate cost of Staying in Kandy is 15USDight for Budget accommodation. It is very much recommended to stay near city centre as Kandy city Markets, Hotels, Restaurants and TUKTUKs start closing post 8:30 PM and transportation can be Biggest Problem
City Tour Kandy – Attraction of the Buddhist Capital – Sri Lanka -The city houses some beautiful temples which has one of the most beautiful shrines of Buddha. The Buddhist temple has the relic of the tooth of Buddha and is a popular tourist attraction.
Tooth Relic - Kandy
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy- Nestled close to the Udawattakele Sanctuary, The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is one of the most important shrines of Sri Lanka. Also named as Dalada Maligawa, this temple is based in the royal palace of the Kingdom of Kandy.
Location: Royal Palace, Kandy
Time: 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Price: Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR to 2134 LKR
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, Kandy- This place showcases a breathtaking view of the entire Kandy town. The 88ft high statue of Buddha is something one cannot afford to miss while in Kandy.
Take a Walk around Kandy Lake - One of the greatest attraction and a must do for the visitors of the hill country, Kandy, is to take a walking tour around Kandy Lake which dominates the heavenly location with its cascading beauty.
Victoria Hotel - Kandy
(There are Many Other Attractions near by Kandy but these are the most Popular and ones and I have visited these three Places during my stay in Kandy)
Food – Kandy city – Kandy is relatively quiet and peaceful town. It is mixed heritage the city provides you with a variety of cuisine from local seafood to long forgotten European delicacies. You can even taste some Indian food here including north and south Indian food.
The Kandy Garden Café- Small Café which serves amazing Kottu – find more reviews on www.zomato.com
Theva Cuisine- Multi cuisine food – Luxury and Ambiance – Check www.tripadvisior.com
Balaji Dosai- Best , reasonable and Yummy Indian food at very cheap price- Must visit – Reviews are on www.tripadvisor.com
Transportation – You have to take local taxis or Tuktuks to travel around the Kandy city, best way to travel is by walking.