As I bought my ticket to Hikkaduwa all I could understand was 25 minutes. ‘oh great’ I thought, ‘that’s no time to wait for a train’ so I made my way in to the station. ‘Your train is not until 2.25′ the ticket man said. ‘you get bus instead’ and proceeded to place my ticket in the bin! It was hard to believe that there wasn’t another train for over three hours! I decided to take the train and explore Colombo, my nerves couldn’t take another bus ride and I wouldn’t know where to get off anyway. The man grudgingly picked my ticket out of the bin for me.
If I may be so clichéd, Sri Lanka is a pearl in the Indian Ocean. This is not just a reference to its shape, but its culture and its landscape. Sri Lanka, as a travel gem, has been very recently discovered by backpackers, travelers and adventurists alike.
It has been explored by enthusiastic tourists who have slowly made this place more and more popular amongst the travel group. This has opened up various avenues for a country which was this recently gripped by political instability and civil war. From a conflict strewn country, Sri Lanka has grown to become one of the popular Asian destinations on the travelers' list and each year more and more people flock here to discover and wonder at the hidden beauty of this island country.
Being so close to men felt weird after the slight segregation of Dubai and I was a little scared by the open train door. Vendors squeezed their way through the train selling various spicy snacks and drinks. I was too busy clinging on to even consider buying one! . Once I reached, I walked down the road I was surprised by the thick foliage. Everywhere you looked was thick with palm leaves. I felt like I was in the jungle book!
As soon as I woke up on that first day in Sri Lanka I was nervous to actually go and explore. I was in Sri Lanka for goodness sake and I didn’t know what to expect! Here are a few towns and spots that I found interesting!