Srilanka - from traveller perspective.

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8th Mar 2019
Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh

During Airport Checkout

At Airport, i received best rate, where as in cities, it is best to go at-least above 4.0 rating Jewellers shop, since they maintain the rate of conversion with Bank Of Ceylon.

I had $ 1000 and already booked flight and hotel in advance, to avoid heavy cash in hand and, I saved every prominent Jewellers shop in advance for each city, so just to avoid issues later.

One more thing to keep in mind, that while checking out from Bandaranaike International Airport, we have to fill the place name, where we are heading out, So best to keep the address and info about the place in hand prior.

Day 2

Dambulla - A place for historical and most of its part is green.

Photo of Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, Kandy - Jaffna Highway, Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, Kandy - Jaffna Highway, Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Hotel Name - Heaven seven Hotel Kandy.

Address - 25/8 Sangaraja Mawatha, Hillwood College Road, Kandy.

Kandy is a beautiful city of lake, situated in the heart of SriLanka.

Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Rel

Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Flower Shop

Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Kandy Local Market View

Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Kandy Lake

Photo of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

We stayed here for 2 days and the best thing is here Kandy Dance Club, where they have Srilanka folk dance in the evening from 5:30 to 6:30 P:M followed by fire performance and it should be watched by every person and cost is 1250 per person, which can be booked online.

Photo of Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance show, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance show, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance show, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance show, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Kandy has lots of food options ranging from South Indian to continental.

On the road side there is a World Spice - KCC, which is the best place for all kind of food and rest other places, they have mostly South Indian or Local Food of Srilanka, we tried both each day and found World Spice & Hotel's Food were good.

Hotel Food

Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh
Day 3

World Spice KCC

Photo of World Spice - KCC, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of World Spice - KCC, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Hotel staff was very courteous and humble, the easy mode of transport is tuk-tuk and never hire tuk-tuk from hotel, since they have commission involve, best to hire on road.

View from the Hotel

Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh

Mr. Gehan very humble soul.

Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh

I always love to talk with people as it opens up you as an individual and give a chance to know more about them, So Gehan always used to told me, that he wants to visit India once, but he always used to say, let me save, because i earn less, to bear my travel cost.

i wish to see him once and meet in India, and next day we went for Nuwara Eliya, which is the most beautiful & cold place in SriLanka.

There is a bus station at kandy - Good Shed Bus Stand, from there you can find ample of buses running, better opt for AC bus, it runs at 8:30 A:M in the morning and took 4-5 hrs, since it is uphill and cost is very economical too, just 250 LKR.

Ticket Snapshot.

Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh
Day 4

I have to pay one seat price for my bag, so total came around 750 LKR.

Hotel Name - Nuwara Eliya Hills Rest.

Address - Stay - Address: 7/1 Wedderburn Road, Sri Lanka

Hotel View

Photo of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Since Nuwara Eliya is known as little England, b/c lots of Britishers have stayed there and designed as the way England is.

Nuwara Eliya - Post Office

Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh

The hotel is run by Indian Tamil Brahmin Family, host name - Prasanna, is very humble guy, who helped me out, discovering places and negotiating with local in terms of cost about tuk tuk rides.

I have kept all places in my list and the moment we reach Nuwara Eliya, we went for Lake Gregory, that is very beautiful lake for boating and sight seeing.

Photo of Lake Gregory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Lake Gregory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Lake Gregory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Lake Gregory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Lake Gregory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Lake Gregory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Lake Gregory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Lake Gregory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

The boating cost is around 3500 LKR for 20 mins ride and it must do ride for everyone and there is an entry ticket for 50 LKR.

There is a Grand Indian Hotel since 1887, which is very famous for Indian Food and most expensive in terms of stay, can cost you around 30K LKR a day, but we went for dinner and after 4 days, we had best Indian food.

Since Nuwara Eliya is the Tea estate farm, so world's best tea is produced here and exported to the world, so we thought for visiting Pedro Tea Factory, as to know the behind the scenes, how Tea is made.

Day 5

Pedro Tea Factory.

Photo of Pedro Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Pedro Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Pedro Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Pedro Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

While inside Pedro tea Factory, pic is not allowed, but somehow i requested and got few clicks.

Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh

Samples of Tea's.

Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh

During this process, we met an old couple from England and it was there 50th Anniversary, which they celebrated in 1969 in chennai, so they were telling there stories and were amazed that we started our stories from Srilanka and blessed us for good life ahead.

Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh

As i love trekking, so was thinking first to go for Adam's peak, then i skipped b/c it is more crowdy due to 4 religions have belief in it and i choosed Horton's Plain National Park which is less crowded.

Day 6

I started early in the morning around 4:30 A:M, b/c it takes around 1-1.5 hr from Nuwara Eliya and paid 3500 LKR to the tuk tuk, as it covers Horton's Plains, Agro Strawberry Farm & Amba Dairy while coming back and plus the ticket cost me around 4800 LKR per pax.

Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Ticket Snap

Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

That's Cool

Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Easy Hike

Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Baker's Fall

Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Map

Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Back to Start

Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Book Store in beginning.

Photo of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Some things to know before going there.

1. No plastic should be carried, at entry they will remove everything, even plastic cover from bottles.

2. Upon entering there are two turns given, take left one, as this hike is circular in nature, but mostly people take right, thinking it is right, but on left side, there is less crowd and you can enjoy your hike.

3. Go in early time, as in the mid of the day, sun will trouble due to heat.

While returning i visited two other places.

1. Amba Dairy Farm House - where they Cow is from New Zealand and they took proper care of that.

2. 100 LKR is ticket price for entering the Dairy and don't forget to drink the hot milk of 50 LKR per glass.

3. There is one Agro Strawberry Farm, where you can enjoy authentic strawberry, i had one strawberry cake, which i shared with my driver and he was very happy.

Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh

On last evening at Nuwara Eliya, we got awesome home made Srilanka food prepared by auntie and we greeted each other on next morning and we went off to Last leg of the trip - Unawatuna.

Home Made Food.

Photo of Srilanka - from traveller perspective. by Karanjeet Singh
Day 7

Hotel Name - Beach Grove Villas

Address - North 80600, Thalpe Road, Unawatuna.

Since this is beach side part of the country, and it was hot also, we took a bus from Nuwara Eliya around 8:00 A:M and reach here by 3:00 P:M and it was very tiring journey.

Photo of Unawatuna, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Unawatuna, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Unawatuna, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Stranger Gotta Pose

Photo of Unawatuna, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Unawatuna, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Unawatuna, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Unawatuna, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Baby is chilling.

Photo of Unawatuna, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Unawatuna, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Waiting for coconut to fall on my lap.

Photo of Unawatuna, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Since there are various beaches, Unawatuna is preferred for quite and less crowded, which means less dirt and trash.

Here the food is mostly coastal and rice, so the host told me there is an Indian restaurant by the name of "Indian Hut", which is 5-6 km from the place, i was staying and we got good food in nominal price.

Day 9

Galle Fort - Last Checkpoint before Heading to India.

Galle Fort Art Work

Photo of Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Galle Fort Art Work

Photo of Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh
Photo of Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Galle Fort Art Work

Photo of Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Fort Side View

Photo of Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Galle Fort

Photo of Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Walk Side View

Photo of Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Took a shot

Photo of Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Serenity

Photo of Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka by Karanjeet Singh

Since Galle is first modified by Portuguese and later Dutch came in and re-build some part in their own style, overall it is beautiful place to visit and evening is best time to spend.

In the next morning we headed back to India and reached by 18th March 2019.

It was a great journey and good time, i found Srilankan people are nice and for the initial conversation to begin with them, i often took the topic of Cricket, since both countries enjoy Cricket.

Hotel Name - SevonRich Resort

Address -151 2nd Lane, Yapagama, Dambulla, 21100.

Well this is the common phase in every one's life, to go on Honeymoon after marriage, but the kind of place we preferred should be more of nature and less of buildings, so we thought let's explore our neighbour, Srilanka.

I planned whole Trip, after considering with a guy in the Backpackers group over FB, he went their in Diwali 2018, so all in all, he gave me the gist of things to do and how to plan, Thanks Srini for that :).

We had an early morning flight, as we want to reach Dambulla in Srilanka which is another 150 Km from the Bandaranaike International Airport, so we reach around 1:30 P:M and after 1 hour, we left for Dambulla, and i have prior booked the car and place to stay.

Chennai Airport

Photo of Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), New Delhi, Delhi, India by Karanjeet Singh

Bandaranaike International Airport

Photo of Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), New Delhi, Delhi, India by Karanjeet Singh
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