Itinerary: Colombo, Uppuveli, Kandy, Ella, Udawalawe, Weligama
Time of travel: January – February 2017, 3 weeks
This journey was a really special one for me. I planned three weeks full of hiking, yoga und surfing – but due to an accident on my second day of the trip, I ended up exploring my inner self, testing my patience and trying to stay positive even though I couldn’t get to know the country the way I usually do.
Looking back it’s always much easier to see the positive side of things, and I still would not recommend stepping into a construction hole in the middle of the night. But I am glad I got to experience this country and the endless warm-heartedness and openness of the people who live there the way I did.
Me and my friend Sarah started out in Colombo and headed north-east right away to enjoy our first days at the beach. We took a train to Trincomalee to spend some time in Uppuveli beach. Although we were there during the off-season, we got really lucky with the weather and enjoyed perfect sunshine the entire time we were there. To find out more about Uppuveli beach, how to get there and what to do, read Uppuveli: tranquility and good food.
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Next we headed toward the hillcountry: Kandy and a nearby eco lodge with beautiful treehouses amidst a lush green jungle. We wandered through rice paddies and up to a little waterfall with a funny and lovely local guide. For the full details continue reading about Kandy or the Polwaththa Eco Lodge and it’s surroundings (coming soon).
Like many other travelers we took the train from Kandy to Ella – it’s an absolute must if you go to Sri Lanka. The scenery is beyond beautiful and we got to meet so many interesting people on the train – both locals and other travelers. We hiked up to Ella Rock and Little Adams Peak, to get the full story continue reading here (coming soon).
On the way down South to the beach, we stopped at Udawalawe National Park to see some elephants. We were not sure whether it was a good idea to see elephants in a wildlife park because we had heard some stories about bad treatment. But we were absolutely happy with our tour and did not regret it one bit. For info on how to get to Udawalawe, where to stay and what you get to see read Elephant Stories from the Udawalawe Wildlife Park (coming soon).
Our final stop was the The Greenrooms surfcamp in Weligama. We stayed for an entire week and enjoyed the beach, the waves and the company of the laid back crew. We took some day trips to a tea factory, to Galle and Mirissa to see blue whales. I loved every single day of our stay although I did not get to surf. I would definitely go back there in an instant. To find out what I loved so much about Weligama and The Greenrooms continue reading here (coming soon).
I fell in love with Sri Lanka and it’s people on the second day of my trip. I have rarely felt so welcome anywhere in the world. So although everybody seems to be heading toward Sri Lanka right now, I fully recommend visiting this beautiful island.