Short report of our 3 week bacpacking trip around Sri Lanka. I hope this will be helpful for planing your trip when the situation with traveling will be better.
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In december me and my friend made a 3 week backpacking trip in Sri Lanka. We start our trip in Negombo city where is also a airport where we landed. After one day exploring the city we took a bus and moved to Wilpattu national park. The park is the largest one in Sri Lanka. We choose this park instead of Yala because there is less visitors and you can also see leopards and also elephants. We unfortunatly didn’t see leopard, because there was a lot of rain that time and they don’t need to come out of the forest for drink and eat. But we saw elephant and a lot of other different animals. So I must say the park is worth of visit.
Then we moved to Anuradhapura, where we took tuk-tuk for seeing the ancient city. There you can also rent a bike which I think it is a good idea, but we had rain, so we didn’t decide for this option. Same day in the evening we took bus to visit city Mihintale, where is also a tample on the hill. From there is very nice view to rice fields below. Next day after our visit of Dambulla cave tample we moved forward to our hostel in Sigiriya. Our plan there is to catch a sunrise in Pidurangula rock and then Sigiriya. We woke up very early in the morning and then our host drove us to starting point for climb to Pidurangula rock. But unfortunatly we had rain there so we didn’t see a sunrise. We also had rain in Sigiriya. I would not recommended to go to Sigiriya if there is raining, because you can’t see nowhere from the top. Our next step was Polonnaruwa Ancient City. There we finaly had a sunny day, so we decide to walk around the ruins. The distance we walked there was around 13 km, but I must say it was worth. Everything there is very good arranged. We left our big backpacks in the office where we bought a tickets. In the afternoon we took bus to move forwad to Kandy city. We stayed there for two nights. In Kandy we saw city market, botanical garden and Temple of the Tooth. From Kandy to Hatton city we took train and then bus from there to Nallathanniya. From there is a starting point for climb to Adam’s peak. We climbed to Adam’s peak early in the morning and on the top, we wait for a sunrise. I would recommended to everyone who will go there for wait the sunrise, to take a worm clothes in backpack, because it can be really cold and windy on the top. After descending from the mountain we move forward to Nuwara Eliya. There we visited tea plantation, Bomburuella waterfall and Moon Plains. Tea plantation and the waterfall are nice to see, but Moon Plains is for my opinion waste of time and money. While walking to the waterfall, we were bitten by leeches. Due to the high altitude, Nuwara Eliya grows the highest quality tea in Sri Lanka. We stayed in Nuwara Eliya for two nights. Our next stop was in Horton Plains park. The park is it really nice and interesting. For me the best thing in Sri Lanka. I really enjoy walking there. To get to starting point is it the most convenient way to took a tuk-tuk driver. The easiest way to do this is to ask the host where you stay to make arrangements for you. The last part of beautiful train ride was from Ohiya to Ella city. Ella is very interesting city, very popular for tourists. We stay there for for 2 nights. One day we went around to see 3 waterfalls. Rawana, Diyaluma and the highest one in island, Bambarakanda. We also climbed to the top of Diyaluma fall. Next day we hiked to Little Adam’s peak, waited for the train in Nine Arch Bridge and visited Spice Garden. Last week of our roadtrip we spent in sea side. The beaches here are very beautiful and sea is clean. In coast site we stayed in cities: Tangale, Mirissa, Unawatuna, Bentota and Colombo. We moved every day in the afternoon. The conections are very good with buses. In the end I must say that driving with buses were usually really dangerous, because drivers there compete to each other to get more costumers. Sri lanka is nice country for visited, I feel safe here and I would recommended it for the others.
Stay health, Mirko.