Prior stepping into South Asia, Sri Lanka has been in my bucket list that I would love to explore! I have been planning where to go, how to explore Sri Lanka for the past 1.5 years. On 23rd September 2017, I finally made my first footstep in Sri Lanka. At first, I wasn’t pretty amaze with Sri Lanka given the exorbitant price for food and attractions that I have to pay. However, Sri Lanka proves me wrong and this is what I discovered after 9 days of short backpacking journey in this wonderful country.
PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY
In Sri Lanka, everyone is ready with a hello! For so many countries I’d been to, Sri Lanka is definitely one of the best I’d encountered where the people have been so genuinely warm and welcoming. It feels like you’re being welcome to their country.
My (or I would say “our” – since one of my friend is traveling with me) favourite memory was meeting a group of university students on the train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. They invited us to join in their group and play music with them. During our last day in Sri Lanka, we also been invited by a group of children in Colombo to a traditional dance. People are just so friendly and I couldn’t ask for more.
EPIC JOURNEYS (ON TRAIN)
I have to rate that Sri Lanka has one of the most epic train rides I ever took! When we first arrived in Colombo, we were shocked by how the locals ‘literally fight’ for a seat on the train. We thought it will be lucky to seat on the floor but we’re wrong and we end up standing for 3 hours from Colombo to Galle. However on our train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, we were greeted by the beauty of green landscape and mountains, so what better way to enjoy all that gorgeous scenery than from open window or door. My advise is just sit back, relax and watch Sri Lanka go by – you won’t be disappointed.
Believe it or not, Sri Lanka offers the best and gorgeous scenery. Be it near the sea or 3,000 ft above sea level, Sri Lanka never fail to impress me in anyway. The scenery is just unbelievable. Galle offers the best sea view with the old fort makes it even better. Those views are getting better and gorgeous as we travel to the central region of Sri Lanka. Horton Plains (an hour drive from Nuwara Eliya) offers similar view as you’re in New Zealand.
A PLACE TO BE (FOR CULTURAL SEEKERS)
If temples are something you love to explore, you have no reasons to say NO to Sri Lanka. Temples are everywhere in Sri Lanka and the one that stood out is definitely Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. This temple houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relics – a tooth of the Buddha. Despite the exorbitant entrance fees you have to pay, you will not be disappointed with the beauty of the temple!
Aside from temples, you can also explore places like Polonnaruwa and Dambula if you’re a fan of ancient ruins. Trust me, Sri Lanka has a lot to offer.
Overall I loved Sri Lanka and it’s beauty. It is just something different from what you’ll usually encounter during your travel. If you had not been to Sri Lanka, why not give Sri Lanka a go?