Discover a smily country, made of spices, teas, temples, mountains and seas.
Despite the small size of the country, Sri Lanka has so much richness and you really need several weeks to enjoy it all.
Let’s start by the cultural area situated in the middle-north part of the country. You’ll mainly find temples and bouddhas of all generations, ruins and lakes. The major sites are Anuradhapura and Polonnurawa, then Sigiriya and Dambulla.
To pass to the mountains part, it is nice stopping at the old capital, Kandy. There, more temples and markets, food and fruits in profusion. But what worth the most, is taking the train to Nanu Oya or Ella. Wonderful green landscapes, tea factories, rivers and bridges of the colonial empire. It is a long way, in which you’re not even sure to be able to seat, but definitely a must to do.
The Adams peak is an experience, you need to climb from 2am to get to the top for sunrise. I don’t recommend you to do it the week end or for full moon (as I did..), it is crowded and really hard to reach the peak with all the locals + tourists.
From Ella, a nice little town with lots of massage shops and restaurants (basically that’s all there is), you can go to the south coast.The bus to Matara is quite long and exhausting but it’s nice to finally enjoy the sea. Don’t stay in Matara, it’s not so interesting, it’s nicer to go to Mirissa or Weligama. These spots are good for surfing and sunbathing.
The last stop is Galle, it’s a lovely town from the Dutch colonisation and it’s adorable. Little houses with crafts and the tour of the forts overseeing the ocean.
Coming back to the airport you can pass by Colombo and Negombo but they are not of major interest.
Overall, my trip has been very pleasant, welcoming locals, good food and amazing views and site-seeing.