When it comes to a tropical island my number one choice is all about home home and home and that is beautiful Sri Lanka.we decided to take a road trip from almost for last 06 months with 06 different nationalities since I want em to see my country and understand WHAT I AM..WHAT WE ARE
So for a quick brief to all beautiful souls out there Sri Lanka is a Tropical Island as I mentioned and its 32KM away from India and this beautiful island is known as the Pearl of Indian Ocean. Island is well known for Tea production but we are best in exporting clothes,rubber and sending people out as expats (shame !!), best time to visit in Sri Lanka 365 days of the year and you can experience 03 different weather circles within few hours of drive.
We started our journey from Mount Lavinia 0500 hrs since its less traffic at that time cos colombo is bit hectic to drive around on a working day.we took the Colombo – Kandy road and our first stop is in Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage we took a turn from Rambukkana road to pinnawala.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
This elephant orphanage is the number one pick for most of the tourist’s visiting Sri lanka.Everyone is allowed to enter the feeding section where baby elephants will be fed milk and all visitors can feed fruits to young elephants with a small amount of Rs.250 for a fruit basket.We were excited to walk towards the elephants bathing area and it was a great experience to all of us sipping a chai (tea) relaxing and looking at these giants and taking pictures.
Elephant Rides were introduced mid of 2015 and this place will be the only place where elephants were not forced to tourism and not harmed in any circumstances.
we continued from there back to Kandy road for our second stop for the day and its the most important one ‘the last kingdom of Sri Lanka’.
Temple of Tooth Relic
Kandy’s proud monument and the last kingdom of Sri lanka which was later turned to be the resting place of Budhdha’s relic. This proud royal palace is surrounded by a ring of mountain ranges and lanka’s biggest river Mahaveli.
Entrance fee will be bit expensive for foreigners starting from Rs.1000 but worth to visit once.Everyone can visit the palace,tooth relic resting area,museum and the temple around but please be kind enough to respect the rules and regulations and not to take pictures with flash.
Mackwood Tea Estate
01 hour drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya via Gampola road you will easily find this beautiful tea estate located with a magnificent view.
The one and only tea estate from world exports number one tea product’s to Buckingham Palace (UK).We can find different types and flavour tea over here and if can visit before 1600 hrs so you can take a tour around the process of making tea.Dont forget to taste tea from their personal tea shop outside with a fantabulous breathtaking view.
Our stop for today is Nuwara Eliya town and Solo Travel Diaries we reccomend you to stay in La Grande Hotel located closer to lake and with WIFI.
After having our breakfast from the hotel we straight away reached out to the lake for a splendid view and for some fresh air.
Lake is a reservoir of the tea country hill and was build in the period of British Governer Sir William Gregory in 1873.
Currently the lake serves for adventure hearts with all water sports and paddle boats for families to spend some nice time.
We continued our journey from Nuwara Eliya road to Ella via Bandarawela road which was 02 hours driving time and convenient.
This beautiful location was found recently and town is still developing from rest of the other places we have traveled before but to be honest the small town was well managed and occupied by the residents.
I was pretty amazed to hear about Rama Seetha stories about this place and would love to hunt all places in Sri Lanka one day.
In Ella you have 03 beautiful places to visit which is Ella Rock with a 03 – 04 hours trekking you will reach to this beautiful place with a breathtaking view or you can go to Little Adams Peak which is 30 minutes hiking on a man made steps to a similar view and the last and the least 09 Arches Bridge which was carved by pure stone to connect a train railway line.
Since we had half of the day left decided to travel down south on wellawaya road Rathnapura – agalawatta – aluthgama to the down south highway which literally took us 05 hours
Solo Travel Diaries reccomend for you to stay in Heaven Seven Hikkaduwa for wonderful stay with a beach view.
we stayed over night in Hikkaduwa and managed to walk around to the beach it was the dry season so if you dont wanted to get burnt please bring your sun lotions.
Just a 01 hour drive from Hikka you will reach to this ancient fort built by Portuguese in 1588 then later on taken over by Dutch during 1649.
Currently fort was a main attraction point for tourist’s and serves with a shopping complex,gem shops,souvenir shops,clothing and cafe’s. Main attractions will be the light house,fort,prison and the Galle cricket stadium right infront of the fort entrance.
With a 02 hour drive from Galle Road this will be our last and final stop in our short content road trip. Mount Lavinia is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka and has long been hot spot for tourism and night life.
This would be the easiest location to travel Sri Lanka in such short period of time and covering most of the best tourist attractions. Solo Travel Diaries would love to hear your opinion.