Arrival in Colombo…

I have the pleasure of writing this post whilst sitting next to a pool in candlelight whilst enjoying a local beer. I think I have taken to the travel lifestyle already. Here is all about my arrival in Colombo. After what was an easy couple of flights with a few whiskeys I touched down in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This was to be my first couple of nights stay before heading further south. Originally I planned to get two trains from the airport to my hotel but after a long wait for my bags I went for the easy option and ...
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Colombo to Kalutara by Train…

One of the things that I was looking forward to when coming to South East Asia was using the vast rail networks and Sri Lanka was the first I was to experience. When you read about the rail network in Sri Lanka it is described as slow but very cheap and I can tell you that this is 100% true. I was to go from Colombo to Kalutara by train. I took a tuk tuk to from my hotel to Wellawatte Railway Station, Colombo that was exactly how I pictured it. A small, almost derelict looking building with the ocean as ...
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Relaxing in Hikkaduwa

Relaxing in Hikkaduwa…

The last 7 days have been pretty busy and my journey around the southern coast of Sri Lanka has led me to a balcony in Mirissa. It is now time for me to tell you all about relaxing in Hikkaduwa. I arrived in Hikkaduwa after a 90 minute tuk tuk ride from Kalutara. The original plan was to get the train but after quite a confusing conversation at the ticket counter it had been confirmed there was a few issues with the trains going in that direction. After some quick haggling a tuk tuk was agreed at a cost of £12 ...
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Surprise Stay in Galle Fort

After a lovely few days relaxing in Hikkaduwa the next stop was Galle, which was a surprise stay in Galle Fort. Chami (Previously mentioned in the Hikkaduwa post) had arranged for his cousin to drive me at a small cost of £5. The journey took around 1 hour before we found ourselves on the beachfront in Galle. I had planned to stay in a small homestay that proved to be very difficult to find. 40 minutes had passed and finally we had located where I’d be spending the next two nights. If I am completely honest it looked far from ...
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Unplanned Fun in Unawatuna

Unplanned Fun in Unawatuna…

It has been a tiring week with a lot of hiking and walking so sitting down and updating the travel blog is something I’ve looked forward to. Up next is some unplanned fun in Unawatuna. After spending a couple of nights in Galle Fort it was time to move on and it led to another accommodation change. I made my way in a tuk tuk to Jungle Beach Hostel for a bargain price of £2.50 and expected good things as jungle beach was said to be lovely. After turning off the main road a few miles of hills later I ...
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Lifelong Dreams in Mirissa

Lifelong Dreams in Mirissa…

I moved on from the relaxation and parties of Unawatuna (eventually) and headed further west to the town of Mirissa. As I was still following the coast of Sri Lanka it again was situated on a beach but I had no intention of setting foot onto that golden sand. I was visiting to fulfill lifelong dreams in Mirissa and see whales in the wild. I had always had an interest in whales and sharks as a child and thinking to myself I have a chance of seeing the massive blue whale in its natural habitat was something I could not ...
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Big Cat in Yala National Park

Big Cat in Yala National Park…

After what turned out to be an incredible couple of days in Mirissa seeing whales in the wild it was time to move onwards to Tissa, where I hoped to fulfill another dream of mine by seeing a big cat in Yala National Park. I had though made a slight error for my journey to Tissa. I thought that the two places were a lot closer together than they were and had planned to get a tuk tuk but after a discussion with my hotel manager it had become apparent that it was over 100 km and I had missed ...
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Hiking Hills in Ella

Hiking The Mountains In Ella…

I write this post whilst 35,000ft in the air. I am currently making my way to Kuala Lumpur and though of this as a fantastic opportunity to catch up on my travel blog and share adventures hiking the mountains in Ella. After what had been just over two weeks taking in the southern coast of Sri Lanka it was time to move northwards to Ella. This was one town I had particularly looked forward to as it had excellent views and hiking treks that I was very keen to tackle. Firstly I need to make my way from Tissa to the hill ...
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Back To The City Life In Kandy

Back To The City Life In Kandy…

It was time to leave the lush mountains of Ella and go back to the city life in Kandy, Sri Lanka’s second largest city. This meant I would be hopping back on the train for a 6 hour long ride through what would be some of the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen. I had previously attempted to buy a first class ticket a few days before the train departed but due to limited to seats and popularity none were available so it was a 2nd class non reserved seating ticket bought on the day for Rs. 240 (£1.40) ...
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Dambulla and Sigiriya Rock

Dambulla and Sigiriya Rock…

Whist I lay on a bed in a third class sleeper travelling from Varkala to Cochin, India it seemed like the ideal time to catch up on the blog that I was increasingly falling further and further behind on. We pick this up leaving Kandy and making my way further north to the city of Dambulla and Sigiriya Rock. The journey was to be a simple one going by A/C bus from Kandy Bus Station and arriving roadside in Dambulla two hours later. The bus did get rather cramped at one stage as the aisle seats also fold down making the ...
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Back To Where It Started In Colombo

Back To Where It Started In Colombo…

The time had come to leave Dambulla and make my way back to where it started in Colombo for my final few nights in Sri Lanka. After quite a bit of research I found that for the journey back to Colombo it would be best to take a tuk tuk to Habarana and then take a train into Colombo Fort Railway Station. The station at Habarana was very small as only 5 trains a day stopped here. One platform and a small seating area by the ticket booth was available for use and apparently a toilet but I gave that ...
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