Published: December 6th 2010November 19th 2010
Sri Lankan trip was exactly like that - like a "travel" dose straight into my vein...guess I am addicted to backpacking :)
This time I decided to leave just for a really, really, really short period (at least for me) which felt like a drop in the ocean...it was short, but sweet :)
The thing is that I got a job and the very first thing that went through my mind was...ok, I have 3more weeks - where can I go???? After all it passed 6months since I came back home so... so I checked air fares&weather forecast, booked the first reasonable flight and 5 days later I find myself with a backpack and free as a bird again :) And it felt great :)
Sri Lanka was definitely the right choice - specially because my sister decided to hit the road with me as well - double joy (or maybe double trouble) :) :) :) Just kidding...we spent wonderful time together.
Before I didn't know much about Sri Lanka but in some things it reminded me immediately on India . Amazingly friendly people, tropical climate and greeeeeeeeeeeeen vegetation were like a balsam for my eyes&soul.
went straight to Kandy, which was our starting point. Kandy is known as a hill capital of Sri Lanka and famous for its Temple of the Tooth where Buddha's tooth is kept. A lot of tourists and a bit of the rain was not the best combination for us - that's why we didn't spend much time in Kandy and decided to make a move to Dambulla.
In Dambulla we found a really nice and interesting Cave temple complex with its Buddhas in all kinds of shapes and positions...and a lot of nasty&agressive monkeys. Then we continued to Sigiriya, which is considered as one of the most important urban planning sites of the first millennium. At first they thought that Sigiriya (Lion's rock) is an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin (local legend)...but resent researches revealed that this was probably a Buddhist monastery and a place for meditation. For us was a place with awesome views, impressive&remarkably preserved frescoes, a lot of stairs and a funny looking rock sticking out of the ground which is a result of an extinct volcano that long ago eroded away.
The next day was time for the biggest attraction that lured us there
- the Kaudulla national park! ! ! A friend of mine (thanx Anja) told me that this is a "must see", since you can see elephants in their natural environment!!! IT WAS GREAT! In the drought period Sri Lankan elephants come to the river to drink and feed.
A jeep, perfect weather, sunset and more than 80 elephants was a winning combination :) :) :)
ok...enough for now :)
Next time more about tea area and beaches of Tangalla :)
Greetings around the globe :)
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