The World’s Most Scenic Train Ride: Kandy to Ella

The World’s Most Scenic Train Ride: Kandy to Ella

The World’s Most Scenic Train Ride: Kandy to Ella When I was planning my trip to Sri Lankan, I read several reviews and blog entries detailing how important it was to take the train from Kandy to Ella or vice versa.  While the train only maxes out at around 40 kilometers per hour, the Kandy to Ella train ride passes through the most beautiful landscape that Sri Lanka has to offer.  In this case, pictures are really worth a 1,000 words, as in lieu of text, I’ll let the pictures…

Climbing Adam’s Peak

Climbing Adam’s Peak

Climbing Adam’s Peak Adam’s Peak, or “Sri Pada” in Sinhalese, is a holy pilgrimage spot for Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and Christians.  There is a “sacred footprint” aka a rock, which is believed to be of Buddha, Shiva, or Adam, depending on which religion one practices.  Standing 2,243 meters tall, Adam’s Peak is an imposing mountain.  All Sri Lankan Buddhists are supposed to make at least one pilgrimage to the summit during their lifetime.  As such, climbing during weekends or holidays is strongly discouraged, as Adam’s Peak is known to draw…

Kandy – The Cultural Capital of Sri Lanka

Kandy – The Cultural Capital of Sri Lanka

Kandy – The Cultural Capital of Sri Lanka Kandy was my first impression of a Sri Lankan city.  Compared to Colombo, Kandy is a quaint little city that is a very popular tourist attraction both for foreigners and Sri Lankans.  This is mainly due to the “Temple of the Tooth”, another UNESCO World Heritage site where “supposedly” a tooth from Buddha is housed.  I say “supposedly”, as I remain a bit skeptical after witnessing it all haha.  Kandy also has a man-made lake near the center of the town which…

Stunning Sigiriya Rock

Stunning Sigiriya Rock

Stunning Sigiriya Rock I was next slated to visit my third UNESCO site in as many days, Sigiriya Rock.  This rock is so imposing that I could see it from the road of my homestay.  Measuring over 200 meters high, it towers above the surrounding area.  The fact that it is a giant plateau versus a mountain makes it that much more alluring and different. I had read a few travel blogs that recommended getting there early to beat the crowds and the heat.  As it is a giant plateau,…

The Ancient Ruins of Polonnaruwa

The Ancient Ruins of Polonnaruwa

The Ancient Ruins of Polonnaruwa I awoke at the crack of dawn, feeling well rested after getting to sleep in a bed for the first time in almost 36 hours.  I had a delicious breakfast at my homestay, although I wasn’t exactly sure what everything was that I ate haha.  To get to Polonnaruwa, I had to take a bus back to Dambulla and another bus up north to Polonnaruwa.  On the bus to Dambulla, there were plenty of Sinhalese children on their way to school.  All of the children…

The Dambulla Cave Temples

The Dambulla Cave Temples

As I had mentioned in my previous post, due to time restraints, I did not plan to spend any time in Colombo, the capital city.  My first planned destination was the Cultural Triangle.  I planned to base myself in the small town of Sigiriya, so I would be close to the UNESCO heritage site, Sigiriya Rock, as well as have some peace and quiet.  Dambulla isn’t a large city by any means, but what I’ve learned thus far travelling in Asia is that I much prefer the smaller towns over…