Mirissa’s Secret Beach

Mirissa’s Secret Beach

Mirissa’s Secret Beach While in Ella, Henriko, Emilie, and myself had heard about a “Secret Beach” in Mirissa, away from the crowds and other tourists.  We did some research online and knew that we had to visit it.  The good thing about the Secret Beach is that it’s not too secret that it can’t be found, but also not too accessible for everyone. Since we had spent our first day in Mirissa amongst the main beaches, we wanted to check out the Secret Beach when we returned from whale watching….

Whale Watching in Mirissa

Whale Watching in Mirissa

Whale Watching in Mirissa Whale watching was high on my list for my trip to Sri Lanka.  Mirissa, on the Southern coast, is the launching point for the boats.  There were plenty of different operators peddling whale watching trips, some were even ridiculously cheap!  However, like in most developing countries, wildlife tourism isn’t always done in an ethical manner.  I consulted a few travel blogs and Trip Advisor, and read great reviews about Raja and the Whales.  While a bit more pricey than the other options (~$40 USD/person), they had…

Tangalle’s Windswept Beaches

Tangalle’s Windswept Beaches

Tangalle’s Windswept Beaches After bidding farewell to Henriko and Emilia for the next couple days, I headed to the bus station in Ella.  There were no direct buses to Tangalle, but the journey was fairly easy.  It only involved one bus switch at Welawaya, and I found myself in Tangalle only about 3.5 hours after leaving Ella. Tangalle is a small town located on the eastern part of Sri Lanka’s Southern coastline.  It has yet to catch on with tourism, as most tourists elect to visit the beach towns closer…

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…

Little Corn Island – My Slice of Paradise

Little Corn Island – My Slice of Paradise

Little Corn Island – My Slice of Paradise When I was doing the only planning for my 2 weeks in Nicaragua by reading through some of my favorite travel blogs,  I knew Little Corn Island was a must-visit place.  From reading Adventurous Kate’s post about Little Corn- “Rocking Out on Little Corn Island“, it sounded like it fit my criteria for island life-good diving, great weather, some nice beaches, sparse tourism infrastructure, and a unique island vibe and culture associated with it.. Since I only had 2 weeks to enjoy…