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…

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…

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 Sri Lanka

Stunning Sri Lanka

Stunning Sri Lanka Now that I’m currently employed again and living in Chicago, my international trips are a little less frequent as compared to my nine months hopping around the world the previous year.  However, my employer offers four weeks of vacation a year, which I plan to always use.  Since I didn’t want to use more than two weeks at once, I began to mull my options.  I preferred to go to a smaller country so I could see and enjoy a large part of it and hopefully not…