Sri Lanka. Miles long white beaches, grass green tea plantations, breath-taking temples, rough shores and exotic fruits in the tropical heat. Coming home after three weeks backpacking in Sri Lanka, people we talked to asked about the “favorite things” and our highlights. The highlight of Sri Lanka is its diversity. It’s crowded, it is empty, it’s hectic and it is deeply relaxing but backpacking in Sri Lanka always an adventure.
When you are reading this, you are quite likely either thinking about traveling to Sri Lanka or you bought tickets already. Both sounds tempting and we can tell, you won’t regret your trip. Sri Lanka is fascinating from the first day onwards. The following article presents a travel route through Sri Lanka for two weeks. As the South has good weather while the East is facing rain season, this Sri Lanka travel route is best suitable for a time between October and April. Here’s our travel route Sri Lanka!
Different spices and herbs, great varieties of vegetarian dishes and unusual breakfasts such as Kottu Roti or Egg Hoppers. A refreshing virgin coconut from street markets or an Arrack mixed with Cola to enjoy the sunset at a beach bar. Sri Lanka’s kitchen offers a wide spectrum of light and healthy food as well as sweet treat’s or deep-fried snacks. The following blogpost describes the best food and specialities you will get to know while backpacking through Sri Lanka.
We will share our experiences of the best restaurants for Sri Lankan and Western food we have come across. Be ready to enjoy: The best Food in Sri Lanka :)
The following article is written by Sri Lankan surfer Lahiru who quitted his job in a bank to open a surf hostel and follow his passion. In this post, he shares some valuable information on Surfing in Sri Lanka. As a local, surf teacher and passionate surfer he exactly knows what’s important for good surf in the Indian Ocean. Friends of ours met him during their world trip and recommended Weligama as a great place to chill and surf. During our stay, we had our first real surf experiences at the surf spot Lazy Left.
Having traveled in some Asian countries one of our highlights so far was taking the train in Sri Lanka. For people who do not travel regularly with it, it is far more than a cheap option to travel from one place to the other but it is joining Sri Lanka’s society. Besides trying all varieties of fresh fruit and deep-fried snacks you have a stunning view on Sri Lanka’s coastline or its even more impressive highlands. First, we were unsure whether the train is the best way of transport for us, as we have heard many stories of overcrowded trains and insecure journeys. In our case, we did not experience anything similar.
While traveling in Sri Lanka at least one National Park needs to be on your bucket list. As the tear-drop island has some to offer a lot of tourists coming to Sri Lanka are unsure which one to visit. The following blog post will describe some experiences and facts on Yala National Park and Uda Walawe, Yala’s little brother.
First off, both are amazing but not as easy to reach as Kandy, Colombo or Hikkaduwa as no train is going. Sri Lankans know that an increasing number of tourists are coming every year, thus bus connections get better and better. Some busses are crowded, but for an hour or two it’s fairly ok to travel. And hey, you will see at least a couple of elephants, which is a nice treat.
Once you have arrived in Asia, you will see a lot (!) of Tuk Tuk’s. Also in Sri Lanka, the three-wheeled taxis are commonly used and you will see and hear them everywhere. As soon as you step out of the airport, you stroll through markets or you just try to cross the street, locals will try to pick you up by inviting you with a (sometimes friendly) “Tuk Tuk?” or “transport?”. Driving Tuk Tuk in Sri Lanka is fun and here you will get some advice to travel safe and cheap.
On our way back home we thought about our experiences and about which of these are part of our Highlights in Sri Lanka. In this blogpost you can find our personal highlights during our backpacking trip in Sri Lanka.