Sri Lanka – The Land of Seas, Life Experiences and Great People
“Bring it on, Sri Lanka” were my first words after landing at Colombo airport. New adventures were about to begin and I had no idea what to expect. My 10-day trip started off in the Capital, where I had my first tuk-tuk ride, visited the most famous temple in Colombo – Gangaramaya, chilled by Beira Lake and found some shopping gems. Straight away I fell in love with this beautiful island. Upon exploring Galle, I happened to come across an unknown village. Stopping to indulge in some fresh coconut water, I found out that this place had been the most affected village by the shocking 2004 tsunami. I was humbled by the locals who, after such a catastrophic event, still had a smile on their faces, and this experience made me stop and appreciate my life a lot more.
Moving on from Galle to Tangalle, there are no words that can describe the untouched, peaceful and stunning beaches. But if you can tear yourself away from the ocean, make a point of visiting Adam’s Peak (a short distance from the town, Nuwara Eliya), where I had the best experience ever! It was definitely worth climbing 5 kilometres through the night, passing 5,500 stairs in 2 hours and 25 minutes… just to see the MIRACLE of a SUNRISE.
After all those activities, I just simply couldn’t continue my exploring of the city of Kandy without making a quick stop at the Mackwoods Tea Estate – one of the most mysterious and awe-inspiring landscapes I’ve ever seen. I even got a complete walk through of the tea fields and the factory itself, followed by a complimentary tea tasting. So, I guess it wasn’t a shortstop after all, but definitely worth the time.
Going through my checklist, Kandy was the last place left on my journey. I kept busy by visiting its famous Temple of the Tooth, where I saw a traditional Kandyan dance show, and did a one-day tour of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. As the trip came to an end, I realised that this journey to Sri Lanka had left a huge mark on my life. It wasn’t your average trip, as it taught me about life, showing me lessons in each and every city I visited in the 10 days. More than ever, I believe that St. Augustine was right when he said that, “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”