My Road Trip in Sri Lanka
When I recall on our trip to Sri Lanka, what immediately comes to my mind is the beautiful Sri Lankan landscapes and the splendid historical sites, lush green vegetation everywhere we travelled. It is being more than six months a trip of 6 days in Sri Lanka, accompanied by a group of 12 people, which keep excellent memories.
Back to our road trip in Sri Lanka.
We landed at Katunayake international airport and checked into our hotel early evening. We enjoyed pristine beaches in Negombo until the dusk and thereby having time to relax after a long flight. We met our tour guide just before the dinner and he briefed us about the proceedings of our Sri Lanka road trip.
After the breakfast on the next day, we left for Sigiriya from our beach hotel in Negombo. The road that leads Sigiriya was really good and it was a very enjoyable trip on the day 2 and we had the opportunity to see the picturesque countryside. On the way, we made the first stop at Pinnawala elephant orphanage and it was really the most important highlight of the day.
On next day (day 3) we visited Sigiriya rock fortress, which is a world heritage site. It had been used as the official residence of King Kashyap in the 5th century AD. We spent about 2 hours at the site exploring the various building, paintings, ponds, boulders, caves and beautifully landscaped garden. Sigiriya is one of the places that struck me the most during our road trip in Sri Lanka.
Next day we were heading to Kandy from Sigiriya and it was a very enjoyable ride with several stops on the way. The landscapes are greener towards Kandy and really uprising. We stopped at the golden cave temple and it was a fantastic historical site with a large number of paintings and centuries-old statues. We were able to take a very close look at troops of monkeys hang around the temple.
Next day we took a day tour to witness several important sites in Kandy. We came across the Royal botanical garden. We enjoyed the beautiful surrounding with a large number of tropical trees and plants. The beautiful palm groove and orchid house are really worthy of a visit. Unlike in Sigiriya, the temperature in Kandy is relatively more pleasant. Otherwise, it was very hot and humid and the temperature was around 35 centigrade during the previous several days, despite we travelled in the month of September.
Next day we were travelling further towards the mountains under the beautiful sun of Sri Lanka, we stopped at several tea plantations to take a glimpse at beautiful landscapes and tea plantains. As we reached Nuwara Eliya city it was even cooler than in Kandy and we learned the temperate had been around 8 centigrade after the sunset. We explore the Gregory lake and the golf course of Nuwara Eliya.
The next day, we took the road to Bentota beach on the west coast, it was a long journey on a winding road but the landscapes are very beautiful. This popular beach resort is located at the confluence of Bentota river and the sea and the beach resort is surrounded by water from three directions. We checked-in to our hotel located right on the beach just before the lunch. We ended our road trip in Sri Lanka and spent 4 more days in the beach resort before heading home.
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