Galle was the next stop in our Sri Lankan adventure. After Nuwara Eliya we have travelled to the south of the country to our hotel in the beach town of Hikkaduwa. I will be writing more about our beach adventures in the next Travel Diary and instead wanted to spend this post writing about the afternoon trip we took to neighbouring Galle. This city is famous for its Dutch-colonial buildings, its art trade, and most wonderfully a historic fort which you can walk around.
Nuwara Eliya was the fourth stop on our Sri Lankan holiday. It was also one I was most looking forward to. Nuwara Eliya is a city in the hill country of Sri Lanka and we wanted to see as much of the place’s beautiful landscape as possible so we ditched the car and instead took the train. It is also known for its much cooler climate as it is so much higher. What I didn’t understand what that this meant it was really, really cold and all I had packed were t-shirts and the flimsiest cardigan of all time.I am going to split this blog post into three sections, the first will be all about the train journey, the second about Nuwara Eliya, and the second will be about the World’s End Hike.
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Kandy was the third stop during my Sri Lankan holiday and the first city Sister and I stayed in (in this instance I am not counting Colombo as we only landed there and didn’t actually see or do anything). Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka and in comparison to Sigiriya and Dambulla, bustling with activity and people! As an urbanite I felt instantly at home but as someone who loves everything more rural places offer I missed the relative quiet and calm of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle.
Dambulla was our second stop in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle (you can read about our first stop, Sigiriya here) and is home to one of the world’s largest and best preserved cave temple complex which is what we wanted to see. Until this trip and visiting Dambulla I had no idea how important Buddhism is in Sri Lanka.
This marks the first of Sri Lankan Travel Diaries and is going to be all about Sigiriya – one of my Sri Lankan holiday highlights! Sigiriya or Lion rock is sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World and when you see it you understand why. It’s a massive column of rock, nearly 200 meters tall which once upon a time had a palace built on top of it. Once the King who commissioned it died, it turned became a Buddhist monastery. This lasted until the 14th century and now Sigiriya is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site and one of the most visited historic sites in Sri Lanka.