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Learning to dive in Hikkaduwa

Five days of doing nothing in Mirissa and Unawatuna is enough to realise that we are happiest when we are active. In fact we realised quite clearly that 12 months of only sitting around on a beach is in fact no way to spend a year. Hikkaduwa is one of the original Sri Lanka beach […]

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Watching Cricket with Percy Abesekera

Whilst in Unawatuna we learnt that Sri Lanka were playing the West Indies in a test match just a few kilometres up the road in the city of Galle. Julie doesn’t like cricket, but when in Rome and all that… so we set off first thing and got a tuk-tuk to the stadium hoping to […]

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Elephants are well alright

The buses in Sri Lanka are not like at home. Up until now we have been getting about by train and Tuk-Tuk. However the rail network stretches across a very limited part of the country and if you want to get from the hills down to the coast on the south of the island you […]

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Umbr-Ella Ella Ella

Ella is a small village cut into the side of a mountain. There is basically one main street, a train station and numerous guest houses, hotels and restaurants serving the large tourist population that visits. Its popularity is really down to the spectacular landscape. To the west of the village you have two waterfalls, Ella’s […]

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Little England in Sri Lanka

We left Kandy to head to Sri Lanka’s highest town, Nuwara Eliya, or Little England as its known. We could only get 3rd Class Reserved tickets and the owner of our homestay had panicked us a little, telling stories of the crowdedness and unsavoury characters we would encounter. People would be sat in our seats […]

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Escaping to the Hills

We turned up up at Colombo Fort Railway station at rush hour. Probably not the best time. We’d been pretty excited about getting trains in Sri Lanka, particularly the route from Colombo up into Kandy and the Hill Country beyond. The Sri Lanka rail network doesn’t suffer from the same overcrowding as India’s does but, […]

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Arriving in Colombo

We left Dubai at 10am and arrived in Colombo 4 ½ hours later. The airport is about an hour away from the main city and we’d arranged for the hotel to pick us up. We had heard many things about Colombo, not many positive. Most advice centred on get out of their pretty sharpish. It […]

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