Bidding farewell to Sri Lanka – Wilpattu National Park & back to Negombo

We left Jaffna behind us and embarked on 6 hours of very slow train travel to get us back down to Anuradhapura, from here we travelled 30 minutes by bus to Wilpattu Junction and jumped off on the side of the road in what felt like the middle of nowhere. Fortunately, there were a couple … Continue reading Bidding farewell to Sri Lanka – Wilpattu National Park & back to Negombo

The far north of Sri Lanka – Jaffna and the Jaffna Peninsula

Whilst it is becoming more popular with tourists, Jaffna can still be considered to be off the beaten track and it has a very different feel to the rest of the country. There is a noticeably greater Hindu influence and a lot of the key sites are temples. There is also a more conservative attitude … Continue reading The far north of Sri Lanka – Jaffna and the Jaffna Peninsula

Some off-season beach time and a really really old tree – Uppuveli and Anuradhapura

Our first stint of beach time, though nice, had not been as relaxing as we'd hoped so we set aside a couple of days to spend on the east coast beaches. It was the off season but the weather forecast looked good so we caught a couple of buses to Trincomalee. We didn’t linger in … Continue reading Some off-season beach time and a really really old tree – Uppuveli and Anuradhapura

Exploring the ancient treasures of Dambulla and Sigiriya (with subtitles)

Our brief visit to Kandy ended with our host organising for his mate to give us a lift to the bus station on the cheap. Said friend dropped us in an alleyway, pointed at what appeared to be a far distant bus, said “short cut” and gestured down a set of steps. We were unconvinced … Continue reading Exploring the ancient treasures of Dambulla and Sigiriya (with subtitles)

The very real joy of Sri Lankan bus travel and an amazing morning with the elephants – Uda Walawe National Park

Our first bus journey in Sri Lanka was on a private bus. Every single bus in Sri Lanka is an old double windscreen Lanka Ashok Leyland but you can tell the difference between the state and private buses because the former are fairly non-descript red buses and the latter are usually painted retina-hurting neon colours, … Continue reading The very real joy of Sri Lankan bus travel and an amazing morning with the elephants – Uda Walawe National Park