It is always a bit hardfor me to write about my travels. I know it sounds weird from someone who is supposed to be a blogger, then someone who is quite at ease with words, but when it comes to travels I still find it hard, which may explain why it takes so long for me to write travel blog posts and they are often published many months after the trip itself.
It is the case again for my trip to Sri Lanka which happened in November last year. I think that I still find it difficult to put into words the feelings, the atmosphere, the noises, the smells, the people, the food that I “recorded ” with my senses while traveling.
2017 has been quite a tough year for me, this is why my friend decided that I needed a huge holiday to do together faraway from here. When she proposed Sri Lanka in November I immediately said yes. I have been studying about a trip to Sri Lanka years ago because it was on my wish-list and I was pretty excited about the idea of traveling there with one of my best friends just to celebrate the end of some bad things in my life!
As there are many things to say I decided to split the chronicles in two parts: the first part starts with our arrival in Colombo and it stops on the way to the mountains while the second part begins with the long ride to the sea and the end of our beautiful Srilankan adventure.
Flying to Colombo from Milan was a bit long and we arrived in the capital quite destroyed but as it was early afternoon we didn’t care about the stress and the fatigue and we started the visit of this beautiful colonial city where you can find a (pink) mosque near a (turquoise) Hindu temple and in front of a (golden) Buddhist temple, next door to a catholic church. I was totally fascinated by the pacific mixture of religions in Sri Lanka since the first day. The colors and smells of Colombo are incredible and totally captivating and the vintage style of the colonial buildings has a timeless appeal. The Indian Ocean completes the beautiful atmosphere while the noisy tuk tuks move quickly and everywhere! We got caught in a quick storm while visiting but at the end of the holiday we were so used to that, that we knew exactly when a new one was coming, how long it would last and how to handle with it!
We left early the day after because of the long bus ride to Dambulla, and we traveled along the Sabaragamuwa region to stop watching the baby elephants showering in the river and being fed with giant baby bottles at the Elephant Orphanage of Pinnawala. We traveled in the middle of amazing tropical nature but it was just the beginning because the powerful nature was the most important part of all the journey (as well as the amazing Srilankan food!).
On our third day we visited the magnificent Sigriya rock fortress (the Lion Rock): 1200 steps, 370 meters high, cliff-side, under the hot sun and with the highest humidity ever…it was hard but we made it and it was worth the effort not only for the archeological site but also for the incredible views.
On that same day (after many bottles of fresh water and a delicious meal!) we headed to Polonnaruwa also known as one of the most ancient Srilankan kingdoms and a World Heritage site (btw did you know that some scenes of the Duran Duran video “Save a Prayer” from 1982 were filmed here?). The archeological site and the ancient Buddha temples were such a mystic experience, especially under the rain!
I have to say that I saw some of the most magnificent Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka: on day 4 we headed to Dambulla to visit the famous Golden Temple containing more than 150 statues of Buddha in its caves decorated with secular paintings, one of the most incredible sites that I’ve ever seen and it is also part of the World Heritage.
From day 5 starts the second part of the journey and of my Srilankan chronicles: you will find it in my next post in a few days, so if you liked what you have seen so far stay tuned, more Srilankan adventures are on the way!