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10% of the world's tea comes from Sri Lanka - a big number for such a tiny place. Nuwara Eliya is at the center of Sri Lanka's tea economy, but this former English hill station is also known for stunning landscapes, Pidurutalagala, the country's...
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B199, Rambukkana 71100, Sri Lanka
Each day, the 90 elephants living at the Pinnewala Orphanage are led from their feeding grounds to the nearby Maha Oya (Maha River) to bathe. The elephants are split in to two groups so half get to go to the river in the morning and the other half...
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Polhena Beach, Sri Lanka
Stilt fishing is a tradition on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta that tied to a vertical pole driven into the coral reef. The men fish with either rods or just string. The catch is either a variety...
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D S Senanayake Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
The Esala Perehera is a 15 day festival that takes place each year in the small town of Kandy, Sri Lanka. The festival venerates Buddha’s tooth which is significant because it symbolizes the introduction of Buddhism to this small island nation...
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The train trip between Colombo and Kandy is one of the most beautiful in the world, and is a great way to get between these two cities. Traveling through mountains, jungles, and villages, the views are spectacular. Making sure you have a window...
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
Every year in July or August in Kandy, the ancient Sinahese capital of Sri Lanka, the Buddha's tooth is taken from the Temple of the Tooth in the center of town on parade around the city. It's by far the most amazing thing I saw in my year in Sri...
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
This beautiful Buddha sits at a hilltop monastery in Kandy and you can see it from town. We hired a tuk-tuk to take us up the hill at sunset. He had just been freshly painted a bright white, however tradition calls that the eyes must be covered...
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Panama, Sri Lanka
The east coast of Sri Lanka boasts amazing scenery as well as some fabulous surf. This area was frequently visited by wild elephants and we'd often surf under the watchful eyes of the monkeys. Periods of no surf meant hanging out on the giant...
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If you find yourself in Sri Lanka you cannot miss the Yala National Park (most likely leopard spotting as well as tons more) but be wary of the many tour operators who want to sell you a guided safari! Many tourists are unaware of what the prices...
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Arugam Bay 32500, Sri Lanka
Samantha's Folly in Arugam Bay is a special kind of guesthouse in that it doesn't really consist of a house; instead it has many beds, and many huts, all with access to the sand. We didn't stay here, but I have a feeling my traveling companion...
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Embekka Pilimatalawa Road, Embekka, Sri Lanka
To many a visitor to Sri Lanka, a stop in Kandy is essential - primarily to visit the famed and hallowed Temple of the Tooth Relic. If you have time, do spare a half day to visit three unsung but beautiful 14th century Buddhist-Hindu shrines...
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30 Saranankara Rd, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Freedom Lodge is near the lake, but just up the street and away from the loud road. Beware: at the train station, there are many tuk-tuks willing to take you to a hotel or guesthouse that is (too) close to the action downtown, but Freedom Lodge is...
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Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
You are lucky if you visit the Temple of Tooth during the Fullmoon festival because you will get the chance to see the tooth. It was crowded when I was there with a friend but we finally found it worthy as what we watched was that buddhist...
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Temple Square, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
A church stands very close to the biggest temple of Kandy. In front of it people are walking around the bodhi tree praying. Isn't it a good way of showing how Kandy understands cultural difference?
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Keyzer St, Colombo, Sri Lanka
This is the Federation of Self Employees Market (FOSE) in Pettah. There are fresh fruits and vegetables, piles of clothing, shoes, pots and pans and whole lot of household products. As the wind blows, I could smell strong stench of smell coming...
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
I was invited for a stay at a boutique hotel in the Kandy known as ‘The Theva Residency'. Glistening atop the splendor of the ‘Hantane’ hills with idyllic views of the Kandy town and surrounding mountains, the journey to Theva Residencies was a...
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I’m not a fan of buffets, but dinner on the rooftrop restaurant is perfectly enjoyable: a vast selection of food, good people-watching (many countries represented here tonight) and fresh, balmy air. I’m happy here at Chaaya Wild Yala. Sri Lanka:...
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20, Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe Mawatha, Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka
The main house is a comfortable central gathering place and the grounds are lush with flowers and plants. My room at the Ellerton is darling. Two beds draped in mosquito netting, an armoire with a safe, an open bathroom, magazines, wood floors and...
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70, Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
I have read every article and review on the Helga’s Folly website, but the reality of the place has already exceeded the vision I hold of it in my imagination, and I have not yet stepped a foot across the threshold into the funhouse. It gets...
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The Royal Botanical Gardens lies in the outskirts of Kandy. I walk for an hour, covering much of the grounds. The highlight of the park, in a morbidly fascinating way, is hundreds (thousands?) of fruit bats congregating above our heads. Word to...
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Coconut Boat, Pasikuda 30410, Sri Lanka
An oil massage and herbal bath is just the treatment to complement a stay at the wonderful Maalu Maalu beach resort in Passikudah, on Sri Lanka's eastern coast. The resort's qualified ayurvedic doctor prescribed the herbal mix, as well as the...
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Hantana Rd, Sri Lanka
The Ceylon Tea Museum is located in an old tea factory in Hantane, on the outskirts of Kandy. The entrance fee includes a guided tour of the building, introducing both the machinery of the 19th century and the process of making tea. The optional...
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Nanuoya, Sri Lanka
A visit to Sri Lanka's Hill Country is not complete without experiencing at least part of the train journey from Kandy to Badulla. The scenery changes as the train rounds each corner and with time of day, unfolding panoramas of tea plantations...
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Sri Lanka
While some might argue that not all of the food in Sri Lanka is that great, one of the most overlooked delicacies of this country is the travel snacks. Walk near any bus or train station and you'll find a bevy of vendors selling salty snacks and...
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Porutota Rd, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka
It's hot everywhere and all the time in Sri Lanka. A wonderful looking beach can be hellish during mid-day because of the unfiltered sun and soaring temperatures. The host at the Freedom Lodge in Kandy suggested that I seek out a nice beach hotel...