Sri Lanka

The year of 2019, The third oversea Vacation for me on 2019 and That's it For the year. Guess What, I finally at Sri Lanka. Sri lanka was on my wish list for so long and now I'm stepping on the ground Of Sri lanka. A small group with four of us just nice to explore Sri Lanka with car transpotation but this time bought with Slighty expensive flight ticket from Air Asia that cost me RM5++, You might thought RM5++ is cheap for you but as a Traveller like me it has a worth price range.
Sri Lanka officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. The island is geographically separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the commercial capital and largest city, Colombo. It has a rich cultural heritage and the first known Buddhist writings of Sri Lanka.
It took about three and half hour flight time duration from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) to Bandaranaike International Airport Colombo, Sri Lanka. And Malaysia is 2 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Sri Lanka means example : Malaysia 12.00pm = Sri Lanka 02.30pm. Malaysian Ringgit to Sri Lankan Rupee Conversion is 1 MYR = 24.3563 LKR.
For the First day Early morning at 5am we Head to "Fort Railway Station", Fort railway station is a major rail hub in Colombo. The station is served by Sri Lanka Railways, with many inter-city and commuter trains entering each day. When the railways first opened in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1864, Fort Station is in the heart of the city, located next to Colombo Fort and Pettah.
A five hours journey Heading To Habarana, a small city in the Anuradhapura District of Sri Lanka. Habarana is situated nearby to the ancient rock fortress and castle/palace ruin of Sigiriya (Lion Rock). 300LKR (RM7.50), Look for more Photo : More Photo
From Habarana Railway Station We took Local "Tuk Tuk", a 30 minutes journey to our Homestay that Cost 1600LKR(RM40) One "Tuk Tuk".
Freedom Homestay at Kayamwala, Sigiriya. with Sigiriya Rock and Sigiriya Museum nearby, Freedom Home Stay provides accommodations with free strong WiFi and A very lovely and friendly hostess who made us delicious Sri Lankan breakfasts. The location is walking distance from Lion Rock, and a main road with restaurants. It Cost USD 10 (RM42) Per Person. Look for more Photo : More Photo
Had a great lunch meal here with lovely staff and good value with Prices modest, Portions generous and the Fruit came free of charge. With the official Signboard of "Tourist Friendly Eating Place" and what I realize about Sri Lankans Restaurant is They serve Food Quite slow even though was Fried Rice, It might took about 45 minute to be serve. So, Please be Patient. Look for more Photo : More Photo
One Kilometre walk from Freedom Homestay, we decide to visit UNESCO World Heritage Lion Rock around 3pm before it close at 5.30pm. Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District, The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. this site was selected by King Kashyapa for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes.  I enjoyed the visit to Lion Rock but I don’t think it was worth $30 USD (RM125). Look for more Photo : More Photo
After the breakfast at Freedom Homestay, We check out and catching for busses to the City of Kandy.
From Dambulla Bus Station, we catch an air-con bus to Kandy cost 220LKR (RM5.30). It will take around two hours Journey to reach Kandy Bus station. Look for more Photo : More Photo
Once we reach Kandy, we went to their KFC and find out they have the Menu that we don't have In Malaysia. Nasi Briyani Chicken set for four, 2450LKR (RM62.50). Look for more Photo : More Photo
How about a walk in the city of Kandy after the Lunch, We explore this small part of Kandy by foot. see the locals, be like a local. Experiencing their lifestyle and culture by blending with them at the traffic light. Try to understand the language they speak that we don't understand. Look for more Photo : More Photo
Centrally located Kandy City Hotel Furnished with elegant taste, classical style rooms are endowed with every comfort: Wi-Fi internet connection, flat screen LCD TV, mini-bar, courtesy line, in room telephone and security safe which is ideal for those who travel for work and leisure where a city hotel offers at best. RM144 Per Night. Look for more Photo : More Photo
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple.
One of the joys of traveling is visiting local markets. There is nothing better than shopping for the ingredients necessary for a family meal with a local. Markets hold the secrets of the culture, all the little bits and pieces that hold communities together. A proper small town market full of local products, perfect for curious travelers and photographers alike.
When I was walking with the locals, talking to the locals, bargains with the locals or riding with the locals. They will ask "are you Sri Lankans?, Do you speak Sinhala?". "you have the Sri Lankans pure look, and then I will say" Nope, I'm not Sri Lankans". Sri Lankans are really friendly. Some are friendly with motif and some are not, Travel smart.
In Colombo, they were everywhere, On the outside they look kind of like moldy coconuts. Woodapple smells like. I don't know how to describe. people eat woodapples blended up as juice or in a fruit shake. Just like opening a coconut, it can be a challenge to open a wood apple. The prettiest way, is to hit it around the belly of the fruit with a knife or just slam it on the floor. So although the woodapple fruit is a little strange indeed and has a pretty funky smell, I think it tastes awesome and it’s healthy too!
Foods scam in Sri Lanka Restaurant for Tourists. However, as the country sees an influx of tourists. this has also led to an increase of tourist targeted scams, no menu to see price what you ordered, end up with unreasonable price on the total bill. We argue with this two restaurant to calculate the food item one by one.

Advices : Dine your meal at any restaurant that provide you food & beverage menu, so you can track your bill. Look for more Photo : More Photo
An Five Hour long car ride from Kandy City to Walauwa Safari Resort, We suppose to get the best view train ride and the train journey from Kandy to Ella (around 7 hours) goes straight through the tea plantations and is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. We experiencing a bad day due to a Strike protest happening In Sri lanka and all the Railway Service force to close Down and stop operating for few days. Look for more Photo : More Photo
In Sinhala, walauwa means mansion. The English terms for walauwa are "manor" or "manor house", a large house with larger lands. The Walauwa and its owners were supported by the larger lands and estates they possessed. Located within 4 km of Udawalawe National Park in Udawalawe, The rooms in the guest house are equipped with air-condoning, a kettle and flat screen TV. Rooms are complete with a private bathroom fitted with a hair dryer, while certain rooms are equipped with a seating area.
The candle light dinner between the trees next to the bonfire is something I will never forget, absolutely amazing.
The wife of the Owner cooks us the original Sri lankans homecooks Rice and Curry Cuisine and it was awesome, We finished all the dishes without leftover this time.

Room : USD 10 per pax Included Breakfast  |   Dinner : USD 6 per pax  |  Lunch : USD 5 per pax
The primary objective of the Elephant Transit Home is the rehabilitation of orphaned baby elephants and their release back to the wild. The primary objective of the Elephant Transit Home is the rehabilitation of orphaned baby elephants and their release back to the wild. Entrance fee is 500LKR (RM12.50). Look for more Photo : More Photo
Then Udawalawe National Park is the best place! The hundreds of elephants in the park ensure that there is a good chance of spotting a herd during a safari. But also crocodiles, monkeys, leopards, deer, swine and all kinds of reptiles and birds inhabit the Udawalawe savannas.
Jeep safari is can easily be booked online in advance and we book the Safari Transpotation from our friendly Walauwa Safari Resort with the common price is 6500LKR (RM150) for a 6-person jeep. An organized safari tour to the Udawalawe National Park from Colombo or Galle is also easy to book online.
Framed by soaring highlands on its northern boundary, the Uda Walawe National Park is one of the world's best places to see wild elephants. Largely comprised of grasslands and bush forest, it's also one of the best national parks in Sri Lanka for game spotting. Price at 3640 LKR (RM88) Per Person. Look for more Photo : More Photo
56 By Deco Located in the unearthed historic Galle fort in the South of Sri Lanka, 56 by Deco endeavors to offer the customer an unparalleled accommodation experience. A newly renovated luxury extravagance. 56 by Deco is the ideal venue for a tranquil holiday enveloped in luxury. It comprises of 05 elegant and luxurious double rooms where guests can choose from according to their needs. The rooms are categorized into : Standard Double Ground Floor, Standard Double Decker
 and Standard Double First Floor. RM150 per Room, Look for more Photo : More Photo
Galle Fort in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. Look for more Photo : More Photo
Went here for lunch, This is a small restaurant but not hard to miss on the street. Rice & curry enough the make it different with Great curry that it came with were just delicious. The food is amazing, So nice to try hoppers and they were so delicious. Look for more Photo : More Photo
Goodbye Sri Lanka, I'm coming back home and welcome back to Malaysia.
Had a good and bad experience during the trip, the good is get to explore Sri Lanka about the places and cultures they have, the bad is can't get to experience the most beautiful scenery train ride due to protest happening in Sri Lanka. All the railway in Sri Lanka forced to close down, I definitely will come back again for the train ride.


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