My visit to Sri Lanka was nothing short of amazing. The culture, the food, the wildlife and the historic monuments all make this country very unique. My wife and I departed from our short stay in the Maldives to arrive a few hours later to Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. Three and a half hours later, in what was the craziest cab drive I’ve ever been, we arrived to our destination in Dambulla. I would never suggest a foreigner to rent a car in this country, anything goes on the roads!
We were staying at the famous Kandalama Hotel, built along the side of a mountain to appear as part of the natural landscape. I must say, the hotel had really good food. It was curry heaven every night for dinner. It’s not like we could have gone out to a fancy restaurant, we were off the grid.
There were plenty of monkeys to be seen around our hotel. A family of toque macaque monkeys liked to play around in the bushes right by our balcony, which was highly entertaining to watch!
Minneriya National Park
The elephant safari at Minneriya National Park was definitely the highlight of our trip. It was a bumpy ride through the park, but we got the chance to see the herd very close, and take some really nice pics, all while our driver kept his foot on the pedal in case the herd came stampeding. Check out the Minneriya Gallery Post for more pics.
We also had a chance to go to the ancient city of Sigiriya and hike atop the 660 ft rock. I was totally surprised to see school children up there, I guess I never had a field trip that cool! The view was incredible, you could see Buddhist temples and statues from far away rising above the treeline. The heat was unbearable though, just like a Texas summer.
There’s was lot more to do and enjoy, but we squeezed as much as we could in the few days we were there before heading to Muscat, Oman. Next time around, I’ll definitely go to Yala National Park and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka.