Yes, you read it right! I got proposed in Sri Lanka! :) But let's back up the story a bit.
Sri Lanka was like a breath of fresh air for us, coming from the madness and crazy lifestyle of Dubai. Me and my husband decided to take this trip together with another couple, two of our best friends from Dubai. After a 4.30-hour flight, we woke up in Colombo, which at first impression seemed a bit crowded and disorganized. Fortunately, our driver was waiting for us in the airport, to take us to our first stop, a paradise right next to the Indian ocean, Thejan Beach Cabanas (www.thejanbeachcabanas.com), in Bentota – Induruwa, a 2-hour drive from the capital, depending on the traffic conditions. We checked in to our lovely, cosy cabanas, located right on the beach, few steps away from the water.
Now, this place is very special to us, because my husband asked me to marry him here, right after we arrived. We wanted to go see the turtles with a tuk tuk, at the Sea Turtle Protection Association, and when I stepped out from reception, I saw the tuk tuk filled with post its, with different questions (“Will you be my wife?”) and beautiful declarations (“I will always love you”). I see our friends giggling in the corner, the driver and some staff from the hotel holding a champagne bottle and when I turn around, he was in one knee, holding a gorgeous ring in his shaking right hand. We lived some emotional moments, laughed, cried of happiness, said “Cheers!” for our future life together and then we went to see the turtles. 🙂 We only stayed 2 nights here, mostly to relax and enjoy our quick stop by the ocean.
We weren’t sure whether to take a private car or the famous train ride, allegedly with insane landscape views, from Colombo to Kandy. We decided we would rather see some beautiful nature than be stuck in traffic on a dull highway. Be prepared, because the train won’t be the cleanest and most likely it will be crazy crowded, but I can now say that we took the right decision, what they say is true. The journey exceeded our expectations, we saw through our windowless frame the most spectacular mountains, steep valleys and tropical greenery. Our trip lasted about 3 hours, but it really depends on the type of train you take. For more info, please see Link.
We arrived at Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge (www.madulkelle.com) quite late, after the sunset, so we didn’t get to see much. All we saw from the car journey, which was about an hour away from Kandy’s train station, was lush greenery, tea plantations and a narrow road that was going higher and higher onto the hills. We woke up the next day early morning, with the view of a white mist surrounding the tall trees, as the sun was rising from behind the mountains, it was simply breathtaking. The resort is located on a tea plantation with spectacular landscapes over the surrounding mountains and more tea plantations. We stayed in a secluded deluxe lodge, which can be opened during the day to admire the beauty around you. It was a luxury resort with one of the best views that we ever had.
We continued our day with a tour at Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress where one of the Sri Lankan kings had his palace on top of the rock and it served as the capital. Today Sigiriya Rock, also known as The Lion Rock is a UNESCO World Heritage and one of the most visited historical places in Sri Lanka. We had to climb around 1,200 steps and the whole tour took more than 3 hours. I must say, it was quite tough, but the beautiful views and stunning cave paintings along the way made it worthwhile. Once you are up there, you can see for miles and the place is filled with historical legacy, so it's definitely a must-see attraction when in Sri Lanka.
The next day we were all very excited as we were going on a wildlife safari tour at the Eco Park. It was our first time being so close to elephants and baby elephants. I must say, it was a beautiful experience seeing these animals roaming around free and untamed in their natural environment.
The next couple of days, we stayed at the resort, enjoying our infinity pool and just being grateful for everything that surrounds us. We walked down the nearest village, saw a few small temples, met locals doing their daily activities around their homes and laughed with kids playing football, while taking silly pictures with them. With great sadness and a huge desire to return, we left our beautiful lodge.
We spent the last night in Negombo, as we wanted to be closer to the airport, where we were pleasantly surprised by this vibrant city near the beach, full of coffee shops and restaurants. We only had time for dinner, as the next day early morning we had our flight back to Dubai, but we had an amazing time, it was full of tourists, everyone was relaxed and friendly, enjoying their vacation. Long story short, Sri Lanka was memorable and I can’t wait to go back and explore it a bit more and in a slower pace, probably beginning of next year.
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