Sri Lanka was the third country on our two-month Beach Hop Asia 2016 backpacking trip. After revisiting Malaysia and Thailand, me and my buddy headed to Colombo for an overnight transit and then moved to Sigiriya for a four-day visit on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We then transferred to Kalkudah, Arugam Bay, and then went to our last stop in the country, Ella.
After four days of being stuck in the beautiful Ella Jungle Resort, we emerged to the main road and waited for a bus going to the center of Ella town. We waited for the bus to pass by outside a preschool and watched the cute school kids play before the start of their classes.
Arriving at Ella's town center, we had two hours to roam around before the train arrives so we did a little errand first, my buddy getting a long overdue haircut. We then walked our way at the foot of the train station where we had an early lunch on an eatery. We loaded up with local noodles that will serve as our fuel for the ten-hour train ride.
|My buddy's mandatory haircut abroad|
|Ella, Sri Lanka|
Not expecting what to see, I relaxed on the window seat and set my stuff underneath me and waited for one of the best train rides in the world to commence.
|Tea plantations surrounded the Sri Lankan countryside|
It started on a slow, steady pace that transported us to a nice hilly countryside scene with the chilly afternoon breeze brushing against my face. It was relaxing as we get to enjoy everything from the open windows. We could’ve stayed on the comfy air-conditioned coaches but we really do want to have the best seats.
|I am on the exact same position on where he is|
|Tending tea plantations|
Windows were shut as the freezing wind started to pierce towards my skin. I was grouchy and didn’t know how to perfectly position myself as my droopy eyes were aching for rest. I snoozed after battling with the harsh conditions as my buddy was, still, enjoying the great view.
We arrived at Colombo with sore bodies after ten hours. We then hailed a metered trishaw then headed to our lodging in Colombo, Clock Inn Colombo.
That very special train ride still lingers on in my memory. It may not be as hardcore as our ten-hour train ride in Myanmar but it was really great as we get to experience the shifting of landscapes in Sri Lanka. If there’s one thing that you should do while in Sri Lanka then it would be the greatest train ride to the heavens.
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