One country! two months! Twenty-five cities! 

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Most of you know very well that I travel once a year to Sri Lanka. More often, I don’t stay more than four weeks as I have to come to work and, of course; pay back all my bills and save for my next trip. But this time, I stayed for two months. Can you believe ?? TWO WHOLE MONTHS !!! Thanks to my super work and my super nice bosses who let me go for TWO MONTHS. I was able to travel and travel all over the country and of course, I spent a lot of money.  Every time I visit my home country, I always try to discover at least one new city and place to add in my Sri Lankan map. ( travel map coming soon)  But, this summer was a tiring and hectic trip. No complaints! I loved it. As I was planning my trip to Sri Lanka in the beginning of summer 2016 I didn’t imagine that it would be a trip to remember forever.

               I was able to visit few cities and villages in the beautiful Island of Asia.  Even though Colombo is where I stay during my vacations,  I was born in Kurumbaciddy, a small village  12km away from Jaffna Town in the Northern Province of the Island. if I would have to pick my most favorite town, it would be without hesitation Nuwara Eliya, obviously right after JAFFNA. Nuwara Eliya is known for its cold mountain climate and of course for the tea estate and tea factory, which Sri Lanka is famous for. I was able to visit this small town three times, the first time was in 2013, and each time I stayed two days. there are many activities including the famous World’s End. Even though I am a lazy person, I loved walking for 12 km for the second time. You can read my famous story ”When we decided to visit the Plains”.

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During my stay in Sri Lanka, I didn’t initially plan all these trips. Even though we were tired and wanted to rest, we always ended up planning new trips. I didn’t want to miss the chance to go on road trip and moreover, it was on my bucket list to do the tour of Sri Lanka. I almost covered the Island, especially the Northen and the Central part is covered.  I still have few cities to discover in the Southern part of the country to officially declare the tour as COMPLETED.

I had the chance to visit twenty-five cities in two months. YES! TWENTY-FIVE!. It sounds so crazy BUT YEAAAH!!!! TWENTY-FIVE!. Here is the list of the cities I visited:

Here is the list of the cities I visited in 60 days in no particular order.

Colombo,  Jaffna, Kilinochi,Vavuniya, Sangupiddy (Bridge), Chavakacheri, Mulathivu, Trinco, Anuradhapura, Nuwara Eliya, Katharagama, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Batticaloa, Kandy, Madu, Puttalam, Ramboda, Kalathura,Ninathivu, Badulla, Tellipalai, Karavedi, Kankesanthurai

It was a great experience for me as I was able to visit all these places within two months. And I was able to enjoy this road trip so much. I was and I will be never tired of road trips as I am planning more trips like this in the future, including a trip to Europe. Stay Tuned. I will be updating my experiences about my trips in my blog.

I hope you enjoyed reading my post! Do not hesitate to leave your feedback and suggestions! 

When we decided to visit the Plains

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 Sri Lanka is a beautiful island and it is a well-known country among the tourists. The country welcomes more than 1.4 million tourists since 2014, including me.I have been visiting Sri Lanka for the third time since 2012, it is 20 years since I left the country. In fact, I was one-year-old, I don’t remember anything of the places. I always considered myself as a tourist.

From the very first day of my trip, I fell in love with.  It was a different experience. It was beautiful, I love the weather,  the life, the atmosphere, the transport, I loved everything, except one thing… MOSQUITOS. I loved traveling trough different places and cities. I discovered many things, totally different from where I live for more than 20 years. I met new people, it was a unique experience. I realized how much I loved to travel; long hours flights, long drives, jet lags, meeting new people, wasn’t issues for me, in fact, I loved.

My goal is to visit all the main cities in Sri Lanka. The Island has the most beautiful places to visit. As far as I know, Sri Lanka is one of the top tourist destination for the westerns. Luckily, I managed to visit almost 10 cities in Sri Lanka.  One of them is Nuwara Eliya, located in the Central Province of the Island. It is one of the main tourist destination city in Sri Lanka. The weather is chill, I say chill because ”cold ” is not the correct word to describe it. As a Canadian, nothing is cold like Canadian winter.

We stayed in Midky Hotel. It is located on Kandy Road. The hotel provides all the facility to their guests. It was a pleasant stay and it is not far from the town and market. We went to Mackwood Tea Estate and we had a nice cup of their tea. As you know Nuwara Eliya is known for their tea factory and estate.  We also visited Ambewela Farm where they make fresh milk, cheese, and yogurt.

My all time favorite place is Horton Plains, where you have to walk 12 km. It was a funny experience. We decided to go to the Plains to see the World’s End. What we imagined is totally different from what we did. I thought it is a place out of nowhere, upon the mountain, as we will just park the car close by and go and come back. But what we discovered was nothing like that. We drove almost 25 minutes and the road was very scary since we were driving on hills. We finally reached the destination. It was unique, we discovered that we had to walk 12 km, and we came at the wrong time, whereas everyone was done with their tour. We still went for it, and we were the only ones to go at that time. I was tired already, it was very hot too and we didn’t even bring water bottles, great. We did walk 12 km, but it was not normal walking. We experienced mountains to climb, rocky path, mud and all kind of things. But it was amazing. I will return again the next time I visit Nuwara Eliya.

As I am writing this, I am planning my next trip. I never thought I will fall in love with this beautiful paradise island so much, maybe I will move and settle down in the best country in the world.

Stay tuned.  Another post about Sri Lanka on its way.