Travel report Sri Lanka - Part II

From Nuwara Eliya to Ella

The train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella is definitively a must do while being in Sri Lanka. Through the highlands the train winds through a beautiful scenery filled with tea plantations. By the way: The tea is super delicious – give it a try! Ella itself is a small place with many restaurants. The locals mainly live from tourism. Start your climb to Mini Adam's Peak or Ella Rock from here. The way up to Ella Rock leads you along train tracks, several tea plantations, a waterfall and finally a steep ascent – however, the view is definitely worth it.

Train ride, Sri Lanka
The view on the train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, Sri Lanka

National parks in Sri Lanka

Moving on from Ella, you should definitely pay a visit to one of the national parks and go on a safari. You can either visit the Yala or Udawalawe National Park with hundreds of elephants, water buffalos and birds. In the middle of the park is a lake where you may see crocodiles. And if you are lucky enough you might even spots a leopard.

Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
Elephants in Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

To Do's:

  • Trying black tea at the tea fields in Ella
  • Safari at Yala National Park
  • Turtles at the beach in Tangalle during twilight
  • Water sports in Unawatuna
  • Stilt fishermen between Mirissa and Unawatuna

 

 

 

Tangalle, Mirissa and Unawatuna

After all the stunning landscape and countless temples on the way, we decided to visit some beaches. We visited Tangalle, Mirissa and Unawatuna. Tangalle is a quiet place with a vast beach and a strong current (however, there is a place to swim safely). It is not unusual to be alone at the beach. As soon as it's getting dark, you might even see turtles at the beach. Mirissa and Unawatuna are more touristy. In Mirissa there is a small hill in the sea, which is connected by sand with the beach. Unawatuna offers a wide range of water sports, from jet skiing to diving. An eyecatcher you surely shouldn’t miss is the liana at a palm tree in Unawatuna! It’s the perfect place for a great picture with a stunning background. As it is not located at the main beach, you might walk a bit further down the beach. Anyway, do not forget your camera ;) Between Mirissa and Unawatuna are a lot of stilt fishermen, a traditional fishing method in Sri Lanka. If you want to take a photo, you have to pay two up to eight euros.

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Liana at a palm tree in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

From train rides along the tea fields, to national parks and elephants in Sri Lanka, to the beaches of the country and its characteristics.

 

 

Travel report Sri Lanka