Travelling solo to Sri Lanka was definitely a great adventure to start off 2017; it was an incredible feeling to be surrounded by such beautiful landscape, to immerse myself amongst rich culture, friendly locals and the options for different activities are endless!
Here are some of the more memorable mischief I got up to, amongst many others, and I can only hope to inspire to make your way there pronto!
1. Standing on top of a world wonder that is Sigiriya.
This massive rock formation lies on the outskirts of Kandy city and is supposedly a fortress in ancient times. Climbing up the rickety metal stairs to actually standing on the top makes you wonder how people back then are capable of creating an architectural wonder such as this.
I’m glad to have made a friend from the Ukraine who climbed up with me; definitely not for one who has a fear of heights!
2. Up close and personal with elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary.
I spent one afternoon not just having a full view of an elephant troop taking a river bath on an extremely hot and sunny afternoon, I also got to play them and feed a few cheeky baby ones.
3. Woke up at 2.00am to walk up 500o steps for a beautiful sunrise on top of Adam’s Peak.
You might question the decision for a hiking adventure in the middle of the night, but I have absolutely no regrets for a view like the one above.
Read the full account of my experience here!
4. Learning all things tea at Nuwara Elliya.
The slightly cooler climate in Nuwara Elliya has flourishing tea plantations where you can pay a visit to a local tea factory for a free guided tour, or have a look at their extensive range of teas that you can buy back as a souvenir if you like.
5. Admiring a sunset with a fancy cocktail in one hand, a good book in the other.
I had a wonderful stay at the Amaya Hills resort during the couple of days that I was based at Kandy. It was exactly what I needed to wind down after a full day of exploring the bustling city.
6. Feasted on as much Vade as I could get my hands on.
Sri Lankan cuisine in general is great, but my favourite is this fried savoury donut, hands down! I’d eat it everywhere I went, and I always have it fresh and piping hot out of the fryer, it is just SO GOOD!
7. Exploring the local botanical gardens in each city.
8. The secret behind some of my awesome photographs.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, some questioned if I really went solo as they wondered how I had so many individual photographs of myself; I credit most of them to Saga, a nice Sri Lankan chap whom I randomly hired as my driver for the day.
Turns out, he wasn’t just a great tour guide who kept me safe while bringing me to a variety of places, he was quite a photographer as well! I told him to consider adding that into his job description for future tourists like myself, heh.
9. Nature. Nature everywhere.
Honestly, it is such a beautiful place. This country is brimming with tropical rainforests, animal safaris, beautiful beaches and hidden waterfalls for you to have a dip in after a day’s worth of hiking.
There you go, a tip of the iceberg of my solo adventures, do share yours if you have any!