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Day 9 - Leaving Polonnaruwa - bus to Dambulla - Cave temples

we got tuk-tuk to the bus station in the morning for 300 rupees took bus from Polonnaruwa to Dambulla - travel time was around 2 hours, costed us 200 rupees for both arrived in Dambulla around noon. checked-in to Avinka Holiday Home. walked 10 minutes to Cave temples in Dambulla (entrance fee...

Day 10 - Off the beaten tourist path

  we decided that we go to see the less tourist places in the Dambulla region: Nalanda Gedige - small shrine which is well preserved but not visited by many tourist due to its location We took bus from Dambulla to Matale and get off on Gedige road junction (we paid around 50 rupees each for...

Day 11 - Leaving Dambulla - train to the mountains - Nuwara Eliya

We woke up early to catch an early bus to Kandy. We had booked tickets in first class in train from Kandy to Nanu Oya (train station close to Nuwara Eliya) which was leaving Kandy/Peradenyia at 12:35. Got to Peradenyia around 10:30 and waited 2 hours in the train station. The train was very...

Day 12 - Nuwara Eliya - Tea plantations

we arranged our driver Mihal for 9:30 in the morning. As usual for all Sri Lankans he arrived earlier:) first we drove through beautiful area of tea plantations of Mackwoods estate. stopped for some pictures of waterfalls and short walks in the tea plantations met few tea picking women and...

Day 13 - Leaving Nuwara Eliya - Bus to Arugam Bay - Arugam Bay

Unfortunatelly there is no direct bus from Nuwara Eliya to Arugam Bay we took early bus from Nuwara Eliya to Wellawaya (apprx 2 hours and 200 rupees each), changed to bus to Monaragala (travel time 1 hour, price 50 rupees) We had to wait for bus to Arugam Bay in Monaragala for 2 hours and...

Day 14 - Arugam Bay

We went to Yoga on the beach in the morning. It was very refreshing to strech after those long bus trips we experienced in previous days. decided to rent bikes for the rest of the day and cycled few kilometrs along the beach. The bikes were really bad and one of them had flat...

Day 16 – Tissamahrama – Safari Yala

We visited well preserved Dagobas in the Tissamaharama (Sandarigi dagoba andTissamaharama Dagoba). The great thing was that there were almost no tourists. We spent there morning and returned to our guesthouse to arrange safari to the Bundalla or Yala national park. We met another young couple...

Day 17 – Leaving Tissamahrama – Bus to Weligama – Beaches of the South

We took direct bus from Tissamaharama to Weligama. It was the Galle express bus (we paid around 100 rupees, travel time apprx. 2 hours). Arrived to our guesthouse Surf Bay Resort around noon, checked-in and ordered dinner for the evening – fresh fish from the market with salad. Went to see the...
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