The Ceylon Connection my journey through the island nation

Ayubowan!

It's been a few years since I started my yearly escapades to every corner of the world, and it struck me this year that I hadn't really explored the colors and culture of my immediate neighbors, Sri Lanka!

That's all it took for me to plan my trip and pack my bags. When the holiday season came along, I was all set with an itinerary to cover the best that Lanka had to offer. Join me as I take you through my #SriLankaDiaries!

Where it all started! My trusted bot and I checked into this beautiful little homestay at Kandy, at the Forbidden Forest.
Look who joined us!
It was already time to grab some grub. And what a spread it was!
Spent some alone time in this lush and serene homestay.

With that done, it was time to check out the magnificent citadel at Yapahuwa that I had heard so much about.

Yapahuwa was one of the ephemeral capitals of medieval Sri Lanka in 1272. The view from the top is simply breathtaking.

The climb to the top was quite challenging and breathtaking (not to mention the view!).

Got a glimpse of the local culture through the poetically beautiful Kandyan dance performance.

Fire eaters took centerstage, just minutes into the performance.

I can still feel the music and the thunderous applause still resonating in my ears. Quite an experience, that!

I also visited one of Sri Lanka's holiest and most visited shrines, the Temple of the Tooth, in Kandy. Such a marvellous place, with some stellar architecture on display. Loved it!

Soon enough, caught a glimpse of another traditional performance, this time with a man walking on embers.

Soon enough, it was time to bid adieu to Kandy and Peradeniya and say hello to Ella.

The quaint little station at Peradeniya was straight out of a Wes Anderson movie.

Destination Ella

I had heard so much about the breathtaking beauty of Nuwara Eliya and Ella, nestled deep inside Sri Lanka's lush green forests and hills. On my way there, I could hardly wait for my journey to end!

And then I got my first glimpse.

And it was magical.

When I finally did reach Ella, little did I know that the jungle resort that I'd chosen had a unique plan for ushering me in.

Through a cable car!

And what was waiting for me at the other end left me at a loss for words.

The lush green surroundings put my mind at complete and absolute ease.

Soon enough, it was time for a trek!

As always, the trekking trail had a few surprises in store too.

With Ella behind me, I decided to pack my bags and head to the seaside again, to usher in the New Year with some sun and sea. And what better place to do that, than Mirissa!

One view, and I was already in love.
It was the perfect setting to grab a drink and some dinner too.

Mirissa is a must visit destination, even if all you want to do is watch the majesty of the Indian ocean in its full glory.

For the last leg of my quick vacation, I picked Galle, a beautiful city with Portuguese influences and architecture. Sounded like my kind of place. And boy, was it!

Galle has some incredibly old fashioned architecture, bright red autorickshaws that add to its beauty, and if you're lucky, you'll run into some monks chilling by the beach as well!

The Promenade at Galle.
Made some new friends too!

And soon enough, it was time to head back to India. I couldn't believe that I had missed the beauty of this island nation for so long, but I was happy to have finally visited and discovered a side to Sri Lanka I hadn't been aware of.

It was time to leave, but not without a final glimpse of the ocean!

Fin.
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Srini Ramaswamy
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