It was an exciting feeling. We spent already more than two years in the Maldives but never visited the closest country to it. And now we were already sitting in the speed boat from our resort towards Ibrahim Nasir International Airport with final destination:

SRI LANKA!

We had seven days in front of us and promised ourselves to see & do as much as possible! Especially now, after Sri Lanka has been tragically battered by the 2004 Christmas Tsunami and a sixteen year (!) civil war until 2009.

We were blessed with plenty of friends and colleagues from Sri Lanka, who worked among with us in the Maldives and recommended us must-see places from markets to temples, from beaches to mountains. A mere 60 minutes flight from Male to Colombo and soon we were in one of the world’s emerging best-value destinations. Sri Lanka’s GDP saw a 6.9% growth in 2013 and local as well as oversea investments fueling the tourism industry

Travel with us through a diverse country which is world famous for its tea production, one of the best airlines and home to a tooth of Buddha!

Colombo

 Walk around Lake Berei in the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s bustling capital.

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The Gangaramaya Temple looks like a mini version of the Borobudur Temple in Indonesia.

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Wake up early and you can see these fishermen in Negombo, or…

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…enjoy the beautiful sunset in Negombo.

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Don’t miss the chance of visiting Kandy, Sri Lanka’s cultural capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Kandy is located in central Sri Lanka and lies on hills surrounded by mostly tea plantations.

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Kandy is also home to the “Temple of Tooth”, one of the most sacred places in the Buddhist world. Why is it called like that? Because it has the relic of the tooth of Buddha!

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Tip: Buy slices of mango at a market in Kandy, along with a delicious chili-pepper-salt powder- a must try!

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The Dambulla Cave Temple is another a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Also known as “The Golden Temple of Dambulla”, it features 157 statues.

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Nuwara Eliya, widely known as “Little England” features plenty well preserved British colonial houses.

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It might get a bit chilly in the highlands around Nuwara Eliya, but…

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…the temperature makes it possible to grow the world renowned tea of Sri Lanka.

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And of course: experiencing first hand the tea production.

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One of the most spectacular sunsets we have ever seen near Nuwara Eliya.

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What would be a visit to Sri Lanka without riding an elephant ?

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If you  prefer just watching these beautiful creatures, plan a trip to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Tip: Purchase elephant dung paper in one of the gift shops, a guaranteed unique souvenir!

We felt in love with Sri Lanka from the very first moment. And visited it just two months later again…the hospitality and kindness of its people (so many Sri Lankans speak German, which is kinda awesome!), the picturesque landscapes -which are similar to Bali by the way- and the overall fantastic value you get for everything – making it worth a visit for everyone!

Have you been to Sri Lanka or planning to go? We are curious! Leave your comments below.

Smart Travels,

Kian & Sri

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