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Old Jun 8th, 2020, 02:11 AM
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Sri Lanka, 3 week backpacking trip report with video.

In december me and my friend made a 3 week backpacking trip in Sri Lanka. We start our trip in Negombo city where is also a airport where we landed. After one day exploring the city we took a bus and moved to Wilpattu national park. The park is the largest one in Sri Lanka. We choose this park instead of Yala because there is less visitors and you can also see leopards and also elephants. We unfortunatly didnít see leopard, because there was a lot of rain that time and they donít need to come out of the forest for drink and eat. But we saw elephant and a lot of other different animals. So I must say the park is worth of visit.
Then we moved to Anuradhapura, where we took tuk-tuk for seeing the ancient city. There you can also rent a bike which I think it is a good idea, but we had rain, so we didnít decide for this option. Same day in the evening we took bus to visit city Mihintale, where is also a tample on the hill. From there is very nice view to rice fields below. Next day after our visit of Dambulla cave tample we moved forward to our hostel in Sigiriya. Our plan there is to catch a sunrise in Pidurangula rock and then Sigiriya. We woke up very early in the morning and then our host drove us to starting point for climb to Pidurangula rock. But unfortunatly we had rain there so we didnít see a sunrise. We also had rain in Sigiriya. I would not recommended to go to Sigiriya if there is raining, because you canít see nowhere from the top. Our next step was Polonnaruwa Ancient City. There we finaly had a sunny day, so we decide to walk around the ruins. The distance we walked there was around 13 km, but I must say it was worth. Everything there is very good arranged. We left our big backpacks in the office where we bought a tickets. In the afternoon we took bus to move forwad to Kandy city. We stayed there for two nights. In Kandy we saw city market, botanical garden and Temple of the Tooth. From Kandy to Hatton city we took train and then bus from there to Nallathanniya. From there is a starting point for climb to Adamís peak. We climbed to Adamís peak early in the morning and on the top, we wait for a sunrise. I would recommended to everyone who will go there for wait the sunrise, to take a worm clothes in backpack, because it can be really cold and windy on the top. After descending from the mountain we move forward to Nuwara Eliya. There we visited tea plantation, Bomburuella waterfall and Moon Plains. Tea plantation and the waterfall are nice to see, but Moon Plains is for my opinion waste of time and money. While walking to the waterfall, we were bitten by leeches. Due to the high altitude, Nuwara Eliya grows the highest quality tea in Sri Lanka. We stayed in Nuwara Eliya for two nights. Our next stop was in Horton Plains park. The park is it really nice and interesting. For me the best thing in Sri Lanka. I really enjoy walking there. To get to starting point is it the most convenient way to took a tuk-tuk driver. The easiest way to do this is to ask the host where you stay to make arrangements for you. The last part of beautiful train ride was from Ohiya to Ella city. Ella is very interesting city, very popular for tourists. We stay there for for 2 nights. One day we went around to see 3 waterfalls. Rawana, Diyaluma and the highest one in island, Bambarakanda. We also climbed to the top of Diyaluma fall. Next day we hiked to Little Adamís peak, waited for the train in Nine Arch Bridge and visited Spice Garden. Last week of our roadtrip we spent in sea side. The beaches here are very beautiful and sea is clean. In coast site we stayed in cities: Tangale, Mirissa, Unawatuna, Bentota and Colombo. We moved every day in the afternoon. The conections are very good with buses. In the end I must say that driving with buses were usually really dangerous, because drivers there compete to each other to get more costumers. Sri lanka is nice country for visited, I feel safe here and I would recommended it for the others.

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Have a nice time and stay health. Mirko
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Hi Miko,

Thanks for your great TR. I very much enjoyed reading about your trip around SL - you really saw a lot in only 3 weeks. My husband and I spent 2 weeks there a few years ago and we loved it too. You were brave to use the buses - we looked at them and decided that being with our driver was a safer option, though I'm sure that it was less fun!
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Wow! This is an amazing video. Its so well done and you tell such a cool story about life there and your lives too. its just so special when one picture or brief film clip can show so much. I watched it with rapt attention.

Are either one of you professionals in the film and/or video industry?

Thank you for sharing your journey, one of the best times of your lives I am sure! We once met a young couple live yourselves on a train from New Delhi to Ajmer. They were backpacking their way across India. Just beautiful!

Larry
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wow nice video i enjoyed lot
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annhig, you are right... It is fun to drive with buses there, but sometimes it was also really scary. I read that they have a lot of accidents, so I guess to choose them is a kind of lottery.
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Originally Posted by premilshasendra2028 View Post
wow nice video i enjoyed lot
Thank you!
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Originally Posted by jacketwatch View Post
Wow! This is an amazing video. Its so well done and you tell such a cool story about life there and your lives too. its just so special when one picture or brief film clip can show so much. I watched it with rapt attention.

Are either one of you professionals in the film and/or video industry?

Thank you for sharing your journey, one of the best times of your lives I am sure! We once met a young couple live yourselves on a train from New Delhi to Ajmer. They were backpacking their way across India. Just beautiful!

Larry
Larry (@jacketwatch), thank you very much. I am happy to read, that you like it. I always tried to show as much as possible in my videos. Nobody of us is not a professionals in film industry. I work as a forest engineer an my friend is a dentist. If you like you can subscribe to my youtube channel and see my other videos -
Mirko youtube channel .

Have a great time.
Greatings from Slovenia. Mirko
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Originally Posted by mps23 View Post
Larry (@jacketwatch), thank you very much. I am happy to read, that you like it. I always tried to show as much as possible in my videos. Nobody of us is not a professionals in film industry. I work as a forest engineer an my friend is a dentist. If you like you can subscribe to my youtube channel and see my other videos -
Mirko youtube channel .

Have a great time.
Greatings from Slovenia. Mirko
I did subscribe to your you tube channel. I see you have so many videos which will keep me tagging along for some time! Thats amazing.

Thank you. . Larry
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I did subscribe to your you tube channel. I see you have so many videos which will keep me tagging along for some time! Thats amazing.

Thank you. . Larry
Thank you, Larry. Enjoy watching my videos. I hope you will like also the others.
Have a great time and take care.

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Thank you, Larry. Enjoy watching my videos. I hope you will like also the others.
Have a great time and take care.

Mirko
You bet! You too.
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