Category Archives: Sri Lanka

Tips for Hiking Adam’s Peak

 

Hiking Adam’s Peak, or butterfly mountain as it is known in Sri Lanka, is one of the top things I would recommend doing if you travel to the country. The mountain looks like a cone, and has al altitude of 2,243m. It is located in central Sri Lanka and can be reached by train and bus.

I was actually surprised at how many locals with their families were going up the same night as us. At the top, you can see that the footprint of Buddha in the temple, making the site an important one for Buddhism and pilgrims.

Here are a few things you need to know if you plan on hiking Adam’s Peak:

  • Dress warm! (it is cold in the morning, bring a hat, scarf, gloves).
  • A headlamp could be useful
  • comfortable walking shoes or boots
  • Stay overnight at a small hotel or guesthouse in Dalhousie and start climbing during the night.
  • Do not forget to see the unique, perfect shadow in shape of a triangle that forms once the sun rises (many tourists simply leave but it is one of the only places in the world where this phenomenon happens)
  • Busiest months are January and February
  • Weekends are more crowded, so try to plan to go during the week.

Planning a trip to Sri Lanka? Include this in your itinerary! You will remember it forever

 

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Going down
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View of the perfect triangle

 

 

 

In tea land!

As you drive through the winding highway and approach the highlands of Sri Lanka, all you see left and right are endless fields of tea.

So we decided to visit a tea factory and plantation and learn more about the drink many of us love. Here are some fun facts about tea:

– Black, green, and white tea all come from the same plant.

– Plants can be as old as 60 years.

– if the plants were not cut every 5 years or so, they would grow to be 10m trees!

– Black tea is the only one that is fermented through oxydization.

– White tea is sundried.

– Tea leaves are sorted by size and colour. The small the tea, the stronger the taste.


  

Sri Lanka’s Ancient Cities

Anddddd a new adventure started exactly one week ago. After about 5 years of talking and dreaming about this place, I finally landed in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Week one was just a complete immersion in a new culture: a Buddhist parade on the full moon on our second day, beautiful Buddhist temples and Buddhas, a language I cannot understand nor pronounce at all, elephants crossing the highway, and people who are just so nice. 

We started our 3 week journey with the Ancient Cities. Here are three sites to not miss out on during your trip in Sri Lanka. 

Sirigiya: a Unesco World Heritage site that consists of two rocks that you may hike. One will cost 3000 rupees (about 30$usd) and the other one costs 500 rupees. We did the latter, not only because of the price but also to avoid the crowds. You get an amazing view of the rice fields and the lush green landscape of Sri Lanka. Also, we couldn’t believe the lineup we saw of people climbing the Sirigiya Rock. We were the only ones on ours and took our time to enjoy the views. 

  

Polannaruwa: a small town filled with beautiful ruins, stupas, temples, and the most impressive Buddhas yet (sitting, standing, and reclining Buddha). Be careful upon arrival, tuk tuk drivers may offer you what seems to be a great deal on a tour, but this is illegal since they do not give you a ticket and there is security inside the temples.

  

  

Dambulla cave temples: several cave/temples filled with many impressive Buddha statues. Each king has built a new cave temple (there are 5 in total). This site is also a Unesco World Heritage Site.