Thailand, Sri Lanka · 9 Days · 56 Moments · December 2016

KGPN Journi to Sri Lanka

26 December 2016

Home sweet home
Srilanka airport at colombo

25 December 2016

Fortunately, Srilanka created the tallest christmas tree in the world, so we got a chance to see and take picture before leaving to the airport.
Shopping and dinner at Ministry of Crab
Touring around Colombo by van..the driver drove us around to see key places in Colombo
Having coffee at The galleries cafe at Paradise road
Followed by visiting Kongkaram temple where looks like a museum that have so many statues.
Then we went to Kalayani temple near Colombo
After checking out from our hotel, we proceed to Colombo by expressway. But stop by Geoffrey Bawa weekend house for an hour.

24 December 2016

Gala dinner at the hotel with cultural show.
Back to Galle Fort old town for shopping and walking again.
Visit where King Rama 5 used to visit, named Sriparamananta Mahachulalongkorn.
Lunch at papa mango
Meet blue whale, turtle and dolphins
Today we woke up early to go whale watching.

23 December 2016

Stay at Aqua hotel
Then visit St.Mary cathedral
Then to Galle fort, old town used to be ruled by the Dutch.
Next morning, we checked out from the hotel and go to Kirinda temple where there's a queen statue who built this temple, followed by visiting weherahena temple where big Buddha statue is.

22 December 2016

After safari we went back to hotel to enjoy the beach.
Not many animals inside the safari...but we find Leopard.
Lunch by the beach in the Safari.
Lunch by the beach before taking another hour to tour safari watching birds.
We wake up very early in order to go to Safari to see wildlife, especially, hilight of the day is Leopard

21 December 2016

Our hotel for the night at Jetwing hotel.
Then we visit Thisamaharama Chaitrya, the place where located left tooth relic and forehead bone relic at Tissa city.
Next stop is Buduruwagara Wellawaya, where carving statues inside the big stone.
After lunch, we stop by Rawada Falls to take some pictures.
After long car ride with lots of curve roads on the mountain, we have lunch at Ella Mountain with a view of Ella Gap.
Our hotel for last night. Heritance Tea Factory gets lots of history..renovation and restoration from old tea factory.
Breakfast at the hotel with local Sri Lanka breakfast + champaign
Morning walk with 17 degree, seeing the locals pick up tea leaves.

20 December 2016

Enjoy the night with drink at the bar.
Teach our hotel for the night at Heritance Tea Factory hotel..a nice hotel in the misty mountain with cold weather and tea plantations.
Tea tasting and visit tea factory at Blue Field Factory.
Lunch at Rambuda waterfall
Visit Malwathu Mahaviharaya.
Wake up early and have breakfast with a view on the hill of Kandy

19 December 2016

Arrive our hotel for the night on the hill named Theva hotel. Very nice hotel.
Queen's hotel where my friend said it's the place where King Rama 5th used to stay.
Going to temple of tooth relic. Queue up to go pay respect to the Buddha's tooth relic. We are the last group of the night.
Reach Kandy in the evening and go to watch cultural dance.
Stop by at Spice market.
Farmer Lunch at Priyanati Gedara
Visit Polonnaruwa, UNESCO world heritage site. It's a very big site where we have to drive from one spot to another. Unfortunately, it rains, so make it difficult to walk through all sites since to enter inside the ruin temple, we have to take off our shoes and the floors are wet.
Start the 2nd morning with rain. Breakfast at hotel and check out to Polonnaruwa.

18 December 2016

Taste Lion Beer, a Sri Lanka beer at dinner in the hotel.
We stay at the Heritance hotel where designed by welknown architect named Geoffrey Bawa in Kandalana, Sigirya.
We reach Dambula cave templein the evening. The sunlight soft and very nice. The cave temple is also amazing!
Sigirya Lion Rock where we climb to the top..exhausted but worth it!
We stop for lunch at one local restaurant on the way to Sigirya.
Along the way to Sigirya we stop by and sip a herbal local tea. The weather is very nice with cool wind breeze.
Our hotel for the first night is small hip hotel which owner and its employees are very friendly.
We arrive Colombo very late around 1:30am, passing immigration, meet our driver and go to our hotel in Negombo.The first funny thing is that our driver drives so slowwww hahaha. The houses along the road decorates with Jesus Christ statue..amazing!

17 December 2016

We starts the trip with flight delay for an hour. Gonna reach Colombo very late. Enjoy lounge for awhile then go to gate.