For Tales and Travel writer, photographer and blogger Leah Larkin, the climb to the top of Sigiriya Lion Rock is a tourist must. And while “it was hot, very hot”, it was amazingly worth it, as was everything else about Sri Lanka.

“There are many more astonishing sights in Sri Lanka”, she says, including Kandy, “a lovely hill town whose magnet is the Sacred Tooth Temple, where one of Buddha’s teeth is said to be hidden inside a golden shrine or casket which in turn contains six more caskets, much like a Russian box.

“We joined a large crowd and patiently waited in line for a night time opening of the heavily guarded room containing the tooth shrine, and our turn to file by the relic casket. Although there was little to see, the holy ritual and huge temple complex are intriguing.”

Read her full post here.

What to do in Kandy – A quick guide

Talking of Kandy, Charlotte is a Norwegian travel blogger, and on Sunshine Seeker she extols our second-largest city “surrounded by a lush mountain chain, rugged peaks, manicured tea plantations and Sri Lanka’s largest river, the Mahaweli Ganga.

“Because of this dramatic location, Kandy enjoys a tropical salubrious climate, with temperatures ranging between 19-28C all year around. A cool and comforting contrast to the sizzling hot coastal lowlands.

“I’m kind of a history nerd, so that was something I’d been looking forward to for quite some time. I’ll tell you more about it in the next post! That meant we had to cram a whole lot of sights into one, short day.”

Read her full post here.

Sri Lankan safari adventures

Fuchsia Dunlop writes that “I’ve been meaning for a while to post some more photographs of my Sri Lanka trip earlier this year”, and Bundala National Park, which is known for its birds, was high on the list.

“Honestly, I hadn’t expected to find bird-watching particularly interesting, but as we drove through the wild, almost deserted landscape, it was a joy to view the grace and intricacy of green bee-eaters, ravishing little birds that shimmered with iridescent green and blue, paradise fly-catchers, grey-headed fishing eagles and princely jungle fowl, not to mention another dozen or so species.”

Fuchsia’s work has appeared in publications including The Financial Times, Lucky Peach, Saveur, The New Yorker, Observer Food Monthly and Gourmet, and she is a regular guest on radio and television.

Read her full post here.

Hiking in Sri Lanka: Self Guided in Ella

Says Travel Life Experiences blogger Dorene: “I could have sat there for days… Hiking in Sri Lanka is incredible, and one of our top places to do it was Ella, on our own self guided hikes.

“Our first hike was up to Little Adams Peak about a 45min walk close to the town of Ella. It’s easy to hike filled with endless views of tea plantations, mountains, and cliffs – namely Ella Rock on the other side, which was our next hike Ella Rock.

“A few days of hiking in Ella no matter what the weather, Fed OUR SOULS.”

Read her full post here.

The Tropical Escape

Finally, Steve Hänisch at CCSubs, a YouTube channel providing multi-language subtitles, gives us a terrific video lauding the Best Beaches in Sri Lanka to accompany his Back-Packer blog.

He writes: “Sri Lanka is a year-round holiday destination with two monsoon seasons and is home to some incredible beaches on both sides of the island. If you want to go to the south and west coast of Sri Lanka the best time to visit is from December to April. For the east coast the time between April and August is best.

“We start our journey in Beruwala and Bentota, this very long sand beach is without any doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka and only a 2hr drive from the capital. The next stops are the beaches of Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna close to Galle.”

Read his full video post here.

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