Located about 200 km east of Colombo, Ella is a small mountain town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Due to its higher elevation, it’s known for its cooler climate and landscape characterized by cloud-covered hills, waterfalls, and tea plantations.
Sri Lanka has an abundance of natural beauty. Among its most famous attractions are Sigiriya and the Kandy-Ella train ride, which has often been called the most beautiful in the world. If you like rice and curry, then you’re going to love Sri Lanka even more. These articles will help you plan a trip to destinations like Kandy, Ella, and Yala National Park.
A popular pilgrimage site, Kandy is regarded as a holy city and is home to The Temple of the Tooth Relic (the sacred tooth of the Buddha), one of the most sacred places of worship in Buddhism. It’s a key religious site not just in Sri Lanka, but in the entire Buddhist world.
Helga’s Folly is a hotel / acid trip located in the mountains surrounding Kandy, Sri Lanka. It’s owned by Helga De Silva Blow Perera, a Sri Lankan socialite and eccentric who started painting on the walls of the hotel as a form of therapy after going through a traumatic divorce.
ETA stands for Electronic Travel Authorization. It’s basically the same thing as an e-Visa. It’s issued electronically and allow you double entry into Sri Lanka for a maximum stay of thirty (30) days.
I didn’t know this at the time but Yala National Park is home to one of the highest if not the highest concentration of leopards in the wild. It’s also home to mega fauna like elephants, wild buffalo, and sloth bears, as well as a slew of bird species and smaller mammals and reptiles.
I’m not an authority on scenic train rides but one thing’s for sure, this was absolutely the most beautiful train ride that I have ever been on. If you heed Lonely Planet’s advice and visit Sri Lanka for the first time in 2019, then you absolutely need to go on this train ride.
Before TBC Asia 2018, we were sent on a 5-day press trip that had us visit multiple destinations throughout Sri Lanka. We were put up at several Cinnamon hotels and resorts, each as luxurious and astounding as the one before it.