Wednesday Wanderlust: Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka wasn’t in my original plans for Southeast Asia, but as I’ve been working on my rough itinerary it’s been creeping it’s way in there.  Yes, I’m well aware that it’s very early to be thinking about a rough itinerary, but I simply don’t care.  It’ll change once I’m there anyway, I’m sure.  It’s not for sure in the plans, but I’m leaving the possibility open.  Thus, I’ve chose Sri Lanka as my focal point for my wanderlusting this Wednesday.

Here’s a few things I really want to do and see while in Sri Lanka:

Yala National Park

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Yala is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka.  The best chance of seeing a leopard is at Yala National Park as it has the highest concentration of leopards compared to anywhere in the world.  It’s also home to other animals including elephants, crocodiles, peacocks, and monkeys.

Ride the Train

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I love trains, as I’ve said before.  And, apparently, the trains in Sri Lanka are a must.  Chugging along sloely, you can enjoy watching the tea plantations and mountains go by.

Pilgrimage to Adam’s Peak

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Adam’s Peak is an important pilgrimage site.  Pilgrims walk up the mountain which involves difficult routes and thousands of steps.  The climb is usually started around midnight as the goal is to reach the top by sunrise.  It is said to be the first spot that Adam stepped when he was exiled from the Garden of Eden.

Tea Plantations and Hill Country

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Sri Lanka is one of the most important producers of tea in the world and I love tea.  You can stay at the tea plantations, drink tea, eat, and enjoy the rolling green hills.

World Heritage Sites

Sri Lanka is home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  These include the ancient city Polonnaruwa, the ancient city of Sigiriya, the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the old town of Galle, the sacred city of Anuradhapura, the sacred city of Kandy, Sinharaja Forest Reserve and the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka.

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Polonnaruwa

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Sigiriya

Ever been to Sri Lanka and have some suggestions on things to see and do there?  Do you think I should add it into my Southeast Asia trip?

Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

4 Comments

  1. Syd

    January 1, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    It is NEVER too early to start making an itinerary. I am in a constant state of trip-planning and even if I end up changing it all when I’m on the ground (which I inevitably do) I enjoy the planning stage so much I don’t even care. Usually my plans are not at all feasible, buy hey, if even 60% of it happens, I consider it a success. I actually just wrote a piece for Matador about how planning a trip is almost as good as actually going on one. I’ll let you know when it’s live! And Sri Lanka looks absolutely phenomenal 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 1, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      I love the trip planning part as well and definitely want to read your piece for Matador. Sri Lanka is does look great for sure. I’ll have to make it a priority 🙂

  2. Rachel

    January 2, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I think half of the fun of adventuring is in planning! As long as it is flexible and you seize opportunities that come your way, who knows what you may discover…

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 3, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      Planning is a lot of the fun, even if you don’t even do the things you plan!

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