FreeHour Goes Abroad: The Beautiful, Stunning, Gorgeous, And Humid Sri Lanka 🇱🇰
Located in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a beautiful and tropical island filled with stunning landscapes, man-made marvels, jaw-dropping coastlines, and exotic animals. The island lies just off the coast of India and is separated by the Gulf of Manner and the Pulk Strait, but according to Hindu legends, there used to be a land bridge connecting the 2 until cyclones deepened the bridge in the 1400's. Their humid temperature follows the monsoon patterns, meaning their Winters are warm and their Summers are hot, but the sights you get to see are breathtaking.
One of our very own, Sean Abela, was able to visit Sri Lanka, and without further ado, here are some of the best things he got up to.
While in the region of Hikkaduwa, our head of sales went down to the gorgeous Hikkaduwa Beach, one of the best surfing spots in all of Sri Lanka. While there, a bale of turtles (apparently that's what you call a group of turtles) showed up with the tide, letting people feed them and pet them. While this quite a rare occurrence and is never quite consistent, these large turtles were a beautiful sight to see, and made Hikkaduwa even better.
Located in the dead centre of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress that was built by King Kashyapa to be used as his new capital. In the shape of a lion (you can see the paws in the photo below), the rock is a long climb up (Sean swears it's like over a billion steps) leading to some tourists never even making it to the top. Once used as a Buddhist monastery, the Lion Rock (Sīnhāgiri in Sri Lankan) is now protected by UNESCO and is worth climbing.
Dambulla Cave Temple
The Dambulla Cave Temple is just South-West of Sigiriya, and is Sri Lanka's largest and best-preserved cave temple complex. When entering the temple, you need to make sure that your knees and shoulders are covered, and that your shoes are off making this temple one of the quietest places of the whole trip. Beautiful, religious, cultural, and eerie, all the things an amazing temple should have.
Kaudulla National Park
Home to 24 types of mammals. 25 types of reptiles, 26 types of fish, and over 150 types of birds, Kaudulla National Park is an amazing opportunity to see Sri Lanka's wildlife up close and personal. One of the biggest attractions to the park are their elephants, the massive yet cute creatures can be seen walking around together and hanging out (if you're lucky, you might get to see them shoot a couple of hoops).
Sri Lanka Railway
The Sri Lanka Railway is one of the best ways to travel around the country, especially because it comes with the bonus of the views. As the train travels through the island's beautiful wildlife, you get a first-hand experience look into the true beauty that Sri Lanka holds without having to trek for hours into the deep rainforests.
At a whopping hight of 2,243 metres, this mountain top offers one of the greatest landscape views in the country (it may even be the greatest in Sri Lanka but I don't want to upset any Sri Lankan mountain tops). Thanks to pathways and the invention of stairs, the climb only takes roughly 45 minutes to get to the top, and while it may be a hot a sweaty climb, the sight is worth seeing. (Look at Sean's cute little smile, kemm hu ħelu).
I would like to thank Sean for being a stereotypical white girl and taking all these Instagram-able pics and making all of this possible. I would also like to thank my parents because that is what any respectable person would do.