Sri Lanka is really an insider tip and is rightly called the wonder of Asia. The country offers real extremes: from great hot spots on the coast to the highlands in the middle of the country. An ideal destination for backpackers who want to discover this great country by bus and train.
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Fresh Coconut Liqueur
The Dutch canal in Negombo, also called the Cinnamon Canal, is surrounded by coconut trees and a lovely area. Besides the fun of a boat trip, a stop at a farmer on the canal is a great opportunity to taste a local speciality: fresh coconut liqueur. It is obtained in the treetop of the coconuts and can be tasted directly after the live harvest.
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Kandy is an integral part of every Sri Lanka trip. Its central location allows to reach all beauties of Sri Lanka from there. Besides the dancers of Kandy and the tooth temple, the lake of Kandy is particularly popular. A walk in the late afternoon or a boat tour is a nice possibility to get a picture of Kandy from a different perspective.
Travelling the Sri Lankan Way
The main mode of transportation in Sri Lanka is the bus. The connection network is well developed and you can reach your destination by bus from any large town. A bus ride is a real experience for foreigners. Long distances can be covered for a few cents, but the roads and the handle definitely need getting used to. But the bus ride offers the possibility to get in contact with locals and to learn a lot about their way of life and culture.
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Golden Temple Dambulla
The golden temple in Dambulla belongs to the world heritage of Sri Lanka. It consists of 5 caves of different sizes and is therefore also called the cave temple. Especially impressive is the large golden Buddha statue at the entrance of the temple complex.
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Beautiful Train Trip to Ella
By train through the highlands of Sri Lanka is the absolute highlight of every trip. The old trains run at a very comfortable speed, so you can relax and enjoy this unbelievable landscape with it hills and tea plantations. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or directly at the station.
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Stop # 6Wellness/Relaxing
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Stop # 8Sightseeing
Originally built by the Dutch, the fort in Galle offers an insight into a multicultural past. Museums and the historical center allow visitors to immerse themselves into the flair of ancient cononial times. The World Heritage-listed fort has many restaurants, handicraft shops and accommodation. Especially beautiful are all spots at the seaside of the fort like the lighthouse, which allow a great view of the sea and the fort.