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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Sri Lanka: Reflecting back on some of my favorite activities

1.    Climb Sri Pada, to see where Buddha left his footprint

2.    Remote beaches

Fisherman at Bentota Beach in 1991

Fisherman at Bentota Beach in 1991

3.    Safari’s with elephant sightings

4.    Join the Perahera.  A parade of a hundred elephants

Colombo Perahera in 1992

Colombo Perahera in 1992

5.    Feed the baby elephants in a daily ritual at the elephant orphanage

Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage in 1988

Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage in 1988

6.    Visit 5th century temples

7.    Visit World’s End where you can view the southern coast on a clear day.  The cliff height is about 270 meters straight down

View from the top of Adam's Peak (Sri Pada), 1992

View from the top of Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada), 1992

8.    Best tea in the world

9.    It’s always summer except in the hill country where you can breathe fresh, clean air

10.Some of the friendliest people on earth

Dikoya, 1992

Dikoya, 1992

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Hiking to Horton Plains

February 1991

On February 1, 1991, we set out for the  low lying areas of Horton Plains.  The first night we stayed in a guesthouse where we would start our 9 hour hike at 6am and head to the plateau of Horton Plains.

The climb seemed pretty easy except for having to check for leeches constantly.  There are only 2 ways you can remove these guys.  One, by using a lighter and burn them off, or two, use Vaseline to make them slide off.  If the leech already had his head inside your skin, then you got a different story.  You might need some tweezers as well.  By the time we crossed our first river, most of us had an encounter with one of these guys.

When we finally reached the top of the plateau, it was as if we arrived in another land.  The sun came out as if it came to welcome us.
We arrived at the next guesthouse exhausted.  As night started to fall, it became very cold like it does in the mountains.

The next morning we set out for the famous Worlds End (AKA Lovers Leap).  The walk along the dirt trail to Worlds End was also mysterious.  As the fog started to lift we noticed there was no one in sight except for us.  It was so quiet that it felt like an alien was going to jump out at us at any moment.  Sure enough, at the next hairpin turn, we came to Worlds End.  It’s not every day that you get a view like this.

As soon as you reach the plateau heading up from Nuwara Eliya which is about a 1.5 hours drive, one can see breathtaking views of the Knuckles Mountain Range. Horton Plains looks like you have just stepped onto an uninhabited planet. Not much happens here and it is always peaceful. The last time I was here was in 1991 when I went on a field trip from my high school. Please visit my memoir Beautiful Eye to hear more about this story.

As we drove to the trail head where you can hike to see World’s End and Baker’s Falls, I noticed Farr Inn which was a guesthouse my family and I stayed in about 3 times. It is now a museum and research facility. A friendly deer came out to welcome us.

 

 

 

Me Sitting at the Edge of Worlds End

Me Sitting at the Edge of Worlds End in 1991

 

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Revised Itinerary for Bangkok, Sri Lanka, and Maldives

Day

Place

Areas to Cover

 

Day 1 ~ Day 5

 

Bangkok

·                 Palaces

·                 Temples

·                 Visit friends

Day 6

 

Colombo

·                 Arrive in Colombo

Day 7

 

 

Colombo

·                  Visit high school

·                  High School Reunion

Day 8

 

Colombo

·                  Visiting temples

·                  Visit Old Colombo

Day 9

 

Colombo

·                  Fashion show at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel

Day 10~Day 11

Southern beaches

·                  Mount Lavinia

·                  Bentota

·                  Galle

·                  Hanbantota

·                  Yala

·                  Hickaduwa

Day 12 ~ Day 17

 

Hill country

·                  Adam’s Peak

·                  Horton Plains

·                  Nuwara Eliya

·                  Uda National Park

Day 17 ~ Day 19

 

Kandy

·                  Kandy

·                  Elephant orphanage

·                  Sinharaja Forest

Day 19 ~ Day 24

 

Cultural Triangle

·                  Dambulla

·                  Polanarua

·                  Annaradnapura

Day 24 ~ Day 22

Colombo

·                  Transferring to the Maldives

Day 22 ~ Day 26

Maldives

·                  Maldives

Day 26 ~ Day 29

Colombo

·                  Back to Colombo to meet with journalists

 

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