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Day 5 and 6: Train to Kandy

English: Main Street in the Fort with the Ghaf...

English: Main Street in the Fort with the Ghaffoor Building in the background, Colombo, Sri Lanka Français : Rue principale dans le quartier du Fort avec le Ghaffoor Building en arrière-plan, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The wonderfully painted Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque (...

The wonderfully painted Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque (Pettah Mosque) in the Pettah harbour area near the Fort Station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On day 5 I was not blogging from the beach, but from Odel which is Sri Lanka’s first department store.  This store has grown so much in the last 20 years.  They sell clothes, tea, gifts, candy, and handicrafts.

Today (day 6), I am blogging from a moving train to Kandy.  The scenery up to the hill country  is breathtaking.  You can book a 1st class ticket at tourist information at the Fort Railway Station.

The Jami-ul-Alfar Mosque in Pettah, built in 1...

The Jami-ul-Alfar Mosque in Pettah, built in 1909, is one of the oldest mosques in Colombo. Created by me (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Taqiyah (or kufi caps) in Pettah mark...

English: Taqiyah (or kufi caps) in Pettah market, Colombo, Sri Lanka Français : Taqiyah au marché de Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Back to Sri Lanka 20 Years Later

Bangkok monk

Bangkok monk (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Bangkok

Bangkok (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Ceylon Tea

Ceylon Tea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tea plantation in Sri Lanka

Tea plantation in Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Bends like these are frequently encou...

English: Bends like these are frequently encountered while travelling to the Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kandy colombo railway

Kandy colombo railway (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sambhur at Maha-Eliya national park- Sri Lanka

Sambhur at Maha-Eliya national park- Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tea plantation in the Sri Lankan highlands.

Tea plantation in the Sri Lankan highlands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Horton Plains, Sri Lanka

English: Horton Plains, Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Colombo

Colombo (Photo credit: BriYYZ)

I am excited to announce that I will be leaving Korea for Bangkok, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives on Nov 12.  I will be writing an entire chapter dedicated to what it is like to visit Sri Lanka now with the war being over.  If you would like to meet me in person at any of these destinations, please contact me at your earliest convenience to reserve your spot.

Day 1 ~ Day 4
Nov 12 ~ Nov 15 Bangkok 3 nights • Palaces
• Temples
• Visit friends
Day 4 ~ Day 6
Nov 15 Colombo • Meet with journalists
• Temples in Colombo
• Talk to publishers and printing companies
• Visit bookstore

Day 6
Nov 16
Colombo • Meeting with editor-in-chiefs
Day 7
Nov 18 9am OSC morning • Visiting my high school

Day 8 ~ Day 12
Nov 19 ~ Nov 23 Southern beaches 4 nights • Galle Fort
Yala National Park
Bentota
• Mt Lavinia

Day 12 ~ Day 17
Nov 23 ~ Nov 28 Hill country 5 nights • Adam’s Peak
Horton Plains
Nuwara Eliya
• Uda National Park

Day 17 ~ Day 19
Nov 28 ~ Nov 30 Kandy 2 nights • Kandy
• Elephant orphanage
• Sinharaja Forest

Day 19 ~ Day 24
Nov 30 ~ Dec 5 Cultural Triangle 5 nights • Dambulla
• Polanarua
• Annaradnapura

Day 24 ~ Day 22
Dec 5 ~ Dec 6 Colombo 1 nights • Transferring to the Maldives
Day 22 ~ Day 26
Dec 6 ~ Dec 10 Maldives 4 nights • Maldives

Day 26 ~ Day 29
Dec 10 ~ Dec 12 Colombo 2 nights • Back to Colombo to meet with journalists

*Note that an extra few days should be added to each area due to needing more time in the area or traffic and cancellations.

 

 

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