CEYLON ADVENTURE - Sri Lanka April 2018

 Probably the most common photo taken in Sri Lanka..How beautiful is the train and the scenery though!

Probably the most common photo taken in Sri Lanka..How beautiful is the train and the scenery though!

THERE is absolutely no doubt that Sri Lanka is a hub for excessive vibes of the cosmic variety.

The country has a garden of earthy hues and the landscape paints a gentle contrast between a deep aqua blue ocean and the tropical hinterland.

We went for a seven day content smash to make a video for the Sony Action Camera. We needed a two minute video, which meant we needed about ten times that in raw footage.

I thought the best way to go about recounting the trip would be in images.

 Views for days.

Views for days.

The first thing we did when we got off the plane in Columbo was head up to Kandy in the centre of Sri Lanka...To be completely honest I found it a little too hustly and bustly for my liking - it was very busy the whole time we were there and the only time I found any kind of peace was when Jacko and I went for a run around the lake at sunset on the first day. The view from the top of the hill was insane...

 Made a point of running past the view point on top of town in Kandy.

Made a point of running past the view point on top of town in Kandy.

We then caught the train to Ella, from Kandy through the country side...It was the most busy train I have ever been on, but also the most scenic. It feels like every part of the Sri Lanka from it's landscape, to it's buildings, street side fruit stalls and even trains are done with the intention of being photogenic...The sight hanging out the window of the train, looking down the line of the carriages curving around one of the illustrious corners of the hinterland is such a beautiful image and one that has been heavily documented on social media too!
The initial vibe in Ella when we arrived was hustle and bustle, for a moment it felt like we hadn't left Kandy. But within moments of squeezing through the turnstiles, the crowd seemed to filter off into thin air, everyone going their own way and the super mellow vibes around Ella became more and more apparent.
There's one main street in Ella and nearly all the shops are trendy food and beverages...It's a super hip town too - a young persons hub, but without being a hive for the nightlife crowd, which was super refreshing.
We were scheduled to head to the south at 9 am, so we set our alarms for 5:30 and set off on a hike hoping to see Adam's Peak and the Nine Arches Bridge all before departure. We cut it fine, but made it and I'm so stoked we did - two of the most beautiful views in all of Sri Lanka from my experience. The sunrise was like a fireball bursting through the overcast clouds and for that reason we probably overstayed our time at the peak meaning we just missed peak lighting at the bridge - it was still super beautiful though!

 The moment the sun pierced the clouds at the top of Adam's Peak.

The moment the sun pierced the clouds at the top of Adam's Peak.

 Strolling the contour of the Nine Arches Bridge.

Strolling the contour of the Nine Arches Bridge.

 Scouting the bridge from the tree tops...I was the only person that thought this was the bridge out of Thomas the Tank Engine...

Scouting the bridge from the tree tops...I was the only person that thought this was the bridge out of Thomas the Tank Engine...

 See what I mean, how photogenic is this tuk tuk and the clothes hanging up on the fence and the plam tree and the colour of the road...

See what I mean, how photogenic is this tuk tuk and the clothes hanging up on the fence and the plam tree and the colour of the road...

 Desert X Palm tree action. 

Desert X Palm tree action. 

 Tourist mode: ON

Tourist mode: ON

 Posing for a photo for them, standard paparazzi! 

Posing for a photo for them, standard paparazzi! 

We got in a dodgy van with three other tourists and headed south a little after 9 am. It took a little over four hours despite being just over 100kms away, could have ridden my bike there faster! Haha The traffic was hectic and the drivers are even more crazy, we had no seat belts too! Fair to say I was a little relieved when we exited the car a couple of towns too early. It worked out well anyway as we didn't have to be in Ahangama for another day, I hadn't been Mirissa before, but had heard good things so we found a cheap home stay and pulled up stump for the night.
The next day we went to see some turtles. We hopped in a tuk-tuk and headed for a remote beach where there were so many little and big dudes chilling (see in Sony vid soooon)
On the way back a local guy new a spot where there were more palm trees than you could poke a stick at, we couldn't not go, so we went and had a little play. 
It was a pretty cool little zone. 
So weird that palm trees grow in landscapes like this, it looked like the desert! We have desert's in Australia, why do we not have palm trees? Can we have palm trees? Paleeeaassseeee?
Anyway after a little while we had to get abck to our home stay to check out and head to Ahangama, about 15 minutes west of Weligama.
Our friends had opened up and Airbnb right on the beach and wanted us to help them get a little bit of exposure.

 
 Oh yeah the local guy that showed us where to go looked like Zac's long lost Uncle or something like that.

Oh yeah the local guy that showed us where to go looked like Zac's long lost Uncle or something like that.

The house was super vibey, it felt like we had walked into Pinterest photo! The beds were on a wooden platform at the top of the room with a little stair case to get up there...Till was the owner, he was cool.  He didn't like the lifestyle in Germany so he moved away and worked as a surf coach all over the world until setting up camp in the south of Sri Lanka. Now he lives the dream everyday.

 This is Till - living life every day under the palms.

This is Till - living life every day under the palms.

 One of the groovy land formations in the south.

One of the groovy land formations in the south.

 Enjoying breakfast at Ceylon Sliders, a little too much? Haha

Enjoying breakfast at Ceylon Sliders, a little too much? Haha

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 The funnest swing in the world.

The funnest swing in the world.

 This was my room, I mean Pinterest Photo, I mean, yeahhh...

This was my room, I mean Pinterest Photo, I mean, yeahhh...

The south is probably my favourite part of Sri Lanka...There's fun sized surf, some super cool land formations, viber fruit stalls and some incredible food.
My favourite place to eat was at Ceylon Sliders. The last time we were in Sri Lanka we went to one of their really early opening days and did Yoga on the roof top and then had breakfast...It was super cool to see how established it is now and it couldn't happen to two nicer people - Petter and Linn, a Swedish couple who settled in Sri Lanka a couple years ago after living the travel blogger life before social media had even started to take off.

 Street side fruit stalls, with colours popping left, right and centre.

Street side fruit stalls, with colours popping left, right and centre.

 
 

The most funny and embarrassing moment of the trip came in Ella. We were doing a 'mainey' (where you walk up and down the high street of town, having a suss of what's going on)
Seeing a big group of Scandinavian girls approaching I decided it was time to turn on the magic. A fruit stall on my left had a huge bundle of the spherical coconuts; seizing the moment I grabbed three and began to juggle out the front of the stall. Sure enough right as they walked past I got my hands muddled and dropped one on the floor. Of course it cracked in half and the milk inside went everywhere! Hahaha All I could do was laugh, it was a classic kook moment if ever there was one!

Overall; Sri Lanka still remains one of my most favourite places. I'm not sure why, but I kind of feel a connection there that I don't feel anywhere else. It kind of feels like it is going to play a bit more of a role in my life at some stage...Not sure how or when, but until then I'll just keep the memories of my times there as some of my fondest.

If anyone has any questions or is planning a trip there I will be more than happy to give you some more specifics on any of the points or pictures I have raised or shown here.

Keep spreading those cosmic vibes.

- Tyg xo