Epic Safari in Udawalawe National Park

The dark grey clouds, thick with rain were surrounding us. I winced. Any moment now. Splat. The first drop of rain hit my arm which hung out the side of the open safari vehicle. Then another. And another. Before long a stream of fat water droplets were threatening to take over the back of the… Read More

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Fresh Coconuts and Elephant Sightings from Ella to Udawalawe

Our time in the beautiful mountain town of Ella was short. After just 2 nights here, we were simply now ready to leave and awoke with a heavy heart. It felt like salt in our wounds to see the sun shining down across the valley, especially after the rainy two days we had experienced here.… Read More

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

8 Must-Have Items for Eco-Friendly Travel

Last year was a ground-breaking year for sustainability. David Attenborough's documentary Blue Planet II opened our eyes to the devastating effects that plastics are having on our oceans. No one could have predicted just how much of an impact it could have had on the public. Waitrose found that 88% of people who watched Blue… Read More

Sunday, 31 March 2019

One Day in Gorgeous Ella Town

Outside my drawn curtains, thick grey clouds, threatening rain, concealed the moon. The world below was draped in a blanket of serene darkness, wrapping around the gently swaying palms. The air was still, at first just disturbed by the gentle gurgling of a stream that passed in the valley below, flowing elegantly from the side… Read More

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Discovering Paradise in Ella Town

It had been a strenuous day of travel. From our early wake up at 6am to the lengthy but absolutely mind-blowing 8 hour train ride through Sri Lanka's beautiful countryside. Finally, we had arrived in the town of Ella, where we were to be staying for the next two nights. Our minibus taxi pulled up… Read More

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Journey Through Sri Lanka’s Cloud Forests: Nuwara Eliya to Ella

The train rattled into Nuwara Eliya station. The breaks gripped the iron wheels and there was the squealing of metal against metal as the train jerked begrudgingly to a halt. At once the whole carriage erupted into a flurry of movement. The people opposite us, behind us, in front us us, everyone appeared to be… Read More

Friday, 8 February 2019

Kandy To Ella: A Photo Essay – Part II

As promised, here is part 2 of my Kandy to Ella photo essay. If you haven't seen part yet, I highly recommend you do so. As the title suggests, this is a photo essay. If you would like to read all about the train ride, you can do so here. I will also be writing… Read More

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Kandy To Ella: A Photo Essay – Part I

The train journey from Kandy to Ella was so scenic that I just couldn't resist taking as many photos as possible. Therefore, as well as an article describing the journey itself, I've decided to include the remaining photos from the journey in this photo essay. I managed to condense 400 photos to 100 but cannot… Read More

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Kandy to Ella: World’s Most Beautiful Train Journey

After a pretty hectic morning where we were almost forced to miss the train, we finally touched down at Kandy station. Our tickets were stamped and we were directed to the correct platform. At this point, I started to wonder what all the rush had been about as we were one of the first people… Read More

Sunday, 27 January 2019

How We Nearly Missed the Train from Kandy to Ella

I dreamt that night, like I did every night. A faint singing entered my delusions, its high pitched chimes growing ever louder. My vision faded and I drew myself back fo consciousness, confused to still hear the piano keys humming in the background. After rolling a little, it then occurred to me that this wasn't… Read More

Saturday, 26 January 2019