The Worst 24 Hours in Sri Lanka

I woke up to a dull ache in my stomach. Groaning, I flipped over, hoping it would subside. But it only got worse. Beside me, Lewis was tossing and turning, his distress and pain evident. Eventually he couldn’t tolerate it any longer. “Bathroom.” He groaned feebly before stumbling towards the en suite. I rolled over… Read More

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Off the Beaten Track in Bentota, Sri Lanka

The shrill scream of a peacock sounded in my ears. It was a sound that sent shivers down my spine as I got immediate recollections from all those nature documentaries I used to binge-watch as a kid. Their sound is unmistakable, almost like a cry. The rain thumped on the canopy above us as we… Read More

Monday, 22 July 2019

Falling for Rotis but Having my Heart Broken by Beaches in Mirissa

It was a typical morning in Sri Lanka. And what a typical morning involves is being woken up at ridiculous-o’clock by some kind of racket on the street. This time it sounded like the neighbours were starting up a house-party at what I can only assume was 6am as the sunlight was only just starting… Read More

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Hiriketiya Bay: Sri Lanka’s Hidden Gem

After an incredible safari in Udawalawe national park the day before (where we saw elephants, jackals, crocodiles and boars, to name a few), we were ready to set off to our next destination in Sri Lanka. So we waved goodbye to our lodge in Udawalawe and leapt in our taxi. Today we should be driving… Read More

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

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

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