It was during my third and final year at UCL that I decided to extend my half term break and book (relatively) cheap flight tickets to Sri Lanka. I had a pretty full plate with lab experiments for my dissertation, job applications and general London chaos, so I didn’t give the destination much thought ’till I met my boyfriend at Munich airport.
Sri Lanka was nothing but a pleasant surprise. I loved the food (!), the people and the lack of tourists. 2 weeks were just about enough to enjoy the country’s diversity; untouched beaches, misty tea plantations, beautiful safari parks and ancient temples. It’s incredibly easy to get around the island by bus, train or tuktuk – no prior planning needed. I had some of the best bus rides in Sri Lanka and definitely the most memorable train ride of my life. Considering how tiny the country is, Sri Lanka also boasts a considerable number of luxury hotels, whether they are nestled away in the highlands (also offering Afternoon Tea of course!) or dreamy beach resorts. Our accommodations ranged from glamorous ecolodges to mosquito-filled bamboo sheds. I was bitten by a monkey and I also fell very extremely incredibly ill.
That’s Sri Lanka in a nutshell and I’d recommend it to everyone in a heartbeat. I picked 100 (ish) photographs of our wonderful time there – click on the gallery to view the images in full size. Btw, my camera broke so this is iPhone photos only.