Author: Matt

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans

John Lennon sang those words way back in 1980 but they’re fairly fitting for the last 18 months of our lives. Since Dayna dragged me into a hotel bathroom in Seattle to let me know we were going to be parents, a lot of things have changed for us. At that point we had been facing the reality that this whole getting pregnant thing wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be and we were at the start of what we hoped would be an epic 1000 day adventure. Part of the reason for this huge trip was...

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Exploring Sri Lanka’s Tea Plantations

After the heat of Kandy and Dambulla, we were more than ready to head to the cooler, hilly region filled with Sri Lanka’s Tea Plantations. The temperatures were cooler and we were going to finally get to see how all this tea we drink is made. We were heading to Nuwara Eliya for a few nights and then on to Ella. Both were pretty, picturesque little towns. Nuwara Eliya with a more bustling, local vibe and Ella more of a backpacker haven of tourism, tasty food and hiking. Both shared one thing though: there is a beautiful train journey...

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Visiting Sigiriya in Dambulla

We loved our few days in Dambulla mainly because we had a great place to stay. Sevonrich Holiday Resort was definitely the best place to stay in Dambulla (…and no, they didn’t pay us anything to say that – they were just really good to us and we loved our stay there). We arrived on an air-conditioned bus from Kandy (which was a bit more of a struggle figuring out than we expected – read our little guide to that here) and we were made to feel at home immediately by our wonderful host. We hadn’t done much research...

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How to get from Kandy to Dambulla by Air-conditioned Bus

We struggled hard to figure out how to get from Kandy to Dambulla on an Air-conditioned bus. There was basically nothing useful online and the tourist information offices in Kandy weren’t helpful at all. They preferred to focus on referring us to their own overpriced Taxi services instead (7000 LKR was quoted to us compared to the local buses that go for 70 LKR).
So read on if you want to know how to catch a local non a/c bus or an air-conditioned bus from Kandy to Dambulla…

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