Week In-stagram Review Sri Lanka

November 21, 2014 10 Comments »

I went backwards in time from fall to summer this week and crossed continents into Asia. I landed in Sri Lanka for my third time to attend a Travel Blogging Conference and to soak up a little warm weather before I entered back into the heart of winter for the holidays. The conference included a pre trip with 40 other awesome bloggers in which we were shuttled around to a few of the main sites and introduced to Sri Lankan cuisine and culture.

Even though I felt like I spent the majority of my time on a bus getting from place to place I was able to also do some hiking at one of the many Unesco World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka, an elephant safari, boating, a village visit, and I even took a plane along the coast to do some aerial photography. It’s amazing how much you can pack in a short time here. But now I need a break – a little downtime of sitting still and enjoying the crashing turquoise waves along the coast to reflect upon these experiences and my plans next year.

This week reminded me of how much I’ve changed – I don’t know if it’s travel or age that has changed me. As every year goes by I realize that I like big crowds less and less and need more alone time or one on one relationships. This week also reminded me of how I love to travel – independently. It’s great to have everything set up for you – but it’s a very sterile way to see the country. Honestly – I’m sick of eating at buffets. Give me the street food please!

For my last week here I have broken away from the other bloggers and press trip stuff and have found that alone time I was looking for. Luckily Sri Lanka is a good place to find a slower pace and seclusion. As I type this now I’m surrounded by crashing waves and palm trees on three sides of me – a strong salty ocean breeze blows through my hair. There’s not a single tourist around and the beach is filled with goats, cows, and fishermen. It’s nice to know that this part of Sri Lanka still exists. You’ll want to hop on a plane after seeing this Sri Lanka Instagram review!

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elephants Kaudullah Sri Lanka

Deb from ThePlanetD.com capturing ‘the gathering’ a time of year in Kaudulla National Park in Sri Lanka when hundreds of elephants gather.  So many elephants – so little time!

coconut water

That moment when you get sprayed with coconut water – you know something good is coming next!  We enjoyed learning about agriculture and village life in Sri Lanka during this village walk.

lillypad

Lillypads shimmer in the morning light as we get an early start to hiking Sigiriya (the Lion Rock)

sri lanka train

Going around the bend in hill country. Train travel in #srilanka is the best way to see the country.  Riding with the locals will certainly get you closer to the culture!

beach gate

Gateway to the waves. In Kottukal Beach House @jetwinghotels  all by myself in #SriLanka

storm monsoon

Fishing before the storm. It’s Monsoon season on #SriLanka ‘s east coast which leaves the beaches empty .I only saw a few locals, goats, and cows.

Sri lanka temple luck

Kandy’s Temple of the tooth. No – it’s not a dentist office.

beach from above

An aerial view of the beaches around Galle in Sri Lanka!  I took a Cinnamon Air scenic flight to get a feel for the beautiful coast from above!  Look at that water!

elephant watch

This isn’t a tree house for kids, this is an elephant watching hut. Sri Lankan farmers stay overnight in these huts to chase away elephants that eat and trample their crops. They yell at them & sometimes use fire crackers to get rid of them. Geez…and we thought deer and rabbits were a nuisance to farmers in the U.S.! Had a super village visit w @cinnamonhotels this afternoon – my highlight so far

kottukal beach house

The view I woke up to this morning on the East Coast of #SriLanka in Kottukal

press trip

What it’s like to be on a press trip…lots of cameras and selfies. #TBCAsia Sigiriya Rock in the background.

Thanks to the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA) for making this conference and trip possible!

What is Week In-Stagram Review?

Each week brings some new scenery and location for me – that’s just the way I like it. If you want to follow where I am real time – then on Friday I will post some of my Instagram photos from the current week. Some weeks I may be traveling somewhere exotic, and some weeks it may be less interesting – but it will give you a peek into my life of perpetual motion.

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Disclosure:  For half of this trip, I was a guest of Cinnamon Hotels, Cinnamon Air, SriLankan Airlines, and Cvisit.com.  Internet access was provided by Mobitel Sri Lanka.  However, all opinions here are my own!


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