While I’m sitting at my personal balkony, listening to Tangalle’s Indian Ocean shore, I think it would be good to loose some words about Trincomalee and Kandy.
When arriving to Sri Lanka, I initially wanted to skip Trinco. The reason was clear: simply toooooooo far out. But then I decided after cycling the ancient city of Anuradhpura that a two days stay at Trinco’s beaches would be great and something I deserved ;-)
I stayed at the beach of Uppuveli, this is the next nice beach to Trinco. The Bluewater Beach Resort was clean, the rooms where big and after a short get together phase, the host also turned out to be very nice too.
Trinco itself is a busy city, with a even more busier main road (loads of tiny shops and TukTuks), and the well known Fort Frederick. I took a afternoon walk and had it all. The view from Fort Frederick’s temple is really nice and you hardly understand how big this city is.
But hey – the best thing about Trinco was the snorkeliing trip to Pigeon’s Island. Yes, a lot of tourists is carried to that place in boats. But on the other side: when do you have the easy chance to snorkel in an aquarium filled with sharks and many many colorful fish? I went there more or less spontaneously with a British family and had a good morning.
Btw: places like Trincomalee are pretty expensive compared to all other areas. You might take this into consideration while choosing a room to sleep.
My next stop was Kandy. I stayed at Mango Garden. Whatever you read about it – forget it. The only good thing about it is the breakfast. The rooms? Dirty, dark and loud. Definitely not a place you like to stay.
I arrived in Kandy and a nice TukTuk driver picked me up. Since he was really friendly and motivated I decided to visit with him the temple of tooth, the Kandy dances and another temple. It was nice, I only had time for one afternoon and he even managed a nice dinner during that time. My personal recommendation about Kandy: take your time. Maybe two days or more, starting some nice trips from there. I personally think I didn’t miss anything, but yes, if you want to spend some money in nice restaurants, using Kandy as major starting point for excursions might be a good plan.
Initially, I wanted to go by train from Kandy to Ella and continue to Nuwara Eliya. But it was fully booked, so I decided to go by bus and directly to Nuwara Eliya. You want to hear more about it? The reunion with the french couple? The french-spanish-austrian hiking community? Stay tuned. More on this soon….