Review: The Bartizan Courtyard Room – A Colonial Boutique Hotel In Galle Fort

It was our last night during our 15 day Sri Lanka trip (and how I wish we were here for longer) so we decided to splurge and get some luxury accommodations. As we were visiting Galle Fort, we knew we wanted to stay in an old colonial style building, because they have such an old world charm that both Cody and I really like. We found The Bartizan boutique hotel which has a nice sitting…

Hiking Pidurangala: Is Pidurangala Better Than Sigiriya?

What can be considered the most iconic landmark in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya is located in the center of the island. This is considered hill country, and if you plan on driving around the area, the winding roads will offer fantastic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. However, there is another hill right next to Sigiriya called Pidurangala, and in my opinion is the better choice. Hiking Pidurangala is more fun, and it actually offers…

The Famous Sri Lanka Palm Tree Swing

Usually I avoid things purely built for tourists’ pictures, but in Sri Lanka the famous palm tree swing has become such an iconic photo that everyone wants to do it. So I “had” to go do it so I can tell everyone else how to go do it. Okay, I will admit it was pretty fun. Sometimes things that are ‘touristy’ are touristy for a reason, and this reason is for the great pictures. The…

Jungle Beach Unawatuna

There are two different parts of the jungle beach in Unawatuna, each separated by about 200 meters of large boulders. In this article I’ll tell you which of the two Jungle Beach locations you should visit, as well as how to get to each. Visiting Jungle Beach is one of the most popular things to do in Uluwatu for locals and international tourists alike. Jungle Beach From Japanese Peace Pagoda If you are visiting…

Japanese Peace Pagoda Unawatuna

In Unawatuna there exists a Japanese peace Pagoda in an amazing location. Perched atop a hill overlooking Unawatuna beach on one side, and Galle fort on the other, this is one of my favorite places to go in southern Sri Lanka. The Japanese peace Pagoda was built in 2004 by Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist monks. In fact, this sect has built 80 temples all over the world, always in countries at war. Back in 2004 Sri…

Review: Gloria Grand Hotel Unawatuna – Honeymoon Room

Very rarely does Cody outright book a honeymoon room when we travel, although we have been upgraded for free a few times. This time however, he was looking the day before and found a great discount: $47 a night. So this hotel review is for the Gloria Grand Hotel Unawatuna honeymoon room The Gloria Grand Hotel The Gloria Grand Hotel in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka is a four story hotel on the main Beach road. In…

Kandy To Ella Train Ride: The Most Beautiful Train Journey In The World

When you think of train journeys, the first things to pop into your head will usually be the Orient Express, or the Trans-Siberian Railway. And while those rides both have the option of being extremely luxurious, most of the beauty is inside the train, and not outside. The train ride from Kandy to Ella in the hill country of Sri Lanka is considered one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. It…

Getting from Kandy To Nuwara Eliya

Many visitors to Sri Lanka have of course heard about the famous Kandy-Ella train trip. Some would even consider it the most beautiful train ride in the world. However a lot of people skip out on Nuwara Eliya, which is about halfway between Kandy and Ella. Getting from Kandy To Nuwara Eliya is super easy, and this charming town, known as Little England, should definitely be a stop on your trip. In this article…

Hotel Review: Ella Sisila View

So I should start off by saying this isn’t a hotel, so much as a homestay. This is actually my preferred way of doing accommodation in Sri Lanka as the prices are usually better, and you get to have some great conversations with locals and travelers alike. The Ella Sisila View is located in…you guessed it…Ella. Ella, which was the last city on our traipse around Sri Lanka’s hill…

Hotel Review: Bee View Kandy

When Cody and I were looking for places to stay in Sri Lanka we found it quite difficult as much of the good stuff seemed so far away from the center. Luckily we decided that we’d rather be in a nicer place further away, then in a shoddy place in the city center. Let me tell you, this was the right decision. Our stay at Bee View Kandy was absolutely delightful, and I…