Travel Blogs from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka

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Mineral Samples, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Mineral Samples

A travel blog entry by gingerjazz

... to mention the fact that I couldn't trust anyone in this town to give me a fair price.  All the same, I still wanted a sample from Sri Lanka. The shop was on the way back to the bus station from town. It was in an old building set back from the road, ...

Kottawatta Village, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Kottawatta Village

A travel blog entry by couillard

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... one night we might choose to leave. Upon our departure, we had to pay for our 2 suppers which totalled 50.00$ very expensive for Sri Lankan standards. We sort of expected that, but they also added 25% taxes and then tried to make us pay room and board for ...

Are we there yet?, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Are we there yet?

A travel blog entry by couillard

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This morning we left Misty Hills cottage a little earlier due to our noisy neighbours. A group of 6-8 Arabic men, all staying in the same cottage arrived last night and were really loud. The noise could be heard when we were in the house and they were on ...

Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Sinharaja Forest Reserve

A travel blog entry by couillard

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Unesco declared the Sinharaja Forest Reserve a world heritage site in 1989. We hired a local guide and left the Manor at 7:00 am. Our driver took us as close to the entrance as possible but the road was in bad shape and he doesn't have the vehicle ...

Mountains Galore - day 7, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Mountains Galore - day 7

A travel blog entry by lynnd99

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Today we left the mountain vista from St. Andrews with its waterfalls, shear cliff terrace gardens and tea plantations and cycles down for 25km. Barely a pedal needed although I did get caught behind a bus spewing noxious fumes. Then a combination of ...

Turen mod Ella, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Turen mod Ella

A travel blog entry by damsgaard

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Turen mod bjergene var igen med store forandringer i landskabet, vi gik fra det tørre til det frodige. Til vores chaufførs store nervøsitet var vi kommet senere afsted end han gerne ville. Grundet monsunen frygtede han stenskred på ...

Kandy to Ella, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Kandy to Ella

A travel blog entry by memini

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Time to bid farewell to Kandy. We had a great host and good dogs that accompanied us on our journey. And the friendly faces of the people there from the restaurants to the tuk tuk drivers and the residents near our accommodation when we went on our ...

Sri Lanka - Day 13, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Sri Lanka - Day 13

A travel blog entry by opacheco

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It's day 13 in Sri Lanka and I want to see some ELEPHANTS! Its 6am and were hauling ourselves into the back of an open pickup truck furnished with 2 padded benches and roll bars. This will be our chariot for the day as we go looking for elephants. The ...

Tissamaharama to Ella, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Tissamaharama to Ella

A travel blog entry by johnsmetana

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... . Whilst walking down town I noticed some beautiful new little bungalows of a side driveway. This interest was immediately followed by an old Sri Lankan man charging down to show me the rooms. My first question was how much? 3500 rupee, not bad I thought. ...

Day 17 - Yala to Udawalawe (Sri Lanka), Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Day 17 - Yala to Udawalawe (Sri Lanka)

A travel blog entry by thekemptons

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... in cricket memorabilia. They seem very excited by this, so we educated ourselves as to who this person is. Apparently one of Sri Lanka's finest cricketers. Rich and Dylan met him this afternoon. The big Kemptons enjoyed lunch in the restaurant whilst the ...

Another great view., Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Another great view.

A travel blog entry by lauralamble

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... , including an old red brick building that is now the post office, they all look very out of place here in the middle of Sri Lanka. The road to Ella again treated us to beautiful views of farms and plantations. About an hour into the journey, Matthew ...

The Only Way Is Up, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

The Only Way Is Up

A travel blog entry by maryamosmond

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... Garden. I was actually looking forward to be awed by acres of spices, but in reality it was just a marketing tactic to promote Sri Lankan Ayurvedic method of wellbeing, which is fine, of course (I was from Rahsia Herbal/Asian Secrets, remember? :)) I end ...

My first week, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

My first week

A travel blog entry by alicia.n.brown

... . It was shocking to find out Sri Lanka has a population of nearly 21million, and has only 10 psychologists & 50 psychiatrists. Sri Lanka also has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. I could tell at this point even before attending any ...

Horton Plains, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Horton Plains

A travel blog entry by memini

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Hired a driver and vehicle for Horton Plains. It was a beautiful day as we passed several towns. Ella, Bandarawella, etc. the journey up Horton Plains was cool as it's located up the mountains. Entrance fee including driver and vehicle was 5900 rupees. ...

Ella, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Ella

A travel blog entry by jgazz

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... train we went, deciding to risk it and go second class were were amazed at how luxurious and spacious the carriages were for Sri Lanka standards considering what we endured on our first day. The train was empty and we spent our time hanging out the side ...

Cycle to Uda Walawe, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Cycle to Uda Walawe

A travel blog entry by j_harry

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... staff to change the money, all whilst sitting at the mangers desk making small talk. Joy! We return, shower, food, bed! Sri Lanka so far is a lovely place, and very enjoyable once you get your head around service standards and the accommodation. The ...

Where butterflies go to die...., Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka travel blog

Where butterflies go to die....

A travel blog entry by benneesham

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Leaving Wierdovile and onto Ratnapura was a relief. Ratnapura a very pretty place, but is is just a trade town for gems and precious stones extracted and mined from the nearby hills. We did meet a kindly old genteman at the bus stand, called 'Master', ...

Oh how we love leeches!, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Oh how we love leeches!

A travel blog entry by limi07

... delightfully fast and overcrowded bus to Ratnapura, the nearest main town to Sinharaja Rain Forest, the last remaining rain forest in Sri Lanka, our destination for the day.  We found ourselves a palace with big sweeping views of the tea plantations ...

Ella, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Ella

A travel blog entry by jmrowantravel

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In the hill country with tea plantations everywhere .Our train trip was uneventful,only 2 hours late in departing.The Observer rates this train journey is one of the most scenic in the world. Ella is like an English town, without the English!We ...

The City of (Touts Selling) Gems, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

The City of (Touts Selling) Gems

A travel blog entry by parktho

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Ratnapura... the city of gems, or as I came to know it, the city of touts selling gems. Disembarking at the bus station, it didn't take me long to attract of a couple of the persistent fellows. One found me a guesthouse for a reasonable price, but I ...

Richtung Ella, Ratnapura, Šrí Lanka travel blog

Richtung Ella

A travel blog entry by mechiko

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Rano snad poprve vstavame bez budiku, protoze vlak ma jet v 11. Vyrazime na snidani, kde nam boss rika, ze to jede ve 2 ehm v 1. Na nadrazi pisou 11.50, sef nadrazi rika 12:20 a mistni cicmunda presvedcive 11:30 sir. Do toho zmatene behaji cizinci ...

Sri Lanka -Day 12, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Sri Lanka -Day 12

A travel blog entry by opacheco

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... public bus (or three). Oh happy days. The drive takes us out of the hill country and into the flat lands of Sri Lanka. The lush green valleys, waterfalls and mountains are replaced by brown savannahs, shrubs and rivers. The switchbacks are replaced by ...

Ella again, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Ella again

A travel blog entry by johnsmetana

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... look where you are? He's a lovely guy and doesn't deserve this. They insisted they would tell they're friends of the horrible things in Sri Lanka to which Kate replied don't come then. This is one of the reasons I love her, tells it like it is and ready ...

Ella, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Ella

A travel blog entry by lajsoper

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The name of the place we stayed at is Ella. However, this map calls it Ratnapura. This place is 1000mt above sea level. So, the temperature is cooler and less humid than on the coast. We are able to sleep at night without the fan or air con. It still gets ...

Ella, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Ella

A travel blog entry by johnsmetana

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... but were from trip advisor and reviewing the area, if you don't get your owner on the phone right now, you will regret it" some Sri Lankan was thrown around between the two and sure enough he got his boss on the phone. The owner who was nice enough, a ...

Vakre Ella, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Vakre Ella

A travel blog entry by heidiprytz

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... langs fjellene. Wasantha stopper ved et gjestehus hvor vi nyter deilig lunsj med utsikt ut av denne verden. Da er det bekreftet: Sri Lanka er det nydeligste landet i verden. Etter en velsmakende lunsj, bærer det avgårde til hotellet som kaller ...

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