The end of the journey - Colombo

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Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
The train to Colombo was not as tightly packed as the one I took from Hatton to Haputale, luckily. I decided to make myself comfortable at the doors, enjoying the undisturbed view. The route is not that scenic though, and when it started raining I had to close the door anyway. Bad luck!

On arrival, I was immediately surrounded by tuktuk-drivers. Can be a really annoying welcome to the country if Colombo is your first stop. Well, I kindly but firmly got rid of all the touts there, and took a few quiet minutes to decide on a place to stay. The city center is reeeeally busy, not comparable to any other place in Sri Lanka, and I didn't like the idea of sleeping in that chaotic environment. So finally I went off to Mt.
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple near Colombo
Lavinia
, one of the most remote suburbs of Colombo, which is said to be a little less crowded. Amazingly, I was somehow able to organize a tuktuk to Lavinia for only 500 Rp. As I realized later, the distance is quite big, and the normal price is around 800...well, once in three weeks I was the one making the bargain...cool ;)

You cannot really say of Mt. Lavinia that it is a quiet spot. The main road is as busy as in the city center, but there are some set-back roads and a nice restaurant/bar-scene directly at the beach. If you want to have some very good, but also western-priced chinese sea food, I can only recommend "Loon Tao". It's a restaurant that opened two years ago, but the people working here are very professional (including the cooks from China), and my dinner on the first evening was so convincing that I came here for the second day as well.
National Museum, Colombo
There's a big rivalry between the top-class restaurants in Colombo, so the prices are high, but not a rip-off. If you want to end your journey with style, it's worth a consideration!

Colombo was kind of an unwanted stay for me. I only got there to be near the airport and to buy some obligatory souvenirs for family and friends. But it turned out that some temples in the city are actually very worthwhile, and the "Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara" temple just outside of the city is a real highlight! Not only is it large, it's also very alive, with locals everywhere celebrating their religion.

The rest of the day was spent browsing around handcraft shops, trying to find some good bargains. I'm not really a big souvenir-buyer, so I just bought a few wodden masks for my friends and some tea.
Seema Malakaya Meditation Center, Colombo
My living room is already stuffed with decoration from all over the world, I don't have space for all that anyway :-) But if you are into wooden products, you can find extraordinary stuff here.

So this concludes my little trip-report of Sri Lanka - I hope you liked it. The next day marked my strenuous flight back to Germany (luckily, no problems with Iceland and its vulcano).
Sri Lanka is so small, and yet three weeks are by far not enough to see everything. I am especially interested in Jaffna in the north and Trincomalee on the east coast, and will definitely come back some day for more impressions of this truly beautiful island.
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Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple n…
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple …
National Museum, Colombo
National Museum, Colombo
Seema Malakaya Meditation Center, …
Seema Malakaya Meditation Center,…
National Museum, Colombo
National Museum, Colombo
National Museum, Colombo
National Museum, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Gangaramaya temple, Colombo
Seema Malakaya Meditation Center, …
Seema Malakaya Meditation Center,…
Seema Malakaya Meditation Center, …
Seema Malakaya Meditation Center,…
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple n…
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple …
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple n…
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple …
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple n…
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple …
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple n…
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple …
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple n…
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple …
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple n…
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple …
Beach at Mt. Lavinia, Colombo
Beach at Mt. Lavinia, Colombo
658 km (409 miles) traveled
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