Hiking in Riverston Sri Lanka was an unexpected highlight of my journey throughout the island. Riverston is a region best defined by the popular term, ‘off the beaten path’. We drove for several hours, parked in the middle of nowhere and then embarked on a hike.
We headed across the river and through the rice fields and farmland. There is minimal signage but luckily we had our guide Lukobanda to guide us up. The hike doesn’t have a specific name according to the locals other than the Riverston Hike. The hike looks out over the Knuckles mountain range and the surrounding highlands. It’s one of the short day trip hikes in the area. The end of the hike ends with a sharp 300m drop, which made for some pretty epic photos. From here you can chill and take in the views of the Thelgamuwa Valley, the terraced rice fields, and the Knuckles mountain range. This spot is called ‘The Worlds End’.The hike is 5km long but not incredibly difficult.
It is an unmissable experience to go on safari while in Sri Lanka. There are many national parks with great experiences. I ended up choosing Kaudulla National Park and I was amazed at what we saw. Our group got into an open-top jeep and began cruising through the jungle. We spotted an owl and several monkeys before our jeep rolled out into a clearing. Next thing we knew we were heading straight towards a herd of wild elephants. The herd was massive with more than 100 elephants relaxing near the edge of a huge lake. We cruised slowly, letting the elephants go about their business as we watched calves follow their mothers and males fighting.
You’ll see elephants everywhere you go in Sri Lanka: working on a tea plantation, running wild in national parks, and leading the Esala Peraha parade in Kandy in all their bejewelled and sequined glory.
Uda Walawe National Park offers you your best chance of seeing elephants roaming free. Created to protect the watershed of the enormous Uda Walawe Reservoir, this park is home to around 400 pachyderms and has extensive stretches of grassland as well as scrub jungle and riverine forest. It is one of the best places to go birdwatching in Sri Lanka too.
One good reason to visit Sri Lanka is, whatever your name, Sri Lanka has it. From sandy pristine beaches to cold misty hills or dense rainforest with thick canopy or anything in between that.Apart from heavenly beautiful nature, Srilanka has 2500 years of written history and majestic remnants, pass way beyond that time frame, few good examples are Abhayagiri vihara (only second to pyramids of Giza), Sigiriya Rock fortress, Ruwanwelisaya, Gal Vihara and many more ancient sites, that will mesmerize you. Not to mention gigantic man-made reservoirs like Parakrama Samudraya. Sri Lankas history dates back to 40,000 BP, the earliest evidence for anatomically modern human settlements comes from here which is called “Balangoda Man”. There are so much more to talk about Srilanka, so why wait come and discover Sri Lanka !
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