Our final stop in Sri Lanka was the walled old City of Galle. The cobbled streets and famous fort are easy to explore on foot, and the old architecture is now used for a selection of cafes, restaurants and shops.
Founded by Portugese colonists, the city had a distinctly European feel, and turned out to be a nice place for us to finish our time in Sri Lanka.
After leaving Ella, we continued heading south, down through the winding country roads and into Udawalawa, a two hour drive away. We had booked a quick overnight stay here in preparation for our Safari trip at Udawalawe National Park the next morning, which was one of the things we were most looking forward to at the start of the trip.
After leaving Kandy, we were looking forward to arriving in the centre of the country, to the fresh green countryside and slightly cooler temperatures.
From the West Coast of Negombo, we headed onward inland to spend the next four nights in Sri Lanka’s ‘Cultural Triangle’.
The cultural triangle is said to encompass the three ancient cities of Kandy in the South, up to Anuradhapura in the West and Polonnaruwa in the East.