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Sri Lanka Travel Itinerary

Sri Lanka, a tiny little island county from Asia will give you thousands of reasons to pack your bag and make it your next travel destination. Indeed, one of the most peaceful, beautiful and affordable countries to visit in the world. Beaches, Hills, History, People, Culture, Cuisine, Spirituality and a lot of Tuk Tuk Rides. In short, Sri Lanka has it all. Back in 2015, I visited Sri Lanka for the first time. It was a sort of unplanned backpacking trip for 9 days and it turned out one of the best trips I have ever had. My travel experiences in Sri Lanka include some of awesome experiences like watching one of the best sunsets at Mirissa Beach, hitched-hiking till mini Adam’s peak from side to side tea gardens, rigorously climbing 1200 steps of the world famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress, visiting the ancient ruins and a few UENSOC world heritage sites, insanely travelling across the states in TUK-TUK, searching leopards in Yala national park, chasing the whales in the Indian ocean, rice & curries & …

Visiting National Rail Museum in York

It has been 2 months since I have moved to Manchester, UK for my work assignment and it did not take me long  to plan out my first trip to York. York is one of the popular tourist destinations in the United Kingdom. The main attraction of York is the National Rail Museum , one of the largest rail museums in the world. National Rail Museum has collections of all type of trains dating back over 300 years and over thousands object related to trains. It includes world fastest steam engine trains, bullet trains, trains used during the time of world war II , the vintage trains used by UK’s royal families like the carriage used by Queen Victoria etc. Well, there are many things to do in the museum apart from a just display of trains.  The visitors can go for the steam engine train ride just in 3 pounds, climb and take pictures of trains from all the ages. Each and every train displayed in the museum share the information about the train’s …

I Have Moved to Manchester, United Kingdom

You alright mate?  How’s 2017 treating you?  I hope you are doing great. Well for me, 2017 seems promising and the most exciting news of the year is ” I have moved to Manchester, UK” .  Yes, you heard it right! Yoo-Hoo 🙂  Just to mention, I am one of those lucky software engineers who gets an opportunity to work abroad for onsite assignments for a certain time duration. I have migrated UK on short term work visa. Today morning, I arrived in Manchester and for a time being, I have accommodated in the beautiful hotel next to my office. New Office, New People, New City, New County 🙂 This is the best way to start my new year.  I can’t be happy than this and I am already in love with this place. Being the travel junkie, this opportunity is great for me in terms of my travels . So this year  going to be full of travelling. So there are going to be lots of travel stories to be shared with you guys from United …

Sri Lanka Tourist Visa Process for Indian Citizens

Visiting Sri Lanka for the first time?  No worry, Getting Sri Lankan Tourist Visa is a quite simple. Being close to India, Sri Lanka has become one of the favorite destinations of Indian tourists. Back in 2015, I have traveled most of the Sri Lanka in 10 days.  And it was an amazing experience. Before planning any international trip, we need to first get Air tickets and visa done. In case of Sri Lankan tourist visa, Visa procedure is quite simple and there are no hard and fast rules of Indian citizens. There are two ways of getting Sri Lankan tourist visa ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) (Recommended ) On Arrival What is ETA? ETA is an Electronic Travel Authorization granted online through the web based visa system. An ETA is issued only for Short Visits to Sri Lanka for Business purposes, Tourism and Transit purposes. Official link for  Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization online visa application – Click Here  So first, you need to do is to submit ETA form online at the link, wherein …

Leh Ladakh – An Epic Road Trip to the Land of Endless Discoveries!

My Leh Ladakh trip was the most awaited trip of this year. Finally after a long waiting time I got an opportunity to travel to one of my dream destinations and that too a Road trip.  Yippee!! 🙂 🙂 Ladakh is a region of Indian state Jammu and Kashmir. It is best known for it amazing landscapes, diversity, culture and outstanding environments. Being surrounded by the world’s best mountain ranges of Himalayas and Karakoram make Ladakh a perfect destination for travel adventure. Planning for such epic trip was a bit pain since we were 20 travelers.  After long hours of research and recommendations, we opted to get a customized tour package and luckily we got a good deal with Himalyan Escape. Himalyan Escapes is one of the leading e-travel services company based in Srinagar and it provides travel related services to tourists. So our tour cost includes accommodations in hotels or tents, breakfast and dinners, all transport arrangements, sightseeing and inner line permits. And on complement to it Royal Enfield bikes from Leh to Nubra. …

The Golden Temple of Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Well, it was a bit nostalgic feeling to say goodbye to our lovely hosts of the Globetrotter Tourist Inn in Sigiriya. No doubt, I was quite overwhelmed with the all kinds of hospitality and love that we have received in our Sri Lanka Trip. Srilankans are helpful and caring people. Globetrotter Tourist Inn, we found it through Airbnb.com and without any doubt, it was one of the best places to stay in Sigiriya, and firstly it is close to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and it is surrounded by the paddy fields. Our host recommended us Manju, our driver plus guide, who has his personal car. Manju was our travel companion for a few days. Getting a personal car is the best thing happened to us on the Sri Lanka trip. It made our journey comfortable and chaos free. Earlier day, we climbed  1200 steps of Sigiriya Rock Fortress  and we were completely exhausted, but Manju asked us to get ready early in the morning since as per our itinerary plan, we had to travel a day …

100 Places To Visit In India

Mission India 100, My India Travel Bucket List, 100 Places To Visit In India  What’s on your bucket list?   What is Bucket List?? Bucket List – A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. (Standard Dictionary Definition) What do you want to do before you kick the bucket? Wondering??  Well, then it is time for you to think about the things you want to do before you die. Life is short but you can make it large by doing the things that make you happy. Luckily, I know what makes me Happy. What I want to do in my life.I am so thankful for a moment and a thought that made me start ‘The Travel Junkie’ blog and I can proudly say, it is one of the best decisions I have made in my life.  My life is changed completely after that and I am happy about where I am now. Slow progress towards your dream is better than no progress. So, what is on my Bucket …

15 Best Things To Do in Goa

It’s been nearly a few months since my Sri Lanka Backpacking trip and I started feeling my wanderlust again. So this time I chose to backpack Goa and it turned out the craziest trip of the year. Back in 2012, I have been to Goa with my friends and guys trust me, it was just like a normal leisure Goa trip, but in backpacking I experienced Goa never like before, in crazier and wicked ways. Though Goa is the smallest state of India, but it has become the most popular destination among the tourists and bachelors. Interesting fact is that every bachelor in India at least once wants to go Goa and just to experience the nightlife. Goa defines the ultimate freedom and leisure. I love that feeling to sit next to the beach with a glass of red wine and do nothing but feel the passing time, see the people and wait for the sun to go down. So here we go, if you are looking for some adventure, then try Goa in backpacking …

Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Itinerary Day 3 On day 3, we had a big day ahead since we planned to visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya rock fortress. After having a big English breakfast of bread-butter-jam, eggs and some fruits in the morning we met Manju. Manju owns a tourist car and he was our car driver cum guide for the next few days. When I first saw Manju, I was quite surprised by his look. He was so neat and clean. Manju was a big fan of Hindi movies and he told us once upon a time he was addicted of Hindi movies and he stopped watching TV to get rid of his addiction. He knew some Hindi movie dialogues as well. We decided to go Polonnaruwa first since it was a bit far and it needs more time explore. Polonnaruwa is an ancient archeological city and one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. On the way on our journey, at one point we saw few monitor lizards roaming on the road and that …

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage and nursery for Asian Elephants. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. The orphanage is established to feed, nurse and house baby elephants found abandoned by their mothers. On day 2 of our Sri Lanka trip,  we started early in the morning since we wanted to go Pinnawala village and visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The distance from Colombo to Pinnawala is around 90 kilometers. At Bus stop, we made inquiry about travelling options to Pinnawala.  We met one Tuk Tuk driver, who was ready to take us to Pinnawala, but he was asking too much money.  After some discussion, we agreed on rate of 35 LKR for per kilometers. It was around 2 hours journey, so we decide to go by Tuk Tuk. Though, the buses are cheaper than Tuk Tuk. There was a beautiful lake nearby bus stop along with some local shops & restaurants. We went there and had breakfast.  I tried Sri Lankan breakfast of Noodles, Daal and coconut Sāmbhar. After …