Sri Lanka

Trincomalee, Sri Lanka for Cruisers

After 7 days at sea from Thailand to Sri Lanka, we arrived into Trincomalee (Trinco) which would be our home base for our 25-day stay. Cruising in Sri Lanka Unfortunately, Sri Lanka is not really a “cruising” destination.  Despite its beautiful beaches and pretty waters, the Sri Lankan government severely restricts the movement of foreign boats. …

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3-Night Safari in Wilpattu National Park

Nine years ago, David and I had a wonderful experience on safari in Kruger Park in South Africa – this is well before Starry Horizons and our 6-year circumnavigation.  We loved the safari trip, and thoroughly enjoyed spotting the big five game animals – elephants, lions, rhinos, wild buffalo….but no leopards! In researching Sri Lanka…

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Riding Sri Lanka’s Famous Kandy to Ella Train

After three nights in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, we said goodbye to our friends Kimi and Trevor and our driver Raj. We were ditching them to take one of the most scenic train rides in the world: Kandy to Ella on the iconic blue train. Buying Tickets for the Train in Advance If…

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Three Days in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle

We arrived in Sri Lanka in Trincomalee, which is a bit unusual for tourists, who normally fly into Colombo. But our location meant we were close to some of the biggest attractions in Sri Lanka; the Cultural Triangle. There are five main parts of the Cultural Triangle; Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, and Polonnaruwa. Hiring a Driver…

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Minneriya National Park 3-Hour Jeep Safari

On our first day out in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, our driver, Raj, took us to Prasanna Hotel and Restaurant.  This hotel also operates open-air Jeep tours in the nearby Minneriya National Park. Minneriya National Park Together with Kaudulla and Wasgamuwa National Parks, this is Sri Lanka’s elephant corridor. Depending on the weather and season,…


Cruising the West Coast of Thailand

We cleared into Thailand on December 6th and left Thai waters on February 19th.  Starry Horizons spent two and a half months in Thailand, but David and I flew back to the states for part of it and spent a little over two months in the country.  We spent most of our time around Phuket….