There’s really nothing quite like a few days away from it all—sunbathing on a beach, hot-air ballooning over valleys or total seclusion, feeling the stress drift away in one of the most scenic hill countries in the world, Sri Lanka.
Possibly one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful creations, Sri Lanka is a varied and scenic country, offering what most travelers would consider the best of both worlds, exploration of its culture and endless stretches of tropical beaches. What makes Sri Lanka a truly unique destination, however, is its spectacular scenery, filled with intricate paddy fields, rising mountains and pounding waterfalls. Consider this your personal invitation to escape into complete serenity.
So how can one discover the richness of Sri Lanka, from mountain lodging to adventure travel that doesn’t comprise your need for luxury or break the bank?
Depending on your starting point, a flight to Sri Lanka can be costly. Eliminating unnecessary expenses along the way is important and frees up room for splurging in other areas. How does a seven-hour scenic train ride sound?
Seven hours may seem like a lengthy time to spend on a train while in the midst of your holiday travel, but when you factor in the undeniable—that this is one of the most breathtaking experiences you’ll encounter—it’ll surely be a time well spent. The ride from Kandy to Ella (or the reverse) is incredible!
In order for your journey to live up to this bold statement, there are a few things that must be done in advance:
Ticket purchase: Most trains have different classes to choose from. Select the private AC luxury cabin, which allows you to escape the crowds and have access to a separate observation deck. When selecting your seat, choose the right-hand side; that way, most of the views from Kandy to Ella will be visible from the comfort of your seat.
It’s important to purchase your tickets in advance. Luxury cabin tickets can be bought via Expo Rail for $13-20USD.
Quick Tips: WiFi is available, but it can be very spotty; there are outlets next to every seat. Food, coffee and water will be severed at regular intervals, however, it’s recommended you bring your own snacks if you’re a picky eater.
The saying “The journey is better than the destination” is open for interpretation. In the case of Sri Lanka, it’s fair to declare this match a tie. After your scenic train ride to the south, unwind and enter the relaxing realm of luxury at the 98 Acres Resort & Spa.
The 98 Acres Resort and Spa, a hotel that defines the destination, offers luxurious chalets made of recycling substance and surrounded by stunning landscape. Each villa boast incredible mountain views of the famed Adams Peak and Ella Rock, a spacious balcony to bask in the sunrise and panoramic views of the tea plantations, and modern amenities to ensure a luxurious stay.
Tip: Be sure to keep an eye out for their frequent special offers (book two or more nights and save 15 percent).
Some moments in life deserves an audience. Here are a few that will solidify the beauty and serenity of 98 Acres Resort and Spa:
Mountain view luxury within the comforts of your secluded villa:
Enjoy the breeze and warmth of herbal treatments at Spa 98:
Unlimited adventure right at your doorsteps:
The next time you’re in the mood set to escape from the city, be sure to indulge in the Lost Paradise known as Sri Lanka!
Nate Chambers is a Queens-bred, Dubai-based vagabond always searching for life’s most luxurious adventures. You can get travel along with Nate on his blog, The Vagabond Experience, and on Twitter and Instagram.