• “Fast & safety first, sir” our tuk-tuk rides in Sri Lanka

    Taken from lonelyplanet. Under new rules planned for 2018, working meters will become mandatory for all passenger three-wheelers, and a national three-wheeler regulatory authority will be established to give passengers recourse in the event of fare disputes. At the same time, a new programme will train tuk-tuk drivers as tourist guides, with the aim of finally delivering the ‘tourist-friendly tuk-tuks’ that the government has been promising since 2009. As part of the project, tuk-tuks carrying tourists will be licensed by the Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority and required to sign up to official standards, including a requirement to display the name and address details for the driver prominently in the…

  • Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

    Taken from Wikipedia. Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple. Bhikkhus of the two chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya conduct daily worship…

  • If God Is Here, He Moves The Beauty and Wonders

    We made a trip to Kandy, which is located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, one of the major cities, besides Colombo.  Also the last city where the ancient king of Ceylon resided, which I will share more in the later entries. After the trips to Temple of the Tooth Relic (Buddha’s tooth) and Botanic Garden, we decided to head to the lodge which we have booked to stay for a night.  We reached the bottom of Madukelle Eco & Lodge hill about 6pm, and arrived at the lodge closer to 8:30pm.  The distance was only 19.5km.  Amazing right?  There is basically very narrow drive way for normal size…

  • Visiting Desert, The Pinnacle

    Heard so much about desert, visiting one, not yet. During our annual family vacation to Perth this year, we made sure that we will visit some place so different that we have never been before, we chose The Pinnacle, which is under the Nambung National Park. About 200km, from Perth CBD, according to Google Maps.