Top 5 things to do in Sri Lanka

My top 5 things to do:

  1. SIGIRIYA
  2. Visiting elephant orphanage
  3. Nuwara Eliya
  4. Anuradhapura
  5. Tooth Relic

After we spent a couple days in Manipal and roadtripped to Bangalore – we hopped on a flight from Sri Lanka.  Sri Lanka was an absolute dream, we had a packed schedule and a driver/tour guide the whole time we were there.  One thing, I immediately learned is that even though some Sri Lankans look Indian, the small country is mostly Buddhist.  Maybe it’s just me but the countries that are mostly buddhist have the friendliest, calmest people I’ve ever encountered.  I really loved the vibe I was getting in Sri Lanka.

The moment we landed, I was struck by a blast of heat.  I had some layers on the plane so I discreetly changed in the car – I was too hot to function!  Our driver immediately took us to the Pinnewala orphanage – he wasn’t playing when he said we had a full itinerary.  I loved seeing all the elephants and we even got the chance to wash and ride one!  After the elephant ride, I had a lady accident but I tried to not let it dampen my plans.  We also visited a ayurvedic farm and I tasted the best tea I’ve ever had and got some lotion and hair stuff.  We later stopped by the Tooth Relic Temple which is apparently from Buddha.  I didn’t like the crowds there but I enjoyed these murals that depicted how the tooth traveled and ended up in Sri Lanka.  Our first night, we stayed at a fabulous hotel and thank god because that was the busiest first day I’ve ever experienced when traveling.

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Top 5 things to do in Costa Rica

My top 5 things to do:

  1. La Fortuna Waterfalls
  2. Arenal volcano visit
  3. Manuel Antonio National Park
  4. Cafe Britt
  5. Tortuguero National Park

This was Nelli’s 2nd time going to Costa Rica and he absolutely loves the country especially their coffee.  He actually planned his luggage around how much coffee he was going to bring back when we visited Cafe Britt.

Things I wish we had done – Because we only stayed for a short time, we definitely skimmed the surface of all Costa Rica has to offer.  I don’t usually prefer to visit countries twice because there is so much to see in the world but Costa Rica definitely warrants a 2nd time.

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Top 5 things to do in Maui Hawaii

My top 5 things to do:

  1. Stay in Paia
  2. Road to Hana
  3. Mamas Fish House
  4. Sunset/Bikeride in Haleakala Mountain
  5. Luau

I have never been to Hawaii until I met Nelli.  I love that he keeps introducing me to new places, cultures, and mindsets.  I wonder if I have done the same for him?  Hmmm….

He had been to Hawaii before for a wedding and a race so he was excited to show me around.  We chose to go to Maui since we are nature and adventure lovers.  I loved the cute air bnb we stayed at in the city of Paia.  It was more of a locals town instead of the touristy resort side of the island.  Some of my favorite experiences from this trip was waking up at the crack of dawn to go up Haleakala mountain and watching the sunrise and then bike riding down and stopping at a lavender farm.

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Top 5 things to do in Jamaica

My top 5 things to do:

  1. Rockhouse Hotel
  2. Dives
  3. Mayfield Falls
  4. Appleton Rum Estates
  5. YS Falls

If Nelli wasn’t Indian he would be Jamaican.  As usual, this was his 2nd time going to Negril Jamaica as he had a previous trip there for a wedding.  He loves the weather, the food, and the Indian influence i.e. CRICKET!  Negril is an hour away from the touristy part of Montego Bay.  If I had any recommendations for Negril Jamaica, it would be to stay in the ROCKHOUSE HOTEL.  It is absolutely beautiful with 3 restaurants and a great view of the ocean cliffs.  The rooms are absolutely gorgeous with a private outside shower, YOGA classes and a full service spa.  It’s also on a road that has many different villas and restaurants if you want some more variety.  Dives was an amazing restaurant and I think we ate there more than once.  I absolutely love this hotel and I can’t wait to go back preferably in their romantic honeymoon villa (Hint..)

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