Galle to Kandy by road in 5 days
We travelled from Galle to Kandy by road, as the train from Ella was fully booked. We still had an amazing time. Here's what we think you should see and how much time you should spend there.
Galle Fort - 1 or 2 days:
Udawalawe – elephants: 1 day
Sri Lanka is probably the best place in the world to spot elephants and Udawalawe is where to do it. Herds of up to a 100 roam the 119 square miles around the Great Uda Walawe Reservoir. You are virtually guaranteed a close encounter. On our visit: we were surprised by lone elephants emerging from the bush; almost alone watching a small group bathe; and we spent half an hour in the midst of a large herd. The park is also amazing for birdwatching we saw multiple eagles, egrets and pelicans.
You can also visit the nearby Elephant Transit Home which cares for orphaned and sick elephants until they can return to the wild. Next day we travlled by taxi to Ella stopping off at one of our favourite sights after 1.5 hours:
This phenomenal 1000 year old monument was a chance discovery. We wanted a stop off between Udawalawe and Ella and found Buduruwagala 4 kilometres off the main road. The site is centered around a gigantic 15 metre Buddha carved in a cliff with six smaller figures nearby. We were the only visitors at this remote, atmospheric monument.
It's possible to walk the the rural dirt road to Buduruwagala. It passes fields and a lake teeming with birds and wildlife.