What do you do in the plane? Is travelling by air easy?

Did you say sleep? But not always right and if you travel very frequently then you would know what I mean. Who loves the window seat. I do but only when its a short flight. If it’s a couple sitting next to me then I prefer to take a aisle seat to make sure I don’t have to knock to go to washroom or a stroll in a long flight. People love the window seat from where you can see the view when plane is landing and taking off. But do you ever think the use of it when its a night flight. I see so many people booking the seats mindlessly as if they are going to watch a movie in a theater and the choice of seats are always fixed – center back. I have learned this lesson long back when people on long flight like to sleep and to go to pee you have to keep trying to wake them up in most polite way and then once again if they fall asleep till you come back. So what’s your preference for seat when you fly?

I like to keep a book handy in case I get a cheap deal with flights and then they would not have any movies to play without buying each one of them. Also I like to keep my camera handy as you get free view from the sky, like a helicopter tour in case you are sitting away from the wings. If movies are free and good quality then I don’t mind watching a few and keep myself updated. But then you would also want to get some sleep in a long flight, whereas people get a bit anxious in a short flight as its too much hassle for an hour or so flight to check in and then looking for checked in baggage. I travel light with only a carry on backpack which people stare for long when I get in the queue. And quiet a few times I have to either throw stuff (I do have spare things in case I don’t get time to check the weight in advance) or wear some more clothes. I do not prefer to let my backpack get out of my sight as it otherwise can turn into a loss of property which in turn might ruin my short trip anyways. And for few days we don’t need much anyways so carry on is a good way to save money and travel easy with no worry.

Do write about what you like to do when you fly. I would love to hear all about it.

Regards,

Kavita

What keeps me alive – Want to know? Let’s have a look

Adventure, happiness, joy, peace, self-respect, love  for nature & people, curiosity ..are some of the most important things that keep me alive…here are some of the moments that made me feel alive truly. I would love to share them with you are you are an integral part of my life now dear friends 🙂

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In the air - Passion of my life

In the air – Passion of my life

Don't think I am very good at this, but it was fun ;)

Don’t think I am very good at this, but it was fun 😉

Doing something crazy...it was Seymour's Pass Walk (20th August 2011) when I was trying to drink water at the very top of the mountain

Doing something crazy…it was Seymour’s Pass Walk (20th August 2011) when I was trying to drink water at the very top of the mountain

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Co-Pilot, One day I will fly independently

Co-Pilot, One day I will fly independently

Tall Ship ride in Sydney - I am in ;)

Tall Ship ride in Sydney – I am in 😉

Vintage Fair - Love this stuff

Vintage Fair – Love this stuff

Ready for Melbourne Cup

Ready for Melbourne Cup

War - Not me yet..lol

War – Not me yet..lol

The Illusionists - How could I miss this in Sydney Opera House

The Illusionists – How could I miss this in Sydney Opera House

Scuba Diving with Manta Rays at night - Awesome experience in Big Island, Hawaii

Scuba Diving with Manta Rays at night – Awesome experience in Big Island, Hawaii

Who is all set for a volcanic helicopter tour...me me me ...stay tight we are just about to leave...

Who is all set for a volcanic helicopter tour…me me me …stay tight we are just about to leave…

Now the most important of all - my transport most of the time, Plane - in various sizes..lol ...most of the times bigger than this ;)

Now the most important of all – my transport most of the time, Plane – in various sizes..lol …most of the times bigger than this 😉

Horse Riding - Yes I tried that too for two hours for the first time...couldn't walk for two days

Horse Riding – Yes I tried that too for two hours for the first time…couldn’t walk for two days

Yes that me going crazy to mix the drinks in a bowl as that's the only thing my amazing friends could provide me to have drinks...It was so hard to know when its too sweet or when it is too strong

Yes that me going crazy to mix the drinks in a bowl as that’s the only thing my amazing friends could provide me to have drinks…It was so hard to know when its too sweet or when it is too strong

730094_10200304501392427_1336808509_oThe Illusionists - Awesome magic show with 7 renowned magiciansof the world The Illusionists – Awesome magic show with 7 renowned magiciansof the world

Taupo Bungy Jumping - New Zealand, North Island. Did I love it? It was good for one time ;)

Taupo Bungy Jumping – New Zealand, North Island. Did I love it? It was good for one time 😉

Is that me trying to climb this Mini Adams peak - yes you are right, its me trying my best...lol

Is that me trying to climb this Mini Adams peak – yes you are right, its me trying my best…lol

Ready for reef jumping in Fiji

Ready for reef jumping in Fiji

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Snorkelling – Yes I love it

Cave Diving? Yes I did it, in Fiji. Although that time I was just learning how to swim so it was not that easy...lol

Cave Diving? Yes I did it, in Fiji. Although that time I was just learning how to swim so it was not that easy…lol

Hahaha..it was fun on a scooter

Hahaha..it was fun on a scooter

Who knew this elephant could do so many tricks...I had to make sure that I was holding tight :) It was in Bali

Who knew this elephant could do so many tricks…I had to make sure that I was holding tight 🙂 It was in Bali

It started very well till the Tarzan jump came into the picture - Forest adventure in Singapore

It started very well till the Tarzan jump came into the picture – Forest adventure in Singapore

Sky Diving - Yes would definitely do again. When do you want a buddy? lol

Sky Diving – Yes would definitely do again. When do you want a buddy? lol This was in South Island, New Zealand

I am about to fly

I am about to fly

 

Kayaking in Byron Bay

Kayaking in Byron Bay

Hot Air Ballooning with 7 Sky Divers

Hot Air Ballooning with 7 Sky Divers

 

Riding ATV - The Adventure Begins

Riding ATV – The Adventure Begins

 

Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

 

Kayaking in Nepal

River Kayaking in Nepal

 

Travel faster or Fast Travel – Sri Lanka in 7 crazy days

You would say I was crazy to travel 9 cities in 7 days in a new country – Sri Lanka. No, I did see all the attractions, climbed a mountain, worshiped in temples, prayed in monastery, walked around the world’s end. How did I manage to do it? Yes, that’s the question I am looking for now. For some reason I am usually a very fast traveler. I traveled around Bali in 14 days which was reasonable good amount of time to see most of the places there. But this went crazy when I arrived in Sri Lanka with only 7 days in my kitty and no patience to wait till the next visit to see more.

Yes, I did go crazy otherwise how do you suggest I could travel there in 7 days via public transport and still manage to see most of the things without skipping anything. Of course there was a high level of discomfort, specially when you realize that being a travel doesn’t guarantee you the seat in the 5-6 hours of bus and train can be delayed for infinite time sometimes. But then you get used to of it and you start using your tired brain for nice ideas like accepting the situation and use your time to read a nice book in the train station and sit on the floor on the bus to save yourself from ultimate tiredness.

Now, I didn’t promise it is going to be a luxury trip – did I? So here we go…

1000 KM and 9 cities in 7 Days with 150 USD cash (excluding airfare) – Crazy Travels (You don’t believe? Have a look at the facts then)

Bandaranaike International Airport –> Colombo
31.0 KM, Estimated: 51 minutes, Actual: 3 hours
By Auto and Bus

Colombo —> Anuradhapura
202 KM, Estiamted: 3 Hours and 25 Minutes, Actual: 6 hours 30 minutes
By Train

Anuradhapura –> Polonnaruwa
107 KM, Estimated: 1 hour 39 minutes, Actual: 3 hours
By Bus

Polonnaruwa –> Sigiriya
58.8 KM, Estimated: 57 minutes , Actual: 1 hour 30 minutes
By Bus

Sigiriya –> Dambulla
18.8 KM, Estimated: 20 minutes, Actual: 40 minutes
By Bus

Dambulla –> Kandy
72.8 KM, Estimated: 1 hour 33 minutes, Actual: 2 hours
By Bus

Kandy –> Nuwara Eliya
73.4 KM, Estimated: 1 hour 8 minutes, Actual: 2 hours
By Train (Famous for the view)

Nuwara Eliya –> Ella
64.6 KM, Estimated: 1 hour 3 minutes, Actual: 2 hours
By Bus

Ella –> Kandy
138 KM, Estimated: 3 hours, Actual: 5 Hours 30 minutes
By Train

Kandy –> Negombo
104 KM, Estimated: 2 hours, Actual: 10 Hours
By Bus

Negombo –> Bandaranaike International Airport
9.9 KM, Estimated: 15 miutes, Actual: 30 minutes
By Bus

60 – Approximate walking
60 – Auto in the cities

Now this is an approximate that I was able to get via Google maps and that can result in few KM here and there. So you are ready to start with me? I am going to take you on a brief trip with me now.

I arrived in Sri Lanka Airport and realized that I didn’t have to bring all the jumpers with me looking at the humidity. But that was just the start. Then I decided to take the public transport to get to my hostel and was welcomed by rain on the way to the gate. I had more trust on my strength than any auto around so I started walking to the bus stand which turned to be further ahead than I was suggested by the locals. But then I was being talked into taking an auto to get there only after walking for at least 15 minutes. I was then able to secure the back seat in the bus. Soon I was relaxed after no sleep for one night and two days (My flight was early morning around 5 AM from Delhi to Chennai and Chennai to Sri Lanka, this was the reason I came to the Delhi airport in the night itself to make sure I don’t miss the flight in case I sleep in and also that was a pre-caution for security I thought was worth taking rather than taking a cab in the night in Delhi). So here I was successfully arrived in Sri Lanka on my own.

[Also I would like to add some more details to it. This trip was a result of 3 hours of confusion as to what shall I go for a relaxing week before going to Sydney from India. And then I had to cancel meeting a friend over the weekend as I was now heading to the Airport in the evening..lol…I know it sounds crazy but this is the reason that unlike many other times I had no idea what I am going to do in this new country.]

Now back to the actual story – I felt a pull on my purse and realized a guy sitting near me was trying to take my purse. As soon as I realized this I lost no time in shouting over him and rest of the people came to help me but he was quick enough to run when the bus driver stopped the bus hearing all the noises from the back. I some how managed to get the second bus to my destination now after the bus driver and conductor tried to rip me off by telling me wrong currency conversion. Thank God I knew how much it was though. A nice local helped me in the next bus to get the correct fare finally and I got to my hostel. I was tired and angry with the situation but didn’t take much time to cool off when I met other travelers from different countries. See this is why I love hostels at times because its always good to meet people when you are in such a situation. First of all its distracting and then it helps to share and cools you down a little. Not that I am an angry woman but wrong doings can make me really agitated to be honest. Till then I am a happy go lucky person 😉

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Then me and another guy took out the map and started planning my next few days itinerary as I was there for the shortest time. And that way we both were also making notes of nice places to see in various cities. I took few pictures of map afterwards as there was only one map in the hostel (Yes I know I am so badly prepared with any thing at all). Then next day I left Colombo to go to the city of ancient kingdom, the first capital of Sri Lanka – Anuradhapura. It was supposed to be 3.5 hours by train but it took 6.5 hours. So don’t be amazed as it happens there as well as in India. So have a buffer whenever you are planning to take train there. And also the trains run only few times a day so be careful and make sure you plan accordingly. Finally I arrived in Anuradhapura with no booking for hostel as I was assuming to get there in the afternoon and find the place accordingly. I met few locals on the trains and two ladies from them called a known auto-rickshaw driver for me to search a hotel. I finally found a nice place that was way out of my budget so I had to use my bargaining skills to convince them that its not a loss for them to give me room as at this time when they have half of their hotel empty not many tourist are going to come. I got the room and took a much needed sleep after a day long train trip. Next day I was ready with my back pack and called an Auto to show me around and then planned to catch a bus to my next destination – Polonnaruwa (Second capital of Sri Lanka).

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I loved this little cave….place used for prayers

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At this place more than 300 monks used to pray almost 1000 years ago

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I have never met such an intellectual auto-rickshaw driver in my life. This guys knew each and everything about the town. Its a common practice there that if you book an Auto then the driver is also your guide. And one more very important thing – there is an entrance fees almost everywhere in Sri Lanka. So there is an option to either buy the ticket yourself and roam around at your own. Or you can book the auto in the same price and they arrange the ticket for you and show you around. I was aware of this fact from the guide that I read a day before coming here. So I chose the second option due to lack of time. So I was able to see the old town in few hours and he even dropped me to the bus station.

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Bath for royal family

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Remains of Stupa

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Cave Temple

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Luckily people in Sri Lanka were celebrating festival

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Prayers

Oh it seems that my post is getting very long and I have to share the pics as well so why not I post the rest of it in next post 🙂 I would love you to come back and have a look at the next one as then I can tell how was I able to spend so less and still have a wonderful experience in this beautiful country 🙂

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Stupa – Sign of world peace

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I was told that the circle of life is represented by this half moon

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