A Trip to Sri Lanka
An unexpected trip to Sri Lanka but nevertheless it was worth the visit. We planned for 3 days tour around Sri Lanka and stay in Colombo city over the weekend for obvious reasons.
The plan is to take a flight from Chennai to Colombo instead of flying out from Bangalore International airport because the fair is almost double from BLR TO COL than MDD to CMB. (6,000/INR for a round trip).
3 day trip was from Colombo to Habarana (elephant destination – National Park) to epic Sigiriya cave to Kandy mountains in central province and finally back to Colombo for beautiful scenic Mt. Lavinia Hotel . We stayed at the Chaaya Village properties at Habarana (Cottage) and also in Kandy.
I remember the most is the amount of elephants that we were able to spot at the National park safari and elephant rides. One of the male elephant gave our jeep a chase to shove us off to clear the infant and mother crossing the road. From Habarana to Sigiriya along the way you will find nice crafts shops, Buddhist temples and Kandy hills.
Kandy is last capital of ancient kings and lies in the midst of hills in central province of Srilanka. The women here are very beautiful and wear Kandy saree shown below .
It’s not advisable to take a 3 day trip with just one day in each destination instead take a 3-4 days stay in each property to relax and enjoy the stay thoroughly.
We stopped at the Spice garden for variety of spice plants that is grown in Srilanka like clove, Aloe Vera, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Hirassa, Nutmeg, Rubber, Pineapple and many other herbs. We also stopped at many of the Gems factories that show how to extract and identify minerals of different kinds like Sapphires, emeralds, rubies, topaz, garnets and diamonds.
Our final destination was back in Colombo at the famous Mt Lavinia Hotel. This property is right behind ocean which has private beach and you will get an unforgettable view of sunset and clean water beach. It is one of the best British colonial heritage hotel (Governors). It is also known for weddings for the beautiful locations it has for photographs of bride and groom.
Last but not least of my trip is the galle road and Colombo city for which you should only be there to experience yourself. After the civil war b/w LTTE and Srilanka army which lasted for 30 years there is still a lot of army men guarding the Colombo roads. The country is sure to improve in leaps and bounds in coming years.
With the Srilanka rupee value so low it is perfect weekend getaway to visit Colombo.