Saturday, 20 July 2013

Sri Lanka

We've always said that we'd go visit Sri Lanka.  For me it would be my 1st trip to Dru's homeland.  But it took us 8 years before we finally booked our tickets.  But finally on 3rd July, I climbed on a plane from Tanzania, met up with Dru in Dubai, and then flew the remaining 3,5 hours to Colombo.

The timing of trip couldn't have been better, as Dru's brother and sister-in-law were also visiting the folks, so we decided to do a mini tour of Sri Lanka. Because Dru & I were only there for just over 2 weeks (what a pity work restricts holidays!) we weren't going to see all of the island at once (got to leave something for the next time...) so the itinerary planned was a nice mix of city, sea and mountain. 

After a few days in Colombo, we hired a minivan and headed to Yala National Park for a few days, so famed for its leopards.  Then we visited Arugambay and checked out the beach which is so popular with tourists nowadays.

After the beach, we drove to Nuwara Eliya. At about 6000 ft, it was some of the highest areas in Sri Lanka, with its famous tea plantations.  Then it was down to about 2500 ft to Matale where we relaxed for a few days before heading back to Colombo and home to Tanzania.

The whole trip was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  The main photos were just snapshots of family and friends, but I've added a couple of posts from our trip around Sri Lanka:

Yala National Park
Nuwara Eliya

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Sri Lanka - Matale

The best braai spot in the world!
It was a long and winding trip down from Nuwara Eliya to Matale, with plenty of hairpin bends to make me slightly car sick ;) Finally, it was a VERY narrow road up a steep hill before we got to the house in Matale.  

Monday, 15 July 2013

Sri Lanka - Nuwara Eliya

At 6000ft, conditions are perfect for growing tea - plantations are everywhere
From the beaches of Arugambay, it was a steep and winding climb on narrow mountain roads to Nuwara Eliya.  

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Sri Lanka - Arugambay

The long stretches of beach at Arugambay

From the wilds of Yala National Park, we headed to the relative peace of Arugambay.  Near the town of Potuvil, Arumgambay is a coastal town on the east coast of Sri Lanka.  Formerly behind enemy lines, nowadays it is a popular tourist destination for surfers from all over the world. 

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Sri Lanka - Yala National Park

Famed for leopards, Yala produced plenty for us!
It was early in the morning that we headed out to Yala National Park from Colombo.  The drive itself is long, not in terms on kms, but the fact that you need to wind around mountains on small roads pretty slowly.  

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Sri Lanka - Colombo

The main religion in Sri Lanka is Buddhism and can be seen everywhere
We had a few days in the biggest city of Sri Lanka, Colombo. (Unknown to most, the captial is actually Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, a bit of a mouthful!)