Paul, Kathy and Millie Thomas
Sri Lanka 18 nights
- April -
Being in the countryside is what we like (we are country people at heart) so we enjoyed our bird walk in Sigiriya as well as being in the hilly tea plantations. Whilst in the Cultural Triangle we explored Pollonaruwa on bicycles which was nice although it was a particularly hot day. We did a village experience where we got to go away from the main areas and in to the countryside. The people were lovely and we had local rice and curry made for us, which was one of our favourite memories.
We really enjoyed our stay in Colombo, the staff were friendly and Millie loved the swimming pool that overlooks the ocean.
In Kandy we enjoyed the Temple of the Tooth, it was extraordinary and a good experience. Looking back we would have liked to have visited the Botanical Gardens whilst in the area. Drinking water straight from the coconut across Sri Lanka was a particular highlight for Millie and Paul - we also loved the pineapples.
We also got to do a train ride through the tea hills which was scenic but the journey we did was a bit too long and it would have been better to do a shorter run. We climbed a mountain whilst in the tea plantations. The location was great and it felt so peaceful and away from everything, in fact another night here would have been good as it was beautiful and magical. We found the wine choices were a bit limited in places which is something Sri Lanka could improve on.
A highlight that Paul will never forget was during our wildlife jeep safari in Yala National Park which we enjoyed (although it’s different to Africa). There was an enormous male elephant walking towards our safari jeep, with two tiny pea fowl just crossing the path in front of it.
We also saw a leopard, water buffalo, spotted deer, crocodiles and lots of birds in the National Park. The hotel in this area was good, we saw wild boar in the resort grounds and there was an elephant that visited during the night that walked through the staff area! The rice and curry that I tried here was so hot that I drank everyone's water!
Surfing lessons on the south coast were great for Millie and Paul as was the moment we released baby sea turtles in to the Indian Ocean.