Sensational Sri Lanka - Part 2!
Sri Lanka ..the second coming.
Most of us working Australians get 4 weeks holidays in a year. However the average vacation taken is 5-14 days in length. Sri Lanka is similar is area to Tasmania and hence an ideal size for a two week time frame.
1.SIZE does Matter
A couple of weeks is ample time to see a large part of the island on a round tour. Travel by road is the most common method with major tourist destinations 3-5 hours apart. The roads can be a mixed bag but are in generally good knick. Add some adventure by doing a leg on a train.
Kandy to the tea plantations around Nuwara Eliya is the most popular and also spectacular option. However the coastal route between Colombo and Galle also offers sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and the stretch of palm fringed beaches that line the South-Western coast. So with a couple of weeks up your sleeve you can enjoy Nature in the north, delve into Buddhist and Kandyan culture in Kandy, sip a cuppa amongst the tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya, spot a leopard in Yala, shop till you drop in Colombo and still have time for a few days on the beach or to ride some waves.
Some people intuitively know how to look after their guests and Sri Lankans would have to be up there with the best of them. They are accommodating and helpful and want you to leave with a positive impression of their homeland. Not only were we well looked after in the hotels but everyday Sri Lankans that we met along the way were courteous and helpful and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. One of my highlights was a visit to a Sri Lankan home for a cooking class.
The family would have been considered poor by Australian standards but they were magnanimous in their hospitality and left no stone unturned to make our visit to their home one we would remember. They considered themselves blessed with plenty and had such a positive outlook on life. Even the touts promoting their wares are so much more relaxed and take no for an answer. They don’t hassle you as much as some other countries where you feel compelled to buy. I saw more smiles in two weeks in Sri Lanka Tours than I’ve seen all winter in Melbourne. Maybe it’s the climate….but that will have to wait till next week .
THE BENELUX BONANZA
The journey I was about to undertake would not only in geographical terms span vast distances over land and sea......it was an odyssey which would cover a period of over four hundred years and one in which I would try to establish a "connection" with my ancestors.