On palm trees and perfect beaches: Sri Lanka, the final stop

The final stop of the two month extravaganza was Sri Lanka. We decided to go there to relax and get a week of sedentry beach holiday and Tom could get in a some diving, and I could do my PADI qualifying dives (doing it in Canary Wharf didn’t really appeal…). So those were the expectations I had set for the week there. Chilled.

I had booked about 10 flights in one batch, and was shocked to discover on the way to the airport that I’d accidentally booked business class flights! I am frugal and savvy with flights, and the cost of the tickets was no more than internal flights in India I’d booked at the same time, so it must’ve automatically upgraded when I booked and there were no economy seats. In any case, I wasn’t upset about it!

Saying I was pleasantly surprised when we got to our destination would be a gross understatement. It was so beautiful I thought my head would explode.

Sri Lanka has its own little microclimate where at any one point in time, half the island will be in monsoon, and half will have impeccable weather. We stayed on the east coast in Nilaveli, 10 minutes from the larger town of Trincomalee. We stayed in an amazing hotel that was just finishing construction called the Anilana Nilaveli, which was just a total visual treat.

We pottered around backstreets and fields and swaying palm trees, and there is nothing better than the happiness and friendliness of locals – I’ve never ever met nicer people.

Sri Lanka was in a civil war until just a few years ago, and as a consequence tourism hasn’t developed so much. But it will. Sri Lanka is doing everything in its power to improve its hospitality. Investment is pouring in, and mark my words, it’s going to be a major travel destination. So now is the time to go! The only thing you’ll see on the perfect beaches are fishing boats and kids playing with a ball.

It was just such a perfect end to my dream trip.

I could tell you more, but nothing I could say would match just how amazing it is. Book your flights now!

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You can catch the rest of my posts and photos from my wonderful 2 month holiday below, I really hope you’ve enjoyed the journey with me.

India

On the Dalai Lama, exile in India and Free Tibet

On Dharamshala and learning yoga in the clouds

On a spectacular flight into the Himalayas: photos

On Leh, the adventure capital of the Indian Himalayas

On beginners’ Vipassana meditation in the Himalayas

On Delhi // Golden Triangle photo series part 1

On Jaipur // Golden Triangle photo series part 2

On Agra // Golden Triangle photo series part 3 ft. Taj Mahal

On tea & trains in Darjeeling

On death in the spiritual capital of India: Varanasi

 

Nepal

On Nepali misadventures: rain, rhinos and rowing // photo diary

 

Bhutan

SPECIAL FEATURE // On Bhutan, land of the thunder dragon

 

 

 

 

 

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