Travel Experience & Exploration – Sri Lanka

Travel Experience to Sri Lanka

It was my first international travel to another country. I am a travelholic and always eger to explore new land. I cant be a Colombus or Vascoda gama who explore new destinations which was not found before. I explore the destinations which are mentioned in the magazines and blogs.

I found many intresting ads with attractive packages offered by various travel agents which I never want to use. I want to explore and travel with an undersigned travel plan which my friend also like.I booked two tickets in Srilankan Airlines

11817193_1091938150834480_7061088362457512961_nSrilankan Airlines Flight

We started from Cochin International Airport on 1st August 2015 to Colombo Airport. It was a 1 hr 15 min journey. I flied above the Indian ocean.

As I reached the Bandaranaike international airport, Colombo. We took a room at Colombo and next we had the destination Nuwara Eliya.

11036623_1091938194167809_2452039180384330675_n             Bandaranaike International Airport Colombo

Escaping the heat of Colombo and just driving up to the cooler climates of Nuwara Eliya was such a ‘cool’ experience! We really enjoyed our trip and we managed to see a lot.  Here are my recommendations of things to do in Nuwara Eliya when heading to Sri Lanka.

11923205_1101613613200267_7508035127317666650_nA Tunnel Passage on the way to Nuwara Eliya

11892189_1101613626533599_847006329652868902_nA wide view on the way to Nuwara Eliya

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The Tuk tuk of Sri Lanka

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From the Balcony of Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Known as the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, this quaint little town was the hill retreat for the British who would spend their time here hunting, playing golf, polo and cricket. Many of the buildings still have a colonial feel to them like the General’s House, the Post Office and Hill Club. Some of the newer hotels have also been built in a colonial architectural style in keeping with the town’s heritage.

11700592_10204751598935131_7809059520180471662_oPost Office Building, Nuwara Eliya

11822980_10204751598615123_8539649125012221793_oThe Nuwara Eliya Golf Club

The climatic conditions and geographical features were same to same as Munnar – one of my favourite destination in Kerala. The climate was cool and was drizzling all over. We visit the sight seeing locations of Nuwara Eliya.

2Gregory Lake, Nuwara Eliya

Gregory Lake really attracted me. Colonial architecture buildings beside the lake was very attractive. We had a boating experience in the Gregory Lake.

Next Destination was Bentota

11782478_10204761386019802_7640237164373150654_oBentota Beach Side

Bentota is a beautiful beach town located in the western shore of Sri Lanka and is about 64 km south of Colombo, the capital city.We Stay at AVANI Bentota Resorts & Spa which is a 5 star property.

avani hotelAVANI Bentota Resorts & Spa

There are several white sand beaches and mesmerising lagoons. This lovely destination has excellent tourist infrastructure, very good hotels and ample facilities of water sports, para sail, windsurf, beach volleyball etc.

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Baby Turtles in the Turtle Hatchery

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Turtle Hatchery at Bentota

In this beach town two rivers namely river Bentota and river Maduganga meets the Indian Ocean, at two different places.

DSCF2536Baby Crocodile at Maduganga

 A boat safari ride in mangroves of Maduganga, with its so many islands, is a lifetime experience. Tourists may also visit these islands according to their interest.The largest island is called Ma doowa, and as told by my boatman, about 300 families still live within this island. The Kothduwa temple dedicated to Lord Buddha, is located in the most visited Kothduwa Island. Cinnamon Island is another very popular place to visit, where peeling of cinnamon and preparation of cinnamon oil is demonstrated to the curious tourists. The process of making rope from the coconut shells (brown fibre)is also demonstrated here.During this boat safari, visitors may also see different types of reptiles and birds such as monitor lizard & kingfishers

Later we came to Negambo

Negambo is also a beach area, the wide beach is so attractive. We just went for the beachside walk in the evening . Honestly Negambo didn’t attracts me a lot. I saw many real life faces at Negambo.

Overall, I loved my journey through Srilanka and came back to Cochin after a week.

 

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