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Naturalistic Bentota, Srilanka #AtoZChallenge


The next place on my Sri Lanka itinerary was Bentota. You can read my previous blog post of Sri Lankan journey here. Bentota is all about sun & sand.  We had stayed at Cinnamon Bey Resort. The hotel is located at beach front, so we had access to beach 24*7.

 

Our hotel was surrounded by coconut trees and vast lawns. It all presented a beautiful picture for the eye. Most of our days were spent sunbathing on the beach or in the pool. The beach remains sparsely populated and has few eateries to enjoy local delicacies.

 

The rooms had private balcony facing the seaside & it gave us breathtaking views of the sunset & sunrise.  Who doesn’t love such a view? There is also a Turtle farm nearby set up by the Turtle Conservation Project (TCP) in association with the Wildlife Department of Sri Lanka.

 

For our last day in Srilanka, we travelled from Bentota to Colombo. The day was spent in local sightseeing and shopping.

Places to visit in Colombo-

  • Independence Square
  • Odel Shopping Centre
  • Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihar

I had an amazing trip and there is so much left to explore. What other places have you visited in Srilanka and what did you like most about it? Do share your travel tales! 🙂

Kashmir – the paradise on Earth(Photo Blog) #AtoZChallenge

‘Agar Firdaus bar rōy-e zamin ast, hamin ast-o hamin ast-o hamin ast.’                                                                                                                        –  Amir Khusrau

‘If there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.’                                                                                                                                      –  Amir Khusrau

I had visited Kashmir in summers and it truly is Heavan on Earth. Stay tuned for upcoming posts about how I fell in love with Kashmir.

Have you visited Kashmir ? Do share your experiences..eagerly waiting to hear about it. 🙂

Joyful day at Nuwara Eliya, Srilanka #AtoZChallenge

This post is in continuation of my earlier posts about Sri Lanka trip. You can read last post of the day spent in Kandy here.  Second day of the trip was spent in exploring Nuwara Eliya and nearby Ramboda town.

View from the hotel room
Ramboda Falls

We had stopped at Ramboda Falls Hotel for our breakfast and the hotel overlooks the beautiful Ramboda Falls.

Tea Plantations in Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is famous for its tea plantations and English countryside architecture. We had visited one of the Dilmah Tea Estates for the factory’s tour. They took us through the whole process of drying the leaves, separating them and finally processing it. We could not take any pictures of the whole process.

Next stop for the day was Sita Temple.

Sita Temple in Nuwara Eliya

It is believed that this place was part of Ashok Vatika, where Ravana had kept Goddess Sita after abduction. Lord Hanuman had met her here and folk tale suggests that there are footprints of Lord Hanuman on the nearby rocks. The temple is small and was not very crowded.

Sita Temple
Sita Temple
Lord Hanuman footprints
Lord Hanuman footprints

We also went to Gregory Lake, it has options for boating & pony riding. I found the prices were on a bit higher side for foreign visitors.

Evening at Lake
Evening at Lake

The evening was spent strolling in the city. The city has British influence and hence also named ‘Little England’.  It takes you back in time and one can imagine Britishers enjoying the cool summer breeze in the city and riding their horses. Makes a good picture!

Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya

The thing that I liked most about Sri Lanka was the cleanliness and traffic sense. Cities are well maintained and people abide by traffic rules. Something which I would like to see more in India! 🙂

Impressive Kandy – SriLanka #AtoZChallenge

This post is in continuation of my last blog post about my Sri Lanka journey. You can read it here. We had landed at Bandaranaike International Airport early morning and travelled directly to Kandy. Kandy has been declared as the World Heritage site by Unesco. Enroute we had also visited Pinnawala Elephant orphanage.

Pinnawala Elephant orphanage

It is a care center for orphaned wild elephants located in Pinnawala village. It has largest herd of captive elephants in the world. The elephants are taken care of & nurtured. There are shows like – feeding time, bathing time for elephants where you can get close to them. The baby elephants being bottle fed with milk is a heartwarming sight.

In general the elephants looks healthy but few of them were restrained with chains. Seeing chained animals is always painful. 🙁

After this we proceeded to the hotel in Kandy for check-in. Our next stop for the day was Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

It is a Buddhist temple where the relic of Buddha is placed. It has a serene environment. The shoes are to be removed outside and visitors must be dressed appropriately as it is place of worship. The intricate designs in the temple are  bewildering. We also got to attend the evening prayer session. The temple was crowded but worth the visit.

Dance performance at Kandy Lake Club

The dance performance consist of the 12 dance forms practised in Sri Lanka. The dancers are well-trained. We had to reach early to grab the seats. Each dance form tells a folklore which keeps you mesmerized.

Also the show ends with a fire performance by the dancers. It is the highlight of the show.

After a long day and stroll along the Kandy Lake we went back to the hotel to retire for the night. I will be continuing further with my travel experience in the next post,so stay tuned for more!

Have you visited Kandy and did you visit the Tooth Relic Temple or the dance performance.I would love to hear what you liked about the city. 🙂

Holidaying in Sri Lanka! #AtoZChallenge

Sri Lanka, located in Indian Ocean, has a rich cultural history and beautiful landscapes. I had visited the place in March, when the weather is pleasant. We had finalized the itinerary ourselves and contacted a tour operator to arrange the transport in Sri Lanka.

If you want to travel across the whole country then be ready for a long vacation. I had travelled to Sri Lanka for a long weekend from Bangalore. The flight route was Bangalore-Chennai-Colombo and return via the same route. My trip covered –

  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Bentota
  • Colombo

I will be sharing detailed blog posts about my holiday experience in coming week.Stay tuned for more!

Have you visited Sri Lanka yet ? What places had you visited ? Do comment and share your journey with us! 🙂