Our clients Kaye and Adrian share their Sri Lanka travel experience

Our clients Kaye and Adrian share their Sri Lanka travel experience

Our clients Kaye and Adrian share their Sri Lanka travel experience

The trip has been an eye opener and our experiences of Sri Lanka have been wonderful. It is certainly a green lush country. The service is excellent, and the hotels have all been great experiences in themselves.

Sri Lankan Air had us in Male after a one-night stopover in a Colombo airport hotel. Another lovely stay in the Maldives. Centara Grand Island Resort lived up to our memories of 3 years ago. Great food, service and a beautiful island landscape. We missed the whale sharks again, but perhaps it is an excuse to return. It is a place that is hard to get too much of. We reflected that we have been there on 10 occasions and to different islands.


After we departed from the Maldives, we arrived in Negombo - in monsoonal weather which luckily passed quickly. We found Negombo to be a really interesting place. The Heritance Hotel was right on the beach as all the big hotels are, and it was quite magnificent. We toured the city, the churches, the markets etc., then got drowned with the rest of the group in the fish market. It is certainly a great program, but more physically demanding than we had anticipated. The food was splendiferous (I don’t think that is actually a word). All the experiences APT include would be quite difficult to arrange on your own.


From Negombo we moved onto Kandalama and the magnificent Rock Fortress of Sigiriya. The 1280 steps to the top tested a number of the group. A troop of monkeys live in the trees outside the rooms hopefully waiting for an open balcony door. One of the people in our group found her minibar raided and one monkey went through her underwear looking for something suitable to model.

The Dambulla Cave temples built in the 1st century BC were really quite incredible. Also, from Kandalama we visited Polonnaruwa, the site of the former Royal Palace and the ancient capital. Later we chased elephants around a national park in the mud until one of our trucks got bogged. We then provided the entertainment for the dozens of other jeeps as we winched it out of the bog. There were a significant number of elephants in the park.


At Kandy we visited the temple of the Budda’s Tooth, which was magnificent in its opulence, but was repaired significantly after a bomb attack during the civil strife. Just out of Kandy we had a fabulous experience at the Tamarind Gardens where we enjoyed a local meal, some top end Arrack and a great experience of local village life and an incense making facility. High Speed Tuk-Tuks took us to the Kandy station for our train ride to the old British hill station where much of the tea is grown. Due to the peak hour traffic the Tuk-Tuks beat our coach bringing the luggage by 15 minutes. Duplication of seat reservation numbers provided much entertainment in first class, what is was like in 2nd and 3rd - you can only guess. We were advised that the problem occurs when the clerks have too much Arrack when doing the reservations.


We are now at the beautiful Tea Factory Hotel in the mountains of the Nuwara Eliya tea growing area. We have tried the famous white tea and hope today to sample royal gold with our scones. I do find it difficult to detect all the differences I am supposed to notice, particularly when some teas cost about 8 times the price of black tea.


The trip has been an eye opener and our experiences of Sri Lanka have been wonderful. It is certainly a green lush country. The service is excellent, and the hotels have all been great experiences in themselves.


Shall catch up before too long now.


Regards, Kaye and Adrian
Travelled with APT in October 2019

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