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Apr 4, 2014 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Same weather different location! Today we arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka, once home to a dozen ancient kingdoms, then a colony of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British. This is a surprisingly bustling port city on the Indian Ocean. There are Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques and colonial churches all within blocks of each other. The four of us ventured forth and after some haggling over prices took 2 tuk tuk’s to Gangaramaya Temple, a beautiful Buddhist temple with a very disorganized museum of artifacts. It was wonderful. Our tuk tuk...

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Jan 16, 2014 - Galle to Colombo

Met Prasanna at 8.30 this morning for our last day together. He must be really looking forward to seeing his wife and 10 year old son. He lives in Colombo and usually only gets 3 days off between tours, which must be really hard for them all. During the "off-season", he can apply for longer, but makes the most of it during peak times. He turns 40 this year and has been doing this job for 5 years. On the road again traveling to Colombo. Although it is only about 120kms, it takes us about 5 hours, with a couple of stops on the way. The road...

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Sri Lanka 2014

Oct 24, 2013 - back to Colombo

This was mostly a driving day. We did not go very far, but it took forever. The roads are narrow and busy. Traffic lights are rare. But somehow it all works. People bob and weave and pass in inappropriate places because there are no appropriate places. You have to assume there is someone coming at you in your lane at any time. But I must add we haven’t seen a single accident all week. We stopped at a scenic overlook, oblivious to the huge bee hives hanging from the tree limbs until Prabarth pointed them out. He warned us to speak quietly....

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Oct 18, 2013 - where are the others?

There are only six of us scheduled to take the Sri Lanka pre-trip before the southern India tour. The other four travelers were supposed to arrive last night. Instead we got a call telling us that their flight had been delayed and we would be touring Colombo today on our own - on our own meaning with a guide, his assistant and a bus driver on a small, very well air conditioned bus. (We were afraid that with such a small group we would be stuffed into a van. Thanks Overseas Adventure Travel.) Today was scheduled to be a light day to give...

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Oct 15, 2013 - arrive in Sir Lanka

We never officially entered India. As transit passengers we continued to the Air Sri Lanka check in desk for new boarding passes and went through the wringer at security. To be more precise, I passed through without controversy, but Ken's equipment really got the once over. He lost two screw drivers and a razor blade after a thorough examination of his high tech toys. No one batted an eye over our bottles full of water and shoe clad feet. The layover was about three hours and we could feel our eyelids and brains beginning to slip. My worst...

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Jan 4, 2013 - Sri Lanka The First Two Weeks

Now for Sri Lanka. Because Air Asia cancelled flights from Bangkok and re-routed through KL, had to do a bit of plane hopping but got here safe and sound. Sri Lanka is about the size of Tasmania but with 20 million people rather than 500,000. Mostly Buddhist. Very humid, green and jungly. Been here for 2 weeks, almost circumnavigating the whole island from war-torn Jaffna in the north to the touristy beaches at Unawatuna in the south, all by local bus or train. Boy – where to start…… First thing we noticed was the friendliness of the...

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We need a holiday!

Nov 5, 2012 - Colombo, busy industrial city

We've enjoyed our time in Sri Lanka's busy capital, mainly due to the fab accommodation at the lovely Cinnamon Grand. Really lovely hotel with charm in the original quarters (which we are lucky to be in). This pub has two beautiful pools to choose from and fourteen restaurants. Three of Colombo's top 10 rated restaurants are here, so you could say we've made the most of the facilities. Colombo itself is busy, bustling and does have some interesting sights and of course a fascinating history. But right now, it's struggling to maintain the...

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Nov 4, 2012 - Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, Colombo

We visited this temple / ecumenical worship place almost by accident. It's real attraction is the museum-like quality of the relics and antiquities stored here. A very educational display which encompasses Buddhism from every predominantly Buddhist nation. On this location it is believed that Buddha preached here 2000 years ago. To firm up the sanctity, a gift from Nepal was a sapling from the banyan tree of original meditation and enlightenment. This is a questionable place, with a poor history of elephant housing - thankfully this...

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Mar 24, 2012 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) is famous for tea production and ranks third in world exports. This is the crop that this tear-drop shaped island nation depends on for employment, recognition and refreshment. Today we travel to the Rayigam Tea and Rubber Plantation to see how tea is picked, processed and bagged. Our adventure begins with our travel through the streets of Columbo. Although Saturday morning, the streets are full of local buses, tour minivans, 3-wheel tuk-tuks, cars, trucks, motorbikes and bicycles. There are a few...

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Feb 14, 2012 - Colombo

Arrived in Sri Lanka all OK. Had a group of Chinese business men try and steal our driver by pretending to be me. After a 2 hour drive from the airport to our hotel, we finally made it and straight down to dinner for a Sri Lanken curry and beer. Very nice. Our hotel was very modern and clean and quite close to the city. We went out for an explore and to get out bearings a bit and to found how we could get to our next hotel in Unawatuna. Colombo is very busy, noisy and smelly. We got conned out of 4300rupee ($35AUD) by a man, so we did not...

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Feb 1, 2012 - All the Tea in Sri Lanka

Joan and John didn't know anyone who had ever been to Sri Lanka. But this did not dissuade us from visiting 'The Pearl of the Indian Ocean'. Rather, it piqued our interest. After a short flight from Male in The Maldives, we landed at Colombo's sparkling new airport. We quickly cleared Immigration and were met by a short, stocky man in his late forties. He clasped his hands in front of his chest, a traditional Buddhist greeting, and introduced himself as Jayantha (pronounced like 'Jontha'). He would be our driver during our nine day visit to...

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Sights of Mumbai

Jun 24, 2011 - Getting out of dodge

Finally, after all the planning, debate, job quitting, leaving do's and stuff shipping and generally shedding of all the stuff that has clung to us over the last few year we have left Kuwait!! Colombo is a hot dusty place and can appreciate why all the guide books suggest you dont spend much time there but we have the joy of applying for the Indian visas to get through. Still the accommodation in Mt Lavinia is nice, the bed comfy (this will become important over the next few days) and a lovely beach is just down the road. We arranged to...

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A year off at forty

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