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May 17, 2015 - Last full day in Sri Lanka 𯘥𯘥

Today we are going to try & cover areas of Colombo that we haven't seen yet. The shops don't open until 10am & likewise with other various places. So depending on what's planned, you can lose a lot of the day. We've done so much walking , despite the heat& humidity, we should be stick figures- but we're definitely not! Maybe because when on holidays, we all tend to eat more & not only 𯍉𯍅𯍊𯍍𯍌𯍓but also 𯍰𯍧𯍨𯍦𯍞𯍳𯍟𯍤 & always plenty of ☕️☕️☕️☕️, On our "discovery walk" this arvo, we were passing a group of tuk tuk drivers & one of...

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May 16, 2015 - Colombo & surrounds

After breakfast today, Michael went hunting for boxes to pack some shopping into as it would be safer than in our cases. Tomorrow we fly home 𿘥, the time has flown by. First on today's agenda is a visit to Ape Gama,a replica of traditional old day Sri Lankan village. It displays traditional industries, village lifestyle,& how self sufficient old day Sri Lankan society functioned in those days. What we didn't count on was that nobody seemed to know where it was. We asked one tuk tuk driver to take us there & he said it would cost $100 &...

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May 15, 2015 - Colombo

We now have 3 full days in Colombo to do our own thing. First on today's agenda was a tuk tuk ride to the markets at Petttah, which cover a vast area. We were told that if arrived before 10:00, you'd avoid the crowds. That all depends upon ones interpretation of "crowds". In some sections it was already busy by 9:15 & yet in others, they were standing around talking- men of course !!𿘄𿘎 Not long after we got there I felt a bit off color- light headed- so we sat down in some shade for a while, & after a resting for a bit, Michael decided...

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May 14, 2015 - Bentota- Colombo

Last day of tour & we're off to Colombo for few more days to explore by ourselves. But first, another swim in the Indian Ocean. It's soooo warm, sizable waves & a bit of a current, but great fun, wish we could stay here a few more days! It rained pretty heavy last night, so it's extra humid this morning. Uneventful drive to Colombo & then it was sad to say goodbye to Tilak, our guide. He was fantastic, extremely knowledgeable & went over & above what his position would've required. We are very grateful to him for making our holiday such a...

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May 6, 2015 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Wednesday, May. 06 :- went to bed about 5:30 this morning, didn't get to the hotel till about 4:30! Ended up with about 2 hours sleep, so pretty wired today! Had a great breakfast with fantastic views across to the ocean , restaurant's on the 8th floor. Then we did our usual thing & hit the streets running, even in the heat& humidity- het, you're only here once. City tour with private guide this afternoon & saw so many sides to 1 city. From bustling markets & narrow sts to peaceful gardens to the beaches with families enjoying the cooler...

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Apr 18, 2015 - Sri Lanka

Hello, Wow, where to start........ I know we've been gone 3 weeks but things have just started to get pretty awesome. Let's go back to Sri Lanka. We were part of a Tuk Tuk tour that took us around the city, mainly through the poverty sections but that tends to be where Craig and I end up when we go to Asia. Colombo was a lot like KL and Singapore combined. The people were fantastic and were so nice to us. They'd ask where we were from and as soon as we said Australia they would bring up the World Cup. One guy said "ahhhhh Australia, like...

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Apr 5, 2015 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

We opted to stay on the cruise. We did touch Sri Lankan soil and visited the bazaar on the wharf. By jingo, the smell & dry heat was soaring to the eyes. Explored the ship, had the pool to ourselves & approx 30 waiters to serve breakfast & lunch. Well rested, not drinking outside our limits and still enjoying ourselves.

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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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Mar 12, 2014 - Colombo, Sir Lanka

3/12 – 3/15 Our next port was Colombo, Sir Lanka. It took us three days and 1352 miles to get there. Joan and I separated in Sir Lanka. In this port we took different ship tours, Joan went on a tour of a tea plantation. Joan saw them picking, sorting, roasting and packing the tea leaves. She visited the plantation manager’s house. It is interesting that the plantation carries the plantation manager’s name but he does not own the plantation, the government does. The plantation also farms rubber trees for the production of latex. Ken took a...

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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 working for Jetwing Travel 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...

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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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