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Mar 16, 2019 - Colombo to Wilpattu

After a one and a half hour flight to Los Angeles, a two hour layover there, a 15 1/2 hour flight to Doha; Qatar, A five hour layover there, then a 4 1/2 hour flight to Colombo. We were picked up by our driver who drove us to Wilipattu National Park, Stopping along the way to try coconut water from a king coconut. It was pretty good and refreshing. Saw coconut plantations, banana plantations, cashew trees, a herd of water buffalo, Cranes, lakes, and a Hindu temple. Arrived at our eco-tent cabin and were greeted with cold papaya juice and...

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Dec 19, 2018 - Colombo

For the first time in Sri Lanka we travelled on a motorway which made the trip from Galle to Colombo a breeze. No stop-starts, no traffic lights and no crazy drivers, it was almost boring. Once in Colombo it was important to visit an old British administration building, not for the historic structure but for the shops it housed. It had been converted into a shopping centre. Brilliant! A little more shopping was enjoyed in another location before heading to our hotel for the very last night of our travel year. Our 'last supper' was...

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Dec 15, 2018 - Colombo:Sri Lanka

The 3am flight to Sri Lanka was ….... exhilarating ! Getting through India's airport security was hard work but the 2 hour flight was fine except for a lack of legroom. Our kneecaps were definitely up close and personal. Once in Sri Lanka things changed. Airport security was a breeze and we were soon on the road with a driver-guide to begin a 4 hour drive to Dambulla for our first stopover. We were stuffed. Some things were very different to those in India. Traffic was slow and reasonably calm and the scenery was lush and tropical. Things...

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May 8, 2018 - Last day in Sri Lanka

This is our last day on tour! In four hours time we head to the airport for our flight home. Yesterday we arrived in Colombo about midday. Unfortunately it was another public holiday and everything was closed so our city tour was put off until this morning. We have now done the city tour and seen most of the highlights of this large city and now have a few hours of free time. Yesterday, on the way up here from the beach resort, we stopped at a turtle conservation area and were shown the efforts being made to protect the turtle. There are...

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Mar 18, 2018 - Koggala to Colombo (Vicki's birthday)

First up today we visited a Turtle Hatchery. Turtle eggs can be dug up and sold by people, so this organisation collects the eggs, reburies them in a protected area and then release the hatchlings when they arrive. They also looked after injured turtles, those injured by outboard motors and the ones that swallow plastic bags. Then we headed to Colombo and was able to use one of the few expressways in the country. It was of course a toll road, but the speed limit was 100kmh and reduced the travel time from about three hours to one hour. We...

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Apr 7, 2017 - Buddha-fied

When we toured Sri Lanka a few years ago, we flew into Colombo the biggest city, but were surprised that we spent very little time there. We suspected that it did not have much to offer tourists and loved the countryside with its elephants and tea plantations. Because the only tours we could find today would take us back to those very same places, we decided to see what the big city was all about. Through the sharing website Cruise Critic, we found a private tour for eight, always better than a big bus tour. These private tours can be a bit...

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Jan 22, 2017 - Another tick - Sri Lanka

A day at sea is a much desired break by everyone after four days in a row of long and hot touring. It is another hot day, although they say it is only 27C it feels much hotter. Gail goes to the gym but I pass with the lingering end of my cold and instead grab our pool seats and settle into the blog about Kochi. Mangalore, although the day before, will have to wait until Gail and Sharon are with me as they took the notes. Today is the final round for Progressive Trivia but we have fallen out of the top 3 and with the answers we give today we...

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Southeast Asia 2017

Jan 1, 2017 - Day 1

Rest day - arrived 2am to Cinnamon Red & spent the day around the hotel and recovering. Great infinity pool & had drinks and tapas on rooftop bar for late dinner. Good way to recover & get into new time zone and good place to stay with cool decore. We left next day for Anuradhapura ancient kingdom. The traffic appeared total mayhem to us uninitiated but it actually works well...drivers are much more patient and accommodating than Melbourne drivers, despite having little or no regard for lane markings or even lane direction...we quickly...

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Nov 4, 2016 - Sri Lanka 2016 - Incroyable

Voici le lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/eqiRgJ8EW6mpDdn98 Ayubowan ( May you live longer ) On s'était donné trois semaines pour découvrir une île dont la culture, les lieux et les légendes nous étaient totalement inconnus. Un court vol de Cochin, Inde vers Negambo, Sri Lanka nous introduit à Chameera qui sera notre guide-conducteur pour les prochaines semaines. Charmant et réservé, Chameera nous a préparé un excellent itinéraire qui nous fera voir les sites archéologiques parmis les...

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May 6, 2016 - Colombo and reflections

After a relaxing final morning at. beach we took the Rajadani Express first class a/c with wifi back to Colombo, definitely a step up from third. Cost for the 2.5 hr train ride is only $9 per person. Unfortunately the train was a bit late so we lost some final shopping time at the Colombo end. At the station a nice older woman on our bench made small talk in good English about our family. When Adrian asked about her family she began quietly weeping and told us that she is now all alone after losing her parents, husband and children in the...

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Apr 28, 2016 - Toeren door Colombo

Gisteravond hebben we via internet een dagtrip Colombo kunnen boeken. De wonderen van de digitale wereld werken ook hier. Vanmorgen vroeg meldde zich via email keurig onze gids van de dag “Buddy”, die ons netjes kwam ophalen bij ons hotel. Buddy vond het leuk dat we hem hadden gevonden en omdat we Nederlands waren ging hij ervan uit dat we hem via de Nederlandse eigenaar van de site withlocals.com hadden gevonden. Nee, die kenden we niet maar wel alle lof voor Nederlands ondernemerschap. Die VOC mentaliteit poets je niet zo maar weg....

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Apr 27, 2016 - Nachtje overslaan

Aangezien onze vlucht pas om kwart voor drie 'snachts ging hebben we tot 10 uur 'savonds bij het zwembad bovenop ons hotel rond gehangen. Toen wilden we eigenlijk wel wat gaan drinken beneden in de bar. We konden lang zoeken want het bleek een hotel zonder licence. We hadden al genoeg water en sapjes gehad en zijn we in de taxi gestapt richting vliegveld. Daar was het extreem rustig en we waren supersnel door de douane en konden op zoek naar een bar. Op de plattegrond vonden we in een verre uithoek van de terminal een tent genaamd "Heineken...

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