So this trip was quite a few years ago now, but it was one of the best experiences, which I thought I would share with you.
It was my first time flying to Asia and experiencing this sort of culture and lifestyle. I was completely in awe the moment I got there!
Usually I vacation in Italy or the South of France, so this was a huge culture shock for me, but I loved every single minute of this trip and it stemmed my love for Asia.
Hotel – Kalutara
This was the most beautiful hotel!
It was literally on the beach, couldn't fault the cleanliness, the staff was very helpful and accommodating!
Every few nights the staff would do a bonfire on the beach, cook food for you and provide free cocktails, it was the most surreal experience, our own private chef and Bob Marley blasting in the background.
The hotel also provided a private 3 course meal for you and a partner on the beach on a day of your choice, which was so special, they really couldn’t have been more accommodating. The food was also delicious and the chefs did their best to provide Gluten Free options for me.
The highlight of my trip was climbing Sigiriya!
We got up at 5am to get started and avoid the Tourists and boy I'm so glad we did that!
If you are terrified of heights, then be warned this is not for the faint hearted. The last part of the climb is literally around the cliff edge on some metal steps, which does not look the safest! To get myself through it I sang pitch perfect all the way around which helped! Ha.
I'm so glad I made the climb because the view from the top was absolutely breath taking, I would do it again in an instance. You get a beautiful view of Sri Lanka's forest and jungle which spans for miles and miles each side.
The Elephant Sanctuary
I Love Elephants! I have fed them and bathed them a few times now, but here in Sri Lanka was the first time doing that and it was so much fun! Elephants really are the cutest, they are like big puppies who love attention and being bathed.
I rode the Elephant with no saddle, which was soo uncomfortable! When We bathed with the elephants, fed them and washed them they appeared to be treated well which is why I agreed to ride one. But on the way around the ride I didn't like how they treated the Elephants and I even shouted at one guy there not to hurt our Elephant! I don’t think he understood me! So if you are sensitive I wouldn’t recommend coming here to ride them.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala orphanage is a big open space in Sri Lanka which is a nursey for Elephants.
Here you can see baby elephants and feed the larger elephants.
It was amazing because you could cross the road and watch the Elephants being taken through the town and down to the large river to bathe and cool off. There was hundreds of elephants that go down to Oya River a few times every day. It was beautiful to see them in a natural environment.
Other places to visit
· Kandy – Temple of the Tooth
· Dambulla Temples
· Tea plantations
· Royal Botanical Gardens
Although it was muggy and warm some days, we did have flash of rain now and again but that was to be expected as we went during monsoon season…ooops! It was still hot enough to sunbathe though!
So check the seasons before you go if you want a hot hot holiday!
Things to be careful with.
One thing I will say, everyone is very helpful, however they are prone to begging and asking for money A LOT! So be careful! There are also men trying to sell cheap excursions, who can't be trusted, I would recommend doing it through your hotel. We booked ours through Virgin Media who sorted our holiday out and we had no problem.
Also, we took a tuk tuk into town once, which was an experience to say the least! It was very cheap and a great experience however on the way back to the hotel, the driver stopped off at his house and wanted to invite us in to see his sick children and asked for money. This was quite a scary situation to be in, but you HAVE to be firm with them, I refused to get out of the tuk tuk and demanded to be taken back or I wouldn’t pay him at all. I know it can be hard if you're a sympathetic person, but its for your own health as a lot of these arears are very poor which high risk of diseases being passed.
Overall I would recommend going to sri lanka, the Buddhist religion is beautifully portrayed all over the country and is just stunning to look at! Also the food is unreeall.