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  • Our Escape from Sri LankaWhen we booked our final hotel near Colombo airport we expected a nice, leisurely, uncomplicated journey to the airport in the morning to catch our flight to Beijing. Instead, we ended up fleeing an angry hotel manager, escaping in an Posted by JonAndSara in A Long Way For Dumplings | Apr 22, 2014
  • Under Budget!We are £36 under budget after our time in Sri Lanka!! We think this is worth a blog in itself! :-) Let's see if we can beat this in China! To be continued... Posted by JonAndSara in A Long Way For Dumplings | Apr 20, 2014
  • Train From Ella is Spectacular but Nothing Beats a Good TukAs we’re nearing the end of our time in Sri Lanka I thought I’d write about the different types of public transport we’ve experienced in the country. The main mode of tourist transport is the Tuk Tuk. Now if you Posted by JonAndSara in A Long Way For Dumplings | Apr 20, 2014
  • Happy New Year!!Luckily last Monday we got the chance to experience a real Sri Lankan New Year with some of the locals in the small village of Rekawa. As you may expect this is like no ordinary (ordinary as in Posted by JonAndSara in A Long Way For Dumplings | Apr 18, 2014
  • TissamaharamaA tuk tuk brought us to the Mihisara Lake View Guesthouse where we liked the look of the comfortable room and access to a washing line. We spent the remainder of the day catching up with our laundry and generally Posted by gonetravelling in Travelling Jane and James 2014 | Apr 17, 2014
  • And then she just whipped out my breasts!!!!Just a short one today but I thought I'd share this because I just can't believe it!! So I thought I'd try the famous Sri Lankan Ayurvedic massage today, it was very interesting to say the least!! I was Posted by JonAndSara in A Long Way For Dumplings | Apr 17, 2014
  • The Struggles of Being FemaleBloody typical isn’t it, it’s always us females that have to do all the work, look at those lazy male turtles, all they have to do is spend their whole lives relaxing in the sea, gently floating around without a Posted by JonAndSara in A Long Way For Dumplings | Apr 16, 2014
  • Sri Lanka - Buddhism and More===Negombo to Anuradhapura=== Our first night was in Negombo, which is a small coastal town with colourful fishing boats and palm fringe on its beach. The next morning we set off and stopped at the bustling fish market with its laden Posted by Chris Cox in Sri Lanka - Buddhism and More | Apr 15, 2014
  • Day 6This morning we started heading back towards Colombo. The Dambulla cave temple (another World Heritage Site) is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The entrance is overlooked by a large golden buddha [img=http://photos.t Posted by JenBuckley in Indian Ocean | Apr 15, 2014
  • Day 5It's the Tamil New Year's Day today - the holiday lasts 5 days and most people return to their families. We had a nice surprise when we went back to our room after breakfast. [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/218372/tmp_DSCF0275-423309788.jpg thum Posted by JenBuckley in Indian Ocean | Apr 15, 2014
  • Culture Shock?While I was researching our trip I came across some articles on culture shock. Apparently a lot of travellers experience this early on in their travels. It was something that was always at the back if my mind Posted by JonAndSara in A Long Way For Dumplings | Apr 15, 2014
  • Day 4This morning we went on a Elephant ride. It costs about 20,000GBP to get an Elephant owners licence fom the government and they eat 250kg of food a day (grass, fruit etc)' so definitely not a cheap pet! I got a Posted by JenBuckley in Indian Ocean | Apr 14, 2014
  • Southern Sri LankaAs I lie here in my four poster, mosquito net covered, bed with my foot swollen to the size of a large king coconut I think to myself, is it all worth it?.... Hell yea!! And let me tell you Posted by JonAndSara in A Long Way For Dumplings | Apr 10, 2014
  • Day 3 - AfternoonThe ancient city Polonnarwua is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Royal Palace complex was built by King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186AD). First stop the Citadel -sadly this is all that remains of the 7 storied palace - apart from the Posted by JenBuckley in Indian Ocean | Apr 12, 2014
  • HaputaleWe had booked a 3rd class carriage (400rps / 2GBP each) for the 5.5 hour train journey from Kandy to Haputale, and from previous experience on Indian trains thought we might be in for a crampt, noisy journey. In fact Posted by gonetravelling in Travelling Jane and James 2014 | Apr 11, 2014
  • Day 3 - MorningThis morning we had an early start (06:30am breakfast!) so we could climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress before it got too hot. The palace (now a UNESCO world heritage site) was built on top of Sigiriya or Lion rock for Posted by JenBuckley in Indian Ocean | Apr 11, 2014
  • Day 2Ater a 10 hour flight, we finally arrived at Bandaranayke airport in Colombo. We were met by our driver Mark and driven the 180k to Habarana in the middle of the island (an area known as the cultural triangle). We Posted by JenBuckley in Indian Ocean | Apr 11, 2014
  • Mirissa and Homeward Bound We woke up early and left Nick in bed while we went off to have a wonderful Sri Lankan breakfast at a fancy hotel by the lake in Tissa. We can’t get enough of these Sri Lankan breakfasts – we Posted by mattandsusanne in Matt and Susanne's Travels | Apr 10, 2014
  • Yala National Park In order to get to the national park we needed to stay in a town called Tissaramanha (or Tissa for short). The bus journey through the valley and into the flatlands was lovely, but again we had a death-defying driver Posted by mattandsusanne in Matt and Susanne's Travels | Apr 7, 2014
  • Dambulla and Ella In the morning we made our way to Dambulla with an easy bus journey. Nick and Rima had already booked us a room in town but we had no idea where it was, so after some hard bargaining we got Posted by mattandsusanne in Matt and Susanne's Travels | Apr 7, 2014
  • Day 22 - At seaReally we can't get away from Colombo fast enough for us..... But we won't dwell.... The ladies win battle of the sexes for this sector!! For the entire trip this means 2 wins for the ladies and one for the Posted by Kay n Christine in Sipping cocktails on the deck | Apr 6, 2014
  • Day 21 - Heading away from ColomboWe are now in pirate territory. Looking out over the ocean now takes on a new meaning. Lots of little boats are out today and we regularly pass cargo ships. It is funny how today these little fishing boats all Posted by Kay n Christine in Sipping cocktails on the deck | Apr 6, 2014
  • KandyIt felt good to get back to the hustle and bustle of city life. We arrived around lunchtime so set off around the lake to hunt down the hotel we had in mind. Found a little cafe on the side Posted by gonetravelling in Travelling Jane and James 2014 | Apr 6, 2014
  • HabaranaNow considering ourselves veterans of the local Sri Lankan buses we settled in to our ride to Habarana, a good base to visit the ancient cities of Sigiriya, Dambulla, Ritigale and Polonnaruwa. Having skipped Anuradhapura we had our fingers crossed Posted by gonetravelling in Travelling Jane and James 2014 | Apr 6, 2014
  • AnuradhapuraWe had pre-booked a train to Anuradhapura and after some initial confusion found the almost empty 'Expo' carriage. Grateful for the rush of air con that flooded over us, we were also treated to complementary bottled water, newspaper and cool Posted by gonetravelling in Travelling Jane and James 2014 | Apr 6, 2014
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