A destination worth a visit.
Having recently returned from a 2 week holiday touring around Sri Lanka, I thought I would share with you some of the highlights:-
- Visiting the Mountbatten Bungalows in Kandy and having the most amazing dining experience with just six people (our group) in the dining room. The bungalow is situated in the Kandyan Hills and was used by Lord Moutbatten’s as his base to co-ordinate War operations. The Bungalow is surrounded by beautiful manicured gardens with a pool that opens to views down the valley. A beautiful location and perfect place to stay with a group of friends who could be accommodated in the main bungalow or in the newly built bungalows dotted throughout the garden.
- Passakudah in the north on the east coast, is a new area opened up since the finish of the Civil War some years ago. It is in a dry and arid region of Sri Lanka and quite different to the lush green of the hill country. We stayed at Maluu Maluu Resort which is a small resort situated in the middle of a large sweeping bay. It has a beautiful pool and the rooms all open on to the pool area. The ocean is a few steps away from the resort. One day of our stay was spent travelling up the coast by boat for about half an hour on a snorkelling excursion.
- The last of the highlights for me was staying at a Geoffrey Bawa designed hotel – Kandalama – near Dambulla. The hotel stretches for one kilometre and blends beautifully in to the Jungle. It has a rock face directly behind the hotel and is shrouded in vines as it blends with the jungle where it is situated. Monkeys swing from tree top to tree top and don’t seem at all perturbed by the people in the hotel. There are signs on the door saying keep them closed or the monkeys will enjoy the fruit bowl if given the opportunity – and they did!! The resort has an infinity pool that blends beautifully with Dambulla Lake directly below.
These are but a few of the wonderful experiences you can have when travelling to Sri Lanka. This was my 7th visit and I would suggest if you are thinking of travelling there you should do it sooner rather than later as the development that is going on at the moment will change the charm of the Sri Lanka I have come to love.Scottish Planter Bungalow – Nuwara Eliya