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The 65610 shades of green Sinhala – Sri Lanka part 3


bentota the surf

Bentota is a coastal town, located in the South of Sri Lanka. It is a tourist attraction, and a destination for water sports mainly surfing.

The beach was more amazing than i can describe. It’s a shame we didn’t spend at least 4 days there to get enough of it. But within our two days we managed to have lots of fun with Nady who was really a fantastic traveler!Nady

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“Travel brings love and power into your life” – Rumi

It’s absolutely true, we had a quality time as a family and created memories that will never be forgotten.

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Bentota has a see turtle farm and hatchery, Kosgoda Where you can see five species of turtles-Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta), Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) and Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea). The eggs collected by the Villagers and Fishermen are purchased by the Kosgoda Hatchery and kept in sandy pens until they are hatched. The newly hatched ones are kept in seawater tanks and released to the sea in the night. This Hatchery alone has released more then 1,750,000 young turtles to the sea. An endowment by the Hasselblad Estate was responsible for the establishment of this hatchery.

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The last thing we did before saying good bye to Bentota and Sri lanka is a boat safari by the madu river, the most beautiful lagoon of the southern Province of Sri Lanka. It is situated in Balapitiya within the Galle District . It opens to the Indian Ocean. We started our trip from captain’s boat house:

madu river safarimadu river safari madu river safariThere was several stops in the river, the first one was to the island of Mada Duwa (Cinnamon Island). When we arrived at the island’s wooden pier there was a number of fish spa pools, people sitting and dangling their feet in the river as hundreds of small fish eat their dead skin.  We took few steps to enter the island. We were invited to sit under a thatched shelter while a local man showed us how to strip the bark from a cinnamon branch. Then told us about the numerous uses and benefits of cinnamon and showed us how to make sections of thatched roofing from coconut leaves. When leaving and at the end of the pier there was baby alligators if you want to pose for a picture holding one. Personally i skipped this one, fearing any bad could happen to my kid!

madu river safari madu river safari madu river safariIMG_2779madu river safariThe next stop was for the island  temple of Kothduwa Rajamaha Viharaya. We were given a tour of the temple then we met a monk.

madu river safari madu river safari madu river safari madu river safariIt was an exciting safari, Nady actually made it so joyable and fun with his cute reactions to things he used to see only in books!

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In antiquity, Sri Lanka was known to travelers by a variety of names. Known in India as Lanka or Sinhala,  ancient Greek geographers called it Taprobane and Arabs referred to it as Serendib (the origin of the word serendipity) and Portuguese gave it the name Cellao translated to Ceylon in english.

Sri Lanka the land of lions is the paradise on earth . The beauty of the isle lies not just in its blue and golden beaches, evergreen  jungles, beautiful  mountains or waterfalls but also in its remarkable authenticity.

Here is the new comer to my precious collection. A milestone reached, more yet to come….

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Stay tuned to Sri Lanka part 4…

The 65610 shades of green Sinhala – Sri Lanka part 2


tea plantation

After Kandy we proceeded to the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations with picturesque landscape. Hardly you can blink to not miss a single scene. Nuwara Eliya is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft). So can you imagine how fresh the weather was?!

Moving from one place to the other is at least 3 hours drive, if you are traveling with you kids, you should keep them entertained. It’s not that hard actually, along the way there are things to talk about, one monkey jumps from here or a huge cow makes an appearance… The nature itself is entertaining. But you will reach a point when they are tired, nothing outside pleases them anymore, i advise you to take with you their favorite toy, music, movie, series, or book. It’s not easy to be with young adventurers (less than 2 years) but trust me it’s an enjoyment like no other, you wish you can register every moment, every word and every reaction. Just priceless!

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As known Sri Lanka earned the reputation for its tea, the best Ceylon tea all over the world. Having the most favorable factor of the climate and the best soil conditions required for the health grow of the Tea Plant. Glenloch tea factory, is one of the giant partners of its significant endeavor of Sri Lanka, the world  number one and the biggest producer of quality tea.

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Glen tea plantation:

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If you are willing to go to Sri Lanka, keep in mind tipping is very essential, to the point of tipping sometimes left and right even if you already paid for the tour or entrance fees! People have small income and count on tourists generosity! You feel you don’t have the choice because they are expecting you to give them extra money.

The visit to the factory was really fruitful, it gets you to know lots of info am sure you didn’t know before, or at least it makes you able to differentiate good from bad teas and know the difference between the types. The tour ended with a nice cup of tea, we were lucky we tried all types and bought souvenirs for the family and friends!

Ramboda waterfalls:

After the tea factory, we headed to Ramboda waterfalls. It’s 109m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. You access Ramboda falls via a hotel where you can enjoy a meal on their terrasse watching this piece of art.

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For easy transportation, i advise you to hire a driver from the minute you arrive to the airport to the last minute of your trip. We should admit our driver did a really good job to keep us relaxed and entertained through all this journey. I recommend Mr. Lakmal Suranga, he was really good, he works on his own. If you are willing to go to Sri Lanka and you need his contacts please email me. He can also help in hotel bookings and suggests nice places to go to.

We spent the night in Nuwara eliya. The next day, we prepared ourselves for a long ride (about 7 hours drive!) to the beautiful beach of Bentota our last stop in the journey.

Stay tuned to Sri Lanka part 3….