Wanderlust: Sri Lanka Part 1

When I started this series, I really wanted to take you all on a journey of the many places we have been to, even if they were a few years ago. Today, I’m sharing pictures of our trip to Sri Lanka. It was a surprise birthday getaway for my husband! I feel like a short getaway is such a perfect way to celebrate birthdays! Or maybe, its me finding reasons to travel!! ūüėČ I am totally planning getaways for our birthdays this year… any suggestions?

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Image courtesy of the Galle Face Hotel

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

We went to Sri Lanka with not much research in hand and no idea of what to expect! Not only did we get blown away by some of the most beautiful beaches, but the friendliness and resilience of its people is something we took back home with us. After years of civil war and a tsunami that completely destroyed the¬† coastal areas of Sri Lanka, there is a spirit of growth and rebuilding.¬† Our first stop was Colombo, where we stayed at the Galle Face Hotel. It was the perfect selection since it eased us into Sri Lanka’s colonial history, but with a modern twist.¬† If you decide to stay there in the future, a tour of the museum is a must! It even has the carriage used for the British monarchy when they visited Colombo.

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Image courtesy of the Galle Face Hotel

What to do in Colombo:

  • Wander around the famed Paradise Road, stop for a coffee at the Paradise Road Gallery Cafe, browse through the art gallery¬† and shop at the various stores on site! If you have time go to the other outlets of Paradise Roads for a larger assortment of goodies.
  • A meal at the Ministry of Crab is a must! Its where cricket and Sri Lanka’s fresh produce¬† come together!
  • Another iconic store is called Barefoot. It has a great Garden cafe and a store with local linen and fabrics, clothes and other interesting finds. The theme at Barefoot represents what is spontaneous and in touch with the earth. All goods are local and made by local artisans.
  • Try to get your hands on some amazing linen clothing by the brand Linen and Life. They have great quality dresses at great prices. The dress I’m wearing in the pictures in from them.
Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Courtesy Barefoot Garden Cafe

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

After spending a day in Colombo, it was off to Galle. We chose to take the longer route that drove us by the coast and through the various resort towns that came in the way. I totally recommend renting a chauffeur driven car and getting around. Renting a car for a few days is quite economical in Sri Lanka. The bonus was having a tour guide with us the whole way through. I have to admit, he was quite eager to tell one too many stores about the destruction caused by the tsunami and making sure we did not miss a single road side scene that reminisced about the destruction caused by the tsunami. I will agree though, that the drive really shows the resilience of the Sri Lankans.

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Sri Lanka is a country of diverse people and beliefs. Dotted along the stretch of the road connecting Colombo and Galle are a myriad of mosques, churches and temples.

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

An amazing colonial house built on an island, still standing strong after the tsunami.

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

People from Sri Lanka have a very close relation to the sea. It took from them, but they say it’s what provides for them also. It really speaks about the relationship of man with nature.

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Some of the houses that were left standing bare after the tsunami

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

The Tsunami Monument

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Another Tsunami Monument

 

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Stilt Fishing (source unknown)

On our way to our resort, we stopped at a turtle hatchery in Bentota. It was a great way to see the work the locals are doing to save these endangered sea turtles.

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Turtle Hatchery

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

The eggs are collected from the beach and are allowed to hatch. A few days after the turtles hatch, they are returned to the sea

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Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

This one put quite a dance for us, floats and flipping around the water!!

Colombo |The Whisking Bowl

My new albino turtle friend

 

The rest of the trip will have to be continued next week, because this post has gone too long! Stay tuned for our travels through Galle, with a list of what to do and what not to miss there.

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3 comments

  1. Farrah says:

    Lovely pictures! I have a very good friend from Sri Lanka and would love to go there one day after hearing about it from her and seeing your pictures

    • momina.salim@live.com says:

      While writing this, I’ve decided to go back myself!! I’m lucky its so close from Dubai! So its happening soon for a weekend!

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