Driving Sri Lanka – Tips and Tales

Even I wasn’t sure it could be done: a tourist driving all around Sri Lanka in a car. Not a car with a driver. A rental car! Lots of Sri Lankans laughed… no…the drivers, they said, were too bad. But I was determined and I’m so glad I persevered. Rented a little car and headed out to semi-circumnavigate Sri Lanka. Here are some tips and … Continue reading Driving Sri Lanka – Tips and Tales

Coming full circle – back to Negombo

I drove all the way through Colombo from south to north – something that had been unimaginable when I started driving in Sri Lanka! It wasn’t easy, but I have learned the game of how to drive here. We were able to return our little rental car, after driving 2000 kms, with not a single scratch! The final leg of the circumnavigation was from Galle … Continue reading Coming full circle – back to Negombo

Fabled Fort Galle – Something for Everyone

Fort Galle is a delight. A World Heritage Site, it sits on a promontory with its back to the prosperous trading city of Galle and its face to the entire exotic South Seas. Wandering the alleys and narrow streets is like going back in time through the history of Sri Lanka. Streets of beautiful but aging buildings from the Dutch era And new ones reminiscent … Continue reading Fabled Fort Galle – Something for Everyone

Tangalle to Galle – The South Coastal Road

From the highlands of Sri Lanka, we arrived at the south coast at Hambantota. I was really sick, and Annie and the kind staff cared for me at the beautiful Peacock Resort. I ingloriously survived food poisoning and we drove on to Tangalle, our scheduled stop. Tangalle is primarily a busy local town of markets, schools, mosques, temples and churches. It gives a simple and … Continue reading Tangalle to Galle – The South Coastal Road

Driving over the Top of Sri Lanka

The mountains of central Sri Lanka rise like alluring misty visions from the flat farm lands that ring the island. There is nothing gradual about them…it is a sudden, continuous steep climb to the tea towns at the top and a rapid, tortuous descent on the other side. Fabulous for driving! Approaching from the north east, our first stage was to leave the rice paddies … Continue reading Driving over the Top of Sri Lanka

Kandy is Eye Candy

A feast for the eyes – sweet, vibrant, irresistible, varied, compelling, everywhere you look – Kandy is endless eye candy. The Sacred City of Kandy is the heart of Sri Lanka, and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic has been the heart of Kandy for 2000 years. There are gorgeous images at every turn. I was delighted to find moonstones, each with special significance … Continue reading Kandy is Eye Candy

Driving East Coast Sri Lanka – Trincomalee and Batticolao

Trincomalee had a special pull for me: I lived on Mayne Island looking up the Trincomali Channel every night at unparalleled Canadian sunsets. So in Sri Lanka, Trincomalee on the east coast drew me, although I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it had lots of history, still in evidence today. Trincomalee is a strategic and historically important deepwater port for SL and the … Continue reading Driving East Coast Sri Lanka – Trincomalee and Batticolao

Home of the Ancient Moon Stones of Sri Lanka

It’s called the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, and the three points are 1. Dambulla, north of Kandy, 2. Sigiriya and Polonnawara to the north east, and 3. Anuradhapura and Mihitale to the north west – three historical sites with ancient temples and royal cities that have become World Heritage Sites. This area is the home of the ancient moon stones of Sri Lanka. We … Continue reading Home of the Ancient Moon Stones of Sri Lanka

Negombo Where Sri Lanka Begins and Ends

Because that is where the airport is, any travel to Sri Lanka begins and ends in Negombo. And that is such a splendid thing because Negombo is so interesting and welcoming and quintessentially Sri Lankan. It is a timeless fishing town full of tourists who appreciate this exotic land of spices and gems, beer and beaches, coconut and curry. Your world can be completely transformed … Continue reading Negombo Where Sri Lanka Begins and Ends