TRAVEL INSPIRATION: SRI LANKA
If far-flung and relatively undiscovered paridises are on your travel wishlist, then I think today’s destination might just be right up your street. Sri Lanka, a tropical island in the Indian Ocean, just off the south coast of India boasts a beautiful and varied landscape. From white sandy beaches to verdant green rainforests and tea plantations (this is where my favourite Ceylon tea is grown!) it’s home to elephants and a diverse, friendly local people and luxury hotels – without the tourist crowds.
Anushé Low, photographer, mum of two and world traveller visited recently and we’re thrilled she’s sharing her beautiful images and travel tips today.
Destination: Colombo and Galle in Sri Lanka
Where did you stay? In Colombo we luckily stayed at my sister’s luxury apartment at Trillium Residencies and in Galle we stayed at the Frangipani Tree boutique hotel in Unawatuna just outside Galle Fort
Why Sri Lanka? My sister and her family moved to Sri Lanka 3 years ago so it was the perfect excuse to visit. Having lived on 3 continents (Asia, Africa and Europe), travelling is in my blood! When we were young growing up in Zambia, my father always said that if you can, try visit at least one new country each year so this is definitely my mantra now too. This time the golden beaches and lush greenery of this little jewel of an island in the Indian Ocean was calling me!
What is there to do? Our youngest is still quite little so we didn’t do too much on this particular trip other than lounge around the pool and go for walks on the beach! We did make a trip out of town to the elephant orphanage at Pinawala with our 6 year old son which he loved. We went in July which was slightly off-peak for this part of Sri Lanka so it was fairly quiet and the sea is quite rough so make sure you have access to a pool (it’s hot all year round). In peak season Galle Fort is a buzzing little town full of bars, restaurants, and stylish boutiques not to mentions the old Fort itself which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Colombo, there are lots of nice restaurants mainly situated within some of the 4 and 5 star hotels which are destinations in themselves for a drink or food. Everyone loves their ‘sundowners’ which are a welcome cooling cocktail sometimes from a rooftop view after a hot day in the city! Clothes shopping is good as Sri Lanka is a major supplier of garments to the West so you’d find a good selection of stuff. Young people in Sri Lanka love hanging out in the bars and restaurants in the new malls which are springing up all over town in the beautiful old restored colonial buildings. Also visit anything by Sri Lankan architect Geoffery Bawa, his buildings are beautiful. The tea gardens up country will be on our must-see list next time we visit too when the kids are older.
What are your top packing tips? Micro fibre towels are an amazing space-saving must-have item for travelling with especially if you have kids!
Would you visit again? Absolutely! We’re already semi-planning a hot Christmas on the beautiful beaches of Mirissa on the south coast of Sri Lanka :)