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29 Jun Trip to Sri Lanka: The Magic of a Beautiful Island

Sri Lanka: relax on beautiful sandy beaches, splash in the river with playful elephants, see turtle hatchlings enter the world; Melissa S., Professional Development Manager at Eton Institutes, shares the magic of this beautiful island.

Sri Lanka – October 2013 – Stahl Family

Slowly but surely, we are checking off our travel “to do list”. This holiday found us on the shores of Sri Lanka, a small island south of India, a four hour plane ride away from Dubai, and a wonderful place to relax and rejuvenate on the beach!

The intent of this vacation was to relax and enjoy the sun and surf. With blue skies and crashing waves, and the most incredible assortment of animals you could ask for, our week on the island was a dream. We rented a little house on the beach that boasted one of the best chefs on the island that served up native curries, rice and seafood that make my mouth water even now that I’m thinking about it. Our days were spent splashing through the waves, building sand castles that were washed away before the finishing touches could be made, and exploring the jewels of the island.

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Our home for the week was located on the southwestern tip near Galle, which has struggled to rebuild following the 2004 Tsunami that devastated the town. The effects are still visible and gently noted in the local museum and through stories shared with us by the locals we met.

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When we were not playing at home, we visited the natural harbor, the Galle Fort, the National Maritime Museum and lighthouse. We played with two day old turtle hatchlings at the turtle hatchery, watched bearded dragons explore the trees, found hermit crabs scuttling across the sand, leaving tracks in their wake, and did our best to identify the colourful birds that sang from our trees. Our children had the privilege to try stilt fishing, a local tradition, which yielded each of them a catch that we later released.

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A trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete however without an excursion to the elephant orphanage. As our holiday drew to a close, we travelled north to Kandy, where we were lucky to watch dozens of elephants bathing and playing in the river Maha Oya. The elephants are such strong and beautiful creatures that clearly enjoyed their time in the water.

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Sri Lanka is a beautiful and reasonably priced vacation destination and it should be on every traveller’s list. From the culture and the people to the animals, from the food to the surroundings, Sri Lanka has something for everyone.

PS. If you find it difficult or frustrating to navigate Dubai’s road systems, you can count yourself lucky not to have to share the road with this guy (he looks as confused about the road lines as I was!)

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Bon Voyage…பாதுகாப்பான பயணம்… සුභ ගමනක් වෙවා (subha gamanak vēvā)


Top 5 Fact File for Sri Lanka:
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in the northern Indian Ocean off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia.
Capital: Colombo
Languages: Sinhala and Tamil
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
Climate: Tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March); southwest monsoon (June to October)
Local Dishes: Rice, curry and seafood
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