Gale Face Green, Colombo

Walking north from the fine Gale Face Hotel there is a wide promenade abutting the Green. A local told us that this area was once used by the British for horse racing but today is used by local families to fly brightly coloured kites. The hotel is in a prime location and the bar and restaurant offer […]

Pinnawalla Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka

Our driver  Lal suggested a stop off at the Pinnawalla Elephant Orphanage on our Journey from Kaleliya to Kandy. In need of a break and an opportunity to stretch our legs we agreed and after passing over 2500 Sri Lankan rupees  (about £12) we found ourselves being led down to the area where the elephants roam. I […]

Cartes Postales by Victoria Hyslop

What could be better than reading a book that inspires you to travel when you are already a  wanderluster….? I did just that recently when in Casa Heliconia, Sri Lanka. It had been some years since I had read Victoria Hyslop’s The Island so kicking my heels and awaiting the airline to deliver my Lost Luggage I was […]

Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka

This is probably the most popular landmark in Kandy so timing may make a difference to your visit. We arrived at about 10.30am along with about a million other people who were made up of both locals and visitors. Our visit coincided with a blessing time so many locals were bringing their offerings of beautiful […]

Heliconias in Sri Lanka – photoblog

I’m not one to profess to know much about flower names either at home in the UK or on my travels but I was impressed by the heliconias I saw in Sri Lanka. I have seen them in other tropical locations but none so vivid, exceptional and impressive as in Sri Lanka either in the botanical […]

Kaleliya, Sri Lanka – photoblog

We found ourselves in the lovely area of Kaleliya (Western province) staying at Casa Heliconia a series of pavilions on the edge of the village surrounded by rice fields and overlooked by a pure white pagoda. Wandering off the property we were soon greeted by locals and children playing in the fields, most of them on school […]

Initial impressions of Sri Lanka

What was your first impression of Sri Lanka? here is mine. Very friendly people No one smoking on the streets Traffic congestion in major cities Dense, green vegetation Lots of bright coloured flowers such as heliconias Unusual sounding birds Lion beer is popular Drinking tea is an important part of the day Lots of dogs […]

Choose a private driver in Sri Lanka

When Lal shook my hand at Colombo airport I knew we would be in safe hands for our trip round Sri Lanka. I had organised my own travel itinerary and contacted several private driver companies online but chose to use our accommodation provider’s recommendation as the price was a little cheaper than the others. Lal is a […]

The Kandy House, Sri Lanka

Once a governor’s house and now a luxurious boutique hotel I knew as the gates were opened onto the sweeping drive that all would be well here. In fact much more than well, incredibly spoiled and decadent were the overwhelming feelings during my stay. We were welcomed with cool moist towels and refreshing passion fruit juice […]