Sri Lanka has always intrigued me so I was very pleased to be given the opportunity to take a trip to see what the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ has to offer.
After a very comfortable 12 hour direct flight with Sri Lankan Airlines to the capital Colombo we set off on a 2 hour drive to the fortified city of Galle one of Sri Lanka’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites with some beautiful colonial architecture and views of the ocean I would recommend staying at the Fortress Resort close to the city with amazing service and right on the beach.
Sri Lanka has an amazing mix of cultural experiences alongside wildlife adventures and I was lucky enough to experience a safari this is a must do especially if you want to encounter the majestic Elephants in their natural habitat. At the Udawalawe National Park they strive to rehabilitate as many Elephants as they can and host a vast number of mammals, birds and reptiles.
My last stop was the resort of Kalutara which is off the beaten track and offers a unique location where river meets the ocean perfect place to relax and take in the scenery, locals here encourage you to be a responsible tourist and I took part in a beach clean which is one of the areas latest initiatives.
I have to say one of the highlights of my visit to Sri Lanka was the people they really welcome visitors always with a smile and are so keen to show you their country and cultures.
Before returning home I took the short flight from Colombo to Male in the Maldives to experience two of the stunning Islands firstly the larger resort of Kuramathi which offers a diverse range of activities and is a haven for foodies then onto the smaller Island of Baros a luxurious escape with amazing diving experiences and outdoor dining on the lagoon both easily reached by speedboat transfers. The Maldives offers a truly unique experience where you feel at peace and away from the stresses of everyday life – everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime!
I would highly recommend this two centre trip with Kuoni which can be tailor made to suit you, for further information please contact Lee at Deben Travel on 01394 615620 or [email protected]