A few things to do taken from my first brush with this vibrant city. A long weekend is long enough to start to understand it’s character but to leave you wanting more.
Another instalment of our travels in Sri Lanka. Ella, a little gem nestled amongst tea plantations in Sri Lanka’s hill country is, for now, a rural idyll but go soon – development is rife and soon may overwhelm the quiet, village charm.
Tucked out of town beyond Weligama on the south coast of Sri Lanka’s beach Mecca, Eraeliya enjoys a truly stunning perspective out onto the Indian Ocean and a privileged position on a pristine stretch of sand cradled in a bay of rugged coastline.
On arriving at the gateway to Sri Lanka, you feel like you’ve caught the city unawares. Like an early guest to a dinner party, arriving before the host has had time to lay the table, as a tourist in Colombo you may feel your arrival wasn’t entirely unexpected, just a touch ahead of schedule. The city is in a state of undress. Buildings, young and old, are not quite at their best; old colonial buildings mottled and weather worn and young developments, butting out of the ground on every corner, girded in scaffolding and bare concrete.
Yet another post about an Asian destination… I’m reluctant to publicise just quite how spectacular the Perhentians are but it would be a shame not to. They’re not entirely unheard of or untapped but thankfully are far from being spoilt. If I could I’d call a holt to any development, take a snapshot in time and cherish the islands in their splendour for as long as possible I would. Sadly there are signs of movement on the building front so go and go now!