Colombo, Sri Lanka’s buzzy commercial capital. Some parts raw and rustic, others significantly (and ever increasingly) more polished. While in years gone by luxury meant Colonial, a modern nuance has swept across the City in recent years.
As an ever enthusiastic advocate of local cuisine, every pocket of Sri Lanka has its own variation of classic national dishes. Having sampled (ok, scoffed) a multitude of crab curries across the island from Jaffna, Negombo, Bentota to Pasikudah, each equally delicious interpretation is unique whether it’s the type of crab, technique or spices used.…
Spectacular sunsets, golden sand powder, delectable sea-food platter and a crystal blue Indian Ocean are some of the words that come to mind, when you think of Sri Lanka. However, once you have scratched the surface of this island country, take a train ride from Colombo, the state capital to the lesser known regions of Sri Lanka and…
A relatively new hotel in Sri Lanka, the Owl & Pussycat Hotel & Restaurant not only grasps a sense of idiosyncratic international appeal but has fast become the place to stay for comfort, vibrancy and luxury. With owls & pussycats around every corner from perky cuddly toy mascots welcoming you on the bed to silken pussycat dressing gowns, this coastal hotel in Thalpe near Galle is ideal for…
Article originally posted by Barbara of Jet-Settera, one of my fellow travel bloggers during a tour with the Sri Lankan Tourism Board.
There is some truly mouthwatering cuisine to be enjoyed amidst the ever growing restaurant scene in Colombo; from a diverse fanfare of international favourites to Sri Lanka’s specialty of rice and curry (both traditional and fusion), there’s something to stimulate everyones senses in the big city.
Along the winding roads of Sri Lanka’s hill country through the rustic town of Haputale stands Thotalagala, a stylish refurbished Colonial bungalow owned by the Thomas Lipton Dambatenne tea estate.
Tuk tuks, (also known as rickshaws, trishaws, three-wheelers) are ubiquitous across Sri Lanka in a kaleidoscope of colours, in fact, you’ll rarely walk far anywhere without being approached by a driver, especially in Colombo.
My first encounter with Yumi was at Helga’s Folly in November last year. Following an exhausting 4 hour train journey (the day after completing a coast to coast tuk tuk challenge with British Airways!) we arrived at the Folly to the warm, colourful welcome of Helga and her delightfully eclectic friends, including Yumi and her husband Waruna.
Helga’s Folly. A unique, otherworldly dreamworld, nestled in the hills of Kandy; the last capital of the ancient era of kings with the spectacular ‘temple of the tooth’ at it’s heart.