You can meet people, who will share dramatic experiences of their everyday life. I decided to write this travel blog to encourage others, and even to travel with children.
Our first trip on the island dates back a few years back. We visit the country, especially in its southern part. We not only travel the major attractions but also penetrate into lives of the common people.
The last journey had the same characters with me and my friends for a 5-day trip. The long days, went too fast. The tropical island gives us the exotic atmosphere, along with the poignant touch. With the many stories, the territory abounds in its myths and legends. The island is also the cradle of thousand years of civilization.
It is a country known since ancient times as a land of pearls, spices, and elephants. We have these moments of deep understanding the myths surrounding the places. We had a glimpse of mysticism and religious intensity during our visit to a Buddhist temple. It was on the promontory that separates the Gulf of Galle from that of Unawatuna.
Amidst intense and bright days, we spend time along the coast of Mirissa beach. It boasts of extraordinary coves along with a multicolored and multi-ethnic beach. Weligama is a paradise for fishermen and surfers. The spice island has extraordinary historical and archaeological remains.
There is the spectacular ancient city Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, and Dambulla. There is the extraordinary coastal town of Galle with its strong winds. Kandy is an ancient capital and sacred city. A wealth of biodiversity is in Sinharaja Forest Reserve and in national parks.
Nature shows a double, fascinating face with wild rainforests. And man-made environments of internal hilly areas and tea plantations. To the south, the most important city is Galle, founded by the Dutch in 1600. The area of the fort and the buildings are light years away from the busy and populated shopping area.
The visit of the fortifications, especially at sunset, is incomparable. Moving toward the west, after about 15 minutes of the coastal road, we arrive in the large bay of Unawatuna. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It was earlier destroyed by the tsunami and now recovered.
We are about three hours from Matara, the other major city located along the south coast. There are small coves or long stretches of sandy beaches with coral reefs, where we swim in peace. In recent years, the coast has become the privileged place of holidayers. There are many hotel facilities, resorts, and villas.
We leave the main road and penetrate for a few hundred meters inland. We wanted to experience a completely different atmosphere. We wanted to appreciate one of the true faces of the island. There were lush green rice fields, banana plantations and plantations of coconut palms. Nature was overbearing with the presence of animals like monkeys, herons, and lizards.
A trip to any place in the world is not complete if you live and do not explore the local cuisine. What could be more beautiful than the feeling of a fragrance that bursts from the typical dishes? The curry rice is a generous amount of rice served. There are various side dishes of vegetables, chicken, and fish, flavored with the curry.
Other popular dishes include noodles or fried rice. There are vegetables, usually zucchini and carrots and eggs. Roti and Kottu, are a kind of flatbread fried with minced meat or vegetables. For breakfast, we had balls of steamed rice vermicelli. We also had some dishes like chicken and vegetable curry.
The fruit was something exceptional from fresh bananas, pineapples, and papayas. These are everywhere and they taste so authentic you will remain engraved for a long time.
Sri Lanka is an island that remains in the heart. It was fascinating for its unspoiled nature, and animals. The free elephants can be along the streets, its beautiful beaches and seas full of fish as well. In Sri Lanka, we decipher the myths as we meet people. They always have a smile and on the beaches.
We couldn't miss the whales and the indescribable thrill of being a few meters from her. Or being among hundreds and hundreds of jumping dolphins.