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Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Batticaloa April 11th 2017

Try to get a Frenchman to pronounce this title… You’re up for a good laugh! The very first evening we stayed in Kalkudah, we had dinner at a small restaurant (the only restaurant on the small road that runs parallel to the beach) called Nilmini Foods and Cool Bar. We usually try to eat with the locals and it seemed like the kind of place where we’d have a big plate of fried rice or noodles for a cheap price. We did get good food (and huge portions!) but we also met a fun family of 6. Theepan, the eldest son, was extremely welcoming and spoke enough English for us to communicate about simple topics; he explained to us that his 3 sisters went to school in Polonnaruwa but everyone was home for the New Year ... read more
Happy New Year! @Nilmini restaurant and Family, Kalkudah Beach
Passekudah Beach
Kandasamy temple in Trincomalee

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Batticaloa April 2nd 2017

HE SAID... Today we were travelling south from Tricomalee to Batticaloa. We woke early at 6am, organised our packs and headed down to breakfast. I ordered poached eggs on toast, which I enjoyed with mixed fruit juice and tea. I ‘stole’ a few bakery items for the bus trip to Batticaloa, and then headed back to our room to finalise our packs. We were sad (in a way) to be leaving Trincomalee, because we’d really enjoyed the relaxed and laid back atmosphere of the place, especially our hotel (Anantamaa), and we were also sad to be leaving our friendly peacock – who we had affectionately named ‘Captain Peacock’. We checked out of the hotel, jumped into our minibus and headed south towards Batticaloa. After about 30 minutes we crossed the Mahaweli Ganga, Sri Lanka’s longest river, ... read more
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Batticaloa January 15th 2014

I have Traveled to many parts of Sri Lanka over and over again. Before the war was over, then after. Last December holidays, i thought, i was going to do something unique which most Sri Lankans would not do. That is to travel on MY own in Sri Lanka (on a holiday to discover new places) for a couple of days, no itinerary, no prior hotel bookings and only rest houses. If push came to shove and i had no accommodation for the night, then i was going to shack up in the back of my car for the nights shelter. So i was going to go with the flow. But i had to make sure i had all my gear with me so that there was nothing lacking. Especially, my lap top with dongle, my ... read more
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Batticaloa October 10th 2013

Batticaloa! Riding through the countryside approaching Batticaloa was like the approach to Jaffna. Destroyed buildings all along the way. Who was there when that roof collapsed? Did the people at this farm get out alive? Though the war officially ended in 2009, there are reminders of it everywhere. As with the tsunami, the people of "Batti" took a very big hit. And as everywhere else in Sri Lanka, building is going on apace. I was very keen to get to Batticaloa because of knowing several people in Australia who came from there. I hope you enjoy seeing these updated pictures! One interesting feature of Batticaloa was the Muslim market area and also the fishermen selling their wares from the ground along a bridge. The Hindus and Christians were also very evident. It's definitely a multi-ethnic area. ... read more
Ghandi Waterside Park
Ghandi walking the walk
Channel by Ghandi Park

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Batticaloa June 30th 2012

Geo: 7.70483, 81.6771This was my first experience of couch surfing on a social level, although I booked into my accommodation I then met up with Pushpa on the beach, who delighted me with meeting his family first of all before taking me round to his friends house for dinner then to the beach for beers with them all! I was invited into his home and introduced to his mother, sister and cousins and his mum makes me tea while we all sit in the hall. Although they do have a couch available if I need it, I'm already booked into hotel and he needs to leave tomorrow anyway for work so I thank him but opt to stay where I am. After tea we walk round to one of his friends houses and I meet a ... read more
School class I visited
Balloons
Running from the waves

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Batticaloa June 26th 2012

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Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Batticaloa January 25th 2009

Once a long time ago, I was a little boy, only three in fact, and I found myself in this lovely country called Sri Lanka. My memories of the time have faded and those I have I am not certain of. Are they my own memories or are they memories formed by stories told by my parents or photo's seen in old albums? My first memory is in fact of a crab in the swimming pool of Galle Face Hotel in Colombo. They had, and I have heard, still have a salt water pool there, so it isn't a hostile environment to crabs if they should choose to reside in the pool. I think the crab was in that pool for quite some time, I am not sure what motivated it; I can't imagine the tiled ... read more
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