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Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Trincomalee March 4th 2020

Saturday 29, February, 2020 cont'd At 7.00 pm we went down to get some dinner. Pat ordered grilled chicken and I ordered chicken fried rice. As usual here it all took a little while. Pat's was a little spicy but ok. The hotel has a Chinese connection and last night in the restaurant of about 15 people, we were the only non-Chinese. Most of them seem to be into scuba diving. Back to the room for 8.30 pm and lights out 10.00 pm. Sunday 1 March, 2020. Another good nights sleep, woke at 6.30 am, stirred at 7.00 am. Down to breakfast at 8.00 am. Sliced fruits, omelette, bacon, sausages, French toast, toast, fruit juice, tea and coffee. You order breakfast from a menu. The waiter is a softly spoken young man, who gets most things ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Arugam Bay August 8th 2019

We actually left! I write this now (This is now out of date. We are in Arugam bay but wifi has been shocking at all places we have stayed so far!) sitting in our first airbnb here in Negombo, Sri Lanka. It still doesn’t feel quite real being here knowing we have such a long time overseas ahead of us. Going for 6 months (and having a child) really changes the dynamic of going on holiday. There wouldn’t be so many good-byes and preparation if you were only travelling for a couple of weeks. Cairo interestingly seems more settled despite the very different environment. I think now we have arrived he is better able to understand what we are doing even if we haven’t quite figured it out! We flew out of Auckland at midnight and ... read more
Cairo also loving it
Not all bad
First home

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Trincomalee June 9th 2018

After a couple of days of lounging about the beaches and trying to spend as much time as possible twelve meters under the water surface, I decided it was time to continue my exploring. After the morning's diving, I set off back to Trincomalee, the nearby city that I had passed through on my way to Uppuveli. After a few minutes of sweltering on the hot and dusty main road, I was able to flag down a local bus heading south and I squeezed on amongst the brightly-saried women for the fifteen minute ride into town. Being in the north-east, Trincomalee has a different vibe to the other parts of Sri Lanka I had so far visited. Street signs are written in both Tamil and Sinhalese and there is far more Hindu culture evident in the ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Trincomalee June 6th 2018

My plan had been to travel from Kandy to Jaffna but I was so tired after Sigiriya that I couldn’t face the eight-hour bus ride and so instead I settled for the comparatively easy five-hour ride to Trincomalee in the east for a spot of beach chilling and diving. Jaffna sounds very interesting so I hope to head there next. The bus ride was easy enough, leaving the chaotic Kandy bus station at 7am (luckily my tuk driver drove me through the station asking every bus where it was going and dropped me a foot from the one that I needed). I was joined by a middle-aged man who was on his usual morning commute to his job in Dambulla. He was very chatty and gave me lots of tips for Kandy, should I ever decide ... read more
Cricket on the beach
New friends

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
batticaloa fort

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Trincomalee March 31st 2017

HE SAID... Today we were travelling south-east from Jaffna to Tricomalee. We woke early at 5:30am, organised our packs and headed down to JetWing Jaffna’s amazing breakfast area. I had cornflakes, toast, jam, an egg hopper (thin crispy rice flour and coconut crepe cooked in a mini-wok, with an egg in the centre), wild orange juice, guava juice and tea. It was another fantastic breakfast, and I wished we could eat like this every morning. We checked out of JetWing Jaffna, jumped into our minibus and drove a short distance to Jaffna’s bus station, where we clambered into a very packed public bus and sped off towards Trincomalee. As we drove through Jaffna’s streets, I was unsettled by the war-torn houses that still bore the marks of ammunition. The further we travelled from Jaffna’s suburbs, the ... read more
egg hopper
public bus
public bus

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province May 9th 2016

Greetings folks! We ( maybe more me) left Ella reluctantly enjoying our last breakfast on the terrace. Our next stop was to be Kandy one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka. This time our journey was by train and our 100k journey took 7 hours but for the first half the scenery was absolutely stunning. The train trundled through the hillsides covered with tea bushes and then across the vegetable plains before hitting Kandy. We booked first class, which is fans with open windows for aircon and the hard seats do recline. Most of the other tourists were in the Rajah carriage which does have aircon but for at least half the journey it was us and the locals. The last 2 hours or so there was a downpour, which was sorely needed to clear ... read more
Temple doorway
Fabulous doorway Polonawarru

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Arugam Bay September 8th 2015

Ich stehe um 6 Uhr auf und mache noch eine Abschiedsrunde am Strand. Die Sonne geht gerade auf und taucht den Himmel in eine tolle Mischung aus Rot und Blau. Leider müssen wir heute weiterfahren. Keine Surfergirls (und Surferboys, Anmerkung der Familienredaktion) mehr, eigentlich schade. Um kurz nach 9 Uhr sitzen wird endlich im Taxi nach Ella. Unsere Taxibuchung war diesmal etwas hackelig, für 9000 LKR (etwa 60€) haben wir einen Toyota Kleinbus. Die Klimaanlage soll allerdings extra kosten, nach etwas heftigerer Diskussion lenkt der Fahrer schließlich ein. Für die Fahrt ins Hochland nach Ella brauchen wir etwa 3.5 Stunden. Die Temperaturen werden etwas kühler und die Landschaft wird schnell deutlich grüner. Entlang der Straße gibt es Dutzende Gemüse- und Obststände. Kurz nach dem Mittag kommen wir in Ella an, unser Guesthouse das „Rock Side Inn“ ... read more
7 Uhr - der Strand belebt sich
Unser Hauptverkehrsmittel
Teeplantage in Ella

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Arugam Bay September 7th 2015

Der letzte Tag in Arugam Bay. Zum Frühstück gibt es heute zur Abwechslung hausgemachtes Müsli mit Früchten. „Hausgemacht“ sind die untergemischten Früchte, vom hauseigenen Koch höchst selbst kleingeschnitten und untergerührt. Eine Eigenheit gibt es dann doch, nämlich den sehr guten Büffeljoghurt der zum Müsli serviert wird. Nach der Stärkung besorgen wir uns drei Fahrräder und machen einen Ausflug in Richtung Süden. Die Fahrräder sind wie immer in einem erbärmlichen Zustand. Mein Tretlager knirscht als würde es jeden Moment auseinanderbrechen, Annetts Pedalen sind nicht rechtwinklig und erzeugen ein seltsames Trettgefühl. Aaron’s Rad ist auch nicht besser. Wie bei allen Radltouren wird irgendeine Notreparatur fällig sein, ich bereite mich schon mal auf den Gedanken vor. Die Straße führt durch Reisfelder, etwas eintönig, in der Regenzeit ist die Landschaft wahrscheinlich supergrün, aber i... read more
Keep Trying!
Beach life at night

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