|The Galle Face Hotel from The Taj Samudra.|
|Gurmeet with Asoka our guide and the trusty steed!.|
|Center Court, Galle Sea Face.|
|Pretty maids all in a row at Taj Samudra!.|
We arrive at our hotel, warm and friendly smiles and we move up to our room. A double take! Is this the Taj?? The room is down at heel and tatty!. This actually being the Taj, smiles and apologies all around and we are upgraded to a ‘renovated’ floor. Much better, but the room is still old fashioned and requires a facelift.
|The Taj meeting facilities and Galle Promenade.|
The long civil war with consequent drop in business has resulted in most of the up-market hotels becoming a little run down as managements cut down on upkeep and renovation expenses. The traveler will probably find that many of the pricier hotels are not very good value and are a little outdated. With the economy and business picking up, most properties are now slowly renovating.
Sri Lanka known as Lanka, Serendib, Taprobane, and Ceylon during various times in its history, is a beautiful tropical island nation, located just off the southern tip of India. Its ancient history is connected to that of south India. It was an important center of Buddhism, with the ancient ‘Temple of the Tooth’ in Kandy still regarded as one of the most important Buddhist holy shrines.
|Foreign Tourists once again visiting World Heritage sites!.|
|The Sea Side Bar at the Galle Face Hotel.|
|Baloon Seller on Galle Green.|
|Foreign Tourists at Cave Temples|
The Galle Sea Face with its vast green, surrounded by elegant buildings, is a favoured strolling and play area for Colombo residents.
At one end stands the elegant, colonial Galle Face Hotel, at the other, is the old Ceylon Continental. The one and a half kilometer long Sea Face is a bustling hubbub of families out to have a good time and vendors doing brisk business in the evening.
The Sea side bar at the Galle Face Hotel is the perfect place to settle down for a cold beer or tall drink after a brisk walk along the promenade.
|High Tea by the Sea!.|
|Buddha Painting at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.|
|Sri Lankans having fun at Negombo Beach!.|
There are many beaches around Colombo with Negombo, Mount Lavinia, Kalutara, Beruwela, and Bentota being the easiest to access.
|Sailing into a new dawn!.|
These are popular with locals and foreign tourists alike, with local Sri Lankans outnumbering tourists at the nearest ones.
|The Serene Kalutara Beach.|
|Owner & Chef of Oyster Restaurant. Great Food!.|
|An Elegant Home to Stay In!.|
|Good Street Food on the Beach!.|
|Comfortable and Clean Road Side Restaurant.|
|On the Road in Sri Lanka.|
|The Road to Nuwara Eliya.|
|Gurmeet and Asoka Tea Tasting.|
The views along the road from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya are quite stunning, especially in the hill country. The road passes through villages and small towns offering an unending kaleidoscope of day to day life. Wooded Hills, Burbling Streams, Tea Gardens and lovely Vistas are a part of the landscape. Many Tea Gardens offer facilities for Tea tasting in relaxed settings. One can also purchase fresh Teas.
|The Tea Factory Hotel, Nuwara Eliya.|
|Trout Stream and Tea Bushes.|
|Tea Garden, Nuwara Eliya.|
Nuwara Eliya is a lovely hill town, with some beautiful colonial buildings, at an average altitude of 6,000 feet. The best Tea in Sri Lanka is grown around these hills. The area is also famous for growing European and English vegetables, a rarity in tropical Sri Lanka. Some of the old Tea factories have been converted into lovely heritage hotels. The streams in the area are famous for trout fishing. There are game sanctuaries nearby which are great for viewing leopards and a wide variety of birds.
|An Elephant's Salute!.|