Welcome again to Sri Lanka!

After having to postpone our journey a number of occasions, it lastly occurred final November. Touring again to Sri Lanka! A visit I had seemed ahead to for what looks like ages. It had been greater than 5 years since I used to be final there, and I’m very curious to see how issues stand in spite of everything the issues of the previous few years.


The nation continues to be fairly empty in November by way of vacationers. That has its benefits comparable to in nationwide parks, the place you typically really feel you’re the solely customer. I go to the lesser-known Wilpattu and the often very busy Yala Nationwide Park. At very shut vary I see a bear and in each parks I spot a leopard a number of occasions. That the massive crowds are absent is a bonus throughout the sport drives. I see just a few different autos and infrequently we’re the one ones to identify a specific animal, which makes me really feel additional privileged. Elephants additionally present up, though it’s troublesome to see them due to the heavy rainfall. Migratory birds have additionally already arrived in Sri Lanka in giant numbers. Sri Lanka is and all the time has been an important vacation spot for nature lovers with a lot of nationwide parks and an important variety of wildlife.

Religious Anuradhapura

I expertise the spirituality of the nation throughout a go to to Anuradhapura, the positioning of the sacred bodhi tree. I’m right here on the weekend, as are giant teams of households, complete villages introduced in buses, everybody wearing white. Choices of brightly coloured flowers, meals in addition to coloured slippers and monk’s robes are on the tables. The individuals discover togetherness and energy in faith, and that is abundantly clear in such a spot. It makes me really feel very particular.

From Hatton to Haputale

Final time it was not potential to journey by prepare; now I’m touring the route from Hatton to Haputale. Lovely landscapes glide previous me. I see tea plantations, waterfalls and picturesque villages. At altitude, it looks like we’re driving by way of the clouds. What an expertise! And the truth that the prepare doorways stay open throughout the trip makes it additional thrilling!

The manufacturing of tea

Particular was the go to to a tea choosing village. No vacationers have been right here for years, and my presence is introduced by babies from afar. A few of them are seeing foreigners for the primary time of their lives. The varsity-age kids are solely too glad to follow their English. And because it seems, right here too they know the soccer participant Ronaldo, though they themselves are extra into cricket that’s performed right here into the night hours. Whereas visiting a tea manufacturing unit I expertise that tasting tea is definitely identical to tasting wine. I by no means realized earlier than that the manufacturing of tea is a 24-hour course of. Deep respect for the ladies who’ve to choose 20 kilograms of tea leaves a day and accomplish that in all weathers and as now with typically leeches between their toes as a result of moist climate.


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Galle Fort, the Temple of Tooth and Tangalle

And the way stunning are Galle Fort and the Temple of the Tooth once more. To not point out the gorgeous seashores and swaying palm timber in Tangalle. In any case, the seashore is rarely distant in Sri Lanka with such a protracted shoreline. And once more, no plenty of vacationers but.

Accommodations, lodges and tea bungalows

Then the superb boutique resorts the nation is wealthy in. You will discover them in all sizes and styles. The particular safari camps with their private service and ideal nature guides and the highest luxurious resorts, lodges and tea bungalows the place consolation and private service are paramount and the place you lack nothing throughout the journey. An appropriate type of lodging could be discovered for each celebration in Sri Lanka.

Welcome again!

Through the journey, it’s abundantly clear that the nation and other people miss the vacationers. Vacationers who trip right here benefit from the variety of Sri Lanka, its stunning nature, fascinating tradition and historical past and, after all, its scrumptious meals and seashores. I take pleasure in all these components that make visiting this nation simply so particular. Earlier than the journey, I had requested myself this query: is Sri Lanka able to host vacationers once more? To that I can reply a convincing sure. You may journey once more to this wonderful trip vacation spot with peace of thoughts. Welcome again to Sri Lanka!

Jozef Verbruggen is Director and Proprietor of Untamed Travelling. Untamed Travelling is a journey designer that makes a speciality of high-end bespoke journey experiences across the globe.

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