Friday, July 8, 2016

Kandy/Nuwara Eliya - Sri Lanka


As we hit the road again towards the next destination on the third day (Negambo & Kandy), we had a couple of in-between stops. First thing in the morning, the guide took us to a sort of departmental sari shop where you can buy nice colourful saris as well as other clothing. Packed with mostly Chinese tourist who were over excited wearing a sari and taking countless number of pictures, we on the other hand, casually browsed the things. I didn’t buy anything neither was I keen to know if the tour buddies shopped.




By the next hour, we journeyed to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden (Bai Orkid Chiang MaiTroldhaugen Edvard Grieg Garden NorwayFrogner Park OsloRose Garden Riverside BangkokKings Park Perth & Chi Spa Penang) after in fact idling our time for no apparent reason at the shop.
First built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala King and later expanded by the British, Royal Botanical Garden is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers of various shapes and sizes. Upon arrival, we collected the entrance ticket from the guide, make our way into the well maintained and large area, and leisurely walked around while simultaneously capturing some captivating shots for remembrance.  




Spending around at least 3 solid hours at this garden which actually was quite tiring, particularly figuring out which direction will lead back to the exit out, next was lunch at a nearby resort. Later an impromptu 20 minutes stop at a nursery to admire the beautiful plants and flowers, whereas the scheduled itinerary to a tea plantation was unanimously cancelled because we wanted to spend more time at Nuwara Eliya.  




By 4.00pm, we had already checked into Galway Forest Lodge. To start off, tea with some snacks were served, thereafter we headed to the nearby area for a boat ride (The Golden Triangle Boat Ride Chiang Rai) and to admire the invigorating mountain climate and scenery resembling our Cameron Highlands. 


  

Back to the hotel, we had dinner and requested for a portable heater to keep warm in the colonial style room facing the plantation.




Night soon called, certainly a good sleep to wake up fresh the next morning.

Up next - enroute Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama and Tissamaharama.

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14 comments:

  1. You really have been to everywhere, Nava. Sri Lanka seems really beautiful.

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  2. The place looks amazing to visit especially the botanical garden.

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  3. love the collections of silk sarees..

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  4. So lovely to read about your travels, Nava! Sri Lanka looks like heaven! Lovely shots of you in the Botanic Garden!

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  5. Many pics of Sri Lanka looks so similar to Kerala. May be because both are closer.... Beautiful pics and write up dear.... :)

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  6. place looks beautiful...i love silk shirts...love the feel of it

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  7. SriLanka looks so beautiful.. My hometown is in mangalore and it reminded me so much of the coastal town of mangalore.. looks like u had a great time:)

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  8. WOW! Everything looks so beautiful !

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  9. so beautiful and green :)
    keep in touch
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  10. Beautiful place.. love your detailed post..the botanical garden pics are Beautiful!and you look gorgeous as always..

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  11. I read abt silk worms in books when I was in school. this was interesting info to know.. love Sri Lanka...

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  12. Even I visited royal botanical garden during my Sri lanka visit, I agree with you, it is quite easy to get lost in this place. Personally, I like the spice and orchid garden.

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  13. Great place to visit. Nice Pics and you style the way

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  14. Sri Lanka looks like a nice place to visit

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