How to stay free in Sri Lanka
I went to Sri Lanka in January 2017. I flew down from Bangalore India to Negombo by the night flight. Reaching late in Sri Lanka airport which is approximately 45km from Colombo located in a small fishing village Negombo. I stayed in the outskirts of the village in a almost wooden resort “Sera Villa”. It was pretty cool. I liked the way they were quiet, and had good food. Mind you internet was a problem if you are planning to work in the night which I always do on the holidays.
Next morning was lazy, met a Chinese girl who said was a yoga enthusiast and was in Sri Lanaka to learn more yoga but was drinking Vodka continuously with Lemon. Anyways, I think she was just chilling. I rented a motorbike from an Italian shop and went onto Kandy. Kandy has two parts – one is noisy city and another part is silent and peaceful covering the buddha temples and lake. I went to monastery too. Entry tickets can be expensive for foreigners but as I was from SAARC country, I had to pay relatively less. I like the way Sri Lanka do not encircle their lake boundaries, unlike India. I wonder only India is afraid that Indians will jump into the lakes because I travelled to many countries and none put a boundary around the lakes. Kandy was good.
I moved to Bentota from Kandy and this was the longest ride but Sri Lanka is a small country you longest ride from North to south cant be more than 400. But ya if you are riding from east to west than that can extend more than 1400 km on a scenic route. Bentota was calm ocean side managed small city. I like the way they sell wooden apple juice and yoghurt in the clay vessels. I stayed in a ocean side cabana – the blue carpet balcony of that cabana was amazing and sitting over there watching ocean waves and sometimes the narrow gauge railway train passing next to you was taking me back 20 years in time.
Bentota beach is white sand and a part of that beach has shacks for drinks and food and another part is just non tourist. You can just laze around all day. I had fallen asleep on many days during noon on the beach side under the bamboo shade resort people had placed for the guest.
Be Mindful if you have rented motorbike, police checking is rampant and they will take some money even if you have papers. Also, note that Indian license wont work in India like the way it does for first one month in many countries. While riding through some village on my way from Bentota to Colombo I was caught by the police. Then WHAT? What an Indian does when he is caught, I did the same and it was easy to do because that police guy was a Tamil Migrant from India.
Air tel will work in Sri lanka just remember that one incoming call cost me INR 75.
Sri Lankan do not eat out a lot so going to a good restaurant can be an affair costing approx. $40 for 2 without drinks. But yes I remember on my route I had been to a jungle rest house which had a restaurant too and there the food they served had a very large portion and was amazingly tasty.
Sri Lanka is a place to go for sure for beaches and a must try Sri Lankan Crab Curry. Its mouth watering.
Tip – Take the best hotel possible at the beach. You can earn money tomorrow you might not be able to come back here again.
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