Our journey from Birmingham to Sri Lanka - destination BEACH
24.10.2011 - 29.10.2011
Our transit in Dubai was short but we had enough time to venture out and experience the heat of the Middle East before heading into an air conditioned shopping mall to cool off!
We then took another four hour flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka, and then a bus from the airport to the city centre. The bus seemed to take forever and by this point it was Wednesday morning, we had left Birmingham on Monday afternoon!
After a short train ride slightly south of the city and our first tuktuk ride of many to come, we arrived in Mount Lavinia. Its a suburb of the city with cheaper accommodation and a quiet beach used only by local families. We did a homestay with a nice lady called Priya who has a turtle living in her garden! We were jet lagged and exhausted so after a quick curry, a cold shower and a walk along the beach (having crossed a railway line to get onto it!) we just slept!
Finally we are in Sri Lanka....phew!
(Laura, I really should have asked you to show me how the mosquito net works, after stabbing myself in the thumb with the pins I managed to construct it like a tent using a broom! haha! resourceful at least! - Sophia)
The next morning we took a train to the South Coast of Sri Lanka, a 3 hour journey which was meant to be by train. However, we discovered that the tracks are being repaired half way down the coast and we completed the journey by bus.
Taking a train here is insightful experience. Firstly there are the holes in the ground for toilets through which you can see the tracks running below, then there are the salesmen that pass through the carriages selling all types of fruit, dried crispy prawns, samosas and pastries, medicine for dental ailments and local newspapers etc. There are also plenty of people who stop, stare and are willing to tell you their life stories and then want money in return (or a bottle of beer as its their birthday?!)
Apart from all this chaos, the train tracks run along the coast and there are great views of the beaches and the ocean, there are no windows so there's a great breeze. There are also no doors and the younger local lads ride on the steps of the train, half hanging out! On the other side of the track we passed lots of villages and saw all the scenes of daily life here; buffalo pulling carts, old men selling coconuts, small children playing in the road and waving at the train as it goes past.
Finally we arrived in Dehawella, near Unawatuna on the South Coast. We had our first two nights booked for us as a present from the Redferns and the Achilleas (Thanks guys!) and it was a fantastic way to sleep of the jet lag, freshen up and relax in pure luxury and on a pristine beach - now we are ready to begin our adventure!