Welcome to this week’s Postcard From – the feature where I chat to some lucky explorer about their recent travels.
This week, I’ve been chatting to Roshan from Roshan’s Ramblings. Roshan is a Sydney travel blogger, who also writes about life sometimes. She is an animal enthusiast and travel obsessive. Find her on Twitter @RoshansRambling.
Hi Roshan! So, where have you been lately?
I went to Sri Lanka. I have family there, so have been many times and it always involves lots of eating, drinking and relaxing. This is the first time I went with my husband and daughter; so it was nice to do a lot of sight-seeing as well.
It must have been pleasant going with family. How friendly was the weather?
It was the hottest time of the year (March/April) so instead of just being humid it was hot too.
Where did you stay?
We stayed half the time with family and half the time in hotels we booked over the Internet.
Were you able to get around? Any remarkable places you would like to share?
We covered to the city, the beach and the hills. Starting in Colombo for 3 days where we got to see part of the old city that hadn’t been open to visitors for over 10 years and drink in lovely old colonial hotel’s like the Galle Face Hotel. Next a relaxing 3 days at the beautiful Marissa beach. Finally, heading for the hills staying one night at the breath-taking Ella Gap and 4 nights at Ebony Springs where my aunt and uncle live and make boutique tea. We also had 2 nights staying above the lake in Kandy and one night back in the beach area of Negombo before we flew back to Oz via Singapore.
What were your most exciting moments?
The highlight for me was seeing the elephants bathing in the river again at Pinnawala and getting to feed one some fruit at mealtime. I also loved Dambulla- 150 Buddha’s in a cave is an awesome sight- and Galle; a beautiful fortress on the ocean that we visited on our way to Marissa. My daughter’s highlights were the Kandian dancing cultural show, riding in tuk tuk’s and seeing the baby elephants at Pinnawala.
I’ve not tried much Sri Lankan cuisine. Did you find any favourite meals?
It was always very tasty traditional Sri Lankan food like egg hoppers, fresh coconut sambol, pancake rolls and fresh tropical fruit. And the best news is that you can get this yummy food everywhere in the country; and it’s cheap.
Interesting find. So can you recommend any off the beaten track things to do?
For a relaxing retreat and unique tea experience, Ebony Springs homestay is recommended. Bata and DSI have very cheap shoes (especially for kids) so come with/buy an empty bag. Thi Lanka in Dambulla was also a beautiful welcome retreat from the heat for a meal and you can also spa/stay there.
Do you have any advice for anyone planning a trip to Sri Lanka?
We booked a driver for touring around the country and this is definitely the way to go. Driving in Sri Lanka can be hard especially during rush hour near the big cities and on the windy roads in the hills. Also, when in Kandy, close AND lock your doors as the monkeys are very clever there!
Did you read anything new on your trip?
I read “Friendship makes the heart grow fonder” by Lisa Verge Higgins which I loved as it was about three women travelling to Europe together. Most of the hotels we stayed at had handy book swap shelves, but this one was not swapped.
And finally: what’s your favourite thing about travelling?
Visiting new places and having new experiences in the places I revisit.
NB – all images are owned by Roshan Lewis