Our Trip To The Island Country Of Sri Lanka

Our Trip To The Island Country Of Sri Lanka

By: Shoubhik Bose & Debanjana Maitra

Shoubhik and Debanjana are senior software engineers based in Boston.They are passionate about travelling and pack their bags to embark upon new adventures whenever they can.

Planning The Trip — The 5 Towns

  • Sri Lanka is known for its beaches, the colonial architecture, the Eurasian population and the Buddhist relics. We chose 2 beach towns — Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna, one fort of the colonial era— The Galle fort, one hill station with Buddhist relics — Kandy and one big city to unwind at the end of the trip — Colombo.
  • One needs to fill an online form with ticket details — which makes one eligible for a visa-on-arrival.
  • We had planned an itinerary of 10 days — Round-trip tickets were about 10,000 INR per person.
  • We followed our usual thumb-rule, if the commute to a town takes more than 6 hours, then we stay there for at least for two nights.
  • It’s easy to book inter-city transport while in Sri Lanka.

Touchdown — Bangalore to Colombo

Mobile & Internet connectivity

Before leaving India we had read up that Mobitel is a good and reliable service , so we went for it. We bought a 1-month validity plan with 8GB of 4G data and Rs 300 talk time, right after immigration near the exit. The service turned out to very reliable with an amazing data speed and signal reception everywhere including the tunnels on the way to Kandy

The town of Hikkaduwa, Southern Province

We took a privately-run air-conditioned bus from Colombo Airport to the city and hopped on to another intercity government-run bus which drove us along the coastline, to Hikkaduwa, in about 3 hours.

Stay

Our AirBnB was situated close to the main bus station of Hikkaduwa and right beside the beach. We were in constant touch with our host to ensure we got off at the right bus stop in this land we were gradually getting accustomed to.

The Coral Reef

The main reef itself is a typical fringing coral reef with a shallow crest and in a sheltered lagoon with an average depth of less than 2m. The reef begins close to the fishing harbour and extends south around 4km.

Historically, the reef was famous for its colourful branching and table corals until 1998, when a rise in seawater temperature during an El Niño event resulted in a massive damage to the corals at Hikkaduwa and throughout the Indian Ocean.

The giant sea turles

Hikkaduwa is famous for the giant sea turtles that show up at the near the reef in the morning and evening — they are very sociable as people feed them with sea weeds 😉

The reef Sharks

This non-aggressive species seems to be quite accepting of humans in the water — especially with me trying hard to catch its movements underwater.

Food — The Sri Lankan Roti & Sambol

Apart from the typical South Asian food, we were introduced to the special Roti made out of grated coconut.


The Dutch Galle Fort, the Bay of Galle

We took a “tuk-tuk” to our AirBnB which was ‘inside’ Galle Fort.

Initially built in 1588 by the Portugese, extensive fortification was done by the Dutch East Indian Company in the 1600s.

This could have been the seat of power for Sri Lanka today, had the British not developed Colombo as the capital.To Be Continued….

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