This Ghar Ki Murgi is NO Dal Barabar!
This little drop of an island in the Indian Ocean, formerly known by the name Ceylon to the world and to us Indians, always Sri Lanka, is idyllic. A perfect choice for budget travellers like us who are looking for some great off-beat locations for vacations. Our reasons for choosing (and recommending) SL for a vacation -
2. Safe bet for a little adventure. We wanted to take a road trip with our toddler who hates road journeys too. Basically hates to travel, sigh! :( SL is a safe and tourist friendly country and offers some great roads and infrastructure, all thanks to China. Made it very convenient and enjoyable for us to travel on road in our 4WD Daihatsu Terios which we rented from Malkeys. (Got an International Driving Permit from our local RTO office in Bangalore). But our decision to drive ourselves across the country proved so worth it because of scenic beauty all around. Not a single route was less than idyllic.
3. There's SO MUCH to see and do in SL, 8 days were not enough. We made the best of it by covering about one-forth of the island country. We saw beautifully landscaped mountains and lakes, we saw their culture and religion, breathtaking tea plantations, natural water reservoirs, we saw wildlife, charming colonial towns and ofcourse the lovely white sand beaches. I thoroughly enjoyed driving on the coastal road with exotic views of the great Indian ocean.
4. Luxury is very affordable in SL. In India, the places we stayed at would cost atleast 60-80% more.
5. PEOPLE. Yes, the people of Sri Lanka. It was such a pleasure to meet our neigbors. Very humble, polite, helpful and friendly. They sure know how to make their guests feel welcomed. Warm, lovely people, wherever we went. Be it our hosts or the strangers we met on road, at gas stations, restaurants or shops. And when we told them we are from India, their reaction was - "Oh India! We are the same then, no difference" with a smile.
Of course we are the same. We share such an important part of our ancient, ancient histories ;)
Located very close to the Int. airport and Malkeys where we collected our self-driven car on rent for the next 8 days. Nice property with comfortable suites which they call rooms. Our journey begins here!