In terms of preparatory logistics, Sri Lanka was has been one of the easiest and hassle free trips ever! A round trip ticket from Bangalore to Colombo cost us a little under INR15000 when booked a month in advance. Applying for the VISA online, I kid you not is easier and faster than shopping on Amazon! You just need to go on the site, fill in your details, pay the fees (around INR 900) and voila! You’ll get a confirmation email in the next few minutes and you’re set to fly!
Day 1: Colombo : Pettah & Fort
Right outside the airport there are several buses waiting to take you to the central bus stop. We hopped onto one of those for the almost 1 hour long journey to the centre of the city. We had pre-booked two beds in the City Fort Rest Hostel (near the Old Dutch Hospital), so we headed there to keep our stuff and start exploring!
Before I even start off with the 4 days, I must mention about the hospitality, kindness and generosity of the Sri Lankans without whom our trip would not have been half as enjoyable as it was! We got our first taste of the hospitality when while wandering on the streets looking for a place to eat, a kind gentleman took pity on our faces with hunger written all over and took us to a small eatery that he owned. We were served several short eats and hot bakes (basically lots of samosa-like things stuffed with potatoes, eggs, meat etc) and super sweet and milky Sri Lankan tea to wash it down with.