Sri Lanka – a photo journey
It’s my third visit to Sri Lanka. Considering I don’t often return to destinations, opting instead to discover new places and to tick them off my travel bucket list, Sri Lanka lures me back like a lion hungry for its kill. With its pure diversity from city dwelling in Colombo and the gorgeous fort town of Galle, to tea plantations in the hill tops and the glam beach retreats in the south-west, there’s always something new to tuck into. And that’s why I returned last week with travel blogger Travel Junkie Diary on a three-day itinerary around the south-west coast for a small pack of like-minded individuals who have played a role in her journey around the world – the first in a series of bi-monthly trips she is organising. Sun, sea, sand, and sight-seeing – plus a spot of yoga (with Laura Farrier, a Dubai-based yogi), massages, and of course eating. For a change of reporting style, here’s a pictorial peek into my #TravelwithTJD mini break that will hopefully entice you to visit Sri Lanka. Enjoy the slide show :).
And now for some housekeeping:
WEATHER: The best time to visit the south-western coast of Sri Lanka if you’d like to avoid rain is December to April.
FLY: I flew from Dubai to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital on Flydubai’s business class – a four and a half hour direct flight with two daily flights. Only in Dubai do we have an economy airline with business class configuration ;). And there’s proper French champagne (Mumm). Economy return fares start from AED764, and business from AED2,600.
VISA: Most nationalities require a tourist visa which can be obtained on arrival for US$25 (valid for one month) or apply online in advance here.
Michelle from Travel Junkie Diary’s goal is to turn this series of mini breaks into consumer travel experiences that you and I can book. Next destination Zanzibar. Would this type of holiday appeal to you? Shall I convince her to add my home country Cyprus – a culinary visit with FooDiva in tow?
Disclosure – FooDiva was invited to travel to Sri Lanka by Travel Junkie Diary with the support of Flydubai, Careem, Heritance Ahungalla and Arabella on Boossa hotels. There was no obligation to document my experience, however as always, there’s also no such thing as a free lunch…or holiday ;).