I just got back from a week long family holiday in Sri Lanka and the Maldives (that country deserves a separate post). We were initially a bit hesitant traveling with a toddler, not sure how well he would adjust to the traveling. But, he could not have enjoyed more-napping while we were on the road, and ready to run around the minute we had arrived at our destination. He managed to develop quite a fan club at the airports and hotels as well.
Going from India, a few things that hit you is how clean the country is, how green it is, and there is a distinct lack of honking on the streets. Also, everyone seems to follow traffic rules.
We were in Sri Lanka for four days before flying out to the Maldives, and since the trip was with a group, it did get a bit hectic. We flew down to Colombo, and straight off made our way to Kandy stopping on the way to visit the Pinnawalla Elephant Orphanage.
The next day we did a day trip to Ashok Vatika in Nuwara Eliya, which was almost a three hour ride each way. This was a detour from our original plan, but a site many wanted to visit because of its importance in Hinduism. It is an uphill ride, and definitely not for those who get car sick easily.
Next day we headed towards Dambulla to visit the UNESCO listed Golden Temple, then stopped to visit the Luckgrove Spice and Herbal Garden, before heading off to Bentota. We stayed at the gorgeous Cinnamon Bey Beruwala for the night, and really hoped that we had stayed there longer. It is such a gorgeous sea facing property.
On our final day in the country we visited a turtle hatchery, and then headed off to the capital. We drove around the city visiting popular landmarks, and ended the day with some shopping at the House of Fashion, which is basically an outlet mall. I ended up picking books and some clothes from Zara Baby and US Polo for my baby for a fraction of what it would have cost me here. My husband picked a sports jacket from Zara for roughly 1000 INR, and my sister in law picked dresses from Mango. We did an overnight at the Berjaya Hotel Colombo before catching our early flight to the super gorgeous, and our dream holiday destination-Maldives.