I always wanted to have an international trip and the feeling of having my passport finally stamped. I have heard people around me planning their trips, ranting continuously for months together about the do’s and dont’s of being on an international trip, and the rest of them eagerly sketching their honeymoon itinerary, rather than the wedding itself. All this and a lot more made me think if I could even, afford an international trip.
Just then, a friend of mine called me up one fine day with an offer that sounded like a million dollars…”Hey, Snig would you like to join us to Sri Lanka for a 7-day trip that would cost around INR 35,000″
As soon as I heard her, I hadn’t even given it a second thought and had immediately said a yes. Trust me it was the best decision of life.
Two months post that day, we had everything in place, passport and visa, a wonderful itinerary, booked a cab to travel around the country, right from the pickup at the airport on day 0 until the drop off on the day 7, and of course Airbnb accommodations for all the 6 nights (each place had a beautiful experience). Here is my day wise itinerary which helped me in falling in love with Sri Lanka.
Day 0: Flight from Chennai to Colombo, once we landed in Colombo, the weather was super sultry and hot, at 3:00 AM in the morning, which took us by a surprise. We headed off to our stay in Negombo, our mouths fell open in awe when we saw that villa, it was splendid, beautiful and surrounded by greens on all fours, I could hear my mind scream in happiness “OOOOH LALALA this is called a holiday”
Day 1: We decided to spend a light day, just exploring the city, Buddhist temples, churches, fish market, some old forts and nevertheless the sandy beach. Did you know that 70% of Sri Lankan’s are Buddhists and note, one needs to dress appropriately to enter these Buddhist temples and churches (so speaks the experienced ;)). Oh yes, and if you are a Tamilian or at least look like one, then you are for sure going to attract many localities eagerly waiting to strike a conversation with you. We did explore some Srilankan food for lunch at a place called Choicy, Sambol being my favorite. If you are a non-vegetarian and seafood lover you have many options to savor your hunger, but one needs to clearly reiterate if you need spicy food, and they eat a huge quantity of rice so one serving generally has ample amount for two people.