How to end a busy holiday on a high note? Plan your agenda so that things just keep getting better and more interesting towards the end, and the create an opportunity to relax and recover to the max… That’s exactly what we did in Sri Lanka: first we zig-zagged around the country to see the amazing nature, ancient cultural heritage and learned about the trades of tea making, cinnamon and other spice making, creating palm leaf buildings, artisan wood carving and batik printing – all so interesting and fun to learn about!
On the other hand on a holiday one also need to create some time for relaxation and recharging the batteries before going back to work or studies – and driving around, walking for hours and changing hotels every day just doesn’t quite cut it. Therefore we added a nice beach holiday in Passekudah, on the East Coast of Sri Lanka to the end of our tour – a little slice of paradise of blue skies, sea water as warm as a bath – and total lack of fellow tourist and noise pollution. The latter is probably explained by October and early November being a month between two monsoons (and therefore less popular), as well as that the tourists are yet to find en masse the East coast of Sri Lanka. This area is a traditional Tamil area, and was in the heart of the long civil war which ended few years ago and therefore less developed for tourism.
As this area was also hit by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami all the previous hotels were pretty much destroyed – therefore in a country where most hotels are rather old, this little section in Passekudah offers modern standards and even luxury accommodation. But note that if you would like to go and experience this little deserted slice of heaven you better hurry, as several hotels are being built in anticipation of a future tourist influx to the country…
So for a few days the life was a beach for us and we loved it; however, eventually the reality bites and this family had to leave back home and return to work and school…paradise lost, but great memories remain forever!
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