Saturday, 4 February 2017

Our Stay In Galle And Negombo - Sri Lanka Travel Diary #4

Hello hello, hope you're okay?

I've finally got around to writing the final instalment in my Sri Lanka travel diary series, which is all about our stay in Galle and Negombo. This will inevitably be a short(ish) post as during our stay in the penultimate hotel we literally lazed by the pool, ate good food and sat on the beach for four days. In fact, I don't think we left the hotel at all during that time. #SlothAndProud

The hotel we stayed in was called the Aditya - and by God was it beautiful. The room we stayed in was basically a suite with a large jacuzzi bath and everything you could ever possibly need. I'm not lying when I say our hotel room was bigger than our flat in London, it was massive! 

One of the great things about Sri Lanka is that while there are lots of things to do and adventures to be had, there are also a lot of opportunities to chill out to the max. And we took great pleasure in doing just that. We were fortunate because our hotel was situated right on the beach, so we could literally walk all of 50 metres and be in the sea. The beach was also really quiet a lot of the time (as you can see from the picture below) so it was suuuuuuper chilled.
The pool area was also very relaxing and sheltered from the sea breeze, we spent many an hour lying around, reading books and drinking cocktails. It was wonderful. 

The hotel's food was fantastic, in fact we ate there every evening during our four-night stay. One of the evenings I had planned to celebrate Dan's 30th birthday (I'd emailed them one month ahead of time to arrange it and had then completely forgotten about it). On the night, they set us a table up on the beach and we ate fresh seafood by candlelight, with the waves crashing in the distance. It was pretty special. When we got back to our room they'd filled it with hundreds of tiny tea light candles in colourful glass jars - it was beautiful and a very thoughtful gesture.

After a few days of pure laziness, we booked ourselves a train to Colombo ready to catch our flight. The train situation in Sri Lanka is very different to England. We had booked first class tickets in the air-conditioned carriage a few days earlier - and thank goodness we did. The train rocked up and people began to frantically climb on board. The standard class carriages were absolutely packed (think the London Underground x 100). Our carriage was air-conditioned, but the seats were a bit grotty and there were mosquitos trapped in there with us (needless to say we smothered ourselves in mozzy repellant). The train journey is a good few hours long so I'd recommend taking something to read / do. Dan and I ended up playing Scrabble on his iPad.

Rather than getting the train up to Colombo and flying straight away, we booked two nights in Negombo (a 50 minute drive away) so that we could wind down even more. We stayed in a contemporary hotel called Pledge 3, which had a nice restaurant as well as a lovely little garden and swimming pool out back. We did have a few problems with our room - on the first night the bathroom door managed to somehow lock itself from the inside so we couldn't get in there (which, when you're desperate for a pee at 3am is not ideal) and on the second morning our toilet decided to stop working. But despite this, the hotel was pretty decent.

After a day of lying around the pool, we ate dinner early in the hotel restaurant and, an hour later, hit the hay in order to be fresh for our long-ass flight (about 10 hrs) the following morning. We were sad to be leaving, but it had been a huge adventure for the both of us. Recharged and full of life, we headed back to the UK ready for the absolute mayhem that is Christmas.

Aaaaaand that's the end of my Sri Lanka series!! Thanks for reading these posts, if you are heading to Sri Lanka and would like to ask me anything, please leave a comment and I'll come back to you. Alternatively drop me an email :)

Speak soon x

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