Our family had the good fortune to travel to Sri Lanka over our Spring Break. Even more fortunate was that we were able to tour the small island country south of India with the father of a friend of ours. Gary is an expat who has lived there for many years. He and Recika, a driver and friend, planned our entire trip for us. It was amazing to arrive off of the plane and have a van and 2 new friends waiting for us. The week that followed entailed many, many hours on the road (pretty slow roads) traveling up country to see many major sites. What an extraordinary experience it was.
Sri Lanka has varied landscapes; we were not on the coast but inland which meant that we experienced the tropics and jungle and mountainous regions.
Among my favorite experiences
The elephant orphanage
The tea plantations in the mountains
The two dozen monkeys at one of our resorts
The varied religious representations: Hindu . . .
Buddhist. . .
And Christian. We were there on Good Friday and were surprised to see the Catholic
churchyards filled with parishioners all in white, as well as witness an
angel parade in the street!
The 1/2 day safari
The botanical gardens near Kandy
the Indian Ocean
Roadside pineapple (for under $1) and King Coconut
Seeing how Batik is made
The Old seamstresses using the OLD Singer sewing machine to hem Anna's sari.