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Sri Lanka tour photos

A few pics from our January 'Island of Serendipity' tour

A random selection of tour photos from our recent Sri Lanka, ‘Island of Serendipity’ tour. These are kind of ‘people doing things’ photos rather than postcard style, pretty pics (which we’ll save for a later post) so apologies for the fuzzy quality of some of the hurriedly taken smartphone shots.

Sri Lanka, tea break somewhere on the south coast
Tea break – somewhere on the south coast

Somewhere between visiting the admittedly touristy, but certainly photogenic, stilt fishermen and an afternoon walk along the ramparts of UNESCO World Heritage Galle.

Sri Lanka, cocktails at Hotel Suisse
Cocktails at Hotel Suisse, Kandy

Dave, Les and Liz soaking up the colonial chic in the well-stocked bar at the lakeside Hotel Suisse, Kandy.

Sri Lanka, Elephant crossing at Habarana
Elephant crossing at Habarana

A bit fuzzy as it was taken through the bus window but an unusual (well for non-locals at least) image of traffic stopped near Habarana to allow this elephant to cross the road. Inevitably a cue for various ‘why did the elephant cross the road’ jokes…

Sri Lanka, Excellent bus crew!
Excellent bus crew!

Our valiant driver and co-pilot; courteous, helpful and safe throughout despite (to put it politely) some very challenging driving conditions. Well done guys – like the shirts!

Sri Lanka. This local cafe in Nuwara Eliya served up a cracking biryani!
Sri Lanka. This local cafe in Nuwara Eliya served up a cracking biryani!

Great to see a group up for the authentic local food in local cafes. It’s obviously where much of the best food is to be found and helps to spread the ‘tourist dollar’ around too.

Sri Lanka. Another local cafe on the road to Udawalawa
Another local cafe on the road to Udawalawa

Liz, Les and Dara not at all posing in front of a local cafe somewhere between Nuwara Eliya and Udawalawa. Despite the mud walls, corrugated iron roof and rather large snake in the garden the lunch-time buffet was excellent. A real taste of Sri Lankan home cooking!

Sri Lanka. Tangalle fishing port
Tangalle fishing port

Paul gets a guided tour by the captain of a fishing boat in the colourful and fascinating Tangalle fishing port. (Cost him a pack of John Players!)

Sri Lanka Tangalle women's darts tournament!
Tangalle women’s darts tournament!

Alison, Liz and Les seemed to be taking the inaugural Tangalle women’s darts tournament rather seriously! (And many thanks to the excellent Salt Water Cafe for a great dinner and fun evening.)

Sri Lanka Carrom match in Tangalle.
Carrom match in Tangalle.

Mike ran out a narrow winner against Nandana in this fiercely competed carrom (we checked the spelling) game, again in the friendly little Salt Water Cafe, Tangalle.

Sri Lanka The Taphouse, Galle
The Taphouse, Galle

And yours truly ends up behind bars (which some have rudely said is about time) at the wonderful Taphouse in Galle, a converted Dutch period hospital, now pub.

An all-round excellent tour, if we do say so ourselves, with a cracking guide (thanks Nandana), varied activities and sights and some great food! Full itinerary and details of our Sri Lanka tour, for anyone interested, can be found on our website.