Green table-clothed gem in Sri Lanka

A backlog of travel tales. I’ve finally found some time to write, recollect memories and relish in the folders of vibrant photographic images that was captured during our one and half week visit to Sri Lanka. And so the stories unfold…

All packed and set to leave, we bolted straight out of the door and into a speeding taxi bound for Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Mindful not to be late, we quickly zipped into the check-in lane only to find that our flight to Colombo has been delayed for 4 hours! Our measly compensation was two RM20 food voucher and a weak apologetic smile from the Malaysian Airlines staff. We quickly filled up the hours with reading, Facebooking and catching a few cat winks.

Arriving in Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport, we were surrounded by touts as soon as we exited the doors. Thankfully our hotel driver of Taj Airport Hotels quickly came to our rescue, whizzing us into his car and off to our hotel for a few hours of solid sleep. The next day holds and early start and a long journey to our planned destination.

Bandara our transport assistant from Heritance Kandalama greeted us with a charming smile. Tan skinned and cherubic looking, Bandara constantly has a smile plastered on his face. He excitedly unveiled Sri Lanka in words as we journeyed 4 hours from Colombo to Dambulla, on the north-west region of Sri Lanka.

One must be super skilled and alert to be driving on Sri Lankan roads. The two lane dirt covered roads has no distinct lines on it, cars weaved in and our overtaking one another while skillfully avoiding oncoming traffic. I held my breath for the first hour every time Bandara overtook a car, but soon realized I may end up with a headache for lack of oxygen if I continued…  I relented and sat back to blissfully enjoy the every changing scenery of paddy fields, verdant mountains and buzzing villagers.

The bumpy journey came to end as we rolled into a small lane canopied by trees on the left and right. Anticipating a huge majestic hotel in the middle of the forest, we saw instead we saw a basic structure covered with green creepers folding over like a natural tablecloth.

All packed and set to leave, we bolted straight out of the door and into a speeding taxi bound for Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Mindful not to be late, we quickly zipped into the check-in lane only to find that our flight to Colombo has been delayed for 4 hours! Our measly compensation was two RM20 food voucher and a weak apologetic smile from the Malaysian Airlines staff. We quickly filled up the hours with reading, Facebooking and catching a few cat winks.

Arriving in Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport, we were surrounded by touts as soon as we exited the doors. Thankfully our hotel driver of Taj Airport Hotels quickly came to our rescue, whizzing us into his car and off to our hotel for a few hours of solid sleep. The next day holds and early start and a long journey to our planned destination.

Bandara our transport assistant from Heritance Kandalama greeted us with a charming smile. Tan skinned and cherubic looking, Bandara constantly has a smile plastered on his face. He excitedly unveiled Sri Lanka in words as we journeyed 4 hours from Colombo to Dambulla, on the north-west region of Sri Lanka.

One must be super skilled and alert to be driving on Sri Lankan roads. The two lane dirt covered roads has no distinct lines on it, cars weaved in and our overtaking one another while skillfully avoiding oncoming traffic. I held my breath for the first hour every time Bandara overtook a car, but soon realized I may end up with a headache for lack of oxygen if I continued…  I relented and sat back to blissfully enjoy the every changing scenery of paddy fields, verdant mountains and buzzing villagers.

The bumpy journey came to end as we rolled into a small lane canopied by trees on the left and right. Anticipating a huge majestic hotel in the middle of the forest, we saw instead we saw a basic structure covered with green creepers folding over like a natural tablecloth.

Watch the video and step into Heritance Kandalama, the ‘green table-clothed’ hotel as I dubbed it.

Click here for more photos and here for more reads on Heritance Kandalama. Incidentally, Heritance Kandalama is also Wild Asia’s Responsible Tourism Awards Winner for 2010.

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