We've always said that we'd go visit Sri Lanka. For me it would be my 1st trip to Dru's homeland. But it took us 8 years before we finally booked our tickets. But finally on 3rd July, I climbed on a plane from Tanzania, met up with Dru in Dubai, and then flew the remaining 3,5 hours to Colombo.
The timing of trip couldn't have been better, as Dru's brother and sister-in-law were also visiting the folks, so we decided to do a mini tour of Sri Lanka. Because Dru & I were only there for just over 2 weeks (what a pity work restricts holidays!) we weren't going to see all of the island at once (got to leave something for the next time...) so the itinerary planned was a nice mix of city, sea and mountain.
After a few days in Colombo, we hired a minivan and headed to Yala National Park for a few days, so famed for its leopards. Then we visited Arugambay and checked out the beach which is so popular with tourists nowadays.
After the beach, we drove to Nuwara Eliya. At about 6000 ft, it was some of the highest areas in Sri Lanka, with its famous tea plantations. Then it was down to about 2500 ft to Matale where we relaxed for a few days before heading back to Colombo and home to Tanzania.
The whole trip was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The main photos were just snapshots of family and friends, but I've added a couple of posts from our trip around Sri Lanka:
Yala National Park