Six Days in Sri Lanka
or is it
If we’re being honest, the main reason we decided to visit Sri Lanka was because we like to say “Sri Lanka”. Doesn’t it roll off the tongue just perfectly? We started to think it sounded like a greeting or like it could replace the “god bless you” after a sneeze? AHHHHCHHHOOOOO. “OH, Sri Lanka to you!”. Going forward, we’re not likely to use this method of trip planning again…
This tiny tear drop of an island off the coast of India gave us a run for our money, no pun intended. Almost daily, we found ourselves in precarious scenarios that were both frustrating and bank account draining. More on that in a different post, but if you are interested in touring Sri Lanka like two gals who didn’t do enough research, here is a bit more about our accommodations.
Day 1: Arrive in Colombo
Hotel: OZO Colombo
Thoughts?: This hotel was a dump. It looked like a shiny new penny on the interwebs, but was barely tolerable for a 12 hour stay. The OZO was undergoing renovations & was not staffed appropriately. The check-in was slow, the rooms were small, and the WIFI barely worked. Glad we arrived late in the evening and left early in the morning.
Day 2: Colombo to Tea Country
Hotel: Ramboda Villa (an airbnb)
Thoughts? This villa was located on a private tea plantation in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It was massive & well staffed (albeit over-staffed given there was just two of us staying). The dinner they prepared for us could have fed 15 other people and was delicious. We’d recommend this airbnb if you’re ever in the area.
Day 3-5: Tea Country to Passikudah
Hotel: Uga Bay Resort
Thoughts?: The grounds were lovely & the rooms were spacious and comfortable. The private beach and pool were great & well maintained. As the resort is relatively new, the management has some work to do with their employees. We saw a lot of staff members just hanging around and ogling at the guests, of which we were the victims on several occasions. It left us feeling very uneasy & uncomfortable. It was a nice resort, but not one we’d return to.
Day 6: Passikudah to Yala National Park
Hotel: Kumbuck River Tree House
Thoughts?: We wish we would’ve had more time to enjoy this property. It is nearly impossible to find, but once you get there you are in for a real treat! The owner & staff are amongst the most accommodating we have experienced! Our stay included meals & they were DELICIOUS. Two of the best meals we had in all of South East Asia. We would certainly recommend & visit again if we ever find ourselves back in Sri Lanka.
I KNOW. I KNOW. We sound like total Debbie Downers in our South East Asia re-caps, but we’re just being honest. We wanted to love all of these places, but at the end of every day, we felt deflated. There were great moments, but never a perfect day like we’ve experienced elsewhere (looking at you, Cape Town).
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