Six Days in Sri Lanka

SREEEE LANKA

or is it

SHREEEEEE LANKA!?

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.

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OH HAY SRI LANKA!


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.



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(photos courtesy Ramboda Villa airbnb page)

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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.



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(photos courtesy Uga Bay site, linked below)

ugabay-beach-middayDay 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.



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img_0708Day 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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10 Comments

  1. Stephanie Frias

    October 18, 2016 at 3:13 am

    I commend you for your honesty. I have found that most people who have a lackluster travel experience, just avoid writing about it. But, the truth is, travel is not always glamorous. Sometimes everything goes wrong, and the trip was far more stressful than revitalizing. But, at least it wasn’t a total bust, and it seems like you gals learned a valuable lesson/

  2. Gokul Raj

    October 18, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Your itinerary looks good. I am doing a research for a solo trip to SL mid next year and this should help. As you had mentioned, you went the expensive way but it does look cool esp Ramboda Villa.Thanks for sharing.

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      October 19, 2016 at 2:05 am

      Thanks Gokul! Glad you found it helpful. We are not exactly budget tourists, but we do try to stick to some sort of budget. Good luck on your trip planning!

  3. Wanderlust Vegans

    October 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    In some ways a disastrous trip is more interesting and helpful to read about than a completely successful one. Not that your trip was a disaster as it seemed overall the trip went well. I think it is good to know some of the issues people might find so that they can be prepared. It’s probably not a trip you regret going on I bet, even though the places you stayed in had problems. The photos look nice.

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      October 19, 2016 at 2:08 am

      Thanks so much! I know what you mean. Portraying a trip as perfect is 100% BS. No trip is truly seamless! Oddly enough, like you said, I neither regret this trip nor lack new content for the blog!

  4. Munchkin Treks

    October 23, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing this itinerary for Sri Lanka. The pronunciation isn’t something I thought about, but after reading the two versions you posted, I’m pretty sure I’ve heard both pronunciations used before! I appreciate your honesty about the OZO Colombo. It’s nice to know if there’s a place to avoid.

  5. Lianna

    October 23, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I really appreciate your honesty in this post. Most travel bloggers tend to gloss over it and make every trip look perfect, but the reality is that this doesn’t always happen. Good to know that there were some positive parts though, because I’d love to see Sri Lanka one day!

  6. Diana

    October 24, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Honesty is what it’s all about!! I feel like debbie downer too when I say bali wasn’t the best for us either. I was checking out Sri Lanka for our next side trip from bangkok and we’re still going back and forth! How would you say the beaches are?
    Cheers
    Diana
    http://www.seaofblush.com

  7. Galia.Vu0107

    October 31, 2016 at 3:23 am

    Ramboda Villa is amazing, that’s perfect villa. I’ll take note it for my next trip in Srilanka. But if can, could you detail information or pictures about Srilanka landscape? Thanks

  8. neha

    November 10, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I really apprehend how you have given an honest detail of your experience. Perhaps it was due to lack of planning that you had a bad time. Because Sri Lanka is one of the most economical tourist hubs now a days and its beaches are very beautiful. BTW, those places of stay look fabulous. Glad you had a good time in most of them

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