We returned from our latest visit at the end of May. We were fortunate to be in the island when the 26-year civil war ended with the defeat of the Tamil
Tigers. The celebrations in Kandy were wild, the city centre streets exploding with firecrackers and giant vats of kiribath (milk rice) being boiled up on street corners and roundabouts for distribution to the people – a local tradition. Tamil and Sinhalese people were rejoicing equally. Everyone we spoke to was optimistic about the future both generally and in terms of tourism. In time the beautiful east coast as well as the Jaffna peninsula and islands, and major national parks such as Wilpattu, should be added to the list of Sri Lanka’s visitor attractions.
The long-awaited new shopping mall in Kandy has now opened though
so far it only houses a bank and a supermarket – but no doubt other
units will soon be occupied.
We found a small town, Habarana, within an easy day trip of the house
where it’s possible to do jeep or elephant-back safaris.
The famous Kandy Esala Perahera is coming up in July/August – but
book now if you want to see the world’s biggest street parade.
We constantly trawl the internet for cheap flight deals and this time
went out for half the price we usually pay. It pays to book well in
advance, though, if you want the best deals. Ask us for advice.
We can also recommend a couple of safe drivers we know who speak
English and can be really helpful to you.
That’s about all for now. We’re already planning our next trip, in spring next
Jerry and Sally