It is hard to believe that it has been six months since we got back from our cross country RV trip. Tim has stayed busy helping our son with his business while I have been stagnate. I am so ready to shake off the “snow and dust” and get out the door.
And we are about to embark on another fantastic adventure!
Tomorrow we fly out of Los Angeles on Qatar airlines, change planes in Doha, Qatar and roughly 23 hours later we will land in Colombo, SRI LANKA.
The first three days will just be Tim and me along with our frequent travel buddies, Dick and Karen Theil plus Gary and Jan Jantzen. On day four we will meet up with our Gate 1 tour group for the 14 Day Treasures of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is an island nation, technically known as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Located in South Asia, in the Indian Ocean, it can be seen on the map above, just on the SE corner off the coast of India.
Some of you from my generation may remember when this country was under British colonial rule and was known as Ceylon. In the early 20th century, there was a political movement that wanted independence and it was granted to them in 1948. It was not until 1972 that they became a republic and changed their name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka.
There are only two countries in South Asia that rate “high” on the Human Development Index (which measures life expectancy, education and per capita income). The two countries are the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
Buddhism is not considered the official religion, but it is identified as the foremost religion and given special privileges in the constitution.
It is summer in Sri Lanka, and we are looking forward to tropical temperatures in the 80’s which sounds heavenly. I am hopeful that the humidity will be kind to us. Monsoon season has passed, but occasional rain showers are not unusual.
The tour highlights are listed as:
- Visit a National Park in the Cultural Triangle, one of the best places in Sri Lanka to view wild elephants
- Glimpse into village life in Hiriwadunna where you are welcomed with a hosted lunch
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, where kings ruled Sri Lanka over 800 years ago
- Tour the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress dating back over 1500 years, rising from the central plains
- At the inspirational cave temples of Dambulla, view golden Buddha statues and murals
- Tour the gold-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred sites
- In Kandy, dinner at the home of a local family with specially prepared Sri Lankan dishes
- Travel to the town of Nuwara Eliya in the center of Sri Lanka’s magnificent tea country
- Learn about the growing, harvesting and processing of “Ceylon” tea at a Tea Estate factory
- A Jeep Safari at Yala National Park highlights Sri Lanka’s astonishing wildlife and stunning landscapes
- Tour the colonial town of Galle, with its historic fort built in the 1500s by the Portuguese
- Visit a Turtle Hatchery, to learn about the rescue and protection of turtle eggs
I will try to update the blog along our journey as time permits. We hope you will enjoy following along.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am so excited to be off on another journey to a far-off destination that was not even on my radar until a few months ago when Karen asked us to join them. We are all packed, last minute “to do” items have been checked off, and we are spending this evening with our son who very kindly surprised me with a special gift of some Bose noise canceling headphones to take on the flight with me. Life is good!