South Indian Dancing – Kathakali…it’s weird
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South Indian Dancing – Kathakali…it’s weird

I am no dancer, but I understand the whole “move in time with the music” malarkey that people talk about. The best I can do is a mediocre impression of Stevie Wonder or an overly-exuberant Carlton from The Fresh Prince.…

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A Guide to Sri Lanka
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A Guide to Sri Lanka

We thought we would do a little summary at the end of each country, highlighting our highlights as it were! We hope it will serve as a quick travel guide to each destination, a bit more manageable than reading the…

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An Epic Train Journey in Sri Lanka
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An Epic Train Journey in Sri Lanka

Yesterday, Lucy and I undertook a journey that made Bilbo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee look like they popped to the shops for some milk. One that makes the annual migration of the Sperm and Grey Whales seem positively minute. We…

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Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka
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Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka

We’ve written a few times about our disappointment with the Lonely Planet Sri Lanka guidebook, and today highlighted why you should always follow your instinct as opposed to just blindly following a guidebook. Particularly when it comes to travelling. I…

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Visiting a Tea Plantation in the Hill Country, Sri Lanka
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Visiting a Tea Plantation in the Hill Country, Sri Lanka

After the shortcomings of Ella, our opinion of the Hill Country was low. Up steps Haputale, a small town (potentially village depending on your definition of the word), on the railway between Haputale and Nuwara Eliya. We had read of…

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Ella, Sri Lanka and Why I Didn’t Really Like it.
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Ella, Sri Lanka and Why I Didn’t Really Like it.

We had a fab time staying at Superson in Uda Walawa, but we were keen to move onto the next stage of our trip (and of our guide book) so set off for Ella, ‘everyone’s favourite hill country village!’. We…

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Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka
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Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Uda Walawe is credited with having a considerable number of elephants. At the last count there were 560 within the confines of the park (roughly 300 square miles). This large elephant population means that a safari here is arguably one…

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Bundala National Park, Sri Lanka
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Bundala National Park, Sri Lanka

    Leaving beautiful Mirissa was sad, as we loved the chilled out beach and lovely Homestay. Nevertheless we were getting more and more keen to see some elephants so off we went. We had read about both Yala and…

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A Guide to Whale Watching in Mirissa, Sri Lanka
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A Guide to Whale Watching in Mirissa, Sri Lanka

After what seemed like a week in Galle, we had seriously itchy feet and were both ready to move onto somewhere else. The question was where, and after hours deciphering our hitherto trusty Lonely Planet guides confused and confusing reviews…

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Asia’s Hidden Gem – Tiny Fruit
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Asia’s Hidden Gem – Tiny Fruit

Unbeknownst to anyone who has not visited Sri Lanka, they actually have very small fruit. My immediate assumption is that, as a small country, they obviously can only grow small fruit. Makes sense right? However, after a little research, it…

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Negombo: A Beautiful Beach Town in Sri Lanka
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Negombo: A Beautiful Beach Town in Sri Lanka

Oli and I arrived in Sri Lanka pretty excited and slightly hysterical after a roughly 24 hour round trip and about 8 hours sleep between the 2 of us. The plane only takes 12 hours if you fly direct, but we…

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Day One of My Big Adventure
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Day One of My Big Adventure

Finally! After what seems like months and months of planning we are here. Highlight of our first day has to be dinner. 1 veggie curry, 1 prawn curry and 2 drinks for 950 Rupees (£4.75 for those operating in Blighty).…

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Inside My Travel Makeup Bag
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Inside My Travel Makeup Bag

First off, I’m a heinous over-packer when it comes to my travel makeup. I have zero restraint….so please don’t judge me, and bear this in mind as you dear reader will, no doubt, will be a normal human being with…

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Happy New Year!
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Happy New Year!

So it’s the first day of 2014, and 9 days until we leave England for 6 and a bit months. Thus far, it’s pretty much the same as last year (bar the horrendous hangover of Mrs C) which has been…

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How to Get a Visa for India
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How to Get a Visa for India

Travel planning I’ve been backpacking before, but only to those joyous meccas where you are granted a Visa on Arrival as a British citizen. This is new territory to both of us and we are handling it quite differently (Oli…

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