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Posted on 26 Nov 2016

Sri Lanka Cultural Tour November 2016

Cultural Tour
Our seven day non golfing cultural tour in Sri Lanka was perhaps a little too long and affected  for the first part by poorer weather, however, to see the Fort in Galle and the beautiful coastline was worthwhile. Indeed, within the Fort walls is a small town offering good shopping, interesting museums and several good restaurants. We had dinner at the Fort Printers Restaurant which proved excellent, decided to rebook for the final night in Galle and was invited to a wine tasting evening before and during dinner. South African Nedburg wine flowed, the dinner, again excellent and we have to thank Tijara, restaurant manageress and colleagues from the wine importers for their invitation and hospitality. What a great international evening – An Indian and Sri Lankan importer of South African wines, superbly hosted by Tijara and her management partner from Serbia. A must visit restaurant if you are ever in Galle.
From the hotel bedroom in Galle
I wondered about the thinking behind a 6 hour journey to Dumballa, back into the hills of central Sri Lanka, for only a couple of nights, but WOW, the setting of Heritance Kandalama Hotel and  the World Heritage site of The Rock Fortress at Sigiriya dating back to 450AD were worth every moment of the journey, albeit another time it should be included in the Kandy part of the tour.
The lake from the breakfast table at the Heritance Kandalama.
Our final day excursion on the way back to Columbo commenced with an Oxen cart ride, through lush foliaged lanes, mud tracks and farming area to the shores of a small lake. Rowing across the lake our Lilly leaf hats were freshly made from leaves plucked from the water and a visit to a typical farmers family home to see the preparation of foods from the grinding of maize, production of rice (paddy) grains from the raw husks and cooking methods of the same, all concluded with a refreshing drink of coconut milk extracted from a fresh coconut. A fitting way to finish three weeks in this beautiful lush tropical country.
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Happy Culturing!

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