SRI LANKA Day 3 – Galle


Welcome to day 3 of our Sri Lankan adventure. If you enjoyed Day 1 & Day 2, well there is more! See the summary below.

Day 3 – Galle
– Left hotel at 9 am
– Turtle Farm
– River/Mangrove Tour
– Buddha Statue 
– Moonstone/Gem Factory
– Dutch Canal
– Galle Jewelry Street
– Skills fishing (missed)
– Head home, dinner on the way @ KFC
– Arrived hotel @ 10 am  

Turtle Farm @ Arun & Aman Turtle Conservation and Research Center

Entrance Fee – 1000 Rupees (27-30 AED)
Tip – Expected 
 Kokobear holding a  5-kilo turtle.
 Sri Lanka has 5 out of 7 (in the world) species of turtles.

Our 1 and half drive started at 8:30 am, arrived at the Turtle farm and started holding/carrying turtles of different shapes and specie. According to our guide the world has 7 types of turtles and 5 of them can be seen in Sri Lanka. It took us less than an hour in this place and moved forward to the next destination. 

River/Mangrove Safari 

Entrance Fee – 2500 – 3000 Rupees (30-65 AED)
Tip – Expected 
Part of this cruise is a stop over in one of the fish spa along the river, cost 150 rupees per person.

It took us more almost 2 hours to travel this very wide and long river/sea connected to the Indian Ocean. We owned the small boat with our guide/boat driver. We stopped over in some islands and the most interesting was the Cinnamon Island wherein we were able to see how the oil and powder are prepared. It was sunny & cloudy and we are facing the sun all the way!  This activity is actually the cause of our sunburns. 🙂

Buddha Statue en route Moonstone Factory

Entrance Fee –  Free
Tip – Not needed. 


It’s a big and white Buddha statue standing in the middle of a small river with a bridging one point to the other. This can be seen as we proceed to the next attraction.  

Moonstone / Gem Factory

Entrance Fee – Free
Tip – Not needed, but maybe buying a stone/jewelry will make them happy. 
A raw moon stone it is. Actually they also have other precious stones…

It was a holiday so there were few workers in the shop, a lady showed us some of the stones they get from the hole moon stones were popular in the site but they also have other precious stones such as amethyst, sapphire, emerald and more. After the tour, they will show you’re their shop and you can start your shopping 🙂

Dutch Canal and Galle Jewelry Street

Entrance Fee – Free
Tip – Not needed. 
 The canal is overlooking Indian Ocean… strong waves and big rocks right in front of this deck.

The canal and Jewelry street are back to back, in front is the Dutch Canal where you see the Indian Ocean and a beach front where many people gathered, this day was a holiday and so the area which is considered to be as a park as well is full-packed. We took some shots with the light house and then go back to the street of Galle where you see a long line of gem and souvenir shops. We stopped at one burger shop, a gelato shop and a tea shop. Chilled out for some time before returning to our car. 

We missed Skilled Fishing; it was past 5:00 pm when we arrived the place. So we just do the U turn and headed back to the city. Along the way – since we’ve been craving for a Western food, we’ve asked our driver to look for KFC and lo and behold, we found one!!!  
We’re home at 10:00 pm. 
This day was short and sweet but I enjoyed it like the past 2 days too. Try checking out SL Day 1 and SL Day 2 blogs too!

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SRI LANKA Day 2 – Sigiriya, Elephant Ride & Safari

It’s day 2 blog now! Catch the earlier stories and previous post links at the end of this blog.


Day 2 – Sigiriya,  Elephant Ride & Safari
-Left hotel at 5:30 am
– Hike Sigiriya Mountain
– Elephant ride
– Safari
– Head home, dinner on the way at Mango Mango
– Arrived hotel at 11:30 pm


Climbing Sigiriya in Dambulla
Entrance – 4620 Rupees (125 AED) – Kinldy note that Locals & Foreighners have different entrance fee.

Tour Guide – starts at 400 Rupees ( more or less 35 AED ++) – Optional.

SIGIRIYA as you read it on Wikipedia is world reknown site (a rock fortress) that has the shape of a lion. Its name – Sīhāgiri, means the Lion Rock. Some of the attractions within this fortress are the Mirror Walls, The Garden, The Water Gardens, the paintings, Boulder Gardens and Terraced Gardens. The most rewarding is that when you reach the top, you will get a view of Sri Lanka 360. Today, Sigiriya is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Elephant Ride @ Green Island Elephant Safari
Entrance – Free
Elephant Ride – 3500 Rupees (95-120 AED or 25 USD)
Tip – Expected (At least 500 Rupees and above)
We were in a not so good timing for this elephant ride. While the other sites are closed… The only option we had was this place. We reached the place with only 2 elephants, one is not in action, so only one is available and there was a queue of tourist. During this month, Buddhist people offer their elephants to the temples for a festival. This is where they paint and put on beautiful and colorful clothes/designs to each elephant, but then we still got that chance, therefore I was able to tick off this bucket list! We end up 3rd in line and had a very short ride with Rani. Kokobear is the one who enjoyed it most; he had a chance to be riding on the neck of Rani!

Safari Adventure @ Habarana
Entrance – 1000 Rupees (35-40 AED)

Safari Jeepney – 4800 Rupees (137 -150 AED) – Can take up to 6-8 persons
Tip – For the Driver, expected(At least 1000 Rupees and above)
It took as a few minutes to reach the entrance to the Safari area – a 20-25 minutes ride as well to reach the heart of a very wide land, lush green grasses, a lake in between and hundreds of birds around it. I expected more animals. Although variety of birds were there, a flock of cows/carabao  or I think a family of both – – a water buffalo, an eagle, a peacock, squirrels, and a big number of small and gigantic elephants!!! Actually I was a bit disappointed with this Safari ride but still happy to see this wonderful place. I will be showing you off more photos of these animals that Kokobear captured on a separate blog post soon. 

Three major sites and a 5-6 hour long drive have occupied our day 2. A bit tiring but feel fulfilled with Sigiriya being conquered by the 3 of us! A closer look and touch with the Elephants is also something amazing. I missed to see a leopard though! Dinner was at Mango Mango a local restaurant that served us fried chicken, vegetable rice and noodles. The hard day has wrapped up at around 12:00 midnight!

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Blog post by : JM Kayne

Sri Lankan Foodie – ආහාර (āhāra)

As a part of every travel; it is indeed a good way to know more about a country’s culture with their food. Sharing a separate blog post of our gastronomic adventure in Sri Lanka!

Trivia: While in Sri Lanka, the 3 of us never had lunch!!!

Wanna know why? . . . Read on! 🙂

Two (2) of the three (3) days tour that we had started early in the morning because of the distance of the sites we visited. Day 1 & 2 – we had our packed breakfast.

The hotel packed a very “safe” set of breakfast for the three of us: Cheese Sandwich, Orange or a banana, a slice of cake and a boiled egg! (Missed to take picture of this)

No lunch because – we tried to catch up and cover the entire planned itinerary and we only survived by water and the breakfast pack while on the go. Hungry? Yep but we didn’t feel it much –although I feel a bit sorry with Amila (driver/guide) that he didn’t take food (maybe)…. maybe because we were so engrossed with the activities that when we look up our watch, it’s past lunch time and yet too early for dinner. Part One – will be about our Sri Lankan Foodie adventure… Part Two are the general/international foods we ate. 

Part One – Sri Lankan Food
Day 1 Dinner  @ Kamlo.
Got curious what a “Devilled” Chicken, Pork or Beef – So I chose that!
Devilled Pork… Yes it’s like a beef steak but has a distinct sauce which I believe that’s what “Devilled” is…
CURRIES!!! – Ate Amie & Koko took Shirmp and Chicken curry. With 5 side dishes of eggplant, cabbage, coconut salad etc.
Kamlo Restaurant’s entrance. Right in front of it is a bar!

Day 2 – Dinner @ Dee Tree (D3)
Egg Rotti. It’s a snack!
Chicken Kottu – A heavy dinner that requires no rice. It is made of variety of vegetables such as cabbage, onions and a Gothamba ma roti – – – a simple Sri Lankan flatbread usually made from wheat flour. It also has a mixed of chicken.
Take a look on how it is done:

Part Two – General/International Food (in SL)

Fried chicken.
Vegetable rice.
Noodles…

Hotel Breakfast
A burger in Galle…
Bottled Water in the railway station – night market stall areas. 1L water usually costs 100 Rupees (2.70 AED). Smaller ones cost 60-80 Rupees (2-2.10 AED)
Third day dinner was in KFC! We were so excited to see a familiar resto that we asked Amila to look for KFC! And yes we did! The thing is, I forgot to take a picture! ha ha ha
Last Night Dinner
KFC night was a good one. But what gave us a happy tummy is our Seafood platter dinner at the TUSKER. The total cost of this dinner was around 6800 Rupees or 50 USD (185-190 AED) for 3! The restaurant was fully booked when we arrived, so we have to wait for some time. And the wait is just worth it because we enjoyed what they’ve served us!

SaveSaveOver-all, the dining experience in Sri Lanka was not bad. To be honest, I was a bit hesitant about how the food will be. I am not a fan of curries and I thought it will have less options. To my surprise, the stalls lined-up right on the street of our hotel has so much to offer! If I am to rate my over-all foodie adventure in Sri Lanka; out of 10 I would give it 7 or 7.5.
Have  you been to Sri Lanka? What food have you tried?
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Blog post by : JM Kayne

In-TEA-resting

Glenloch Tea Factory. See my short review of this place on Trip Advisor.
Glenloch – Tea Farm/Estate & Factory
Address: Nuwara Eliya KatukithulaSri Lanka
Phone Number: 094 052 225 9646 
www.glentea.com

As I have mentioned on my SL Day 1 blog, this “in-TEA-resting” visit is worth a separate blog. So here it goes!
Among the five (5) sites we visited for our first day (14 Sept 2016) tour is Glenloch Tea Factory.  I was happy to learn about something about TEA. I love drinking tea and it helps to actually understand and know about how it is being processed and prepared. 
It took us around 1 hour plus to reach this site (from Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth) – – – going up to the hills, the way is like that of Baguio/Osmena Peak in Cebu. You will see a sea of tea plants from different factories or they call it tea estate and a line up of pine trees that makes the atmosphere really cold. When we arrived our driver – Amila asked someone to tour us around and there we met a young Tamil lady named Susini. Friendly and informative, she toured us around the factory – explained the process, answered our clarifications and allows us to take videos and photos. (uploading a short clip soon.) We noticed that almost all workers are female, so to our curiosity we asked Susini, at first she gestured a showing off her arms that connotes to a “strong woman” and when we laughed, she explains further that it is because of of the soft touch a woman has when it comes to picking/plucking the tea leaves and doing all other processes . . . and so all we said was – –  “ahhhhhh ~~~ okay”.

The process of tea making are : Plucking (picking the right leaves), Withering (drying), Rolling & Crushing (makes it release the enzymes that promotes oxidation), Fermenting (applicable for black teas), Drying/Firing (further drying…), Sorting (separating leaves according to its grades such as BOP, BOPF,Orange Pekoe, Pekoe etc.) and finally Packing – part of the sorting process whether to make it as lose tea or into the tea bags.


Over-all for me this tour is a must-visit when you happen to be in Ceylon. A recommended one! At the end of the tour, Susina brought us to their overlooking cafe where they served us a free cup of tea! Indeed as Kokobear +ellejulie0116 quoted on his Facebook “Tea is great at the source!” 

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SRI LANKA Day 1 – Kandy & nearby areas

SRI LANKA Day 1 – Kandy & nearby areas

 

After the “CEYLON” intro blog and the summary of our SRI LANKA Itinerary, here comes day 1.

 
Day 1 – Kandy and nearby areas
– Left the hotel at 6:30 am
– Elephant Orphanage
– Spice & Herbs Garden
– Temple of the Tooth
– Tea Estate
– Ramboda Waterfalls
–  Head home, dinner on the way @ Dee Tree
– Arrived hotel at 10:30 pm
Elephant Orphanage @ Dept. of National Zoological Garden (Colombo Zoo) www.colombozoo.lk – Pinnawalla Rambukkana

   Entrance Fee – 2500 Rupees (67 AED) – with 1 AED = 37 Rupees
The elephants are trained to carry their own food and even some logs.
We witness a big number of elephants inside the orphanage wherein they are being taken cared of the Sri Lankan people working in this place. They feed them, give them milk, tame, clean and train. We also witness milk feeding time for 5-8 months elephants and get a chance to take a picture with them. Tried to sneak a touch too, not allowed though. hehehe 🙂

Spice & Herbs Garden @ Susantha Spice & Herbal Garden
   Entrance Fee – Free
   Herbs/Oils/Creams etc – between 2000- 20,000 Rupees ++ (20 – 500++ AED or more)
A worker from the garden will tour around you and explain the different spices and herbs with its corresponding health benefits. We’ve seen cacao, small pineapples, aloe vera, garlic, ginger, lime, cinnamon and more. At the end of the tour they will guide you to their store and show you some of the products, well it is up to you if you want to take some. 
Temple of the Tooth in Kandy 
   Entrance Fee – 2500 Rupees (67 AED)
   Shoe Keeper – 100 Rupees (2.75 AED) – You need to leave your shoes because you  
have to go  inside barefoot.
This was the photo that should not be taken… (No photos should be taken against the temple – as the notice says) but the security said don’t take pictures “behind” which we mistook as the “back” of this temple…
As you buy the tickets from the booth some tour guides will approach you and will ask / charge 300-500 Rupees (10-20 AED more or less), but in our case we went inside by ourselves. No one toured us so we just try to read. We’ve watched and observed the faithful buddhist, some of them offering lotus flowers, prayed and more. Taking pictures are allowed but it’s not allowed to take a photo with your back against the buddha/statue which made us misunderstood when we were reprimanded and asked to delete the picture we took.
   Entrance Fee – Free (Donation is open) – no tipping as mentioned on site
   Tea Products –  300 – 8000 Rupees (10 – 200/500 AED) – Depending on the type of tea
you want. 
This is sea of tea plants in the area that we passed by along this day 1 itinerary.
It took us around 1 hour to reach this site going up to the hills, the way is like that of Baguio/Osmena Peak in Cebu. You will see a sea of tea plants, and a line up of pine trees that makes the atmosphere really cold. More stories about this Tea Factory visit will be shared in a separate blog.
Ramboda Waterfalls
   Entrance Fee – Free 

There were lots of small waterfalls along the way to the tea farm but as we left the place, our driver/tour guide showed us 3 big once and was able to come closer to one of them. I was in awe with the beauty of being near to Ramboda Falls and the photos will tell…
These 5 sites are our first encounter of Sri Lanka. I am making another blog about my impressions of this country and 10 other stuffs about the people, food, transporation and others… 

Among these five (5) sites, I am happy to learned about TEA. I love drinking tea and it helps to actually understand and know about how it is being processed and prepared. From 6:30 am to 10:30 pm it took us around 3 and half hours travel and another 3 hours back to our hotel. Day one is fun. I wish I could share all the photos but cant… A trivia? – we’ve taken 87 GB all in all for this trip. Will be sharing some from the cameras that we brought… See more photos of it (from my mobile phone) on Nothing but Memories – SL Day 1. (link to be given soon)

Check out our Day 1 Sri Lanka adventure video:
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Sri Lanka Trip Itinerary Summary

As of writing, the 3 of us (Kokobear, Ate Amie and I) are now in the airport going back to Dubai/Abu Dhabi. It’s 5:27 am – from Colombo airport there is a layover to Mattalla for an hour then Dubai.
While waiting to board FZ 551 I have chosen to start this series of blog with the summary of our itirenary!

Day 0 – Arrival

Checked in the hotel – Paradise Beach Hotel in Lewis Place Negombo.
It is 15-20 minutes ride from the airport.
Talked to HF (Holiday Factory) representative – Mr. Vasantha regarding our plan for the daily tour.
We walked the street in Lewis Place where restaurants & souvenier shops lined up.

Dinner at Kamlo.

Day 1 – Kandy and nearby areas

– Left the hotel at 6:30 am
– Elephant Orphanage
– Spice & Herbs Garden
– Temple of the Tooth
– Ramboda Waterfalls
–  Head home, dinner on the way @ Dee Tree
– Arrived hotel at 10:30 pm

Day 2 – Sigiriya, Elephant Ride & Safari

– Left hotel at 5:30 am
– Hike Sigiriya Mountain
– Elephant ride
– Safari
– Head home, dinner on the way at Mango Mango
– Arrived hotel at 11:30 pm

Day 3 – Galle

– Left hotel at 9 am
– Turtle Farm
– River/Mangrove Tour
– Moonstone/Gem Factory
– Dutch Canal
– Galle Jewelry Street
– Buddha Statue
– Skills Fishing (missed)
– Head home, dinner on the way @ KFC
– Arrived hotel @ 10 am
Day 4 : Mini Colombo side trip
– Hotel breakfast
– Prep for Colombo side trip via train ride
– Visited Odel
– Back to Railway station/ Souvenier shopping
– Train ride back to Negombo @ 4:55 pm
– Arrived hotel @ 6:25 pm
– Pool until 7 pm
– Seafood Dinner at Tusker
– Lights out at 12 am (18 Sept)

Day 5 : Depart Sri Lanka

– 2:30 am call time
– Left hotel at 3:00 am
– Arrive SL Airport and waited for our flight
– Arrived Dubai Airport @ 11:20 am
– Arrived Abu Dhabi @ 2:45 pm
Details and more in the upcoming blogs!
This is #ByaheNgKokobearsWithAteAmie in Sri Lanka.
Intro post here.

Ceylon

A Detour
To some of you who know our Eid getaway plan this year, perhaps you’ll be surprised that #ByaheNgKokobears is heading to another destination. Don’t wanna mentioned where we’re supposed to be but this time we are heading to CEYLON or now called SRI LANKA and we have a special guest, Ate Amie joins the adventure!
After the twist and turns of events, I started reading about this new destination and found some interesting places and activities. As an intro blog, I will be listing below what I expect to experience and shall update this once we complete or miss those items.
While reading this, we maybe off to Dubai to catch our flight to Colombo 🙂 so enjoy and updates will surely be posted soon.

So, I hope we could:
1.      Ride an elephant! It’s actually on my bucket list
2.      Visit the tea estate
3.      Ride Sri Lankan train (not the modern one like in Dubai)
4.      See more animals in Safari like a leopard…
5.      Enjoy the beach of Sri Lanka
6.      Visit Temples
7.      Hike Adam’s Peak/ Sigiriya
8.      Learn more about this country, the culture, the people and the food.
There could be more on this list and for sure a series of blogs will come up soon. For now, I wish everyone will be enjoying the long holiday. Stay safe and God bless us all!
Update will be posted here…

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Update as of 18/09/2016

SL Itinerary Summary


Day 1 – Kandy and Nearby Areas

I see Edward Cullen 🙂

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Day 3 – Galle

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Blog post by : JM Kayne