Sri Lanka travel tips
The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of Sri Lanka’s and South East Asia most impressive sights. The enormous complex contains a rich collection of architectural and archaeological wonders: large stupas, ancient pools and crumbling temples, built during Anuradhapura’s thousand years of rule over Sri Lanka. Well worth a few hours exploring this area.
Safari at Minnriya Tank:
Book a safari and see the Elephant gathering at Minnriya Tank. Large numbers of Sri Lankan elephants are attracted to grass fields on the edges of the reservoir during the dry season. It is amazing how close you get to these majestic creatures, whilst adhering to the strict rules and conservation of this area.
Sigiriya (Lion Rock) is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern district near the town of Dambulla, Sri Lanka. This site was selected by King Kashyapa for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes, and created a grand entrance to the place.
The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king's death, but still remains one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning and running fountains. When going to this site remember to take your walking shoes and plenty of water, and the last leg to the top is not for the faint hearted.
Kandy Esala Perahera:
The first six nights are relatively low-key, but on the seventh night the proceedings escalate into a impressive parade. Thousands of fire twirlers, dancers, drummers, flag waivers and elephants parade the street in a colourful 4 hour plus procession.
The perahera is held in Kandy to honour the sacred tooth enshrined in the The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. It runs for 10 days in the month of Esala (July/August), ending on the Nikini poya (full moon).
We stayed at a local guest house who organised us our tickets, and you need to book well in advance. It’s also a dry zone during the festival, so those inclined for a little tipple, it’s time for a detox.
Nestled amongst the tea plantations its ‘Little England’ in the highlands and this town has a British-country-village feel to it. With colonial-era bungalows, Tudor-style hotels, well-tended hedgerows and pretty gardens and a much cooler climate it’s a must see on your trip to Sri Lanka. Stay a couple of days and explore the tea plantations and sample the fine quality tea. It’s an easy and scenic train ride from Kandy.
Galle is an exotic old trading port blessed with Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions and museums. Easy to explore on foot, and you will love wandering its lanes as you pass impeccably restored hotels, cafes, and quirky boutiques. In Galle you will also find amazing artists, writers, photographers and designers to pick up holiday trinkets.
Well, the Dulux colour trends for 2020 have been released and wow, there are some great colours. The whole vibe feels retro-contemporary cool, turn your back on mass-produced and travel! Which suits me well, as that's what I'm all about. So below is my summary of what's on offer for 2020 and how I can help you achieve the look:
"Vintage styles mix with contemporary pieces to create an eclectic look" - Dulux
Retro contemporary cool! With a vintage and rich colour palette of blues, greens, azure (the lush bright blue colour) and amber alongside warm tones of grape, rust, and clay. It's all about blending your favourite pieces, whether collected from travel or favourite finds and expressing your true self and style. Less is more and pops of vintage colour. Teams perfectly with the Hobart, Siena and Sydney cushion.
"Cultivate’s nature-inspired palette combats the crush of city living with its soothing calmness." - Dulux
Homely, nurture and regeneration. Relax from the city life and be calm! Or just move to the country as I did! This palette is all about the layers of greens and moving to earthy palettes with hints of blue-grey, purple and mustard to help you reconnect to nature. Perfect pairing with Vatican and Borgia cushion.
"Build yourself a simple, beautiful life." - Dulux
Simple, soft and beautiful. Removing the clutter and making mindful choices of craftsmanship and longevity (sounds like purchasing from limited edition fair trade artisans to me!). This palette is muted, calm and soft with neutral whites and greys, with hints of lavender and corals to add a feeling of luxe. This palette is perfect with the Modena cushion.
"Indulge is the luxurious antidote to our busy, stressful lives" - Dulux
Rich, yummy, fun and not for the faint-hearted. Did someone say dramatic? Think escape, travel, time-warp and again, more retro-cool, but warm this time! ... Can we be all these things?!?
This palette is all about rich layers of red, earthy browns, terracotta, rust purples, and coral. This palette is perfect with Pompeii and Kandalama cushion.
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