Sri Lanka is one of those those hot travel destinations right now that everyone seems to be talking about. As a cricket fan and lover of the tropics, Sri Lanka had been on my radar for several years, but when my wife said it was at the top of her must-visit list, we decided to make getting there a priority. And it’s fair to say those cricket links weren’t as much of a selling point for my wife as they were for me! But the sunshine, the nature, the history and the experience of a new culture very much was.
You can read all about the adventures we had in a special seven-page feature I’ve written for New Zealand’s number one travel magazine, Let’s Travel. Here’s how the article begins:
10,000-kilometres from home (10,851 to be exact) and there I was, playing cricket by the sea with a bunch of locals and in that moment, life couldn’t have been much better. In a Sri Lankan holiday that included everything from seeing elephants in the wild to cycling through tea plantations to exploring ancient cave temples, hitting a four through the covers off the back foot between two palm trees was right up there too. Never underestimate the simple joy in travelling where language and culture may separate you but a shared passion unites.
Hopefully you’re now hooked! Click here to visit Let’s Travel’s website where you can find out about subscription details and how to either purchase physical or digital copies of previous issues.
As for how we travelled to Sri Lanka, we worked with the fine folks at Mondo Travel to craft our dream itinerary. Together with Exotic Holidays, we stayed in beautiful hotels, had an absolutely brilliant driver and guide and felt we had a great snapshot of the country. Mondo offer many tours throughout Asia, including a 6 day/5 night ‘Heritage Tour’ of Sri Lanka starting at $1,562 per person, twin share. Mondo will provide you with an expert driver/ guide on the ground and I strongly suggest you ask for Dillan! Visit mondotravel.co.nz for more.
Our flights were with Air Asia’s long haul division, Air Asia X. While Air Asia is a highly successful low-cost-carrier, Air Asia X offers limited flatbed services with a standard of service and comfort more aligned with what customers may expect from a traditional business class. Visit airasia.com for more information.
To further whet your appetite, here are my top 60 photos from the more than 500 that I took. Enjoy them and talk to Mondo about planning for your own unforgettable Sri Lankan holiday!