I first went to Sri Lanka to cover the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, I remember the drive from Colombo to Galle on my first day. The drive took 8 hours and every bend in the road revealed either the remains of broken lives and devastation or bays of profound beauty. The Tsunami was that indiscriminate.
Assignments like this stay with you for many reasons, not all good, but I remember on the day I left ... I knew I had to go back.
Anon and I have been to Sri Lanka twice more and this little tear shaped island is one of the our favourite places in the world.
We haven't been to India - YET - but we have called Sri Lanka, India Light, because it has all of the exotic mix and energy with some of the finest small hotels and food in the world without the frenzy and pollution. However the people of Sri Lanka are its greatest asset warm, charming and generous. For years the country has been undersold because of the troubles in the North but in recent years it has come into its own as one of the most desirable holiday destinations.
If you were thinking of a holiday in Sri Lanka, when we can ... please go.
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