Serenity and good food ....

Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
Trip End Aug 24, 2010

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

The direct flights had quite an awkward schedule, so we chose a connection in Chennai on Kingfisher. The advantage was that we didn't need to check in 3 hours ahead, the disadvantage being some running around at the Chennai airport. All said and done a pleasant flight preceded us walking out of Colombo airport into a calm tropical afternoon with a cool sea breeze. Usually I have done a good homework on any place I visit, not this time. I knew the rough conversion rate was 2.4 Lankan rupees to 1 Indian, but I didn’t know that Indian currency can’t exchange at official money changers. Some miracle that I carried some dollars.

The cab to our resort in Bentota was going to be 5000 bucks, fortunately Lankan bucks. It was a good car, nothing to write home about, but comfortable. The driver spoke some English and gave us some tips here and there. The drive itself was nothing short of fantastic. The road ran next to the ocean for the most part though only for some short stretches did we get a glimpse of the ocean. What we did see was Sri Lankan culture, the shops that lined the streets in multiple towns we passed, lot of army personnel and some temples of Budhha. There were lot of tempting fruits along the way, but we didn’t really stop. Lunch was semi-forgotten and semi-skipped. The resort was spectacular, we were greeted with fresh juice and then shown to our sea and pool facing room.

It was a few hours to the buffet dinner which was going to be on bar-be-cue theme. We explored the other cafes but then settled for the buffet, which looked quite tempting. The sad part was that the actual bar-be-cue was happening in one separate area of the buffet which we never discovered. The good part was that the spread was large enough that a whole service area could be lost. The very good part was that there was also some authentic Sri Lankan cuisine to go with the food. The surprising part was that the maître-de was very subtly seating Europeans on one side of the room and Sri Lankans on the other side purely based on colour of skin. We went to the European side!
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