Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
Trip End Apr 06, 2013

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Flag of Sri Lanka  , Southern Province,
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I can barely work up the energy to write up yesterday's blog! We're at the most beautiful spot right on the beach at Bentota and we're just having a day of doing nothing. The resort is gorgeous, we have private pools right outside our bedrooms and our units are side by side. We've had a late breakfast with enough on the menu to sustain us until dinner when we're going to eat at Rohana's home with his family. Until then, we're just going in and out of the pool, playing on the wifi, and generally relaxing until spa time at 12 o'clock when we've booked in for head and neck massages. 
What a spoiled bunch we are!
Anyway back to's not really a long way in kilometers from Nuwara Eliya to Bentota but with the roads the way they are it always takes ages to negotiate the single lanes and busy traffic. Luckily, the speed limit is only 70kph so though it seems hectic its not really. We've become used to the drives now. Everyone understands that when you blow the horn you're going to pass whether you have enough room or not, or whether a truck is coming head on to you or not either. Rohana is excellent and we feel really safe with him. A few days ago I had to smile because two of us were passing at the same time and a bus was coming straight for us and not one of us blinked and eye! And it just worked out because the drivers are all doing the same thing and look out for each other. 
We started the day with a short stroll around the vegetable market in Nuwara Eliya. The stall owners all smiled and said "Good morning" as everyone does here. We can't speak highly enough of the people and the country. It's all been wonderful. Lovely, friendly people and fantastic sights, sounds, tastes and experiences.  After the market,  we hopped in the van to make the trek down here. It was simply 5 hours of S bends broken once for a sightseeing side trip to see a waterfall which Jen and I walked down to and wanted to sit under, and then a stop by a white water rafting river for lunch. Apart from that, it was curvy diving for hours on end. I didn't notice really, too busy looking at the lush scenery and the interesting, busy, little townships, but Leanne found it really tedious and was very glad to get out of the car at the end of the day. The countryside was stunning. Green, full of coconut groves, rubber and palm oil plantations , coffee bean trees, pineapple farms, banana groves all the way here. Nuwara Eliya was like the country's kitchen. Everything grew there! Name a vegetable or fruit and yes, we saw it. 
For the very last part of the drive yesterday we suddenly came to the new freeway. Only open for 10 months, its fantastic. We zoomed along at 100kph - the first time that's happened in Sri Lanka! 
Now we've given Rohana a day off, which he was a bit unsure about and spent the day giving us little tips since he wouldn't be there to look after us. "Don't talk to the beach boys, they're dangerous. Don't buy jewellry from the hotel shop. I know a better place, much cheaper". 
 Time for another dip...

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Len Roles on

This blog has been great, Joc. You are having a great time and Mum and I have been able to enjoy each day with you from thousands of miles away.

Marl on

You ladies certainly know how to live the high life! Enjoy it while you can. The blog has been a great idea. Xx

Helen on

Who worked out your itinerary? I want them to plan our next trip. Just spectacular!

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