Lazy four days on the beach

Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
Trip End Sep 19, 2011

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Sandy's Beach Cabanas

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Friday, February 4, 2011

14 Jan


   We left our hotel that morning without having breakfast and made our way to Galle bus station. The bus to Tangalle was quickly pointed out to us and we climbed aboard. This was our first experience of bus travel in Sri Lanka and the first of many to come as Cathy and I had finally worked out a route that we were going to take on our travels around the Island. This tour was to end up in Trincomalee on the eastern coast well and truly off the tourist trail, with no train between here and there. As we sat on the bus waiting to leave a precession of hawkers walked the aisle of the bus selling their wares. Eventually we set off and the conductor came around. He said we would have to put our bags in the aisle. I asked how much was the fare? and on hearing it was only pennies said I would pay four fares, two for Cathy and I and two for our bags. Problem solved. We arrived in Tangalle ( pronounced Tangaul ) two and a half hours later. We found a Tuk Tuk and told him we wanted to go to Sandy's beach Cabanas. We had spotted this place on the internet and it looked perfect. Sandy's is about 2 miles along the beach from town, so it was a nice and quiet location with a beautiful beach. Just what we were looking for.

   On arrival we asked if they had any rooms and were shown a lovely brick built cabana right on the beach. Ok so how much?  Rs 3500. Cathy immediatly said it was too much have you got anything cheaper? We were then shown a woven palm leaf cabana just behind the brick cabanas. Rs 1500. That will do nicely. Wow that was cheap, under 10 that was more like it! This place was rustic, Real rustic. It had a branch frame with woven palm fronds for roof and walls. The floor however was concrete and surprisingly enough it had a good bathroom as well. We were actually very happy in our hut and stayed for 4 days, and I know I keep saying it but we have good memories of this experience that will live with us forever. And lets face it, that's why we are traveling in the first place...........for the memories and experiences. We went to sleep every night with the sound of the waves crashing on the beach just the other side of our woven walls. Heaven.

  The beach was like a picture post card. Lined with coconut palms, white sand and lovely blue water. Big waves however spoilt any chances of snorkeling. But it was a pleasure to swim in these waves. There was a dangerous undertow though and on one of the days I helped rescue a Sri Lankan lad that was getting dragged out to sea. I never went out without my fins. I am starting to think I will never find another place to snorkel. I have read time and again that Trincomalee is good for snorkeling but I'm not holding my breath. I'll probably have to wait till I get to the Philippines and Indonesia for that.

   We ate at the in house restaurant as there was nowhere else to eat. It was very pricey and we only ever had dinner there. The food was very good it has to be said. One night we had BBQ Barracuda, the very same one that is in the picture. What a tasty fish Barracuda is and the flesh is very meaty. We walked into town on our second day to get provisions for our lunches, things like Bombay mix or is it now politically correct to call it Mumbai mix? Well I've never been called politically correct yet, so we'll call it Bombay mix and Cathy went for crackers and fruit and the like. This saved us a heap of money and I'm pleased to say our daily expenditure is down to just under 30 a day. I would say however that we have found it cheaper to live in all of the countries we have visited so far than we have in Sri Lanka. I don't understand what is going on in the Sub Continent. I have stopped going to India because the prices of hotels there have gotten ridiculous. For example you will pay about 3 times more for a hotel in Bombay than you would for a hotel anywhere in South east Asia outside Singapore and Hong Kong, and the quality of a hotel in S.E.A. will beat the pants off 99% of hotels on the Sub Continent and that's a fact. In short go to S.E.A. and get more for your money.

  The weather has been fantastic and our days here were very relaxing, with just swimming, sunbathing and reading to fill our time. You could say life is a beach.

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trish an john on

your going to have to turn your blogs into a book, there great.

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