Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
54Trip End Sep 19, 2011
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Where I stayed
Shiva guesthouse and Coral bay
We Called a taxi early in the morning and he took us to a bus stop where we could catch a bus to Trincomalee ( known locally as Trinco ). This was to be our last bus journey in Sri Lanka because we would be leaving Trinco by train. Cathy and I caused rather a stir on this little street as we waited to catch the bus. People literally came out of their houses to come and stare at us. This gets a little unnerving after 15 minutes. We then found out that we had to wait two and a half hours for the Trinco bus. We decided that we would catch the next bus that came along and where ever that ended up we would go to Trinco from there. It had to be better that way than being stared at for two and a half hours!!! The next bus that came along was the Pollunaruwa bus. We had been here already as part of our cultural triangle tour. This bus ride took 2 hours and it got ridiculously crowded. Nothing new there then!! We were dropped off outside the train station in Pollunaruwa
We arrived in Trinco at about eight thirty that evening pretty shattered. As we left the station we were approached by a Tuk Tuk driver. I said take us to the Bay View hotel. We were told by him that that hotel was closed down and he could take us to a nice hotel. I just laughed and said don't give me that old line just take me to the Bay View. He said ok I'll take you there if you want. I said I want. We drove off and I felt pretty smug, you can't pull the wool over my eyes that easily. Sure enough he took us to the Bay View and sure enough the Bay View had been closed for years. Damn that 2003 guide book!!! After wiping the egg off my face we asked him if there was another hotel in town. He took us to another and Cathy went in and asked to see a room. She came out saying Rs 5500 was a right rip off and we were not paying it. I should explain that Cathy checks the hotels out and bargains for a better price. She goes because I am a complete coward when it comes to bargaining. Once again the driver suggested a hotel just up the coast about 10km away
The next morning after breakfast we went for a little walk up the road to a British war Cemetery we had been told about. It was set in beautiful gardens. I had read about this place and it had the graves of many Royal Navy sailors that had died just off Sri Lanka in WW2 when the Japanese had sunk the Hermes aircraft carrier and I think the Prince of Wales Battleship. Not a good day for the Royal navy. I will have to do some reading up on this battle as I have not really heard a lot about it. You could say we British only sing when we are winning. The Caretaker of this beautiful Cemetery came out to talk to us. He was a lovely old English guy and he told us all about the place. In the hotel we met an English lady called Jo who was travelling on her own. She said she had booked a taxi that afternoon to take her on a site seeing tour of Trinco harbour and town and we were welcome to come along and share the taxi cost. We readily agreed and off we went.
Those of you from the North East of England might be familiar with the name Trincomalee