We began our adventure on the 21st of May 2016 to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, often referred to as the “Teardrop of India”. Originally, we had planned to start our trip in India until we reaslised what a missed opportunity it would have been to not explore this little gem first. Sri Lanka’s landscape is diverse and with its close proximity to mountains and beaches it was an ideal place to travel easily by bus or train. People were extremely friendly with us and those who lived by the coast had an especially relaxed way of life. In hindsight we were overjoyed to have visited Sri Lanka first as it eased us gently back in to the world of travelling before the madness of India!
When we first arrived in Colombo we were welcomed by street parades and decorations in preparation for Buddha's birthday! This was an awesome and unexpected surprise to kick start the beginning of our trip. For two days people enjoyed time off work and took part in celebrations leaving few places open to eat. There was free food provided at a huge community centre during the evenings but as you can imagine streams of people hoarded the streets and queued for several hours in await of a wholesome meal. We eventually found one street restaurant that served a cold selection of dishes which weren’t the best considering they were meant to be eaten warm and fresh. This poor decision resulted badly as our pristine western tummies had no idea of what just hit them. After a day or two of feeling nauseous, the city had calmed down and returned to normality, allowing us to navigate the urban metropolis by foot. Galle face was a popular ocean side rest spot where we were able to relax and watch the waves crash against the promenade, as we walked towards the central business district. We spent longer than expected in Colombo, waiting patiently for our 6 month Indian visas to be processed which took approximately four days to finalise.