“Trinco” is still waking up from the 2007 finish of the Sri Lankan civil war, and widespread damage caused by a tsunami in 2004. Many people feel that the current government cares little for people living in the North, and lack of infrastructure and commercial development keeps development back. Recently, Prince Charles visited Sri Lanka (link), and raised awareness of the plight of the Tamils. On the other hand, this gives the NE part of the island an off-the-beaten-track feel.
We stayed at the Palm Beach Resort(link) just north of Trinco’s harbor. If I was to return, it would be the only place I would consider. Italian owners, Luca and Dona, run the best hotel on Sri Lanka’s east coast. On top of that, they have the best Italian restaurant in Sri Lanka. (below) Cashew fruit grows on trees found only in Sri Lanka. When you slice it, and dip it in salt water (seen below) is does taste like a cashew nut.
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Colombo was our entry/exit point into Sri Lanka. Our best friend, David, selected the Lake Lodge, which was an excellent choice. I would love to stay there again. Anne’s can’t-miss shopping destination was Paradise Road.
(below) Anne and David From Columbo, we drove to Kandy. Kandy is located high in the mountains above Colombo. On our way, we passed by several elephant orphanages. In our guidebook, we read that the elephants are generally mistreated, and that visitors are constantly hassled for more and more “tips” to get more access to the elephants. I’ve seen some amazing photos taken at these places, in hindsight I wish we would have given one of them a chance.
Kandy is Sri Lanka’s capital of culture. Here, we watched and kind-of boring cultural show, and visited Sri Lanka’s most important temple which houses one of Buddha’s teeth.
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