Tuesday, 28 June 2016

PARADISE DIARIES: SRI LANKA #2

ROOM WITH A VIEW - VIVANTA BY TAJ
Whenever I stay in a hotel anywhere in the world (if I haven't got severe jet lag) the first thing I do is explore....
My good intention is to unpack, but I tend to avoid my suitcase until I have to actually change outfits... I've ALWAYS been this way. Exploring the Vivanta By Taj lead me to find this terrace, a couple of flights up from the pool/breakfast level. What more could you want to wake up to?...
BENTOTA BEACH - VIVANTA BY TAJ
BENTOTA BEACH - VIVANTA BY TAJ
BENTOTA BEACH - VIVANTA BY TAJ
BENTOTA BEACH - VIVANTA BY TAJ
I had seen a little path (it's about 100m) leading from the ground level of the hotel and could see the ocean. I had been so impatient about going to see this little spot. Before breakfast we headed down and I couldn't believe what we found. Before arriving in Sri Lanka I knew the hotel was located by the beach but this was literal paradise. My favourite movie is Dr No, and THIS CLIP is exactly the vibe this beach had. One word: heaven. 

BENTOTA BEACH - VIVANTA BY TAJ
TEA PLANTATION RAYIGAM ESTATE 
We visited the Rayigam Estate, a traditional tea plantation in Ingiriya. We watched each process, from the picking of the leaves, the drying process, and the tea's journey through the factory. We also got to taste the pure Ceylon tea, which was so fresh. It really opened my eyes to their world. To see how fair-trade tea workers live, earn their living and also create such a globally respected export.
THIS, AKA THE DREAM - ARGRO VILLAGE
JEEP LIFE - ARGRO VILLAGE
THOSE COLOURS... ARGRO VILLAGE
AS FRESH AS IT GETS - ARGRO VILLAGE
ARGRO VILLAGE 
From the tea plantation we travelled to Argro Village, not too far from Ingiriya. The journey there was pretty fun - the terrain was a little rocky so we hopped in a Jeep. We were hosted by a small Sri Lankan community who served us an authentic lunch in banana leaves with a tropical fruit platter. And fresh coconuts, because - FRESH COCONUT WATER. I can't get enough of coconut water fresh out of the shell. Everything they had made for us had been grown on their farm, which we had a tour of. Let's note that I now officially know what a pineapple plant looks like...

Take a trip to paradise with Thomson, just like I did from 7th Nov here

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