Where? Sri Lanka – An Island in the Indian Ocean, off the Southern coast of India, formerly known as Ceylon.
Exactly? Columbo (the capital), Dambulla (for the temples), Sigiriya (for the rock fortress), Kandy (tooth temple and world heritage sight), Nuwara Eliya (the hill stations and tea plantations) and Galle and Kalutara (for the beach).
Reason for trip? Annual family trip to Asia (normally we visit India, but we thought we’d try somewhere else this time). Also since Sri Lanka has been closed to tourism for so long due to civil unrest, now is a good time to visit before it becomes over commercialised.
Climate? Sri Lanka is close to the equator so it’s hot, hot, hot here all year round. As a general rule its warmer on the low lands and beaches, verses slightly cooler in the mountainous regions.
|Cute little local girls at the temple|
What to Wear When You’re There
|Soludos canvas espadrilles|
|Me at The Amaya Lake Hotel|
Sri Lanka – Packing
So much of your tour around Sri Lanka involves trekking, climbing and sight seeing in the searing heat, that comfort is the most important style rule to adhere to. The most essential items are comfortable walking shoes/trainers, trousers and shorts, natural cotton vests/t- shirts and sarong/cover up for women when visiting temples. Not very sexy I know, but believe me in the 35 degree heat you’ll want to wear as little as possible!
Sri Lanka – Packing – dinner and drinks
Clockwise from left: Python clutch – Jimmy Choo, Red maxi dress – Asos, Jewelled sandals – Zara, Powershot SX230 Camera – Canon, Frizz Ease hair serum – John Frida, Fire lipstick – D&G, BZero marble ring – Bulgari, Crystal bracelet – Swarovski
Sri Lanka – Packing – Poolside
From left to right: Sunglasses – Rayban, Green bikini – Varley, Green scarf – Satya, Poolside read – Anil’s Ghost (a civil war story based in Sri Lanka) – Picador, Bag – Mulberry, Denim skirt – Superdry, Aloe and soapwort shampoo and citrus body milk – Korres
Sri Lanka – Packing – Swimming
From left to right: I-pad 4s, I-pad case – Smythson, Chakra necklace – Daisy, Breton top – Day Birger et Mikkleson, Sunglasses – Topshop, Bikini – Violet Lake, Chroma Riche hair protector – Kerastase, Sun protection cream for face – Clarins, Ring – Boucheron
|Me, Anna and Mummy Rakhit in our newly purchased sarongs|
Sri Lanka – Street/Beach Style
|A printed cotton all in one, stylish and practical|
|Anna wearing a sarong bought on the beach|