On arrival in Colombo we were met by our driver Ranjan. We had been in dialogue for two years arranging this itinerary so it felt like meeting an old friend! He is a cautious driver and we headed south to arrive at our hotel The Sandhya which is just off the main road and is a haven of peace. I’d had an interesting experience booking this accommodation via Booking.com. I’d been told that my Amex card had been declined and that my reservation was cancelled (Amex had no record of any transaction taking place and do not ever decline payments regardless) – after some heated dialogue with the hotel the Owner himself called me to have a conversation and explain that there is an automated issue which sometimes causes this problem. he gave the girls a night for free and all was resolved and I am so pleased. It is an elegantly positioned boutique hotel with stunning sea views and modern clean rooms. Service is great and the food which is Sri Lankan Asian Fusion is fantastic.
🙂 Great sunsets, stilted fisherman, white sandy beaches with very few people
🙁 Probably a positive – a 20 minute drive to Mirissa Beach
Ranjan then transported us to the meeting point for our evening Ahangama River Safari. We had communicated by Whatsapp and had agreed on a fish bbq after the cruise. It was a bit tricky finding the location as it is way off the beaten track. What a lovely experience. As the sun set literally thousands of large fruit bats emerged. We also saw some monkeys. It was so peaceful floating down the river with the full moon…only interupted by the odd bang from a firecracker as it was the Sri Lankan New Year Maugli shared stories about all their hard work to get the business up and running as his uncle had taught him all about the river. The family had all cooked and the food was really excellent – probably the best barracuda I have ever tasted and the Sri Lankan sambals just divine. We then enjoyed some drums and singing… what a lovely evening with a lovely family. This is a truly authentic experience. We took tuk-tuks back to our hotel enjoying the sea breeze. What a wonderful end to our first day in Sri Lanka.
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