Tuesday 12th December – Saturday 16th December: Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is also known as ‘little England’ having been a hill station retreat for the British colonialists in the 19th century. Some traces of these times can still be found, most notably at ‘The Hill Club‘, a private gentlemen’s club turned hotel where we stayed for four nights. Set in several acres of grounds,…

Sunday 10th December – Tuesday 12th December: Ella

Having grown up in the golden age of Public Information Films, there is something vaguely disturbing about being in a place where almost all instructions for hikes start with the words “walk along the railway tracks…”. (Un)fortunately for us, on the days we were in Ella the Sri Lankan railways were actually on strike so…

December 7th – December 9th: Buckingham Place

Those who know me will be aware that I like to have a plan. Having a plan means you get to do the things you want to do, but with minimal faffing. That said, a good plan is robust enough to allow for spontaneity when inspiration strikes, and this was one of those occasions. The…

Monday 4th December – Thursday 7th December: Galle

Galle is actually a fairly large city on the south coast of Sri Lanka, but the main reason to visit is for the UNESCO Heritage site of Galle Fort, an originally Portuguese, then Dutch fortification that was taken over by the British, and is now Sri Lankan, although apparently many of the properties are still…

Thursday 30th November – Sunday 3rd December: Colombo

When heading to a new country, it’s always advisable to check the weather. Turned out we arrived in Colombo at the tail end of an unseasonable and highly unusual cyclone, so we were greeted by monsoon-style rain. Luckily we’d already organised a driver to bring us to the delightful Taru Villas Lake Lodge, so by…

Monday 27th November – Tuesday 28th November: Hampi

The overnight train to Hospete – the junction stop for Hampi – was Noah’s first experience of Indian Railways so I thought First AC was the only way to go. Not exactly glamorous but perfectly acceptable. As we left Bangalore after 10pm our compartment was already in bunk format, with the bedding pack laid out…

Monday 27th July – Wednesday 29th July: Tulum

On our way from Merida to Tulum we stopped off at the Mayan ruins at Coba, famous for the carved stelae┬ádepicting events or stories from the Mayan period. The ruins are still being excavated, and feel more ‘Indiana Jones’ than some of the other sites we visited, being surrounded and overgrown with jungle: Here you…