Although Sri Lanka is a rather small island with good infrastructure and public transport services, traveling takes time. As I reported in my previous post, going from Trincomalee in the northeast to the central highlands around Nuwara Eliya took us a whole day of breakneck bus rides including non-stop local dance music program and plenty of free sickness bags. Once we were in the South, the trips got shorter as we gradually made our way along the coast from Tangalle to Colombo.
At Tangalle, we stayed at a beautiful small hotel located a couple of miles outside Tangalle at Rekawa beach. The name of the hotel was Ananthaya, which means endless. During our walks along the stunning beach we only saw few local fishermen and met three boys from the village.
From Tangalle we took a bus to Galle, a town with a complete colonial fort built by the Portuguese, fortified by the Dutch and maintained by the British. Today, the fort is one of Sri Lankas main attractions and many of the houses within the fort have been restored elaborately and are now owned by foreigners or serve as guest houses.
Hikkaduwa is a small, yet busy beach town just a little further down the coast. Here, the beach was crowded (at least compared to our previous beach experiences) and there were bars, a market and a small harbor.
Our next and last beach stop was Bentota, where the train tracks run through all the hotel gardens along the beach.
After relaxing at the beach and the hotel, we eventually took the train to Colombo. The train, which had crossed our hotel garden many times, beautifully runs along the coast line.
We spent two nights in Colombo, which is enough to get a good idea of the town. Colombo is neither as big nor as busy as other asian boom towns, but is friendly and polished.