Sri Lanka - Day 14
Trip Start Jan 04, 2013
20Trip End Jan 26, 2013
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Sri Lanka is famous for several things. Some are good, like tea, elephants and spicy food. Some are not so good like civil war, terrorism and tsunamis. Another thing Sri Lanka is famous for is beautiful, pristine beaches and that's where we're going next.
After a light breakfast we pay our hotel bill, hop into a tuk tuk, which takes us to the bus station, where we hop onto a local bus for the two hour ride to Tangalla.
Tangalla is quite stretch of beach where the pace of life is slow, the sun is hot and the seafood is fresh. A perfect remedy for what ails us
We arrive at the Mangrove Beach Cabanas in the early afternoon and enjoy a light lunch and a few drinks while they prepare our rooms. Bob Marley is playing in the background (the defacto soundtrack for this kind of place) and the G&T's are cold. Oh so pleasantly cold.
After lunch we settle into our beachfront cabanas. Each individual cabana is constructed of trees and bamboo, toped by a thatched roof. Open windows and a spacious veranda add to the openness of the place.
The view onto the sand, palm trees and indian ocean are fantastic. The room itself is sparce (just a bed with a few shelves) but this enhances the charm. A unique feature of the cabanas is that the bathroom is accessed via a trap door in the floor of the room, with wooden steps leading to a very large washroom below.
We settle in and make our way to the beach. After two solid weeks of being constantly on the go, we are all looking foward to unpacking our bags for a few days and relaxing. The late afternoon sun is strong and hot
We remain reclined for a good 45 minutes, listening to the rhythmic crashing of the waves, until the heat drives us to the refreshing promises of the Indian ocean. The water is slightly cool. Just enough to keep you cool but warm enough to allow for comfortable wading.
The waves are large and crash into the shoreline, pushing us too and fro as they deem fit. If you manage to stay planted in one location you find yourself sinking deeper and deeper into the sand as each passing wave retreats into the ocean.
Refreshed we return to our beach cabanas for a quick shower before making our way to the open air dining area. A drink sir? Asks the waiter. Why yes that seems like a lovely idea. How about some local spirit? Arak and lime juice should do just fine. We all order seafood meals (seams appropriate as we're by the ocean). Swordfish and prawns accompanied by some chilled white wine.
I'm starting to understand why my Portuguese forefathers decided to colonize this island. Until Alex's Dutch ancestors pilfered it from us. Who latter lost it to the British. A little slice of paradise. Who wouldn't want to own this and live here.