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Kandy: Sri Lanka with a toddler

Kandy: Sri Lanka with a toddler It has been a long time since I wrote my last post on our Sri Lanka.  It’s because I had to wait until we could make our little announcement!!! So last time I wrote about our stay in Unawatuna. […]

Why Colombo is a great place to visit, even with a toddler!

We spent just a few days in Colombo but we absolutely loved it! Take a read to see why Colombo is a great place to visit, even with a toddler! It gets a little bit of a bad rep as a tourist destination, but for […]

Flying to, and arriving in Sri Lanka: My experience and tips

Having visited Sri Lanka and having a few incidents I thought i’d write this post about flying to, and arriving in Sri Lanka.  Of course, I’ll share my tips on how to avoid the mistakes we made too!

flying to sri lanka pinterest

 

Flying To Sri Lanka

We flew with Mihin Lanka from Seychelles to Colombo. As it is considered a budget air line I was expecting not very much.

I was pleasantly surprised with the flight. We had more leg room than I had anticipated, which is always a good thing.

There were no TVs, but we were prepared having loaded the iPad up with movies to keep Arthur entertained. He didn’t really need it though which was great!

We were given dinner which was actually delicious, we had a choice of either vegetarian or chicken curry. I had veg and Mark had chicken, Arthur had some of each of ours.

Arriving at the Airport

The airport in Colombo was much bigger than I expected. I guess we have got used to our small airport in the Seychelles now! Everything was clean and mostly well signposted.
The one thing we missed was that we had to fill in arrival cards.  So, when we got to Passport control without doing that we were turned away! Luckily there was no queue, else that would have been pretty annoying!

Stepping out of the airport is, frankly, manic!! Cars, taxis, and people everywhere.

Our taxi driver met us with a sign for “Miss Mark H” which we enjoyed!! He didn’t speak very good English and it took a while to figure out that he had parked the car in a separate car park and we were to walk there, it wasn’t far!!

Outside The Airport

We told him the name of the place we were staying and he didn’t know it. He kept asking if it was Colombo 1, Colombo 3, Colombo 7 etc…..I had no idea what he was talking about.
Turns out Colombo is separated into different districts (hence the different numbers) although we are yet to find a map with these on!!

We didn’t have an address for our guest house just the name. Mark knew what street it was and roughly that it was near the Canadian embassy (this determined that we were in Colombo 7)…..should be easy to find right…..WRONG!! We drove around for over 2 hours looking for this place with our taxi driver just repeating “you have no good address? Just the name!” He was starting to get angry!

At this point it is after 1 in the morning and we are exhausted. Mark tells him to just take us to a hotel, any hotel and we will sort it the next day.
I was astounded when we got to a hotel that we weren’t totally ripped off by our taxi driver, the pre-agreed price for our transport for to the hotel was $35 and he didn’t charge us any more than that, despite having driven around for an extra two hours…..amazing!

We emailed the place we were staying once we got our hotel room and they were very apologetic, they promised to pick us up in the morning, refund our taxi cost as well as the first nights stay.

Finally where we were meant to be!

The next day we finally got to where we were meant to be, The Cheriton Residences. it’s a lovely guest house, turned out we had pretty much been right outside whilst driving around the night before!!! This place has a very colonial feel to it, our room is huge and Arthur’s cot is lovely, not just a travel cot!
Here’s a bit of a grainy picture just taken on my iPad.  You can see more pictures and I’ve written all about our stay in Colombo and why we loved it so much, take a read.

Cheriton residencies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Flying to, and arriving in Sri Lanka

My Tips For Flying To And Arriving In Sri Lanka

1. When arriving in Colombo Airport fill in the arrival card before getting to Passport Control. That might sound obvious, however, we already had visas so didn’t realise we would have to do that too!! “visa” in fact is an ETA which we obtained online. Sri Lanka ETA is electronic and it is linked to our passport, so just need to show Immigration our passport and the arrival card.*

2. Taxi and Tuk Tuk drivers are not like London cabbies knowing their city inside and out: Know what district of Colombo you are staying in, this will help you driver out!!

3. Make sure you have the address of where you are staying. Hotel, guest house whatever. Have the full address and the phone number!! This will save hours driving around! Places are hard to find, guest houses particularly are not massively signposted!!

*in collaboration with SriLanka.org

An Expat Christmas

An expat Christmas This year will be our 3rd Christmas as expats, and our second as parents! Last year was obviously special as it was Arthur’s first Christmas and we made a big of a deal as we could by doing a big British Christmas […]

Packing for Sri Lanka with a toddler in tow

Going to Sri Lanka is a pretty big deal for us. Mark and I have never been to Asia, never done a holiday where we travel to different places, and perhaps the biggest thing is that this is our first proper family holiday with Arthur. […]

Christmas in Sri Lanka!

You may have seen this on my instagram and I’ve been excited to write about it…

Sri Lanka trip

 

We will be spending Christmas in Sri Lanka!!

This is something I’m not sure we would have ever done if we were not an expat family.  First of all the cost would be a lot more to go from the UK then it is from Seychelles.  It isn’t just that though, we have a a relaxed attitude towards different ways of living that I don’t think we would necessarily have if we were still living in the UK.  I feel like we are a lot more adaptable then we were before, I’m not sure I would have dreamed about traveling around a ‘non western’ country on holiday with a 1 year old but now it’s something to be excited about.

 

There’s a little bit of a back story with Sri Lanka for us…..

Before we moved to the Seychelles, we watched a cooking show called My Sri Lanka.  We were so excited as we thought the food would be similar to how the food would be here (and it is and isn’t all in one go but that’s another story!).  Anyway, while watching the show we got an idea of how beautiful the country is and it definitely made us want to go there one day.

Fast forward to around 6 months ago and we hear that they are starting flights from Seychelles to Sri Lanka!  Of course, we didn’t think that we would be able to go because of Arthur being so young!

Our neighbours went this summer and said that not only was it amazing, they saw people on holiday  with kids there!  We started  reading a few sites such as Globetotting and Jetlag and Mayhem and got to read about and speak to a few different people who have been there with kids.

Knowing this, Arthur being so adaptable when we went to the UK this summer, and it being Mark’s 30th birthday we decided we were going to do it!!!

Flights are now booked and we’ve been busy planning our trip.  We are there for 18 days.

Our plans at the moment look a little bit like this:

The first few days we will be spending in the capital of Colombo. Next we will move down to the south coast to a little hotel near Galle. From there we have to go back to Colombo and take a very scenic train ride to Kandy where we will be for Christmas and for Mark’s 30th birthday.
We are treating ourselves to a rather beautiful little hotel in Kandy for this time. We are so excited about this place and Kandy in general looks so amazing!

As of yet we are unplanned for the last couple of days so we still have some planning to do!

I’ve put a little Sri Lanka Pintrest board together where I’m pinning some lovely pictures of the places we will be going to if you fancy a little look.
Being a bit of a melting pot between Buddhism and Hinduism it won’t be particularly Christmas-y, so in a way this is a perfect time to go while Arthur is still a bit young to really get what Christmas is all about!  We have never been to Asia, (apart from Dubai airport on the way to the UK but i’m not sure that counts!!) and we are so excited to take in the culture, which will be so different to anything we’ve seen before.

I also feel so privileged to be able to introduce Arthur to all these different experiences and cultures, okay so he probably won’t remember them, but it will be really cool to show him the pictures when he’s older, and I’m sure that it can only positively impact him!

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