Meeting up with Serena and Vinny. Kandy, Siguria and surf dudes in knarley tubes in Arugam Bay.
Two great friends of ours, Serena and Vinny, decided to spend their hols in Sri Lanka and so we met up with them in Colombo to hang out for a few weeks. It was brilliant to meet up with them catch up on whats going on at home. We decided to rent a car and head to the east coast, Arugam Bay, where the weather was supposed to be great and get some sea, sun, sand and surf.
On arriving the next day, first stop, hit the beah and the sea...
This particular move by the guys is commonly known as "The Washing Machine"
The waves just keep on coming
As a little surprise, Serena and Vinny brought over a pack of Super Quinn sausages, rashers, black and white pudding from home. But as Sri Lanka has a large population of Muslim people we couldn't find anywhere to cook them so we resorted to doing it ourselves, on the beach, which turned out to make them even tastier!
I'm sure its the first and only pork Beach BBQ in Arugam Bay but the locals were very supportive of us and the evidence didnt last very long. The best surprise from home ever. Yum!!
The manager of Tsunami Hotel, Razack. A good guy.
Here are some puppies that had just hatched the day before we arrived, near where we were staying.
Not too far from Arugam Bay, there are wild elephants who cross the main road each evening, known as an elephant corridor. If you didn't realise this though, there was a helpful sign.
Good chance you'll bump into a monkey or two aswell.
Arugam Bay is known as one of the best surf beaches in the world so we had to give it a bash one of the days. Vinny and Ult trying to catch some radical tubes man!
One of the great things about beaches is the parties and the people!
This little fella was keen to get some camera time with Serena, while eating her food at the same time!
Whiskey Bay is a small beach area where there's a very chilled out restaurant, a nice place to hang out and a good surf point too.
The waves were a little too big though, even for us, although Ruth had a go at a body board
We left Serena and Vinny for 2 days and took the car into the hill country to visit the ancient temple of Siguria, the city of Kandy and some of the tea plantations of Central Sri Lanka.
Kandy Lake, one of the main features of Kandy
We spotted what we think was a monitor lizard, which was just after eating a tortoise, sitting next to a duck, just chilling out at the lake.
The tea plantaions of the central highlands, where we were told that most of the tea drank in Ireland comes from!
When we got back, a fishing trip had been arranged for the next day, so we set out intent on catching our dinner, with the help of a few guests from the hotel and a few locals, who'd convinced us that this was Dolphin City (population = zero).
The fishing wasn't going to well, so a swimming break was called.
Fishing\Sun Bathing resumed back on the boat
Finally, a fish. Serena won the game...
and the fish lost...
On the last night, we treated ourselves to a feast of lobster and mashed potatoes!
and Ult finally got that haircut he'd been dreading!
Unfortunately, all great holidays are over far too quickly, so we had to say goodbye. We were delighted to have such great company for our time in Sri Lanka and the rest of the trip won't be the same without them.
Our journey continues on to India, and the company, the place and the people definitely gives Sri Lanka the thumbs up!