Nayomi’s Family Restaurant in Negombo

This family restaurant is on Colombo Road in Negombo and offering Sri Lankan food. They have only a limited number of choices (chicken / fish / some vegetable curries). There were also a small selection of Chinese dishes as well as buriyani.

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We had chicken and vegetable curries.

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They also have a bakery and offer fish buns, pastries and cakes. At the restaurant, they offered coffee and I ordered a cappuccino.

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The place is fairly clean and spacious.

Nayomi’s Family Restaurant

Address: No. 547/A, Colombo Road, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka

スリランカ 電車に乗ってみる

一度試してみたいと思っていたのですが、初めてスリランカで電車に乗ってみました。

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ドライバーさんに、家からJa-Ela駅の近くまで車で乗せて行ってもらいます。Romeshが銀行によりたいからと、こんな道端で降ろされました。駅まではここから歩いていくことに。こんなところを歩いている外国人はほぼいないので、目立つ。

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どんどん歩く。

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しっかりと無言でHomestayの宣伝をしながら、どんどん歩くRomesh。

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途中にかわいいポストが。

 

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線路が横に見えてきて、小さな駅らしいものが。

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表示がほとんど現地語なので、まったくよくわからないけど、なんだかかっこいい。

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チケットを買うため、並びながら無言で宣伝するRomesh。

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Ja-ElaからColomboまでは、だいたい45-60分。Ja-Ela駅からは本数が少ないので、事前に運行時間をチェック。もう一つの駅、Gampaha駅からは15分に1本はあるようです。

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この橋を渡って、反対側に行きます。

電車が来ました。わりと定刻どおり。

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電車の中も、思っていたよりは全然快適でした。窓や出口が開いているので最初はぎょっとしますが、こういう国だとよくあるし、顔や手を出さないよう気を付けていれば、涼しい風が入ってくるので気持ちいいです。ただ、通勤ラッシュ時に乗ると、ちょっと辛いかも。結構、みな静かに乗っていました。

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ほとんどの人がコロンボのFort駅で降ります。のんびりした駅です。

チケットは外に出るときに必要なので、なくさないように。

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歴史ある建物なのでしょう。

チケットも安いし、車に乗ってるときの「ぶつかる!」というハラハラがなくて快適な旅でした。ただ、時刻表やどのホームにいけばいいのか、現地語を読めない人にはわかりづらいかもしれないです。わからなければ、英語で聞けば大丈夫。みんな親切です。

Fort駅付近は、特に身の回り品に気を付けて。

Ja-Ela~Colomboまでは、たったの25ルピーでした。利用価値大です!

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Sri Lanka’s pristine south coast: Mirissa Whale Watching

Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa is one of the most exciting water activities you can do in Sri Lanka during your holiday. Mirissa is the best place to start your whale and dolphin watching tour in Sri Lanka.

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In warm Indian ocean you can see Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, sometimes Killer whales, and Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and Striped dolphins. Sometimes you can see turtles and various fish species, for example Bluefin tuna and flying fish.

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Usually boats leave at about 7.30am and time they travel depends on when you first see the whale. We came back to shore at about 1pm but previous day they reached to the shore at about 3pm.

 

I think all the boats are having similar facilities which includes morning tea, breakfast and some snacks with water bottle. But the boat provided by Sri Lankan army seems more stable in their journey with less vibrations compared to the other boats. All the boats race after the whale as they want to make their customers got best view.

The best season for Mirissa whale watching is said to be from November to April. The sea is not a calm and if you tend to get sea sick, it is advisable that you to take seasick pills on the morning of the trip (about 1-2 hours before you enter the boat). 

Cost of a boat trip will range from LKR 4,000 – LKR 6,000. We used Raja and the Wales for our trip which cost LKR 6,000 per person.

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Sri Lanka’s hill country: Horton Plains!

Horton Plains National Park is one of the BEST places to visit in Sri Lanka. Amazing views, gorgeous environment, clean air and water…Natural beauty at its best!

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I last visited Horton Plains in March 2010. This is a super place to see “Sambur” deer (early morning or late evening) and if you are lucky, the laziest and best fed Leopards. It is a 10km walk to Worlds End and back. It can get chilly and wet, so go well prepared. Take some water or warm beverage as there are no shops once you are in the park. Wear warm clothes (a hoodie, hat, umbrella or even a rain coat). Carry as little as possible. Wear sensible footwear (walking boots or sports shoes are the best). If you walk leisurely, admiring the beauty and giving yourself little breaks, it will be much easier on your legs the next day! There’s amenities along the way but bring your own toilet paper.

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There are 2 paths to take to visit the 3 main attractions: Mini worlds end, Worlds end and Bakers falls. The route to the right where you can visit the bakers falls first, is the most scenic route and the easiest. I think it’s wise to use that route, so you visit bakers falls, worlds end and mini worlds end last. The walk ways can be a bit muddy. There are a couple of walkways (one near the 2km post, where you can walk down to the lake and have a dip. The water is icy cold but so pure and clean and the view is amazing down there.

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Remember not to take any disposable plastic or foil bags, covers. You can bring water bottles but the outer covers must be removed. Even biscuits or snacks must be put into paper bags which are provided at the entrance. It’s a bit annoying, but once you are inside the park, it’s clear how important it is to keep the environment safe.

We stayed in Nuwara Eliya and hired a car and driver who picked us up at 5am. It took about an hour to get there and the sunrise was spectacular. Also, make sure you make an early start- aim to get to the start of the walk by 7-7:30am, this should get you to Worlds End by about 8:30-9am. Any later and the clouds might start to roll in!

 

 

 

 

 

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The car cost us 5,000 rupees and the ticket prices were a bit steep by Sri Lankan standards (3,000 rupees per person).

The only challenging bit was the short climb down to the waterfall but well worth it.

Sri Lankan Highlands – Famous for Ceylon Tea!

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Sri Lanka’s highland tea plantations range over 2000 square kilometres of rolling green hills, now annually produce over 300 million kilograms of the famous Ceylon Tea.

Drive into the highlands from Kandy and discover Sri Lanka at its most dramatic: a land of stunning waterfalls, gurgling mountain streams and steep hillsides cloaked in luminous green tea, sweet-scented Cyprus and Eucalyptus trees.

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Dickoya, Bandarawela, Haputale and Ella are all quaint hill country towns and villages. The uphill journey by train is one of the most enchanting train journeys in the world. I would recommend to take the first class observation carriage in the train from Peradeniya (near Kandy) to Badulla. The FIRST CLASS observation car  costs LKR 1500 (under £9:00), you can buy your advance tickets on-line at www.exporail.lk . The travel time is 7.5 hours.

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There are many plantations open to visitors for tours and tea tasting. On an organised tour, you can visit a plantation, its picking areas and tea factory. Some of the world’s finest tea is grown and processed in Sri Lanka – known around the world as Ceylon tea.

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My recommendations during your visit to the tea plantations of Sri Lanka are:

  • Take drive along winding misty mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls
  • Walk through lush green tea plantations, mountainous landscapes and rural villages
  • Stay in a tea planter’s bungalow surrounded by tea plantations
  • Take a train journey to the southern highlands and enjoy the stunning landscapes
  • Take a jeep ride to Horton Plains national park and hike to world’s end
  • Go on a gruelling night-time climb up the sacred Adam’s Peak and watch the sunrise
  • Play a round of golf at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club