Sri Lanka, a suggested 15 day itinerary

This is the itinerary I planned and used in August. Collected by a private driver at Colombo airport in a comfortable air conditioned car, this proved valuable as Lal acted as guide and driver when ever we needed one. He took us to Casa Heliconia a forty five minute drive from the airport. Here we spent two nights and […]

Transport in Sri Lanka

Bandaranaike International in Colombo is well served by Sri Lankan Airways and Emirates and unusually the arrivals area is busy with a wide range of shops including electrical white goods and exchange bureaus. It was here that we met Lal our private driver who took us to our first accommodation Casa Heliconia  and travelled with us to complete our Sri Lankan itinerary. It cost […]

Cartes Postales by Victoria Hyslop

What could be better than reading a book that inspires you to travel when you are already a  wanderluster….? I did just that recently when in Casa Heliconia, Sri Lanka. It had been some years since I had read Victoria Hyslop’s The Island so kicking my heels and awaiting the airline to deliver my Lost Luggage I was […]

Heliconias in Sri Lanka – photoblog

I’m not one to profess to know much about flower names either at home in the UK or on my travels but I was impressed by the heliconias I saw in Sri Lanka. I have seen them in other tropical locations but none so vivid, exceptional and impressive as in Sri Lanka either in the botanical […]

Kaleliya, Sri Lanka – photoblog

We found ourselves in the lovely area of Kaleliya (Western province) staying at Casa Heliconia a series of pavilions on the edge of the village surrounded by rice fields and overlooked by a pure white pagoda. Wandering off the property we were soon greeted by locals and children playing in the fields, most of them on school […]

Lost Luggage!

Have you ever arrived somewhere without your luggage? We did recently in Colombo, Sri Lanka after a very tight connection in Dubai. However we were not too phased by this as the desk staff were extremely helpful and ‘promised’ its arrival a few hours later on the same day……………………………erm well it didn’t turn up and […]

Casa Heliconia, Sri Lanka.

Arriving at  Casa Heliconia  after a long haul flight and without suitcases was nectar to our weary, slightly dishevelled selves. We were greeted by Simon and Josef with damp cloths and fresh watermelon juice and promises that they would sort our lack of   luggage problem and telephone the airport at regular intervals. Casa Heliconia is a series […]