So Much Life Left over by Louis de Bernieres

It was the long avenue of palm trees on the cover of De Bernieres’ book that attracted me to hit the ‘listen’ button on my audiobook account. I recognised it as the Royal Botanic Garden, Peradeniya near Kandy, Sri Lanka. The story is set between the wars starting in Ceylon with references to the  Tea Industry, British Garrison Cemetery and […]

Journey from Taylor’s Hill to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Taylor’s Hill is a converted tea planter’s house designed for traveller’s who like a little luxury. I left Taylor’s Hill when the raining was falling so everywhere looked washed clean and newly bright as my private driver carefully negotiated the bends on the narrow hills descending into Kandy. The distance in total from Taylor’s to Colombo is less than 90 miles […]

Journey from Kandy to Taylor’s Hill

The rain had washed the dusty roads and polished the lush green vegetation ready for our 15 mile journey from Kandy to  Taylor’s Hill in the central province of Sri Lanka. Mist was hugging the Kandy Hills as albeit slowly we made our way through the traffic congested city. Before long we were beginning to climb high and Lal our […]

Five things to do in Kandy

Kandy is the second city in Sri Lanka and often seen as the cultural hub of the island; it is busy, you don’t see people smoking on the streets and everyone I met was helpful and friendly. I chose to have a private driver when visiting and most of these ideas are his and I am grateful to his suggestions. Temple […]

Eating at The Kandy House in Sri Lanka

One of the highlights of my Sri Lankan trip were the buffalo smoothies made by the staff at The Kandy House. Thick and creamy with either strawberry or pineapple to flavour, refreshing after sightseeing and a challenge to make them last! The food at Kandy (in my opinion) was a fusion of Sri Lankan and European […]