Living far out in the Indian Ocean, even I forgot for a while that there is a world where people don’t live on islands!
As solo travellers, we often tend to take shelter in the same tried and tested places.
On New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai in 2017, I found myself at the Chiang Mai lantern festival, flying sky lanterns – something I never should have done.
Beyond Kandy and Galle, my collection of offbeat Sri Lanka experiences to truly discover the island nation and its hidden treasures. I remember my first trip to Sri Lanka with some clarity. We landed at Colombo International Airport on a nearly empty flight from Kochi, harboring no expectations. Until a few years ago, little was written online about this small island nation. I walked along the quiet shores of Negombo, my first stop near Colombo airport. Cycled along tree-lined by-lanes, waved hello to young kids who had seen few travellers, gratefully accepted the warm hospitality of my host couple and treated my taste buds to incredible locals flavors. I was, quite unexpectedly, already falling in love! Many years and many trips later, Sri Lanka hasn’t stopped delighting me with its many treasures. Here are a handful of them: Experience rustic, sustainable, off-the-grid living at Galkadawala If going off the beaten path into a small countryside village is your thing, like it is mine, Galkadawala is your place. It took a great deal of Google research …
Stravaig (verb; Scottish): to wander about aimlessly.
Some secrets that authors seldom talk about.
The Sri Lanka ETA which serves as a Sri Lanka tourist visa for Indians is among the simplest, fastest and cheapest to score.
“I’m afraid you didn’t get the role”, she said as my heart sank.
It became my mission to go beyond the typical things to do in Jodhpur and dig deeper for cool and unusual experiences in the blue city.
Lately, there’s been a lot of debate around whether travelling really has the power to change you.