Sri Lanka, the venerable island

As many of our friends know, Sibylle and I love Sri Lanka. To us it has become like a third home country. We have visited the island five times since 2011 and have developed deeply rooted friendships there. We could almost live like a local for most of the time. If you would like to know more about our story or want to experience a bit of Sri Lanka, please read on. Here you can go directly to the photo gallery.

Between 1983 and 2009, there was a civil war raging in Sri Lanka. Because of that, tourism was on a very low level during that period. The tourist infrastructure was actually still on a 1980 level. It meant: live with the local people in home stays or guest houses. We liked that very much because that is how you can learn to know these very kind Sri Lankans best. And that is what we did in 2011 for 3 weeks.

We were quickly impressed by the island. To start with, the culture, which dates back several thousand years, is strongly shaped by the omnipresent Buddhism. But most of all, the people are so kind. The good thing is, you can get in touch with them so easily. Often you are just approached by them, on the street or wherever there is an opportunity. Join us here for some of our best experiences.

Traveling around in Sri Lanka is very easy and above all very relaxed. In 2011 we did this by renting a car. But you can also get everywhere by train, by bus or by Tuk Tuk. Public transport is very cheap and it offers you an unique chance to meet the local people.

Roaming around the island is a very nice thing to do. But we even preferred more to stay at one place for a longer period of time. That really enables you to become part of the family and live almost a regular life. That is how you can learn best, how Sri Lankans see their world and the West. From your “second home”, you can travel around very light-weight and it enables you also to develop your own “rhythm of life”. That is what we did in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020 and we made the old capital of Kandy to our base.

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