On Safari in Sri Lanka

We had planned a visit to Tissamaharama to do a safari to Yala national park to see leopards, and had booked accommodation accordingly.  We were rather dismayed to learn on arrival in Sri Lanka that the whole park was closed in September but decided to go to Tissa anyway and try a different park.  We…

A train ride through tea country

We took a train from Kandy high into the hills to Nuwara Eliya, which was a beautiful trip with lots of views of tea plantations along the way.  We travelled third class as all of the other seats were taken and it turned out to be perfectly comfortable and with far better views than the…

Hill climbing in Sri Lanka

We decided to hire a driver to visit the sites of Dambulla and Sigrinya, as they were just far enough away that taking buses would have made for a stressful day.  Our first stop was Dambulla, where we climbed a hill and saw the famous cave temples.  There are five different temples perched on the top…

A day in Kandy

We travelled to Kandy by train – we were in the first class coach, but didn’t have a particularly impressive view.  Kandy itself was lovely – it’s a small town beside a man made lake.  We spent a day exploring Kandy – our first stop was the Temple of the Tooth, where a tooth supposedly…

Arrival in Sri Lanka

We spent two fantastic weeks in Sri Lanka with my (Karen) mother Julie.  Our flights landed a few hours apart, so Reuben and I were able to arrive and settle in before meeting Mum at the airport. We stayed at an airbnb place in Negombo, which I would recommend as it is only 10km from…

Things we didn’t see in India but you totally should

As some of you know, we visited India for our honeymoon in 2010.  We saw a few wonderful places that we decided not to revisit this time – but these are five must-see sights in India.  The first and most obvious is the Taj Mahal – we visited here on a day trip from Delhi…

Last stop in India

We took a five hour train to Madurai, which was supposed to get in around 11pm…but after a 2 1/2 hour unexplained stop on the tracks we rolled in closer to 2am…thanks last train ride!  We dragged ourselves out of bed the next morning to go explore the Sri Meenakshi Amman temple.  This temple was…

Surgery and sunbathing

From Alleppey we took a train to Trivandrum, the nearest big town to the beach resort in Kovalam.  Before we got on the train Reuben confessed to me that he had broken a tooth before our houseboat adventure, but hadn’t wanted me to worry about it so had kept it to himself.  Luckily, Trivandrum and…

Cruising on a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala

From Lucknow we took an overnight train back to Delhi, where we met up with friends Nicole and Jordan for lunch before taking a metro to the local airport.  (Check out Nicole’s website here – she is a great photographer!)  Annoyingly, the metro doesn’t go all the way to the airport, so we had to…

Historic Lucknow

We arrived in Lucknow pretty shattered after two overnight trains in a row.  Lucknow is a really historic town in India, and we spent a couple of days here relaxing and visiting a few key places.  Lucknow is famous for its kebabs, so we enjoyed some absolutely divine mutton kebabs at a little place called…

The desert town of Jaisalmer…where we didn’t ride camels

Jaisalmer is a beautiful desert city, with a fort in the middle that is very much a living fort.  Within the fort are restaurants, shops, houses, temples and the Fort Palace.  We stayed in a great guesthouse that was within the walls of the fort – it was fantastic to be able to look down…

Udaipur

Aside from shopping for new clothes, we saw some amazing things in Udaipur.  Famous for being the city James Bond visits in the movie Octopussy, it is a beautiful place perched on the side of Lake Pichola.  We stayed in an old haveli where our room had stained glass windows and there was a restaurant…