The following is a review of my summer 2005 holiday to Sri Lanka and The Maldives

Sri Lanka - The Maldives  

Elephant at workThe first part of this two centre was Sri Lanka. I had arranged to stay at the Eden Resort Hotel, Beruwela; aproximately 60kms south of Colombo

If you decide to go here do not travel by charter flight – use a scheduled airline as otherwise it will spoil the first few days of your holiday.

The mountains near Kandy Elephants

If you come to come to Sri Lanka you must see the elephants. They are such fun graceful creatures. You can feed them and they sniff out food. When I saw them there were some baby elephants who put their trunks in my pockets to get to me apples. I was also surrounded at one point by 4 adult elephants and even had chance to feed the babies milk.

ElephantsHowever do not get in the way as they will trample you – it is also extremely dusty. A great day out though!

Elephants bathingI also found Sri Lanka great for handmade clothes – I got two shirts made for just over £10. However as with anything in life this was slightly different. I had arranged a trip with one of the locals to go on a boat around the mangrove swamps to see the fruit bats and local wildlife. I had just walked down to the beach when he stopped and gave me a lift to the shops in his speedboat!! – WOW!!!!

Sri Lankan beach After visiting the sanctuary you can then go and watch the elephants bathe – brilliant.

The food in Sri Lanka is also very surprising – although it is spicy & hot it does not burn the mouth and the black curries are extremely tasteful. The locals also have curry rolls for breakfast – just what the stomach needed at 6am – but when in Rome!

Hotel View Kandy is also well worth a visit – it gives you a good perspective on the civil war that is still going on in certain parts of the island. I managed to get hold of some wonderful wood carvings here.

Sri Lanka - The Maldives

The Maldives

Maldivian sunset

I would have to say the Maldives are one of the few places that I have been for which the brochures don’t actually do it justice. They are in fact paradise on earth and are one of the most beautiful places that I have had the chance to visit.

I would recommend a two centre holiday as there is only so much sun-bathing you can do and I would also recommend going all-inclusive as extras can soon add up.

I stayed on Meerufenushi but I was lucky enough to be given a chance to go a all expenses paid trip on a 80ft yacht around three other islands – it was absolutely incredible – so beautiful.

The snorkelling was great as well – the colours of the fish are incredible.


Maldives from the airThe accommodation was superb – I had a land villa but was upgraded on the last two days to a Jacuzzi villa – so I had my own Jacuzzi and enough sun-beds for a whole family. Another bonus was the open air bathroom. All villas had their own sun-loungers that you could put anywhere on the island. You could walk around the island is 30 minutes.

Another good thing about the Maldives is that you do not need to wear any shoes for a whole week.

B&W Sunset

Maldives BeachThe sunsets are incredible – you sit and watch the sunset dip over the horizon and listen to the sound of waves washing over a coral shore. The whole place just oozes style and tranquillity – honestly everyone must go there – go 4* as a few extra pounds will be worth it. The food was also great, well prepared and always very tasty – the desserts were to die for!!!!


I would recommend the Maldives to anyone – paradise on earth!!!!

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