After a lot of research into various options, because time was at a premium, we decided on a quick fix (I.e. Sri Lanka). Boy, did the country surprise us! We had a beautiful 12-day trip consisting of sightseeing, cuisine adventures and well, a lot of sleeping :-). We were pleasantly surprised at the general civic sense shown by the locals, which made the country (generally) devoid of trash everywhere. Yes, there were pockets in Kandy and Galle where I could see some good ol’ plastic. But considering it is still a developing country, I should say well done. We could see a lot of Buddhist influences. Some of the temples were so peaceful. Just sitting around and listening to the chants was soothing.
The country is heavily tropic both in climate as well as the scenery. The highways were pretty good, especially the Southern Express Highway linking Colombo and Galle. Scenic and smooth. We were lucky to get a very good Van and Driver for the duration of our trip and that made it convenient to maintain a personal schedule. I have taken an oath that whichever country I visit, I will run outdoors (not get stuck in the Gym, which is pretty much the same everywhere) and take in the experience that way as well. I could not do it in Colombo due to the traffic. But did it pretty smoothly in Kandy and Galle. What we call “Appam” in India is called “Hoppers” in Ceylon. Idiyappam becomes “String Hoppers” and “Velleppam” becomes “Regular Hoppers”. With Egg or Vegetable Curry? Oooooohhhhh … Overall, Sri Lanka makes you feel as if you are in Hawaii or the Caribbean … Bermudas and Flip-Flops are the way to go, a la Me … Happy Travels! Adios!