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A beach Holiday in Sri Lanka

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A travel journal to Kalutara by MichaelJM

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Our drive from the hills to the beach

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We left the grandeur of The Grand behind us and set off for the final stage of our holiday at the beach of Kalutaru. It was going to take us a full day of travelling time to weave our way down from the hills to the western coast and the relaxation of our Beach Resort. Despite the length of the journey our guide was not in a rush and was happy to leave it until 9.00 am before we hit the road.We soon discovered why he happily left it until 9.00 because he set off "at a right belt" as we careered down the windy hills through the tea plantations. At some points in the journey the trees were almost a blur as the minibus hurtled down the straights before a severe breaking on the corner and then ...Read More

A bit of local shopping

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Just outside of the hotel was a long street that was "littered" with shops for us tourists. Most of the stalls were full of local crafts and some others housed small seamstresses offering to "run up garments" overnight. The seamstresses were operating foot powered Singer sewing machines and would happily show you their meagre selection of material for you to choose from. These weren’t items that we wanted to buy and so although we happily responded to their pleas to "just look" we really felt that we’d disappointed them when we left without placing an order.My wife was particularly interested in finding a carved elephant to take home and in all fairness she’d been on the look-out since we ...Read More

Tangerine Beach Hotel

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Hotel | "A relaxing venue for some winter sun"

Tangerine Beach Hotel Photo, Kalutara, Sri Lanka
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The Tangerine Beach Resort Hotel was to be our final resting place whilst in Sri Lanka and after almost eight hours on the road and the Brown’s Beach Experience (see my first Sri Lankan journal) I was beginning to get a little twitchy. The place had looked good in the brochure, well so had Brown’s Beach, and as we were approaching our final stages of the journey we hit a narrow dust lane, crossed a railway line (with hindsight the brochure had mentioned something about trains) and there on the right hand side was the guarded entrance to Tangerine Beach. I’m always put off my guarded resorts, but then several of the previous places we’ve stayed at have been guarded as a precaution against unwanted sale...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 13, 2011

Tangerine Beach Hotel
Abrew Drive Waskaduwa
Kalutara, Sri Lanka
94 (342) 222982

Tangerine Beach Hotel

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Hotel | "Eating, drinking, and eating!"

Tangerine Beach Hotel Photo, Kalutara, Sri Lanka
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Each time we entered the resort’s only dining room the door was opened for us and we were greeted by a member of staff who with a cheerful smile would say "Ayubowan". Routinely we tried to find a table in the first part of this huge restaurant as it was much lighter than the "hidden section" around the corner. Most meals we achieved this and as we tended to eat a little later the restaurant was always less crowded. All meals were help yourself buffet style so you could eat as little or as much as you liked.Breakfast was served for two hours from 7.30 and my main criticism would be that the fruit juices were synthetic in taste. However, having noted that I decided I’d give them a miss and o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 13, 2011

Tangerine Beach Hotel
De Abrew Drive, Waskaduwa
Sri Lanka, Kalutara
94-34-2237982/3

Independence day on the island

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Ceylon was ceded to the British Government in 1815 and remained British until it was finally granted independence in 1948. In those days the pound bought 3 Sri Lankan Rupees whereas in February 2011 the exchange rate was 170 rupees to the pound. I’m not sure what that says about the relative wealth of the two countries! On Independence Day it is decreed that alcohol cannot be purchased or consumed in public places and there was an apologetic note on the hotel day indicating that "the bar has reluctantly been closed for the day". At 10.45 (that time must be historically significant) the hotel had arranged for a local ceremony to celebrate Sri Lanka’s independence which started with a few sp...Read More

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MichaelJM

MichaelJM
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