The Lanka Sojourn- Part 4 (Bentota)

And here I am with my final part of the travelogue before the year is over, as promised 😀

Part 3 can be read here,

Part 2 here and

Part 1 here

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So after a blink n miss visit to Nuwara Eliya, we set out at 7 in the morning for Bentota, a beach town.

Here again it was a long long drive which took us about 7 hours to get to our destination, despite travelling through the newly built expressway. But this time I didnt let that dampen my spirits, even though I was being sprayed with bullets of ‘when will we reach?’, ‘how much more time left?’, ‘where is the beach?’, ‘are we there yet?’ from Namnam.

Oh c’mon! We were heading to a beach town. Beaches- our favourite holiday destination. We couldnt let anything kill that excitement for us, could we? Not even a long stretch of road!

So off we zoomed, halting on the way to pick up some yummy Rambutans (which tasted very much like lichees) from a street-side fruit-seller

Rambutans
Rambutans

and then for lunch, where we got to taste some finger-licking devilled-chicken with rice and later on some delicious Helapas, a sweet dish wrapped in banana leaves!

At around 2 in the afternoon we reached Avani Bentota Resort & Spa, a beautiful resort tucked cozily by the beautiful Bentota beach. The very fact that the resort opened out to the beach was enough for us to fall in love with the delightfully refreshing surrounding. We checked in to a spacious room that had a balcony boasting of a lovely view of the swaying palm-trees and the sea.

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And for the next 3 days we had a completely relaxing and rejuvenating time, just the kind of break we needed. Most of our time was spent lazing around the beach. Even though there were red flags put up at every few meters on the beach cautioning us of heavy tides, it didnt stop us from venturing out to enjoy a little bit of splash of our own every now and then :).

Let me not do any more talking and rather let some of the images talk to you all instead…

Avani Bentota Beach Resort..
Avani Bentota Resort & Spa..
There's my monkey learning to climb a tree!
There’s my monkey learning to climb a tree!

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Nooooo, dont wash away my drawing...
Nooooo, dont wash away my drawing…

And on days when we felt unsafe going to the beach, we either lounged by the pool

Avani Bentota Beach Resort
Avani Bentota Resort & Spa

or stepped out to explore the vicinity.

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Even though there were many water-sports activities that one could indulge in, we weren’t very keen on trying any. The only outdoor activity we did was go on a boat-ride for a mangrove tour on the Bentota river.

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Now that looks eerie, doesnt it?
Now that looks eerie, doesnt it?
Thats a water monitor we met on the way and said hello to :)
Thats a water monitor we met on the way and said hello to 🙂
And a crocodile too. Do you see the small black streak in the water? Yep, thats the one!
And a crocodile too. Do you see the black streak in the water? Yep, thats the one!

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feeding the fishes in the resort-pond
feeding the fishes in the resort-pond

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Waves coming at me, are you?
Waves, coming at me, are you?

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With the mornings largely being spent drenching ourselves, and soaking in the sun, the evenings were about listening to the lilting sound of the waves lapping against each other, feeling the soft cool brush of air with a book in hand to engross in...
With the mornings largely being spent drenching ourselves, and soaking in the sun, the evenings were about listening to the lilting sound of the waves lapping against each other, feeling the soft cool brush of air with a book in hand to engross in. Perfect way to unwind!

With this its a wrap on a reliving recount of a truly memorable holiday 🙂