Vacation in Srilanka

Food and Travel

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arriving in time during the rambutan season in sri lanka and being warned not to eat rambutan is really too bad. pregnancy was the only reason yet rumbutans are not more important than the child but who woudnt want to taste one small rambutan after coming to your home country one and a half years later with all the motherland cravings waiting in que to reveal the eating manners of a normal human being?

arriving in time during the rambutan season in sri lanka and being warned not to eat rambutan is really too bad. pregnancy was the only reason yet rambutans are not more important than the child but who wouldn’t want to taste one small rambutan after coming to your home country one and a half years later with all the motherland cravings waiting in que to reveal the eating manners of a normal human being?

waking up after 8 to hear the thambili vendor scream on top of his voice "thambili,thambili" is something i missed in dubai. its extreme fun to run up to the gate repeating thambili. this delicios, natural king coconut water is so magical. a straw is all you need to empty the shell. a very healthy drink indeed. very expensive in dubai and sold only in a small quantity. sri lanka is full of king oconuts sold by road side vendors.

waking up after 8 to hear the thambili vendor scream on top of his voice “thambili,thambili” is something i missed in dubai. its extreme fun to run up to the gate repeating thambili. this delicious, natural king coconut water is so magical. a straw is all you need to empty the shell. a very healthy drink indeed. very expensive in dubai and sold only in a small quantity. sri lanka is full of king coconuts sold by road side vendors.

well cutting the thambili into half and scraping the fless of by a spoon is fun. we used to throw the empty king coconut shell on the floor so it comes into two pieces. i remmebr the good old days when we used to share a side amongst us. the thambili vendors will cut it for uson request.

well cutting the thambili into half and scraping the flesh of by a spoon is fun. we used to throw the empty king coconut shell on the floor so it comes into two pieces. i remember the good old days when we used to share a side amongst us. the thambili vendors will cut it for us on request.

 

curd

the curd vendor who has been travelling in his same old bicycle for the past 25 years in the area we live who sells curd bought from mannar. Its really yummy. Sold in clay pots with a bottle of pure treacle in different sizes of bottles. Ofcourse the bottles they use are wine bottles well cleaned and sterilised. I have plans to get a stock of those treacle when ibget back to dubai

 

cargils

the elephant house ice cream bike. The music is what gives everyone a time to decide what flavor popsicle we need and I wanted to buy and try all the available flavors not that dubai doesn’t have popsicle but its the joy of buying from a ice cream cycle

 

kidu

oh I have been wondering how they make these and figured out somehow but its a long process to explain so I will post a seperate article with step by step pictures. Rice served in tgese leaves are really something special

 

 

 

yum kidu

there is a special menu for this meal. It is called kidu rice and served with special side dishes accompanying it. Yes that requires a seperate post and I sure will write it soon with pictures.

 

koththu

you can get koththu at srilankan restaurants in dubai yet you find it all over in srilanka and I can say there is no shop that doesn’t sell koththu.

 

banana leafa

banana leaf is some where I want to eat soon as I land in sri lanka on my vacation. They serve the food in banana leaf and the food tastes so delicious. Again you can find food served in a banana leaf at indian restaurants all over dubai but this restaurant in srilanka has a unique menu and taste which adds a bit of srilankan twist.

 

nethali

nethali karuwadu is what we call it and its basically the tiny dry fish not too salty and can be made into a devil or cooked into a gravy and served with anything like rice, string hoppers, bread and rotti. Enjoying a moment of lanka was I hardly cook this due to the diet I and my hubby follow.

 

soya

soya srilankan soya meat is very small and comes along with a seasoning. I used to buy the soya meat in dubai during my early stages of pregnancy and craved for the lankan soya its all in the way you cook anyway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kukulegama : laya leisure

A couple of days spent away from home town

Visiting srilanka after a year and a half on vacation mean a lot of traveling has to happen. Apart from the visiting to relatives and friends get togethers a couple of day with a very close family member is always fun. When its somewhere in a peaceful environment where you can stay in with no worries like you’ve moved in to a seperate small island is something everyone would love. Soon after a delivery it was  relaxing time at the resort.

Kukulegama : laya leisure

Located in the south west of srilanka its a long drive of nearly two hours from colombo. A little bit of a hilly area with narrow roads leading to a large gate with laya leisure engraved on the walls to the right. Entering through the gates we were welcomed by many small cottages which gave a feeling of entering a small village. All cottages looked alike with the only difference being the size which was not visible from the out.
Each cottage had its own small garden with many facilities such as room with an attached bathroom, seperate pantry, a dinning area and a hall. All the necessary equipments and furniture’s were available. We booked a two room cottage for the 4 of us. On our way we shopped in for some snacks,  Maggie “cup a mani, some coffee,  milo and water at the food city.

Soon after booking our cottage we had lunch as the time was 3 and almost pass lunch time.  Hunger called us to enjoy the spread of buffet with a line up of srilankan cuisine.  Having done with lunch we headed over to our cottage and got sorted with the luggages. Soon after refreshing and getting dressed to spend the day out and about.

Walking over to the mini mart which had all sorts of goods like snacks, drinks, toiletries, swim clothes and the list of activities available at the resort.
We had to buy the tickets for each acticity at the mini mart and all activities are closed after 6 in the evening.
The first day went on roaming around the resort.  Dinner was ordered in and we had a quiet night with a movie. The next day started early with a hot cup of coffee and breakfast was Maggie cuppa mania which was ready in 2 minutes on the microwave. Getting ready in sports clothes ready to explore the activities and have some adventure we walked over to the mini mart and purchased a few tickets for rifling, cycling and boat riding over the lake.
Rifling was fun with 10 shots and I only got one atleast on the board the rest fell on the ground am not very good at aiming far or need more practice yet I was cery satisfied for having tried rifling with a real gun. I have donw ballon bursting which was a carnival game at the marina beach in chennaibin the year 2004 december just a couple of days before the tsunami hit the country. 9 years later the joy of rifling was really an unforgettable experience.
Next was the cycling, we got two bicycles for 3 hours and we were four of us Taking turns and cycling. Another experience was awaiting me. I have always told my hubby that I’ve rode a bicycle when I was 12 and haven’t even tpuched one since then so the talents is not practiced for a long time. My self confidence encouraged me to try cycling once again and as the proverb goe

self confidence is the prerequisite for great undertakings

I finally proved that I can ride a bicycle amidst my inability to attain the driving license due to lack of interest. Have I done it with an eagerness I would have been owning my dubai driving license as well and be happily driving through the roads of colombo and dubai exploring the country with no tension of speedy drivers and lack of taxi whenever I want a taxi.

Riding through the lanes at laya leisure was am unforgettable day.

My next activity was boat riding which was not fun yet enjoyable. I would recommend boat riding for honeymooners. Its peaceful and encourages a lot of talking while peddling together. My husband and myself are not those talkative type and never talk much. I sometimes wonder how people talk so much and assume that they are gossiping or backbiting.
Talking too much leads us toward those bad habits.

And finally it was the end of our trip and we packed our bags and headed down to colombo with peace of mind and lots of memories and ofcourse photographs. .

A bit more about laya leisure-
They have 3 sorts of cottages and you can go for 1,2,3 bedroom cottages or a honeymoon suite.
Either way you are not allowed to cook in the cottage and its compulsory to buy two buffet meal coupons.
All activities are for a fee and sport such as tennis, netball and other are free of cost.
The swimming pool is open for laya leisure cottagers.
There is a snooker area and kids play area adjoining the buffet area.
You are provided with tea, coffee, milk and sugar with utensils to make your morning coffee or tea.

Hope you enjoyed the post and here are some pictures-

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