Seeing Sri Lanka and the world on a wing and a prayer—and a well-earned gin and tonic or two!


Some ladies of a certain age grow old gracefully, and some set out to see the world and Sri Lanka on a wing, a prayer—and a gin and tonic or two!

The Grey Traveller does the latter, and her blogs highlights the many delights of Sri Lanka, a land of lush green vivid vegetation and “the sweetest-tasting cashews I have ever tried”.

The lady writer—no name, no pack drill—says “I’m one of the growing band of ‘grey’ travellers, keen to see this world before it’s too late”.


Her latest post describes her journey from Kaleliya to Kandy, a four-hour drive which included a stop off at an Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage before resting at at Casa Heliconia for two days.

She set of to explore Weweldeniya, “a village full of items made of cane, as we passed through we saw furniture, hats and toys and in fact you name it and it would be hanging from a stall made of golden cane”.

This lady is no stranger to our Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and she writes that “I’m more of a suitcase trailer than a backpacker, more of an upscale guest than a budget stayer, but I do have many tales to tell”.


Of Petah, in the capital Colombo, she writes: “Jam packed, wall to wall shops and stalls selling to the world and his wife a case load of genuine fakes, beautiful and gaudy fabrics for sari’s and toys, clothing, food and everything in between.”

And the Loolecondera tea estate, where she “looked at a view … watching eagles soar across the valley towards the Knuckles mountain range”.

And the Kandy House, where “dogs roam the streets and old men chuckle at the mad dogs and Englishmen going out in the mid day sun!”

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