Hi all I was due to go for a 2 week holiday to Thailand from 7th May to 22nd May only to hear a few days before that the holiday was cancelled due to problems with the "red shirts" see http://www.guardian.co.uk/world2010/apr/20thailand-red-shirts-wage-war Then my tour company offered me a 5 star Hotel on the beach in Sri Lanka. Of course I said yes because after planning for nearly a year I was not going to do without my holiday.
Sri Lanka is an island off the south eastern shores of India, 880 km north of the equator, on the Indian ocean.
I stayed at the 5 star Heritance Ahungalla Hotel see here: http://www.heritancehotels.com/ahungalla This Hotel has so many facilities such as a gym, sauna and spa, disco, a number of bars and restaurants. The only issue is that it is 3 hours drive from the international airport but even this would not stop me from going there again.
It is stunning on a clean beach. Staff were very friendly and could not do too much. The Hotel management took customer service very seriously. This was my room, It overlooked one of two pools and was in view of the sea.
View from the room,
I went on a 3 day trip to kandy the main City in Sri lanka and visited an elephant orphanage. This is a baby elephant.
These ruins still had some original plaster inside.
Everywhere was decorated with carvings of animals especially Elephants.
This was also an impressive structure.
I found this picture hiding behind a pillar at the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy and I had to photograph it because I thought it was so beautiful.
This was made out of 1 whole piece of stone...
We were not allowed to pose in the picture with this statue.