Birthday getaway in Sri Lanka ♥
This might read like old-school ad copy, but Sri Lanka really is a one-stop shop for those who want a holiday with history+culture+sand+sea+mountains+rainforests+moderndesign+ruins.
In the span of 5 days, we went from tropical paradise down south with a beautiful surf at the doorstep of our lovingly maintained historical hotel Galle Face (think, Raffles Hotel); to the verdant, endless greens of the interior where we stayed at Geoffrey Bawa's iconic and ageless Heritance Kandalama, a hotel that melds seamlessly with its surrounding environment so much so it almost disappears into the mountainside it is perched on; and hiked Sigiriya Rock, the story behind which really should be made into a block buster such as the likes of 300 (read: a story of greed, intrigue and tragedy - an epic tale of such incredible proportions that would rival the likes of any from ancient Greece or Rome -complete with two princes vying for power, patricide, a power-hungry but petrified warlord who hides with his 500 concubines atop a rock painted entirely in white to seem as if to float in the sky)...
Needless to say, it was a lot to take in, but we're definitely planning to be back for more.
Photos: Paul Ong (many more photos in the main album)