The Colonial Past

Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

As you enter the ramparts of this fully operational vintage city you are transported back to the time of the Dutch occupation with much of the administrative buildings and homes within the city still dating back through the centuries.  Walking through the city leads you from one architectural joy to another, spending some time enjoying the magnificent view of the ocean and surrounds from the mighty ramparts as the sunsets is also a must.

As you enter the ramparts of this fully operational vintage city you are transported back to the time of the Dutch occupation with much of the administrative buildings and homes within the city still dating back through the centuries.  Walking through the city leads you from one architectural joy to another, spending some time enjoying the magnificent view of the ocean and surrounds from the mighty ramparts as the sunsets is also a must.

The Hill Country:  As you climb into the cool climate of the central highlands of Sri Lanka, one of the most important contributions of the British to Sri Lanka becomes evident; all around you will see what appear to be miles upon miles of manicured lawns gracing every hill in sight, these are in fact the rolling hills of tea planted by the British and still one of the mainstays of the Islands economy.

Another contribution will be the winding roads or the railways depending on your mode of travel which wind through the steep and lush mountain terrain carved to the side of the mountains with jaw dropping precipices on one side or driven through solid rock as the engineering might of the British empire tamed the wild hill country of Sri Lanka for industry and profit.

The legacy of these planters is very much alive in the Hill country from the beautiful stone planters bungalows with their impeccable rose gardens, strawberry patches and fireplaces whose sprawling verandas look over some of the most breathtaking views in Sri Lanka some which have now been converted into boutique accommodation, to the ostentatious clubs built for the planters to socialise such as the Hill Club in Nuwara Eliya which still requires that gentleman wear a jacket to dinner and until a recent coup by the women members had a men’s only bar or the rundown but still charming Queens Hotel in Kandy.

The City of Colombo