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Sri Lanka offers visitors an amazing choice when it comes to dining out. The country’s star-class hotels boast multiple restaurants serving of a variety of cuisine while the streets are lines with many nice places to eat. Although many of the restaurants are predominantly Sri Lankan and South Indian, Sri Lanka is famous for its numerous Chinese restaurants in and around Colombo. You’ll also find, Italian, Thai and German restaurants along with plenty of pubs, cafes and bistros. For a quick bite, you could stop by familiar fast food restaurants such as MacDonalds, Burger King, KFC and Subway.

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Dutch Hospital Colombo

Another place that truly fascinated me was the Dutch Hospital in Colombo. Once an actual hospital during the Dutch colonization of Sri Lanka, the building is supposedly the oldest in thearea. I was surprised at how nicely it had been restored to serve as a heritage site with exclusive shops and a variety of restaurants.

After my tour, I was hosted to a nice dinner at Semondu, a restaurant owned and run by Sri Lankan Airlines Catering. It was great to just relax and unwind.

Semondu serves up really super fusion cuisine which meant it took me a while to decide what to eat, but my choice was perfect!

Warwick Gardens Nuwara Eliya

We were also hosted for high tea at the Warwick Gardens Hotel, an old Scottish style bungalow that had been converted into one of the most beautiful and cozy hotels I have ever seen. Dad who studied music, made a bee line for the piano in the living room while I took in the breathtaking interiors.

I was amazed at how luxurious yet homely the hotel was. We were treated to colonial style hospitality and delicious, fresh food.

While this country is synonymous with beaches and sunshine, I think the mountains and forests play an important role offering diversity and choice to discerning travelers.

Tea Plucking and Tasting

If I was told, a month before my trip, that we would be hand picking tea in the mountains of Sri Lanka, I wouldn’t have believed it. But it happened and how amazing it was for both of us. There we were, on the emerald green slopes, right at the source where the world’s best tea is grown, selecting ‘two leaves and a bud’.

This was followed by a visit to one of the numerous tea factories where we witness first hand, the intricate process of tea being sorted, dried and packed.

Heading back to our hotel we relaxed with a cup of this very special brew enjoying the view, the cool climes and the memories we were making.

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