Ankur and I got married in November 2010 – it’s been four interesting years! God bless! While I am a die hard romantic, I ain’t going to bore you with stories that are spun in the mind of a sixteen year old – flowers, chocolates, candle lit dinners etc Well, I love all of this, but I love travelling more! Twelve months was enough time for Ankur to realise that I live to travel and to eat.
I fondly remember our first anniversary – Ankur asked me to pack our bags for a weekend trip to a small coastal town in Western India. Little did I know that he had a well planned surprise. Instead of turning towards the station, we went to the airport. Hmmm… maybe we are off to Pondicherry, I thought (another little town near Chennai that I had been wanting to visit). Nope – I was wrong; we drove past the domestic airport further to reach the international airport; that is when Ankur enlightened me …we were off to Sri Lanka. Yooohhooooo!!! Yippppeeeee dippeeeyyyyy doooooo dooooo…Sri Lanka!
Considering that we were on a short trip of four days only, Ankur had planned our stay at two places – Kandy and Galle. Ankur had planned a series of activities, considering that I like to be ‘busy’ on a vacation. We ended up seeing a lot in a mere four days. While its been three years to the trip, I often think of it fondly. Here are some highlights of the trip:
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Bathing an elephant was never on my bucketlist. I did not know that I could do it! However, when I realised that I could do this at Millennium, it magically appeared on the list. I had to do it! So, I gave Laxmi (the gentle lady elephant) a ‘spa’ treatment with a ‘scrub’ et al. We both (Laxmi and I) had fun; Ankur’s fear of the four leggeds kept him outside the water, busy with the camera. Click here to read more on the Millennium Elephant Foundation.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Standing in front of an elephant makes me feel dwarf. Imagine walking along with a few dozen of these gentle creatures? We reached the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in the morning, in time to watch a herd comprising of over 75 elephants walk to the Maha Oya river for their morning bath. We walked for about 250 -300 meters with the herd – it was an overwhelming experience, which made me feel so puny.
Peradinya Botanical Gardens
Did I mention that flowers are a must have on any anniversary or birthday – such is my belief? I am sure that I mentioned this to Ankur a thousand times. So, Ankur decided to take me to a place where there were over a thousand flowers – the Peradinya Botanical Garden. The gardens were huge approximately 70 hectares of landscaped greenery and housed over 4000 species of plants! My favourite place was a smallish room full of potted orchids – I had never seen such a vast variety of orchids!
Tea Gardens at Kandy
Ankur is a coffee person and I am a tea person. Regardless of what our ‘poison’ is, we both enjoy lush green plantations – tea plantations of coffee plantations – both are awesome! We spent half a day running through lush green slopes of tea plantations around Kandy; we were not the lead star cast in any Bolloywood movie, but there was no harm pretending to be so! Besides aimless wandering, I enjoyed some tea tasting and my favourite sport – shopping. The tea that I picked up was so expensive (over USD 50 for 100 gm) that I still haven’t been able to consume it!
History and I go hand in hand. Ankur wanted to hold hands and thus ensured that we spent a day in the historic city of Galle. We spent the day wandering around the walls of Galle Fort, marvelling at the fact that the walls, which are made of naturally occurring materials, including shell, sand were able to withstand the Tsunami of 2005. While history kept me entertained in this UNESCO protected site, the waves of the blue sea kept Ankur happy.
Time flies… fours days flew by and we were back to the hum drum of work! Time flies and next week, it would be three years to this trip and four years to the day that we got married. I guess maybe it is time to plan another trip to Sri Lanka to relive the special days!
Life is all about building a treasure chest of smiles and memories!