• Sharon Mackay

Always an adventure! Trials & tribulations of the family holiday to Sri Lanka


Always on a look out for new locations to take our Women Embrace Adventure lovlies...this time Sri Lanka.

It’s been action packed so far and we are only 2 days in.

Our adventure started at the airport when Luke’s middle name was wrong on our booking, scared for a while that he would not be coming with us but they stamped it and it all worked out and here we are.

Luke continued to keep us entertained as every time an authority had to look at his passport they liked at it, looked at him, looked at me, looked back at him and even had to ask other authorities. I have posted his passport pic below for your entertainment. Poor little Tyler got a cold and it got pretty bad through the flight and then a vomit as we landed in Colombo BUT Other than that we traveled pretty well.


We went straight to Pinnawala from the airport - a 2 hour drive which made the day all in all 24 hours of travel but so worth it when we woke to the view out of our room.

Was awesome to see all the local captive elephants come down to the river for their daily bath just after breakfast - it was certainly an amazing sight.

Next stop was the Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) which is a family run non-government organization (NGO) which is dedicated to improving the welfare of domestic elephants throughout Sri Lanka. We opted for the new and Elephant Walk Experience rather than elephant riding. This experience is ethical, up close and personal experience unique to MEF. Our elephant was called RANMENIKA, she was beautiful and 50 years old. We walked with her, watch her feed off the land, drink from a tap and then we bathed her and well she bathed us as well.


Then onto Kandy in the afternoon.


A visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha.

We stayed at Jayes Homestay last night, it was fantastic and they welcomed all 8 of us I into their home. However I did Learn a bit much about Jaye when I walked into the lounge room to go to my bedroom and he is sitting on the lounge with just a towel on and one leg on the coffee table - I saw it all! 😝


Today was my sister Jo's 40th birthday and we spent most of it on a 163km train ride that took 7 hours. I have never in my life seen scenery like it - it really was breathtaking. The photos on my camera do not do it justice.

Tonight we went out to dinner at Chill in the awesome town of Kandy. Tyler was excited for his first Tuk tuk ride with nanna and grandad as the rest of us headed to a bar for a Mojito!

We are now settled in Ella View lodge for the next few days and omg what an amazing sight it is. There will be many more scenic photos over the next few days as we explore Ella. I think I’m going to like it here!!!!!

Life is good! Happy birthday Jo! Stay tuned for more adventures.....

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