The Nature Resort – Kandy

Hotel Tree of Life (https://www.hoteltreeoflife.com/) – A Nature Resort – It’s different!

This place is something else, Really! Being spread out on 65 acres of land, this place is massive and more importantly cut away in one corner of Kandy,  (don’t ask me which..it didn’t seem we’d ever reach.. driving on & on & on) Once you’re there though, you can say you are amidst nature ..like really nature…nature. Not a single sound of a vehicle passing by, but only that of birds twittering, which can have a calming effect on the mind or drive you totally insane, that said.. the resort impressed me.. and I am not really impressed that easily, so that’s definitely a + for the Hotel.

I’d still prefer the city any day but for once in a lifetime experience, I guess I can handle the calmness. Not sure it worked on me this time though… 

The weather was pretty pleasing too, considering we had come driving down from NuwaraEliya (a.k.a Little England) [Hill Station] (2500mts above sea level) @ 14 degrees, Kandy was pleasant in the low – mid 20’s. I enjoyed myself thoroughly in NuwaraEliya (weather wise), though the rains were relentless and it rained buckets as long as we were there, pretty much restricting our outdoor movements.

Colombo would be our last stop before we head back to India (now that does feel good..typing it out) may be a bit sad (not really) but certainly relieved and happy, for no matter how much and how close or far you travel away from your own country, you always want to go back home.

Yes, the beds were soft, the rooms were luxurious, the service was excellent and the food excellent.. but at the end of the day, you still miss your own bed (with the not so soft mattress) the  maa/ghar ka khana (which no hotel food would EVER match up to) and of course the freedom one feels being in your own state/country.

So looking forward to the journey back, but we’re not done as yet! Still a good day and a half to go.. so until then, I guess I’ll be eating and living the life King size! The treatment has been that good, of course its all come at a good price too.

I don’t know how to put this..

but.. I’ve realized

..travelling abroad is not my thing, neither is living in luxury or eating enormous amounts of food served. I am so much more happy in India.. I really can’t see myself traveling to a foreign country again, don’t think I’d enjoy it.

“The Food in SL” – well! at least for the days that we have been here, deserves a separate blog  post all together. That next.. along with  a post on “Certain Luxuries Indians could get used to..” next in line. It’s just that the few days that I’ve spent with the family in SL that has thrown up so many new experiences that.. thank God for this blog, I can write it all down. Not sure I would want to remember all of it though.

 

The View from the top

The best views are found from the top of hills and mountains..and how better to get that view than walking up there yourself and capturing some of the best that nature has to offer.

A pictorial display of Goa’s 3 forts, that I believe everyone visiting Goa must see to admire Goa’s beauty..right from the VERY TOP.

Reis Magos Fort – Verem: 

 

Charpora Fort – Charpora:

The fort where a portion of the bollywood movie Dil Chahta Hai was shot. It’s a beautiful sight from the top, though not many people appreciate the climb..especially when Goa offers you nothing less that 35 degrees of heat on a daily basis.

 

Terekhol Fort – Tiracol:

Located on the northern tip of Goa at the mouth of the Tiracol River, Fort Tiracol is reached by a ferry from Querim, 42 km North of Panaji. If you have a Maruti Vehicle..do not attempt – I REPEAT DO NOT ATTEMPT to get on the ferry for your car will get stuck in the sand. Mine did for a whole 45 minutes, I had several panic attacks.. but for the helpful locals that helped me get my car out. Finally I took the road to the fort 🙂

 

I have deliberately left our Fort Aguada, for reasons that it’s nothing really special but you can add it to your list..it isn’t too far from the other three.

I make these once in awhile trips around Goa. It’s good spending some time alone amidst nature.

..and if you’re a tourist venturing alone around the state, I can assure you one thing ~ You are really never lost in Goa.. so go ahead and have the time of your life!!

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