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Lanka4Me Wins Top Travel Blog Award

Lanka4Me Wins Top Travel Blog Award

www.Lanka4Me.com has been awarded a special merit as one of the  – Top 30 Sri Lanka Travel blog websites for 2017 by Feedspot.com

We have been chosen from thousands of top Sri Lanka Travel blogs using search and social metrics.

The top blogs are chosen and ranked on following criteria

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review.

“CONGRATULATIONS to Lanka4Me for making it to the Top Sri Lanka Travel Blogs list! This is the most comprehensive list of best Sri Lanka Travel blogs on the internet and I’m honoured to have you as part of this! I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world”  Anuj Agarwal Founder, Feedspot

Fly to Sri Lanka with Saudia Airlines

saudi757Saudia Airlines is the national airline of Saudia Arabia. It tends to be popular with other muslim countries as they operate a service to Mecca. However it is also a viable option for those travelling from Europe to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

A change is usually required either at Riyadh or Jeddah, or typically Riyadh via Jeddah, and you may also have another stop at Male on the Maldives on your way to Sri Lanka.

Flight time from say Madrid to Jeddah is 6 to 6 1/2 hours, and from say Jeddah direct to Colombo another 6 to 6 1/2 hours. The challenge is the transit time.

Jeddah has a transit lounge giving you free tea and coffee, and also snacks. You can rest in their lounge, some are reclining lounge seats, or watch TV. However time allowed in this area is strictly controlled by the lounge controller. After a limited time, he rolls you out for the next influx of transit passengers.

The transit lounge at Riyadh is only for their members and is not for the economy transit passenger. No free tea or coffee there, nor are there any free munchies.

One of the big advantages of flying with Saudia is that you are allowed 2 pieces of luggage, each with a maximum weight of 23 kgs per person even for economy passengers. That is far better than some other airlines offer.

There is no alcohol served on board, but the cabin crew are most courteous and professional. The meals are average and nothing to get excited about. Practical but not luxurious.

There is a good selection of films to choose from, but on several of my flights there were problems with damaged audio services.

Price-wise Saudia Airlines are very competitive. They are worth investigating before you make a booking to fly to Sri Lanka.

To check prices with Saudia Airlines or any other major airline, click HERE


Sri Lanka Weather

10502165_332647836890001_4908670401277549071_nWhile visiting a new country is interesting and exciting, Some things are very obvious and easy to get used to, while there are certain other things… well, you’ll probably never get used to them. (Hint: Rice and Curry. All. The. Time.)
Here’s one that is very typical for SriLanka‬, but can be difficult, confusing, or even flat-out weird to a foreigner.

The Heat

Stepping out of the Bandaranaike International Airport can be compared to walking into a wall: one made of heat and exhaust gas. Walking down the streets of Colombo‬, or anywhere else without a pool or the ocean to cool off in, will make you feel as if you’re a walking-sizzling Fajita. You will eventually realise that taking three showers a day – and sweating it out while you take them – will be your life for as long as you stay in this country. We could very well be living on Mars.
As if that wasn’t enough, on more than one occasion, you will find yourself waking up at the crack of dawn, sweating like a pig and realising that the fan is off due to yet another power outage. And to top it all off, you never know if it’s going to last two minutes or two hours.
Good Luck – Remember its always time for a cold Lion Beer!!!

Massive Festival in Negombo coming soon

2016-07-30 18.15.34It starts on the Sunday 29th July 2018 and will continue until the 6th August.

St.Anne’s church in Palagathura in Negombo is one of the biggest churches in the area. This one is set close to the Dutch Canal on St. Anns Road.

This is an annual event starting the last Sunday in July.

This is a church festival celebrated all over Negombo, where the streets are decorated and lit up at night. The church grounds host a carnival organised by the church youth group and the local community.

The streets are lined with market stalls selling food, sweets, toys, gifts and there is even a 6D mobile cinema, I dont know how you experience 6D!

Families come from miles and mile around to experience the spectacle and to be blessed. On the first Sunday there is a parade through the streets with lots of music and smiling faces.

This is the biggest festival of its kind in Negombo. Take a look at some of last years photos!

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Rice and curry 24/7

Rice & Curry 24/7

72876_3014559819924_2145431425_nRice & Curry all day every day!! While visiting a new country is interesting and exciting, moving to one, learning to adapt, and understanding the culture can be challenging. Some things are very obvious and easy to get used to, while there are certain other things… well, you’ll probably never get used to them. Here’s one that is very typical for ‪Sri Lanka‬, but can be difficult to a foreigner.

Sri Lankans do love their rice and curry. So much so that they prefer to eat it at every single meal, and if that wasn’t crazy enough, they put enough spices in it to kill a small animal. Jokes aside, Sri Lankan food is exotic, bursting with flavours and overall really good. But let’s face it, eating rice and meat in a spicy gravy for breakfast is never going to feel normal to a Westerner.

Bon Apetite